Thanks to the interwebedness of the interweb my last post actually made it to Michael Secrest!

So to set the record straight:  I had stated that “The current RAAM record was set by the incomparable Michael Secrest of Flint, MI.  He raced from Huntington Beach, CA to New York, NY in June of 1990 in 7 Days, 23 hours, and 16 minutes.” As it turns out this information was incorrect and I apologize for the mistake.  Mr. Secrest informed me that the above time was set during a solo attempt to cross the country and not durning a RAAM.  My apologies to RAAMers and to Mr. Secrest.

My assertion that  Michael Secrest is “incomparable”  however seems to have been spot-on.  His comment is attached to my previous post but here it is in its entirety:

“My friend, Frank Fedel, forwarded this to me; he has a Google alert anytime my name is mentioned. To set the record straight, RAAMer’s will be upset with your stating that this ride was during RAAM. It was not. It was a solo attempt. That settled, I contact you because I am the answer to your dilemma! Please go to my website and check-out The Impossible Ride. I’ve been trying to get anyone to get behind my TWO-DAY coast-to-coast ride, drafting behind a truck since 1990; when I went 1216 miles in 24-hours at Phx. Int. Raceway doing the same. I’m in the process of completely revising the site, as I will soon be putting a DVD on YouTube called “TheGuyOnTheBike.” The first half will show the aforemntioned PIR ride. The second half is dedicated to addressing the problem of obesity in this country. I put out a call to action for people, as a start, commit to riding a bike one day a week. They can take it a step further by committing to replace their motor vehicles with a bicycle one day a
week; a way to reduce carbon emmissions and our dependence on foreign oil. Modern US people need something dramatic and grandiose to attract and hold their attention: think “Bubble Bo.” Aaron, everyone will think that TIR is just a publicity stunt when I begin in San Diego. When they awaken on that Sunday morning, turn on their tv’s, and see that I’m in San Antonio, the whole US media and citizens will be glued to their tv’s following me to the finish in Florida! Not to be boastful, but I think you will agree that TIR will greatly eclipse, in people’s view, the miraculous seven Tours de France by Lance. No disrespect to Lance, but TIR is uniquely American in nature and grandiosity. I’m not familiar with biomimitics, and the only change required for my bike was a huge chainring, re-designed right seatstay and re-designed steering geometry for stability at high speed. So, I’m not sure that this ride can neccessarily create newer improvements that are already being designed; but what
this ride CAN do is to bring attention to the bicycle as a means of viable transportation and a way for the nation, as a whole, drop some much-needed pounds! What do you think Aaron? Hope to hear from you soon.

Most sincerely,

Michael Secrest”

What do I think?  I think this guy is amazing!  Though his goal doesn’t mesh directly with the stated aim of this blog which is to design and build the worlds first biomimetic bicycle, Mr. Secrest is a cyclist and that makes him our brother.  Any activity, at any level of sanity, that advances cycling is something we should encourage and participate in.  Today it is Michael Secrest tear-assing across the country, tomorrow it can be YOU cruising along on your Biomimetic Bicycle.

Michael, we are with you.


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