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Atlanta Bikers Participating in National Race

The annual Race Across America kicks off later this month.
The annual Race Across America kicks off later this month.
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Atlanta’s bicycling community is well-represented in an annual racing event.

The 2014 Race Across America starts in San Diego and ends in Annapolis.

That’s just over 3,000 miles and two teams from Atlanta are participating.

One of them is an eight-person group called Georgia Chain Gang.

They are collecting funds for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

A number of people on that biking team have been affected by that disease.

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“They’ve lost family members, they are survivors themselves.  And we have one person on the team, Andrew Johnston, who is still actively on treatment,” says Chain Gang crew chief Frank Fuerst.

The Chain Gang has raised over $200,000 for this year’s race and nearly $500,000 since 2009.

Riders from the state have a strong history with the Race Across America.

“In fact, there have been two Georgia teams, back in the very early days of the team event, who owned the world record for crossing for the race,” says Fuerst.

The team hopes to cross the finish line within a week.