California and Arizona desert heat in mid-June is hard on all living creatures. But try racing a bike under those conditions 24/7! It’s amazing more racers didn’t have trouble! By the time we reached Missouri the heat had caught up with two of our racers and one of our crew. They were basically out of commission for a day and a half which meant that our whole race strategy had to be rethought. The remaining two riders pulled double duty for the day and a half.