Biking to California for a race

PITTSFIELD, Vt. (AP) - September 15, 2008

Joe Desena, 39, says he is leaving Monday on his 3,000-mile trip west, which is expected to take about two weeks. He's planning to be in the field on Oct. 4 for the Furnace Creek 508, which goes from Santa Clarita, Calif., to Twentynine Palms.

Desena, who has participated in dozens of adventure races, triathlons and ultramarathons, says there's no better way to get in shape for the race than to bike across country.

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