The Norman Transcript

Local news

July 17, 2014

Teens rest in Norman during coast-to-coast cycling expedition

NORMAN — With nearly 1,500 miles covered, 13 cyclists have hit the halfway point on a six-week journey across the United States.

Known as the “American Challenge,” the cyclists have committed themselves to a trip that takes them from the coast of South Carolina to the coast of California.

As part of Overland’s Summer biking programs, students from across the U.S. are riding to reach their destination: Santa Monica, Calif., and the Pacific Ocean. Cyclists spent their weekly day of rest Wednesday at First Baptist Church Family Center in Norman for a journey they started in late June.

“We take short, efficient breaks when possible,” said Austin Bergeron, Overland trip leader, “but we’re all self-supporting. There aren’t any vans following us around. We carry all of our own stuff.”

Bergeron has previously lead an Overland group along the Pacific coast from Seattle to San Francisco and has been bike touring for four years. 

A typical day of cycling begins with a wake-up call at 4:30 a.m. The pedals begin turning at first light. While the average mileage has been close to 80 miles per day, some days of travel could range up to 100 miles to reach the end of their 3,000-mile journey.

The six-week trip takes students through South Carolina, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona and straight through California to the Pacific Ocean. 

“This is the big year,” said Caroline Holliday, Overland trip leader. Holliday leads alongside Bergeron to take care of their group comprised of students. This is Holliday’s first coast-to-coast trip across the U.S., despite her previous bike travels through Cape Cod and Europe. 

Holliday and Bergeron’s group is the third of four Overland teams that will travel from the Atlantic to the Pacific this summer.

The trip always starts with a dip in the Atlantic Ocean. 

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local news
  • City manager calls Moore strong while addressing Chamber

    MOORE — Moore’s City Manager Steve Eddy could have quoted Dickens: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Eddy, with help from Mayor Glenn Lewis, reported on Tuesday on the State of the City to the Moore Chamber of ...

    July 23, 2014

  • walmart City leaders say ‘yes’ to Wal-Mart supercenter postponement

    Despite complaints that a postponement request was in the eleventh hour, a zoning change in east Norman was put on hold Tuesday night. The proposal to rezone property at Cedar Lane Road between 24th Avenue Southeast and Highway 77 ...

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Solar cars 7 Solar cars use Norman area during pit stop

    Flat, low to the ground with reflective panels and bright colors, these moving vehicles look more like cartoon spaceships than solar race cars. But these funny looking cars represent exactly what the American Solar Challenge (ASC) ...

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Motorcyclist injured in collision

    A motorcyclist was injured in a collision Tuesday night in Norman....

    July 23, 2014

  • Police log

    Police responded to the following incidents Monday: · 1:37 a.m. stolen vehicle, 2100 block of West Brooks Street · 6:27 a.m. larceny report, 200 block of Driftwood Drive · 8:58 a.m. harassment or threats report, 1200 ...

    July 23, 2014

  • Felonies filed

    The following people were charged with felony counts in the Cleveland County Court Clerk’s Office: · Linda Marquez, 36, leaving the scene of an accident involving injury, driving a motor vehicle under the influence of ...

    July 23, 2014

  • Leaving the scene of an accident

    A Norman woman was charged Tuesday with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury over the weekend in Moore. Linda Marquez, 36, also faces a misdemeanor charge of driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. ...

    July 23, 2014

  • Norman firefighter performs Heimlich maneuver on Moore man after he chokes on food

    What started out as a normal night out for a Moore couple ended with them being thankful a firefighter was in the right place at the right time....

    July 22, 2014

  • 18-year-old killed; 72-year-old man, young boy injured

    Those involved in the wreck Friday near 136th Avenue and South Sooner Road were identified Monday by Oklahoma City police. Logan Rosado-Santoni, 18, was pronounced dead on the scene after the 4:30 p.m. multi-vehicle wreck. Two others were ...

    July 22, 2014

  • New AP program to begin in Norman

    NORMAN — Norman Public Schools Board of Education learned about Advanced Placement Capstone at a regular board meeting Monday....

    July 22, 2014