Conceptualized by Andy Funk in the summer of 2015, Vegas In 24 (benefiting the Pink Lotus Foundation) is a grueling charity bicycle challenge that took place on April 23, 2016. The 365-mile event stretches from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and was covered by Andy nonstop on a bicycle in under 24 hours. Yes – 365 miles, as in 17% of the 3-week Tour de France in a single day, combined with 14,500 feet of elevation gain (that’s half way up Mt. Everest on a bike) with no outside support or assistance of any kind. A never before attempted challenge with a distance and time goal so tough, it left no margin for error.
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The Bottom Line
Exactly How Far is 365 Miles?
We’re glad you asked, because it’s quite far!
San Francisco to Los Angeles
Chicago to Lexington
Miami to Jacksonville
New York City to Pittsburgh
Washington DC to Charlotte
Kansas City to Oklahoma City
Dallas to Amarillo
Atlanta to Jacksonville
New Orleans to Memphis
Salt Lake City to Boise
Tampa to Savannah
Denver to Santa Fe
San Diego to Phoenix
Pittsburgh to Louisville
Official Event Rules
We realize that the severe difficulty of the event is what makes it so exciting to support. Clear guidelines where set in place prior to the event with regards to what Andy is allowed and not allowed to do. Below is a summary of the final and official Vegas In 24 event rules.
Departure & Arrival
Departure must occur in the City of Los Angeles, California anywhere within 300 yards of the Pacific ocean. Andy may choose any location at his sole discretion. Departure can occur at any time, day or night. Arrival is official upon dismounting the bike after having reached the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign on South Las Vegas Blvd.
Andy must be 100% self reliant and is not allowed to accept any outside assistance of any kind except in the case of an accident or medical emergency. Nutrition, hydration, supplies, lights, layered clothing, tools, etc must either be brought along by Andy or purchased by Andy during the event at any locations of Andy’s choosing.
Drafting and Rider Support
This is man against the forces of mother nature event, and that’s how it was intended to be! Drafting is not allowed. While Andy cannot control if other riders may decide to join him for portions of the ride to show support for Vegas In 24, he will not be allowed to draft of any other riders. Camera and photography vehicles (and possibly other vehicles with curious passengers) will be present for the majority of the event. Depending on the circumstances and where these vehicles are positioned, they may provide a temporary draft while taking footage of Andy and those situations will not be deemed drafting.
Official timing devices for Vegas In 24 are Garmin 920xt watches. The clock starts ticking as soon as Andy starts cycling in Los Angeles and stops as soon as he dismounts at the Fabulous Las Vegas sign in Las Vegas, Nevada. Andy may take as many breaks as he feels are necessary. All breaks taken will count towards the final time. While there is no official time limit to the event, the goal is for Andy to reach Las Vegas in less than 24 hours.
Route & Interstate Restrictions
Andy may choose any route that connects Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Due to safety and to make the event as long and as challenging as possible, Interstate Freeways (I-10, I-40 and I-15) are strictly prohibited and may only be used for a total of 10 miles or less during the entire event, and only in areas where allowable by the designated transportation authorities (CalTrans, etc). Highways may be used as long as bicycles may legally be used on such highway(s).