Andrew Willis is off his bicycle and “re-evaluating” whether or not he will continue his attempt to finish the Race Across the West.
Willis, president of Holland Racing and creator of The Driveway Race Series, started the 900-plus-mile race Tuesday in Oceanside, California. Last night, about 500 miles into the ride, he had to get off his bike because of foot pain.
At about 1:30 a.m. Texas time, his wife Holly Ammerman posted this:
“So, Andrew Willis had to take a break from the race 😦 He occasionally suffers from gout in his left foot. It’s really painful. When it’s at its worst he can’t even have the sheets or a blanket on his foot in bed, it’s that sensitive. He hadn’t had an episode in over 6 months, but for whatever reason it chose to flare up at RAW. Currently his left foot is super swollen and barely fits in his shoe. Every pedal stroke was agonizing. His crew and he have marked the course and called it into the race refs and are driving into the nearest town to get a hotel room and sleep and consider options in the morning.”
At about 10 a.m. today, Willis posted this update:
“Major bummer and not how I wanted race to go but these things happen. I had to sit and pedal funny the last 10 hours or so to relieve some of the pain in my foot and its torn up my knee and “sitting” area. I was in so much pain all I could focus on was the pain and we had a winding 20 mile descent coming up in the dark. Just wasn’t safe. We decided to find a hotel and sleep. Reevaluate this morning.”
No word yet on if he’ll continue.