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|The 1982 participants of The Great American Bicycle Race|
In 1982, John Marino gave start to one of the hardest, longest, Ultra-endurance races in the world. It has come to be called the Race Across America, but its first incarnation was The Great American Bicycle Race. The 2,968 mile route went from the Santa Monica Pier in LA to the Empire State Building in New York. Only four racers participated: John Marino, John Howard, Michael Shermer, and Lon Haldeman (the race winner).
ABC Wild World of Sports covered the 1982 race. Below are 10 videos of their coverage that is available on youtube.