A vet with an appetite for endurance sports is in training for his next extreme challenge – an unsupported attempt to cycle 4,262 miles coast-to-coast across North America.
Chris Lehrbach, director and equine surgeon at the Brooke Equine Clinic in South Norfolk, will set off on the Trans-America Trail on 1 June, and aims to complete the arduous journey by 1 August to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Mr Lehrbach will be cycling without a support team, camping all the way and carrying everything he needs with him.
Coast to coast
Flying out with his cycle to Washington DC on 28 May, Mr Lehrbach will take a train to his start point at Yorktown, Virginia on the Atlantic Ocean and cycle across Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Oregon before reaching the Pacific Ocean at Astoria, Oregon where he will meet up with his wife Leslie.
He aims to cover around 70 miles each day over mountain ranges and deserts, with altitudes ranging from sea level to more than 12,000ft. Major mountain ranges to be traversed include the Appalachians, Ozarks and Rockies.
This time it’s personal
Mr Lehrbach is no stranger to endurance sports as he is already an experienced Ironman triathlete plus a standard and altitude marathon runner.
He said: “The reason for the ride is personal ambition and to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society as my mum was diagnosed with this a couple of years ago.
“I hope to raise about £5,000 for the charity and have already raised around £1,800 with generous donations from clients, friends and family.”
- Donations can be made via Mr Lehrbach’s Just Giving page.