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Team True Patriot Love successfully completes Race Across America (RAAM) 2017, coming in second place and breaking the current Canadian record while raising over $120,000 for Canadian Veterans in support of the True Patriot Love Foundation.

Morai Logistics is proud to be the title sponsor of Team True Patriot Love (Team TPL), a team of eight Toronto cyclists that competed and successfully completed a race from coast-to-coast across the U.S. They competed in Race Across America, a grueling race that starts in Oceanside, California to Annapolis, Maryland.

Team TPL competed in order to raise money for True Patriot Love Foundation, a charity for veterans, military and their families. Not only did these amazing racers come in second place, they beat the current Canadian record. Team TPL completed the race, cycling 3070 miles, in 5 days, 17 hours, and 56 minutes. The previous record was 6 days, 2 hours, and 21 minutes.

The Logistics of Cycling from Coast-to-Coast Across America

As a third-party logistics provider, we understand transportation. Getting from one side of the United States to the other is no easy task. The riders from Team True Patriot Love, as mentioned in our previous post, has to endure various extreme conditions. It’s not surprising that Outside Magazine labels the RAAM as the “the toughest test of endurance in the world.”

Despite being a relay, the race is a grueling 24hr non-stop journey over multiple days. Climbing more than 50,000+ vertical metres while taking on the mountain ranges of Sierra Nevada, The Rockies and The Appalachians. They also have to endure temperature swings from 55+ degrees Celsius across the desert to -5 atop mountain passes.

But the more interesting for us logistics industry professionals is the way that this all must be managed for the crew of the cyclists. This is on top of the way the race demands protocol and process in and of itself.

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Managing Racers During Transitions is Its Own Supply Chain

The riders competed as two groups of four and had their own split of the total crew members. Eight racers were supported by a crew of 16 who handle the logistical aspects of supporting these riders across the entire journey, coupled with five support vehicles. This includes switching between riders, coordinating rest periods, and feeding both the riders and crew members over the ensuing week of non-stop racing.

We’ve collaborated with Team TPL to build a pre-race infographic to showcase some of the fun facts collected during training to achieve the impressive feat of beating the previous Canadian record. Check out their training facts below:

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No Better Time to Support Canadian Veterans

In line with Canada’s 150th Anniversary, the money raised from this race goes to the True Patriot Love Foundation. Their mission: to inspire every Canadian to contribute to the resilience and well-being of our military, Veterans and their families. The foundation works closely with the Canadian Armed Forces, Department of Veteran Affairs and local grassroots organizations. They work together to clearly identify the most urgent needs of Canadian military families on a national scale, while avoiding duplication of efforts between all other supporting organizations.

The entire Morai Logistics team is extremely proud to have supported these riders for their journey! We couldn’t have chosen a better group of riders to support, and they have gone above and beyond with their performance!

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Team True Patriot Love, the only 8 rider Canadian Cyclist Team is Racing Across America for Canadian Veterans with the support of Morai Logistics.

It’s official! Race Across America (RAAM) has begun. Morai Logistics is proud to announce its contribution as the Presenting Sponsor for Team True Patriot Love (#TeamTPL). Their dedication to helping their fellow Canadians and the ordeals they’ll be going through are an inspiration for the rest of us.

Some of the world’s greatest ultra-distance cyclists have gathered in Oceanside, California to compete in a punishing race across thousands of kilometers. Among those participating is Team True Patriot Love (Team TPL). They are the only Canadian 8-rider team who are committed to setting a new speed record for the race. Their first priority however, is to raise awareness and support for Canadian veterans and their families.

Racing for Canadian Veterans and Their Families

Team TPL’s goal of completing the race in record time is ambitious. But its their dedication to their fellow Canadians that’s truly admirable. They have decided to dedicate their ride in support of the True Patriot Love Foundation.

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The charity they represent honours the sacrifices of members of the Canadian Armed Forces, veterans and their families. They do this by funding programs and research aimed at family health and support, physical health and rehabilitation, mental health, and well-being. Over the last 8 years, True Patriot Love has raised more than $15.1 million. The money has gone to support military charities and research across Canada according to interviews with the team. Team TPL has managed to raise over $110,000 (as of today) of its $200,000 goal so far. The race begins this coming Saturday.

Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary of confederation this year. While many of us will be marking the occasion with fire works, Team TPL will honouring it by competing in the RAAM. In doing so, they’ll be raising money for Canadian veterans and their families. Like those veterans, Team TPL will be enduring harsh conditions and grueling physical hardship for a better tomorrow for their fellow Canadians.

RAAM — A Race Like No Other

Dubbed, “the toughest test of endurance in the world” by Outside magazine, RAAM was started in 1982 by four individuals. They raced from the Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles to the Empire State Building in NYC and ended up inspiring other to do the same. Since then, teams of 2, 4 and 8 people have gathered annually to compete against each other.

This year’s RAAM will have teams compete not just against each other, but also against harsh terrain and the elements. The record Team TPL will need to beat is 6 days, 2 hours and 21 minutes if want to achieve their goal. It won’t be easy.

“The Race Across America (RAAM) is a bicycle race like no other. Unlike its more famous cousin, the Tour de France, cyclists don’t race in stages spread across several weeks. RAAM is decidedly less glamorous and far more savage. Once the starting gun goes off in Oceanside, California, the clock does not stop until you cross the finish line in Annapolis, Maryland, some 4800+ kms later” writes Amy Synder in her book, Hell on Two Wheels.
Other difficulties the racers will face are:

  • The race being 24hr non-stop racing over multiple days
  • Climbing more than 50,000+ vertical metres taking on the mountain ranges of Sierra Nevada, The Rockies and The Appalachians
  • Temperature swings from 55+ degrees Celsius across the desert to -5 atop mountain passes

Morai Logistics is Cheering from Afar!

The entire Morai Logistics team is excited to watch the race from our office cheering Team True Patriot Love from afar. Our President, Kelli Saunders will be greeting the boys along with many other friends and family members to congratulate the them on their successful completion of the race!

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