Race across Temecula will help support local cyclist training for Race Across America

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Local Murrieta cyclist Jen Orr is training for this year’s Race Across America and has planned a community bike ride Saturday, Feb. 29, to help fundraise for the 3,000-mile race. Valley News/Vic Armijo photo

Local cyclist Jen Orr is back on the bike, literally. Orr, a resident of Murrieta, is no stranger to long bike rides; in fact, she is the 24-Hour Time Trial and Race Across the West champion. Currently, Orr is training for the next big step, which is this year’s Race Across America. The race is a 3,000-mile solo trip from Oceanside to Annapolis, Maryland, beginning June 16.

Not only has Orr been training day in and day out, but her fundraising team has planned a community bike ride, titled “Race Across Temecula,” Saturday, Feb. 29, as part of their effort to reach the budget needed for RAAM.

“Saturday’s race, even though it’s not really a race per say, will have routes of 25 miles, 50 miles and 100 miles,” Orr said.

Proceeds from the event will support the fundraising efforts of Orr, who will be competing as a solo cyclist in RAAM. This international event is one of the most prestigious and toughest events in the sport of ultradistance cycling. Cyclists have a stringent time limit of 12 days and 20 hours to complete the entire race and will need to complete an average of over 230 miles per day to finish before the time cutoff.

Who will be crowned King or Queen of the Mountain and King or Queen of the Valley? This fully supported community event with rest stops at JAX Bicycle Center and Stage 2 Cyclery has several start times depending on distance. The 100-mile competition starts at 7 a.m., while the 25-mile and 50-mile races start at 8 a.m.

Those wishing to compete should arrive 30 minutes before start time to sign the waiver at The Bike Shop, 32835 Temecula Parkway, in Temecula. All are welcome; organizers are asking for a suggested donation amount of $25 to compete. All participants will receive a raffle ticket. For donations of $25 or more, participants will receive 10 additional tickets. The ride must be uploaded to Strava website to be eligible for awards.

Donations can be made in cash on-site or by PayPal at http://paypal.me/joraam2020. For more information, look for the event on Facebook or email jenorr.raam2020@gmail.com. Follow Jen’s journey by visiting www.jenorr.blog.

JP Raineri can be reached via email at sports@reedermedia.com.