A Bryan mountain biker has set out on an almost 6000 mile round trip journey that when he finishes, he'll become the first person ever to turn Tour Divide challenge into a round-trip journey. It's a ride PHI Flight Paramedic Billy Rice has entered with a plan.
"Probably going to stop and try to take an extended nap and do what I did last year and ride the nights because this is pretty hot. It's not really working out , it feels great in the shade, but it feels like it's 120 on the white dirt road," says Billy Rice.
Rice is traveling about 3000 miles from Antelope Wells, New Mexico up to Banff, Alberta, Canada. Then starting on June 14, he'll turn around and start the Tour Divide Challenge with about 100 other cyclists.
At last check, Billy was pedaling his way through New Mexico. He was in good spirits and pacing himself along at a little more than 11 miles per hour.
Last year, Rice conquered the race for the first time.
He reached the finish line in 25 days 19 hours and 23 minutes.
Click on the link below to track Rice's race progress.