As the group of us pedaled along someone mentioned the Michael Shermer was actually local to the area and could often be found putting in miles in the roller coaster foothills that surround the stadium.
Shermer was a name I remembered reading about in Winning Magazine back in the 80s when I first took an interest in drop bar riding. Michael was one of four brave souls who competed in the famous Race Across America (RAAM). A race across America, the very notion of expending that kind of effort was anathema to me!
THE PEOPLE WE MEET
“Michael.” He replied before adding. “Michael Shermer.”
I almost fell off my bike. “You mean the RAAM guy Michael Shermer?!” I asked in a most amazed state of disbelief. Turns out it was the Michael Shermer that I’d read about decades earlier. I immediately patted him on the back as we kept pedaling and simply said, “It is a real honor to meet you.”
Michael Shermer is the real deal. A pioneer whose cycling adventures are undoubtedly the stuff of legend. Here’s what he had to say about some of them.
THE FOUR AMIGOS
RBA: What was the first year you competed in RAAM? How many times did you participate?
RBA: What got the event started?
RBA: Who in their right mind would attempt such a challenge…. how would you describe the character traits of the four amigos?
RBA: Was any one state harder to get through than the others?
RBA: Can you tell us something about the bike you rode?
“I read about some guy who went 11 days without sleep in a UCLA sleep lab so I figured I could do it. Big mistake. About 1800 miles into the race I started hallucinating that I was being abducted by aliens.”