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Hop On a Bike And Race a Steam Train Around the Grand Canyon

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | June 04, 2015

Hop On a Bike And Race a Steam Train Around the Grand Canyon

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The only race befitting the magnificence of the Grand Canyon is a battle between man and machine.

The LA Times’ Mary Forgione reports on a competition that is just that. Now it’s not humans battling Transformers—although that would truly be awesome.

This is a race between bicyclists and one locomotive steam train. The word we believe you are now searching for is radical.

It’s a 54-mile race that proves once and for all that machines are nothing when compared to human-powered bicycles, and we should all travel as such from here on out.

Or something like that:

Granted, we will continue to travel while sitting in a nicely air conditioned airplane or train, but the video makes this race sound extremely cool.

For more information you can head over to or at Grand Canyon Racing, where you can also register for one of the limited spots open at the moment.

The website describes the enormous task for those who wish to partake: “The race begins on Highway 64 in Tusayan and travels 53 miles south with the finish line on Historic Route 66 at the intersection of 2nd Street and Historic Route 66, adjacent to the Grand Canyon Railway Depot. The race travels 50 miles on Highway 64 before merging on to Historic route 66 for the final 3 miles.”

Now you do have a choice as to whether you want to enjoy the pleasant comfort of watching others bike across the countryside from your seat or you can engage in a remarkably grueling task of actually biking the trail.

Forgione states that the event, which starts on Sept. 26, will run adults $75 for a ticket on the train with children mandating a $45 fee.

However, if you are into more extreme modes of transport, you can pay up to $80 to ride in the event.

If you happen to win, you can tell people that you are faster than a steam engine train. This will also signal to your pals to take anything but steam trains if they want to get to their respective destinations quickly.

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