The Hope 66 cycling epic for GM Fundraising will arguably be their hardest test yet, with the riders and support crew facing 2,616 miles across the iconic Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica in just 14 days. The route reveals a 103 mile day in the desert and a penultimate day passing the ski resorts of the Southern Rocky Mountains.
Route 66 is often referred to as the ‘Mother Road’ and was once the main trading route from East to West in the USA, yet now with the building of the interstates, it remains a historical and cultural memory of times gone by. Its interest has been most recently revived when comedian Billy Connolly made a TV series about his exploits with his trusted trike along the route.
Leaving Chicago, the route heads south to St Louis and then on to the plains of Middle America. On day 5, riders will then be tasked with completing 100 miles in the heat and with a gradual uphill incline into Amarillo. The lofty elevations and stunning landscapes of New Mexico will be next up on the agenda for the team, before a day in the desert of Arizona.
The final challenge lays with the ascent of the Southern Rocky Mountains to an altitude of 8,143 feet, before plummeting into the suburbs of Los Angeles and on to the spiritual end of Route 66 at Santa Monica pier, California. The riders will have one day of much earned recovery before returning to the UK.
Gary Morton, founder and chairman of GM Fundraising comments: ‘Now the route has been unveiled we have a true picture of just how demanding this cycling epic will be. Riders are already training hard and dieting, with a view to making this adventure something truly special for them, the team and of course for Hope House Children’s Hospices.
He continues: ‘More than ever Hope House need our to help support terminally ill children and their families and every penny raised will go directly to them. So your support and generosity will be overwhelmingly appreciated.’
To pledge your support, log on to www.justgiving.com/teams/hope66. For further information log on to www.gmfundraising.co.uk or add to their Twitter following @gmfundraising.