When Australian cycling legend, coach and global cycling commentator for SBS, Dave McKenzie, heard about the ultra-distance challenge Virtual Race Across America (VRAAM), he says the first word that came to mind is “excitement!”

Dave McKenzie knows about spending lonely hours in the saddle. The former road cycling professional and 1998 Australian champion raced in numerous tours, including the three week, 2000 Giro d’Italia in which he won stage seven in a 164km solo breakaway.

“Both of these charities mean a lot to me and have become my driving purpose for racing in VRAAM. I have a goal to raise $10,000 for each charity, and the support of the community so far has been fantastic.”

“I’ve always wanted to ride the RAAM and now that I have these two charities to ride for, they are going to help me get to the finish line.”

Riders have just 12 days to ride the virtual distance across the United States of America, a 4500km ride that will see some of the top athletes in the world pushed beyond their limits as the ride up to 20 hours per day on a stationary trainer in their homes.

McKenzie, 45, has long believed it takes “a special breed of athlete” to participate in events like VRAAM. He doesn’t underestimate the challenge either, saying’ “I have done a grand tour, that is a huge sense of achievement. But this stuff is next level.”

To say he’s an accomplished rider is an understatement, however it looks like this could be his toughest race yet as he aims to raise funds for not one, but two charities, the GoFoundation and the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

You can follow Dave’s ride via the VRAAM race map and on SBS he will be doing a daily journal of his ride. 

About Dave’s Set up

Dave is using an appleTV with a Tacx Flux-2. This is a great pairing on which to use FulGaz and race the Virtual Race Across America. 

About Dave’s Charities

GoFoundation 

Founded by Adam Goodes, Michael O’Loughlin and James Gallichan, the GO Foundation burst into life in 2009. With strong foundations in place, GO is now expanding into a national scholarship program. They seek to do this through a strong network of collaboration with corporate Australia, schools and universities and trusted organisations working to create a brighter future for Indigenous Australians. DONATE

Starlight Children’s Foundation

Starlight’s mission is to brighten the lives of seriously ill and hospitalised children. Their programs are designed to help alleviate some of the pain, fear and stress associated with the hospital and replace that with fun joy and laughter. DONATE