Mike Kerhin- Atomic Productions did an amazing job collecting stories and media from Seana's past and current cycling career. Seana is now inducted into the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame, and adding another 'first' in doing so. She is the first cyclists to enter the San Jose Sports HoF.
Click on the image to the right or the link below for a look at the fantastic collection from many photographers and journalists throughout Seana's career.
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 mid-western 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)
2019 Was NOT the perfect race, in fact Seana and the crew dealt with many issues from early mechanical issues, saddle issues, and crew-members had family emergencies during the race. On top of the punches from RAAM, Seana and the crew took a 24hr break off the bike when things were not looking promising.
Seana wasn't giving up, she was re-evaluating how she can still finish, within the cutoff time for the finish line. The crew held together and withstood some of the toughest hours (Kansas) and in 13 days they crossed the finish line!
Seana is the first and only female in the 60+ age category to finish the RAAM. Many times during the race she claimed "this is my last one", a few days after the finish she was already talking about making improvements and ultimatley racing again and finishing with a much better time. Will she race 2020? Look for updates!
"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!"
The oldest woman to ever finish RAAM and the only woman to finish in the 60-69 division. Seana talks about her early years of RAAM record-setting and shares advice for future racers. Seana proved in the 1990's that women can be competitive with men by taking 3rd place overall and setting the women's under 50 record as well as winning the female division 6 times. In more recent years she has won and set the record for the female 50-59 division. Now she becomes the only female to ever complete RAAM in the 60-69 solo division.
Check out the Race Across America 'From Inside the Van'.
This is a quick look at what the crew does during RAAM. Thank you Hogan Crew 2019 for keeping each other up and getting the job done!
Here is a look inside the race after the 24hr break to the finish line. The crew held together after many setbacks including an Elk and the RV.
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
"It's impossible.", said pride.
"It's risky.", said experience.
"It's pointless.", said reason.
"Give it a try.", whispered the heart.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
12 Hour Track
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.