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Hoosiers ride across America

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CARMEL, Ind. -

A caravan of Hoosiers is headed west to join in the Race Across America after months of preparation.

Jeff Zaniker has assembled a team of 23 people - 8 riders and 15 crew members - to participate in the Ride Across America.

Tom Corbett from Indianapolis is the team's navigator.

"I'll be following with the map and the Garmin, telling them where to turn, when to turn because they won't know," Corbett said.

The 3,000 mile, 6-day trek starts in Oceanside, California June 14 and culminates in Annapolis, Maryland June 20. Each rider take two bikes - one road bike and one time-trial bike to use depending on terrain.

But it is much more than fun. The Gears to a Cure for Multiple Sclerosis team is riding for a cause. Zaniker's father died from MS in 1977. He was diagnosed himself in 2002. At least three others on this team have a family connection of some kind with MS.

The team has already raised $50,000, which will go directly to research.

"This is something we thought of nine months ago. So once it started, really, it gained a life of it's own," Zaniker recalled. "There are lots of us with this disease that are still active, still fit, still fighting every day against the disease. Keep active and keep moving."

So Tuesday morning after everyone said their goodbyes, the caravan committed to one goal - to raise money to end MS - and headed west.

If you would like to follow the Gears to a Cure team, click here. They will make a swing through southern Indiana next week. Click here if you would like to donate to their cause.
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