Godspeed – The Race Across America is a gripping documentary that follows Jerry Schemmel and Brad Cooper as they compete in the world’s most gruelling and demanding bicycle race.
Jerry Schemmel is a major league baseball sports announcer and survivor of the United DC-10 crash of 1989 and Brad Cooper is the co-founder and CEO of US CorporateWellness / Catalyst Coaching Institute and IronMan finisher. Together they tackle a seven day, 3,000 mile bicycle race across 12 states of America from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean.
This documentary chronicles their exhausting journey, 24 hours a day through deserts, mountains and plains as they overcome sleep deprivation, mental anguish and physical exhaustion. This is a journey of a lifetime as they pedal 168 hours non stop, it is an extreme test of physical endurance and dependance on faith. But there is a greater purpose to this, to help raise over $50,000 for the orphans of Haiti via Building Hope International.
One of the most incredible parts of this film is to see them overcome their exhaustion, overcome the pain, to rely on their faith and finish the race and not only finish it but finish it extraordinarily and amazingly well, finishing first in their category and beating teams in other categories too. To put it all into a bit of perspective, this is no easy race, it is described as one of the most difficult endurance races in the world and more than half of the racers will not finish the first day. So for first time racers, this is an incredible feat.
Overall Godspeed – The Race Across America is an eye-opening and inspiring documentary that shows two people doing something God called them to do, their struggles and their faith. It would be of interest to those who like cycling but is also an interesting watch, which will have you cheering Jerry and Brad on as they complete the race and raise money for Haiti.