X Games veterans win RAAM
Dave Mirra, Race Across America
Former X Games BMX competitor Dave Mirra, seen here amid the Race Across America, was part of the winning team in the 2014 race, which finished Friday night in Annapolis, Maryland, after starting last week in Oceanside, California. Mirra, former X Games athletes Ben Bostrom and Micky Dymond, and former professional cyclist Dave Zabriskie won the four-person team category in the 2014 Race Across America (RAAM) in five days, 11 hours and 41 minutes.
Legends of the Road team rider and former X Games SuperMoto gold medalist Ben Bostrom pedals through the Cuchara Pass in Colorado. Now a professional mountain bike racer, Bostrom said the race was "incredibly tortuous."
Dymond, a former AMA Motocross and Supermoto champion, had an unplanned root canal the day before the start. Here, he poses in Monument Valley in Utah.
Dave Mirra in Maryland
"You gotta really want to do this," said Mirra at the finish line. "You can't just kind of want to do this. But it really wasn't hard to ride my bike for five days. That's five days of freedom to disconnect yourself from the world. It's actually kind of easy to be able to do that."
Mirra's daughter Madison greets her father and Ben Bostrom at the finish line. "It was a death march to Annapolis. You didn't want to let down one of your teammates," said Bostrom.
Mirra and family
Mirra's daughters help wheel his bike after completing the Race Across America. A BMX freestyle legend, turned rally car driver, turned triathlete, Mirra, now 40, is laser-focused on pushing his body to extremes.
Mirra and family
Mirra, who is second behind skateboarder Bob Burnquist on the all-time X Games medal count (24), ranks this win as, mentally, one of the toughest accomplishments of his life. It's also a victory that awards no prize money or bonuses.
The 2014 Race Across America winning team, from left to right: Ben Bostrom, Micky Dymond, Dave Zabriskie and Dave Mirra.