Humbly promoting itself as “The Toughest Two-Week Bicycle Tour in the World,” Elite PAC is the brainchild of Lon Haldeman and Susan Notorangelo, two former Race Across America champions and holders of coast-to-coast cycling records. The pair’s company, PAC Tour, has shepherded more than 80 rides across America over three decades.
Elite PAC is a 2,700-mile-plus dash from San Diego, California to Savannah, Georgia in just 18 days -- or an average of about 150 miles a day. Designed for the strongest and most manic distance riders, it is not for the faint of heart. Short of Race Across America itself, it is the ultimate test of a road bike rider’s cross-country energy and endurance.
The United States is a big country, full of mountains, deserts, endless farms and un-remitting tar-and-chip-covered rough roads. It demands UP over and over again. To ride Elite PAC, I would have to work at Getting UP every time I got side-swiped by a speeding logging truck and in every pelting rain storm. I had to Get UP to fight blast-furnace headwinds and to nurse my rickety knees over saw-tooth hills.
To read how I did that, stay tuned. Or, buy my book, Getting UP! Supercharging Your Energy.