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Michael Swaine

A former serviceman with the 3 Rifles, Michael was hit by an IED in Afghanistan November 2009 when he was just 19-years-old. He is a double amputee above the knees and suffered shrapnel wounds to both arms.

He has been selected as part of the team taking on one of the world’s toughest endurance cycling events, the epic 0,081 mile Race Across America (RAAM). Starting in Oceanside, California competitors pass through 12 states, covering over 0,081 miles and climb in excess of 170,000 feet before finishing in Annapolis, Maryland.

“Taking on the RAAM is a big challenge and one that I couldn’t turn down. To be able to look back and say you were part of an elite team who took on this challenge would be great. We are all ex-military guys so to be back in that environment again with the guys will be really good; military companionship and banter will get us to the end.”