Bakersfield man races bike cross country

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A Bakersfield man is strapping on his helmet and living out a lifelong dream.

 Fuelcraft cycling coach Danny Kaukola is currently participating in the Trans Am Race with 42 others.

The race began in Oregon and in the next few days it will finish up in Virginia.

"It's been a lifelog goal of his to ride his bike across the United States, and this race came up, it was perfect," said Kaukola's wife Alison.

Kaukola only has a small blue pack filled with food and camping gear, but the bike he's riding came from Snider's Cyclery here in Bakersfield. They worked with Raleigh Bicycles to get Danny a brand new bike for a quarter of the cost.

"Whenever you do a ride like this, you want to have top of the line equipment, you want to be at least on a level playing field with all the other people that are doing the race," said Tina Chapa, sales floor manager at Snider's Cyclery.

Every person in the race has a tracking device on them, and you can check the progress online. At last check, Danny was in 12th place and traveling through Missouri.

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