GALLERY: Chislehurst technology director takes on Race the World challenge
PUBLISHED: 11:10 05 November 2015 | UPDATED: 10:24 09 November 2015
Mitch Keene, 53, is currently competing in a two week cycling challenge from Los Angeles to Miami
A Chislehurst man is embarking on a cycling challenge across America.
Mitch Keene, a director of technology, is competing in Race the World this month, a two week cycling challenge from Los Angeles to Miami.
Starting on November 1, teams began racing against each other through the deserts, climbs and steep descents of the USA, passing breath-taking scenery to claim the first ever Race the World team title on November 14.
The former triathlete and marathon runner, 53, said: “Race the World really inspired me because of the team element and the opportunity to spend two weeks just enjoying cycling and sharing the amazing backdrops with likeminded people.
“I trained as much as my job allowed and regularly rode with Team Sidcup Cycling to get in shape.
“I’m not the fastest in the team but will hopefully keep going strongly to the end.
“I have already learnt so much from the team and especially the team pro rider Rab Wardell who is an amazing athlete and a great help in our effort to win Race The World.
Mr Keene lived in Texas for three years but says he has never seen the USA the way he is currently experiencing it on his bike.
He said: “The race has been amazing so far, we’ve had great organisation, great facilities, great people, great racing.
“From being roasted in 32 degree heat in the LA mountains to freezing in the rain of the New Mexico mountains, it’s all been amazing fun and we’re only a few days in.
“Everything has exceeded my expectations including how testing the cycling is.”
The challenge is designed for amateur cyclists - ranging from the ages of 24 to 67 - to challenge themselves like never before.
Riders have full technical and coaching support teams with them throughout the race, including a team mechanic, manager and captain and individual contributions to the race range from between two and five hours.