Chris MacDonald used the Arctic Heat Cooling Vests to stay cool as he rode Coast to Coast to finish 2nd in the Race Across America.
“There is no doubt that keeping the body temperature low and healthy using the Arctic Heat cooling vest, will be what makes the difference through the desert, and ultimately in the race.” said Chris MacDonald.The Race Across America, the world’s longest ultra-marathon cycling event, tests the limits of human endurance and potentiality. Rated the ‘World’s Toughest Race’ by Outside magazine, this grueling 3052-mile (4912 km) transcontinental journey through the heartland of America takes place over a period of nine days, pushing athletes to their mental and physical limits. Riders endure combined climbs totaling 110,000 feet (33,538 m)—nearly four times the altitude of Mt Everest—and punishing weather conditions that include 120 degree heat in the Sonoran desert, below freezing temperatures in the Rocky and Appalachian Mountains, hail storms on the plains, and headwinds that can reach 50 mph (80 kph), all for the honor of being added to the prestigious roll of RAAM finishers.
The 2005 Race across America (RAAM), the World’s longest ultra-marathon cycling event begins this Sunday 19 June, an event sometimes referred to as the “World’s Toughest Race” or the “Tour de France – American style” It is a 3049 mile race from San Diego to Atlantic City, across the United States on a bike – in eight days! To be competitive, the riders will have to stay on the bike for 21-22 hours a day. They will face 110,000 feet of climbing through the Rocky Mountains and have to overcome the brutal heat of the Mojave Desert. Chris MacDonald, 32 from Mukilteo, Washington is one of the favorites for the race. An elite rower on the United States National team for four years and now a Physiologist, at the University of Copenhagen, Chris has an in-depth understanding about the physical requirements needed to complete such a grueling event. Despite having to ride through the Mohave Desert where temperatures are likely to top 120°F, Chris expects to keep his cool. Preparation and planning for an event such as the RAAM is vitally important and Chris and his support crew have taken steps to counter the extreme heat. Research has led them to the Arctic Heat Cooling Vest, a product designed to allow athletes to pre-cool and to stabilize their core body temperature. “There is no doubt that keeping the body temperature low and healthy using the Arctic Heat cooling vest, will be what makes the difference through the desert, and ultimately in the race.” said Chris MacDonald. The cooling vest can delay the effects of heat stress, reduce sweating rates, and allow the rider to worker harder for longer.“We are really excited to have Chris MacDonald use our cool vests in the RAAM” said Arctic Heat’s Dr John Surie. “Our Arctic Heat cooling vests have previously been used to help athletes at the Athens Olympics and to assist the troops in Iraq, now we have the chance to help Chris stay cool during the World’s Hardest Sporting Event.”Chris will have access to a wide range of Arctic Heat cooling products, some that have been made especially for the RAAM. When the heat is on in the desert, expect to see Chris keeping his cool with what is fast becoming this summer’s coolest item.
The lightweight Arctic Heat Cooling vest uses a two stage cooling process. The vests contain a gel-like substance that can be frozen or chilled, and will maintain that temperature for up to two hours. The cooling vests are manufactured using Woolmark’s Sportwool, a special body cooling fabric which incorporates Vapor Management Technology.