THE SOLO SUPPORT CREW
Craig's solo success relies heavily on the support of a close team.
His support crew of nine people are focused on ensuring he makes it to the finish line – to complete the race and be the fastest Kiwi across America, and be competitive at the front of the international endurance cycling field.
As a team, they’re responsible for every detail of Craig's race including logistics, bike maintenance, nutrition, health and navigation.
Planning this level of logistics and preparing for all weather conditions is no mean feat... the team must plan to be on the road continuously for up to 12 days (the maximum time allowed for the race), travelling in support vehicles.
While battling their own sleep exhaustion and wellbeing, they must ensure that Craig stays motivated and fully supported to stay in top condition throughout the race.
Any slip-up on their part could result in time penalties or, tougher still, Craig's non-completion.