Hundreds of riders on bicyclists will pass through Pratt as they compete in the 3,000 cross county Race Across America
On June 17, Christoph Strasser made his way across Kingman County on U.S. 54 as he participates in Race Across America, an annual 3,000 mile bicycle race stretching from Oceanside, Calif. to Annapolis, Md.
Strasser, who is from Austria, was leading the single riders group as he passed through Kansas hitting Pratt around 11:20 a.m. on June 17 after leaving Oceanside on June 13 around 1:30 p.m. Pacific time. His team said that he had a rough time getting across the Rocky Mountains but, after some sleep, was going strong in spite of the intense heat. Pratt is just past the halfway point in the race: Start to Pratt-1,543.21 miles, Pratt to finish-1,527 miles.
Strasser had reached Sullivan, Ind. at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, June 19 after covering 2,267 miles with 800 to go. Strasser, who still leads the individual race, is predicted to reach the finish line in Maryland on June 21 around 3:30 p.m. The official finish line is about six miles passed Annapolis, Md.
The closest solo rider to Strasser is Patric Gruener, also from Austria. Gruener is about 240 miles behind Strasser in eastern Missouri.
The Race Across America course travels across Kansas on Highways (from west to east) U.S. 160, U.S. 56, U.S. 400 south of Dodge City then connects to U.S. 54 with a detour around Wichita on U.S. , 254.
Race Across America draws the top individual riders from around the world as well as two-person, four -person and 8-person teams. Individual riders start the race several days before team riders who rotate riding duties and the team doesn't stop. Teams can travel faster and will eventually catch up to the solo riders who get about three hours of sleep a day. The lead team has eight riders and is Team ViaSat from the U.S.A. They hit the South Fork, Colo. time station at 12:49 p.m. on June 19 having traveled 2,038 miles since leaving Oceanside on June 17 at 12:43 p.m. That's about 1,000 a day on bicycles. @GaleR_Tribune