Local cyclist taking part in RAAM

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Not surprisingly, there is a lot to get done before one goes on a cross-country tour. Going cross-country on a bicycle makes things even more complicated.
Lisa Marie Dougherty is learning that first-hand in preparation for her race across the country.
Dougherty, a true Renaissance woman and Los Alamos resident, will take part in the 2013 Race Across America (RAAM) tour, which gets going in mid-June. She’s spent the past several months preparing for her long road trip on bicycle.
“There’s a lot of ramping up,” Dougherty said. “You start ramping up after January. Every week I do a big ride and every month I do two rides back-to-back…I’m pretty comfortable. I’m still creeping up doing 100 and 200 miles. Three hundred miles is pushing it. That’s a lot.”
Even with her preparation, she said getting physically prepared is just part of the challenge and, as she learned more about the logistics of the race, she said preparing physically might even be one of the easier parts. Assembling her support crew and taking care of logistical challenges have proven tough.
The Race Across America dates back to 1982 when four cyclists raced from the Santa Monica, Calif., pier to the Empire State Building in New York City.

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