In an alternative 2020, James Golding would have taken to the start line of the Race Across America, trying to become the first Briton to win one of cycling’s toughest ultra-endurance events.
The global pandemic may have postponed the 3,000-mile coast-to-coast race, which crosses 12 states from California to Maryland, but Golding, who will now target the 2021 event, has rarely done things the easy way.
Golding was diagnosed with inoperable cancer in 2008 but beat the disease after an intensive course of high-dose chemotherapy, despite being given only a five per cent chance of survival.
After a remarkable recovery, the 40-year-old turned to cycling but was hit by a truck at 70mph in 2010. Cancer returned in 2013 but he beat it once again.
Nothing can stop Golding, it seems, and he has now raised more than £3 million for charity as an ultra-endurance rider and fundraiser, breaking the Guinness seven-day distance record along the way.
In the latest episode of the BikeRadar Podcast, Golding candidly discusses surviving cancer twice, mental health, his record-breaking rides and preparations for Race Across America.
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