When Spartan Race founder Joe De Sena issued the challenge of riding his bike from Texas to Vermont for the Reebok Spartan Race World Championships, Isaiah Vidal jumped at the chance. “I shook his hand immediately. I knew it was something I had to do.”
His journey would take him from Central Texas to the small town of Pittsfield, Vermont, home to the Peak Death Race, an event that Isaiah has completed in the past. It took 16 days, and 133 hours of bike time to make the trek that wasn’t without its fair share of mishaps.
On day 15 he posted on Facebook, “Made it to Amsterdam, New York unfortunately how I got here was the most dangerous thing I have ever done and its one to always remember. Its 7:30pm and I biked 20 miles In the rain and it was getting dark….. Yeah I know it was risky, but I wasn’t going to let this rain stop me anymore.”
Flat tires, loose pedals and heavy rain didn’t deter Vidal from finishing what he set out to accomplish. When he arrived in Pittsfield September 14, he had mixed feelings. “I’m here in Pittsfield the place I call my second home due to many accomplishments I’ve made here. It feels weird being social with other people. Not being on the bike is a relief, but…we must overcome anything that we put ourselves in or we are thrown in no matter the pain or suffering.”
With the help of friends on the way, and warm wishes and encouragement from family, friends, and supporters following his journey he has arrived! Now that he’s settled into Vermont, he has just a few short days to prepare for the Reebok Spartan Race World Championships where he will be representing Mexico in the elite heat!
More to come on this incredible journey!