Craig Harper to take on Race Across America

Craig Harper to take on Race Across America

Harcourts Marlborough is thrilled to be getting behind Marlborough cyclist Craig Harper as he takes on the Race Across America.

Craig has spent months training for the event, which will see him cycle 4,828 kilometres from one side of America to the other, crossing through 12 states along the way.

Harcourts Marlborough previously supported Craig as he raised funds for the Graeme Dingle Foundation’s Kiwi Can programme on a record-breaking ride from Cape Reinga to Bluff in 2017.

In order to take on the Race Across America, Craig knew he’d need as much support as he could get, and Harcourts Marlborough was only too happy to become one of 12 ‘state sponsors’.

“Without these guys it just wouldn’t happen, unless I decided to get a substantial mortgage to fund the trip,” Craig says.

Harcourts Marlborough is sponsoring Craig’s ride through Pennsylvania, the 11th state of the journey.

Craig leaves for the States two weeks before the race takes begins in California on June 11.

He has been making the most of the hot Marlborough summer, as well as taking multiple trips to Mount Maunganui to train in purpose built environmental chamber at the University of Waikato’s Adams Centre for High Performance.

There, he has cycled for 24 hours straight, in 40 degrees celsius heat twice, in a bid to prepare himself for the hot conditions which will greet him in at least two of the 12 states; the Sonoran Desert and Monument Valley. He hopes to get there once more before departing NZ.

“A lot of the preparation I have been doing is around the mental side of it; it’s not just about physically riding … on the whole the riding is going really well, I’m definitely feeling the strongest I have been,” Craig says.

Entrants under 50 years’ old are given 12 days to complete the race, but all going well in terms of external factors like the weather, Craig has a goal to cross the finish line in around eight to nine days.

“I want to be competing at the front of the field … having not done it I don’t have a specific time in mind but I know what I can do and I know it’s possible, but I am keeping a little bit of an open mind as to set distances,” he says.

Craig’s journey has been, and continues to be truly inspirational for the Harcourts Marlborough team; we wish him all the best as he takes on the challenge!

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