Carbon Architecture sponsors Sainsbury’s Chris Armishaw in Race Across America ‘the world’s toughest bike race’


Carbon Architecture is sponsoring Sainsbury’s Chris Armishaw in the Race Across America ‘the world’s toughest bike race’ in June 2012.  Chris will be completing this 3,000 mile bike race solo in only 10 days.  We felt the challenge that Chris was rising to was something to be really admired (some would say superhuman).

Chris says the following:

Race Across America:

RAAM (www.raceacrossamerica.org) is one of the most respected and longest running endurance sports events in the world and is recognised as the pinnacle of athletic achievement not only in cycling but also the wider sporting community. RAAM 2012 will be the 31st edition of the bike race which runs on an annual basis.

One of my reasons for taking part in the Race Across America is to raise £30k for the UK Children’s Charity Action Medical Research, a target that I am aiming to hit in the next two weeks. So far I have raised £25,000 through support from Main Contractors and my own fund raising outside of the Sainsbury’s network, with support from Carbon Architecture I could reach the target I have set myself this week.

The Race Across America is not a charity event but a standalone race open to world wide qualification and participation, it is my choice to use such an extreme challenge to raise money in this way after qualifying for RAAM in 2011 by covering 350 miles in 17 hours 18 minutes in an official qualifying race at Goodwood Race circuit.

It would be great if Carbon Architecture could support me to play a big part in helping me to hit this target this week.   

There is no other endurance event in the world quite like RAAM and no other race that matches the distance, terrain and weather, no other event tests a team or a solo racers spirit from beginning to end. Solo racers must cover 3000 miles, across 12USstates and climb over 170,000 vertical feet, averaging 250 – 300 miles/ day to avoid disqualification from the race.

RAAM is one of the most respected and longest running endurance sports events in the world and RAAM 2012 will be the 31st edition of the race which runs on an annual basis and which attracts world wide qualification & entry.  Only four other riders from the UK have completed the men’s solo race. To support me I will have a dedicated crew made up from previous RAAM teams the British Olympic Association and the University of Essex.

As a solo rider racing non-stop against the clock (across 55 timing stations) and to avoid disqualification from the race I will need to overcome the following challenges in just 10 days:

  • 3000 miles
  • 170,000 feet of elevation (over four times Everest!)
  • 12USStates
  • 2 mountain ranges
  • 300 miles/ day
  • 18,000 calories / day

Support  & Funding

Through sponsorship and support from the Sainsbury’s Main Contractor and Supplier base this has so far helped me to raise over £25,000. With the support from a few more companies I could hit the target of £30k that I have set myself to achieve by this week.

Following Chris’s progress

You can follow Chris’s progress and result live from the road as the crew will be tweeting from @chrisarmishaw and @racingteamessex, as well as updating our BLOG and hopefully getting film onto You Tube.