Extreme Athlete Jonas Deichmann Crosses the USA. Unsupported. TWICE.
May 25, 2023
Adventurer and multiple world record holder Jonas Deichmann has a new project – cycling from New York to Los Angeles and running back.
ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – Adventurer and multiple world record holder Jonas Deichmann has a new project – cycling from New York to Los Angeles and running back.
German adventurer Jonas Deichmann will start his next adventure at the end of June from New York City as he sets off in late June and cycles 3,400 miles across the United States to Los Angeles, California. The day after he arrives, he’ll set off on foot and run East, running one ultra-marathon a day to arrive back in New York in early November.
As with all Deichmann’s adventures, he will be unsupported, relying on his ORTLIEB bags to carry all his gear on his ERGON-equipped, SCOTT Sports bike, as well as in a running trailer for the return leg. He won’t take the fastest route either, but instead follow smaller roads taking in all of the highlights along the way such as Death Valley, Monument Valley and the Rocky Mountains.
“Potential for snowfall in the Appalachian Mountains and extreme heat in Death Valley, the challenges will be very diverse,” anticipates Deichmann. However, the biggest challenge won’t be the mountains but the prairie. “In Kansas I will be running East, in a straight line, for 620 miles. Three weeks without much change will be a tremendous mental challenge.”
The multiple world record holder already holds records for the three big continental crossing by bicycle: Eurasia in 64 days, Panamerica (Alaska to Patagonia) in 97 days, and from North Cape, Norway to Cape Town, South Africa in 72 days – a whole month faster than the previous record holder.
In 2020-2021 Deichmann completed the first triathlon around the world completing 120 Ironman distances. During that journey he became a national celebrity in Mexico known as the “German Forrest Gump,” and thousands joined him in his run across the country. This year, he will make good on his nickname and cross the USA on foot. “Running across the United States has been a long dream of mine and I am happy to finally cross the country twice,” summarizes Deichmann.
This adventure is bigger than just another record, as Deichmann will be raising funds for World Bicycle Relief through his website and has on-going philanthropic activations.
More info: jonasdeichmann.com