College Station Man to Bike Continental Divide for PHI Crew

By: Shane McAuliffe Email
By: Shane McAuliffe Email

The Tour Divide is not for your average bike rider.

The 2,700 mile trail from Canada to Mexico is a race some don't even finish, but Aggie Billy Rice doesn't plan on being in the back of the pack.

"Life is short. You have to take these kinds of adventures when you can. This summer, for whatever reason, the stars aligned and the timing was perfect where I could make this happen," said Rice.

Billy has been training for the ride for months.

"I literally carry 30 pounds of water on the bike, everywhere I go," said Billy.

And his goal is simple.

"Goals? Number one, not get eaten by a bear. That's pretty high on my list," joked Billy.

In a race where bikers in some cases won't see another competitor for 28 days, the layout can be daunting.

"When the lead rides get to New Mexico, there will still be people in Montana," said Billy.

Billy is tackling the task for two reasons; fitness and in the memory of his friends and co-workers that died in the PHI helicopter crash of 2008. Four years to the date of the start of the Tour Divide race.

"It gets a little more real every June 8th but every year that goes by, we remember them in a healthier way," said Billy

It's going to be a tough, mental challenge but Billy is ready to ride.

Now you will be able to keep up with Billy as he makes his journey down the continental divide. We've got the link to the website to track Billy below.

During the Tour Divide, Billy will wear a GPS tracker that will keep up with his progress throughout the race.

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