An employee with the Charter Oak Unified School District and competitive cyclist is getting ready for a race coined “The toughest 48 hours in sport.”
On Oct. 5 through Oct. 7, David Farey, an irrigation technician in the maintenance and operations department at Charter Oak will race the Furnace Creek 508, a grueling 508 miles from Santa Clarita, across the Mojave Desert, through Death Valley National Park to the finish line at the gateway to Joshua Tree National Park. National Geographic ranks the race in the Top 10 Toughest Endurance Races in the world. The course has a total elevation gain of over 35,000 feet and crosses ten mountain passes.
But Farey, a 40-year-old Riverside resident, is no stranger to challenging feats on a bike. Farey has competed in several races including the Camino Real Double Century, Death Valley Double Century, and the Joshua Tree Double Century, all completed on a fixed geared steel bicycle. Farey competed in the 600K Brevet, a 392-mile race fro Las Vegas to Los Angeles in 35 hours without rest. He also rode from Malibu to Gaviota and back in 21 hours in the 300-mile Highland Grand Tour.
To find out more about Farey or to help sponsor his future races, visit his Facebook page.