• Thu March 16 2023
  • Posted Mar 16
After a strong finish in the 2021 900-mile Race Across the West (RAW), winning the women's race and challenging for the overall victory all the way into Durango (where the race finishes), Heather Poskevich, of the Des Moines area, has decided to tackle the grand daddy of all ultra endurance races: the 3000-mile Race Across America (RAAM). Poskevich, who seems to thrive on longer events, such as RAW and the Tour of Central Iowa, is racing for charity this year.

"I value the people in our community, and being able to help them is important to me," said Poskevich. "I want to bring them along on the ride with me and showcase them to our community."

Another way she is showcasing the central Iowa community is through those who support her. Local companies Dimond Bikes and Velorosa Clothing will be helping her cross the country with some of the most modern and technically advanced gear available. Poskevich is also a wife, mom and an E.R. doctor. Des Moines cyclist and podcaster Dave Mable sat down with her to talk about her decision to tackle RAAM, and how she juggles training with work and family.

"It's a good phase of my life to do it. All these pieces came together in a way that - now's the time to do it."

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In the summer of 2021, Lisa Carponelli talked with Poskevich about what led her to the bike less than 10 years ago, and what her experience at the Race Across the West was like. Listen on Episode 9 of Bike Talk with Dave:

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