Le tour Ultime was a 2500 mile race on the same course as Le Tour De France. The difference is that Le Tour Ultime was nonstop, so rather than stopping overnight after each stage racers pedaled through long days and nights toward the finish line. This race started in 2006 and was cancelled starting in 2008 because many of the winners decided it was too hard.
Race Across America (RAAM) is a non stop 3,000+ mile race from West Coast to East Coast, with over 100,000 ft of climbing. RAAM is regarded as the World's Toughest Cycling Event.
The Ultraman Championship is a double Ironman and then some. The race includes a 6.2 mile swim, 261.4 mile cross country bike ride, and a 52.4 mile ultras-marathon run.
Completing any one of these races is a superhuman feat and a lifelong goal for many people. Some might even compare curing FA to the accomplishment of completing one of these races.
An amazing person named Shanna Armstrong has joined the FARA/Ride Ataxia team and her goal is to cure this disease. Shanna is super human. Some say she is the greatest female ultra-athlete on the planet. She has not only completed all of the above events, she has several first place finishes under her belt.
Shanna's Resume includes
1st place in Le Tour Ultime, co-ed division 2007
2-time RAAM Champion, 2005, 2006
4-time Ultraman Champion, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009. Record: Second fastest Women's swim. Record: Third fastest Women's overall time.
Shanna is a certified triathlon coach, physical therapist, and massage therapist. Shanna will ride with us in Denton, TX on March 24 and will be available for questions and conversation about nutrition, training, goal setting, and anything extreme.
Shanna has experience in conquering the biggest milestones in life and now she has set her sights on a cure for FA.