FLASHBACK: Red Lining on the Anguish Index: The Velodramatic History of the Race Across America

In 1982, a McDonald's in the sun-scorched desert town of Blythe was the fueling station for the lead racer in the inaugural version of a solo cycling race across the entire continental United States. That racer was Lon Haldeman. He rode on junk food, little water and even less sleep for the next nine days and 20 hours to win the first-ever Race Across America (RAAM) out of a field of four.

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