VAARU Cycles sponsor Alaina’s Trans Am challenge

The Challenge

Alaina Beacall is currently the only female registered to attempt the Trans Am cycle race across America. Having successfully completed her 5000 mile Arctic to Croatia challenge last year, Alaina is confident in her ability to represent Great Britain in this slightly shorter but perhaps more intense challenge.

On 2nd June 2018 Alaina will begin her race, 4300 miles across 10 states in America from Oregon to Virginia and the challenge is to complete this distance in under 30 days. Alaina will need to be self-sufficient and cycle a minimum of 145 miles every day just to get across the states in time.

The Bike

To complete this challenge, Alaina has chosen the VAARU MPA, our titanium endurance road bike which has been specifically designed for distance road riding. Titanium is the perfect material for an endurance road bike, ours is double butted which makes it super light and has specially formed chainstays and seatstays for added comfort on those long rides. The MPA comes fully compatible with both internal Di2 or mechanical cable options but Alaina will have a mechanical set-up as the logistics of the race mean she won’t have the opportunity to re-charge. The MPA frame has the latest through axle and utillises Shimano flatmount brake technology with enough clearance for 28c tyres and a full mudguard.

Alaina has already had her bike fit and James has stripped the frame ready for the special custom paintwork that will be starting next week. A carefully selected finishing kit complements the VAARU MPA.

  • Hunt SuperDura Dynamo Disc wheels
  • Shimano Ultegra groupset
  • Syncros handlebars, stem, seat post, bottle cage, tool and pump.
  • C-bear ceramic bearing bottom bracket
  • Assos technologically advanced clothing

The Cause

Alaina is raising money for a local charity, Asylum Link through her justgiving page. Asylum Link Merseyside provide food, clothes, friendship and social activities for local refugees.

One reply on “VAARU Cycles sponsor Alaina’s Trans Am challenge

  • Dana Fisher

    Wow I was reading Alaina’s story and what an inspiration. It is interesting to read we both started endurance cycling at the same place and got the bug, bigger and better each year. I don’t race and do it for the shear fun and love to cycle tour, every year I’ll cover a bit more of the world with my husband. I’m off in May to cycle Coast to Coast – fly into Washington DC and out from Portland but taking 3 months so that I don’t have to cover 100 miles per day and get time to visit the sights. My bikes not as light and fab as hers, I’m a little jealous but she’s sturdy and gets me through. Why I’ve commented is I’m a Chichester girl and interested to read you’re in Bognor Regis. You never know what’s on your own doorstep!!


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