U of Georgia

how 'bout them dawgs?

Parker  Smith decided to do something memorable between graduating from Georgia  and starting medical school: to race nearly 2,800 miles from Canada  down the length of the Rocky Mountains and into the New Mexico desert.
When he saw a video for one of the most unusual bicycle races in North America, he found a calling.
Smith recruited his friend and Georgia graduate student Rob  Giannini to race nearly 2,800 miles from Canada down the length of the  Rocky Mountains and into the New Mexico desert, stopping only to sleep  for a few hours — usually outdoors.
"I saw the movie and I thought, ‘I’m not really doing anything the  summer before med school and I want to do something cool,’ " Smith  said. "I’m about to throw my life away with the books for a while, so I  wanted to do something epic. I thought this was it. It was awesome.  That’s such a huge test and I wanted to see if I could do it."
Giannini, 28, and Smith, 23,  rode in the Tour Divide  Race — a 2,745-mile run from Banff, Canada, to a  border station near  Antelope Wells, New Mexico, down a course that  criss-crosses the  Continental Divide and totals about 120,000 feet of  climbs and descents.
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  • 26 July 2011
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