Pittsfield man biking to California for race

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A Vermont man planning to ride in a 508-mile bicycle race in California is taking the long way to the starting line. He’s pedaling there.

Joe Desena is leaving Monday on his 3,000-mile trip west, which is expected to take about two weeks. On October 4th, he’s planning to be in the field for the Furnace Creek 508, which goes from Santa Clarita to Twentynine Palms, California.

Desena has participated in dozens of adventure races, triathlons and ultramarathons. He says there’s no better way to get in shape for the race than to bike across country to get to it.

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