In tandem with her father, Brad, Alexis Crossley ’12 is currently participating in the Trans Am Bike Race, an incredible 4,300-mile bicycle trek that stretches across the continental United States, from Astoria, Ore. to Yorktown, Va.
This mentally and physically exhausting endurance event requires riders to be self-sufficient, as each team is responsible for tracking down their own food and water, organizing sleeping arrangements, transporting needed materials, and even fixing their own bikes when necessary.
At press time on June 29, “Team Croz” is pedaling through Illinois having traveled more than 3,000 miles since the beginning of their journey on June 3. This morning during a radio interview with the team, Shattuck-St. Mary’s President Nick Stoneman surprised Alexis with words of encouragement on behalf of the SSM community while the duo continues their push through the second half of the grueling, once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
In addition to the physical aspects of the journey, the race carries special meaning for Crossley and her father, an elementary school physical education teacher. The team is also racing to raise awareness and funds for children dealing with mental and physical health issues related to poor nutrition and lack of exercise. Donate here!
The race represents one of several exciting accomplishments for Crossley, who received Boston University’s 2017 Woman of the Year award in May and was recently named a NCAA Woman of the Year nominee.