The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

Advertisement
The Northgate district right adjacent to the Texas A&M campus houses a street of bars and other restaurants.  
Programs look to combat drunk driving
Alexia Serrata, JOUR 203 contributor • May 10, 2024
Advertisement
Junior Adela Cernousek tees off during the Bryan Regional of the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship at Traditions Golf Club on Monday, May 6, 2024. (Chris Swann/ The Battalion)
Cernousek captures individual national title as Aggies advance to NCAA quarterfinals
Luke White, Sports Editor • May 21, 2024

It didn’t take long for Texas A&M athletics to add another accolade to its trophy case. Just a day after the Aggies’ women’s tennis...

Advertisement
Beekeeper Shelby Dittman scoops bees back into their hive during a visit on Friday, April 5, 2024. (Kyle Heise/The Battalion)
Bee-hind the scenes
Shalina Sabih, Sports Writer • May 1, 2024

The speakers turn on. Static clicks. And a voice reads “Your starting lineup for the Texas A&M Aggies is …” Spectators hear that...

Kennedy White, 19, sits for a portrait in the sweats she wore the night of her alleged assault inside the Y.M.C.A building that holds Texas A&M’s Title IX offices in College Station, Texas on Feb. 16, 2024 (Ishika Samant/The Battalion).
'I was terrified'
April 25, 2024
Scenes from 74
Scenes from '74
April 25, 2024
Advertisement
Farewell from the graduating Battalion staff of 2024
Farewell from the graduating Battalion staff of 2024
The Battalion May 4, 2024

Braving the race

Philosophy+professor+Jose+Bermudez+is+competing+in+the+Iditarod+Trail+Invitational+in+Alaska%2C+a+1%2C000-mile+bike+race+which+started+on+Feb.+24.
Provided

Philosophy professor Jose Bermudez is competing in the Iditarod Trail Invitational in Alaska, a 1,000-mile bike race which started on Feb. 24.

For most Aggies, biking across campus is a feat in and of itself. But for philosophy professor Jose Bermudez, only the brutal conditions of the Iditarod Trail Invitational are enough to quench his thirst for adventure.
The Iditarod Race is an intensive 1,000-mile race that forces the individual to rely on their own abilities for survival. Participants must be prepared to face circumstances ranging from aggressive wildlife to unpredictable weather that may force them to push their bike for miles on end. Started at Knick Lake, Alaska on Feb. 24, the race can last up to 30 days for Bermudez, or until he reaches Nome, Alaska.
For Bermudez, this race is a chance to test his abilities and raise money for three charities — Habitat for Humanity in Bryan-College Station, Ranch Critters Equine Rescue and JoyRide Therapeutic Equestrian Center.
“I am a great supporter of Habitat for Humanity’s mission of providing affordable housing,” Bermudez said. “They have made a difference in the lives of hundreds of people in the Brazos Valley, and I am proud to be raising funds for them for the fourth time. And as I am a keen equestrian, it’s great for me to be able to support two local charities who do great work. Ranch Critters is a sanctuary for horses, and the JoyRide center offers therapeutic riding for adults and children with special needs.”
Bermudez’s personal trainer Janice Tower said someone who would embark on such a journey needs to be more than just well-prepared.
“For Jose, it’s a sense of adventure and personal accomplishment,” Tower said. “These ultra-distance events are really three-dimensional. There’s so much that goes beyond just training and being fit. You have to be mentally prepared to do this; you have to be mentally tough. You have to have a pretty strong character and self-confidence to be able to succeed.”
Even though this race requires a lot of physical and mental energy, co-race director Kathi Merchant said the reason people keep doing it is because of the event’s distinct culture.
“I think people are looking for adventure,” Merchant said. “People are also trying to disconnect from our everyday busy life that is run by social media and ringing cell phones. People will look for extreme adventures, and I think what a really big trend with this event is that they find a culture and a camaraderie on the trail and a way of life that doesn’t exist in our modern world, and I think it draws them back year after year.”
For information on Bermudez’s race, visit jlbermud876.wixsite.com/nome2019.

Navigate Left
Navigate Right
  • 19423979_1446608992067704_2436610424890623761_n.jpg

Leave a Comment
Donate to The Battalion

Your donation will support the student journalists of Texas A&M University - College Station. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
Donate to The Battalion

Comments (0)

All The Battalion Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *