Austin Dircks has loved biking since he was a kid. This summer, he turned his dream of biking across the country into reality.
Reaching top speeds of 41 mph, 27 year old Dircks, of Shoreview, biked 94 miles a day for 19 days on a solo trip through the states of Washington, Oregon and California.
“I have watched the Tour de France since I was 7 or 8, and I learned about long-distance bike riding. I found this specific route from Canada to Mexico along the Pacific coast many years ago. As I got in more shape over the years, I thought, ‘I could do this,’” Dircks said. “I set my schedule to do it last summer, but with COVID and nothing open, I delayed it for this summer, and it worked out perfectly.”