It’s a team effort
Mesa, Arizona (Vocus) June 4, 2010
Doctor Finders announced today that it will sponsor Dr. Dan McGehee’s third attempt at one of cycling’s most prestigious challenges, the100-mile track world record. The UMCA sanctioned event will take place on June 12th at the ADT Center Velodrome in Carson, California.
The current world record of 3:47:26 is held by Rod Evans of Australia. Last year, McGehee came within nine seconds of breaking that record set in 1994. He will need to sustain an average speed of nearly 27 MPH throughout the 648 laps on the 250-meter velodrome if he is to succeed. After adjusting his training schedule, balanced between his work as an optometrist and family life with his wife and three children, McGehee is confident that he has what it takes this time. “It’s a team effort,” says McGehee. “I have the easy job. All I need to do is pedal. Everyone else is making either a financial or emotional investment in me.”
McGehee has competed in over 100 triathlons and twice participated in the Kona Ironman Triathlon World Championships. In addition to being the current UMCA 100-mile Road Record holder, McGehee’s accomplishments include numerous victories in ultra-endurance races with distances of over 500 miles. Of all his endeavors, McGehee says last year’s attempt at the track world record was the hardest he has ever undertaken. “For a long time, I wouldn’t even consider doing it again. But now, I’m more prepared and I understand the limits of my body and what my mind can get my body to do,” says McGehee.
McGehee’s training regimen includes biking 300-500 miles a week on flat surfaces and regular visits to the velodrome for training and testing. He can be found riding alone, with his teammates from RideClean or with the Brumbys cycling club in Mesa. His stamina earned him the nickname ‘Damage’ because, “If you go on a ride with him you will become ‘damaged goods’ just trying to keep up,” says RideClean teammate, Paul Thomas, former World Champion Duathlete.
RideClean is an organization that promotes clean sport without the use of performance enhancing drugs and encourages a lifestyle that is able to balance family, work and sport. Doctor Finders chose to support McGehee’s attempt because of the lifestyle he promotes as well as his dedication to his optometrist practice and to cycling.
“We were so impressed with McGehee’s determination and passion for his work and for the sport that it seemed like a natural paring for us,” says Clint Ethington of Doctor Finders.
Contact: Clint Ethington
Company: Doctor Finders