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The Actuary The magazine of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries

Ironman Peter Redhead raises the bar

Following on from his sterling efforts in the Ironman Challenge last year, Jardine Lloyd Thompson’s Peter Redhead has aimed even higher for his next mission. As the only actuary in a JLT international team of eight, he is attempting the toughest bike race on earth — the Race Across America starting on 12 June.

The course is 3050 miles long with over 100,000 feet of climbs, stretching from Oceanside California to Annapolis Maryland, making it much more demanding than the more famous Tour de France. The team has a target time of seven days, which means keeping the relay going non-stop day and night at an average speed of 18.2mph.

To maintain that average, given the climbing and the effects of altitude, the team will need to chain-gang for much of the flatter stages, and so cover rather more than one-eighth of the distance each. Sleep deprivation will be a challenge, too. There are only two British teams taking part and the other is led by Sir Steve Redgrave, so JLT has some decent competition.

The team is hoping to raise $400,000 for four worthy charities: the Edward Lloyd Trust, Partners in Health, West London Action for Children and the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network. For more information or to make a donation visit www.jlt-raam.com