Dave Young

Dave finished his residency in Emergency Medicine last month at Brigham & Women's/Massachusetts General Hospitals. As soon as the ride is over, he is moving to Denver to complete a fellowship in Wilderness Medicine at the University of Colorado. Dave started biking in college at the University of Redlands and began competing in triathlons as well as other endurance events. After college, Dave was employed by the American Youth Foundation in which he led bike trips around Michigan and New England. The idea of biking across the country has carried with him for the past 8 years until he was able to find the right people and the right time to attempt the tour.

Donald Hess

Donald is a minimally invasive surgeon at Boston University and is the director of the surgery residency program. He first became interested in distance athletics when he was stationed at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio. It was there that he was introduced to triathlons, completed his first marathon, and went on to do a full ironman (Ironman California 2000). He has lived in Boston for the past 14 years where he has completed over 15 marathons including 6 Boston marathons, many half-ironman distance triathlons and countless adventure races. He first thought of attempting a cross country bike ride after participating in the 148 mile Harpoon Brewery to Brewery ride in 2008.

Justin de Benedictis-Kessner

Justin is a PhD candidate in Political Science at MIT and has lived in Cambridge, MA for the last three years. He was introduced to recreational bicycling at a young age by his father in Berkeley, CA, where he grew up. In high school he started rowing, which he continued at the College of William & Mary in Virginia, and where he received Academic All-American honors from the ACRA. He now coaches rowing for the MIT Lightweight Men's Crew alongside his graduate studies. Justin completed his first century ride on his bike in 2012.

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