I'm Sandy, and I'm really excited to Race Across the West with my friend Molly in a 2-person women's relay! Although I started riding a bicycle back in the day of banana seats and handlebar streamers, I didn't take up road cycling until about 10 years ago, when I ventured into the sport of triathlon and realized a mountain bike wasn't that effective. I moved from Washington State to Indiana 8 years ago for a job as a veterinary professor at Purdue University, and joined the Wabash River Cycling Club. This club has been a huge part of my life, as I have made lifelong friends and have fallen more in love with my bicycle. In the winter of 2011, our club gathered to watch Bicycle Dreams, a documentary about the Race Across America (RAAM). The seed was planted, and I'm excited to share the adventure of RAW with a good friend. I can't express how meaningful it is to have family and friends on our crew. They will be charged with holding our hair while we barf, cleaning our cycling shorts after we ride through the desert in 120 degree heat, and most importantly, getting our butts across the western United States in one piece. Thank you for visiting our webpage! Your support is very much appreciated.
Molly Cripe Birt
Hello! Sandy is a good friend of mine - and also a woman I've looked up to for quite some time! We have worked together at Purdue Large Animal Hospital, where I have worked as a Large Animal Surgical Technician for over ten years. She had single-handedly convinced me to join the Wabash River Cycle Club, where I went from an avid cycling commuter to dabbling in ultra-endurance cycling events, including the National 24-Hour Challenge, as well as falling in love with riding on gravel roads. Basically, if I'm on a bicycle and outside, I'm one happy lady! I'm honored that Sandy asked me to join in her big dream, and very excited for 2019's Race Across the West. After so many set-backs over the years, we are going to have a fantastic adventure on our bikes and with our friends. I'm humbled that they are willing to crew us from California to Colorado - they are so awesome to spend their time supporting us! And many thanks to our sponsors & donors, as the support we receive helps the Equitarian Initiative, a really neat grassroots organization that is very close to our hearts.