Seana Hogan

" I realize that I can do whatever I put my mind to do."
- Seana Hogan
 


RAAM 2019

Race Across America

The Race Across America (RAAM) is a nonstop bicycle race beginning in Oceanside, CA and ending in Annapolis, MD.   Racers traverse nearly 3100 miles across the United States, enduring desert heat, mountainous altitude and midwestern humidity.   Simply finishing this race marks a major accomplishment.

Currently the overall women's Transcontinental Record holder (set in 1995: 9 Days, 4 hours and 2 minutes), In 2017 Seana Hogan broke the women's 50+ Transcontinental Record with a time of 12 days, 13 hours and 25 minutes.  She told herself back in 1995 that she would come back in her fifties and set the age group record. She went on and re-set that record in 2018. Seana hopes to better her 50+ record with renewed confidence after last year's success. In doing this, she will set the record for first 60+ solo female to finish. She's hoping to better her 2018 record.



   "I really like the idea of inspiring people to test their limits.  I shoot for the stars and hope I come back with a planet or a moon.  Sometimes I miss all together.  Not to be discouraged, I will always keep trying, I will always shoot for the stars as long as I am able!" 

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Seana Hogan RAAM by Jaka Vinsek

Photographer Jaka Vinšek seeks people challenging their physical limits for his personal projects. He found Seana, and captured the struggle and euphoria during the 2018 Race Across America.


Photography, cinematography and words by Jaka Vinsek // www.jakavinsek.com 

More about Seana's Race Across America 2018 along with fantastic photos capturing the toughness RAAM requires. 

Seana Hogan - Cycling Legend, captured by Jaka Vinšek
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Never Give Up!

 "It's impossible.", said pride.
"It's risky.", said experience.
"It's pointless.", said reason.
"Give it a try.", whispered the heart.
                                    -unknown

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An Inspiration in the Cycling World for Over 20 Years.

Her never say never attitude has lead her to major lifetime accomplishments. This perseverance has taken her to several world records in cycling. Most notably she has broken the women's transconinental cycling record twice, first in 1994 and second in 1995. Seana has shown time and time again that with a dream, a goal, a good plan and hard work, anything can be done.  


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2019 Schedule


  • March- Southern Inyo Double, Lone Pine, CA.        
  • May - TdB Yosemite Camp, Groveland, CA
  • June - Race Across America, Oceanside, CA to Annapolis, MD. 
  • October- World 24 Hour TT, Borrego Springs,CA. 
  • November - NT444 Natchez Trace 444, Nashville, TN

Seana training in the hills of California

Ride With Seana

Tour de Bicycling gives cyclists a chance to learn about RAAM experiences, training techniques, and more from Seana and her crew. Look for the next 'fun training camp'.

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Bio

The Life of The Champ

Seana began riding her bike for transportation.


Seana has always ridden a bicycle like most kids growing up in California. When she was younger and a swimmer she would ride her bike to swimming practice; she was a competitive swimmer from the time she was 4 until she was 16 years old.  In college, at San Jose State University, she used her bike for transportation.  Likewise, when she went to graduate school at UC Berkeley, her bike commute to school was 20 miles round trip.          

Her first double century lead to more.


In 1989, after earning her BA and MS in Mathematics, she started working for IBM as a software Engineer.  She began riding with a group of co-workers after hours.  One thing lead to another and she rode her first century with friends from this work group.  Not long after her first son, Alex, was born she completed her first double-century in Davis California in 1991.  She was hooked on long distance cycling.            


 So what was the leap from her first double to ultra-cycling racing like the Race Across America?          


The leap to Ultra-marathon bike racing was quick.


Well, a month after the Davis Double in 1991 a friend of Seana's, who was training for RAAM, invited her to ride the 300-mile option of the LA Wheelman's Grand Tour; he planned to ride the 400-mile option.  She rode the first three hundred and said," I do not want to sit in the van for 6 hours, I will ride too.".  She finished 'the quad' in less than 24 hours.  Not bad!          


A major crash threatens plans.


As word spread of what she had done, friends encouraged her to race in the RAAM qualifier, RAAM Open West (later to become the Furnace Creek 508).  She set her sights on that race, she had until the end of October of that year (1991) to train.  All went well until a fateful night in late July.  Seana was on a moonlight training ride over Mt. Hamilton in San Jose, California. There was a group of about five riders that went up the mountain that evening.  Once they got to the summit all but Seana and her friend Don descended back to their cars.  Seana and Don decided to take the long way home and descended the backside; this ride would have been 110 miles long, but was cut short by a very serious accident.  While descending Seana hit a rock and crashed.  She woke up in the ICU; she had broken eight ribs, she broke her clavical and she fractured her pelvis.  Her dreams of qualifying  for RAAM appeared to be dashed.                  


Seana goes on to win her first RAAM


But...this did not keep her down.  Four weeks after the crash, she was in the pool  swimming laps; two weeks later she was on her indoor trainer.  She went on to win the women's division and sixth place overall at RAAM Open West in October 1991. Her RAAM career had begun.  She won her first RAAM in July 1992. Nothing is stopping her now, in 2019 Seana is going for a 7th win and yet another record.         


She lives a multi-faceted life.


Seana is married to Pat Enright, they have two sons, Alex, and Austin. She has worked as a software engineer for IBM for 30 years.  Seana earned a BA in Mathematics from San Jose State University and a Masters degree in mathematics from UC Berkeley.   

Records

North American Transcontinental 

9 days 4 hours 2 minutes 


6 Time RAAM Winner

Most Solo Wins.


Seattle - San Diego 

3 days 16 hours 5 minutes 

Fastest time for both men and women.


San Francisco - Los Angeles 

19 hours 11 minutes 

Fastest time for both men and women.


24 Hour Track 

445.78 miles 

World record 


12 Hour Track 

244.16 miles 

World record, set enroute to the 24-hour record.


200 mile Track 

9 hours 44 minutes 39 seconds 

 Set enroute to the 24-hour record. 


100 mile Track 

4 hours 42 minutes 54 seconds 

Set enroute to the 24-hour record.