For Immediate Release – April 19, 2006
Local Cyclist Sets Florida Cross State Record
( Boulder , Colorado ) – Fred Boethling (age 61), a Boulder-based ultracyclist, set a Florida cross state cycling speed record. Traveling from West to East he covered the 405.3 miles, from Lillian , Alabama to Neptune Beach , Florida , in 27 hours 58 minutes through a rainy Saturday morning and a traffic and wind laden Sunday morning.
The record is awaiting certification by the UltraMarathon Cycling Association (UMCA) – an international organization that oversees long-distance amateur cycling events. A UMCA official observed his ride to ensure that he complied with all cycling regulations and traffic laws.
In May Fred will attempt a Colorado state double crossing from North to South and back. This all in preparation for the June 2006 Insight Race Across AMerica (RAAM), where he will be the oldest solo competitor and attempt to be the oldest solo finisher ever. Outside Magazine called RAAM the world's toughest endurance athletic event, covering 3033 miles from Oceanside , California to Atlantic City , New Jersey non-stop.
Boethling, a cancer survivor, views ultracycling as a way to demonstrate that age does not prevent one from going out and competing in endurance sports at a high level. He currently holds five other state records and has also finished RAAM as a member of a 2-man team (2005). Fred would like to thank his sponsors Pearl Izumi and Barts CD Cellar for their continued support in making these events possible.
Additional information about Fred is available at www.fredboethling.com and www.team60.org . Information about cross state records is available at www.ultracycling.com . To follow RAAM go to www.raceacrossamerica.org/ .
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