The 1,000 kilometer bike race that starts and ends in The Dalles July 17-19 is just a warmup for this guy

Rob Decou warming up

Rob Decou is the kind of guy who thinks running an Iron Man Triathalon is a brisk little practice workout. That’s because he’s dedicated to ultra-endurance sports, and leverages that passion to raise awareness and community around important issues. In 2017. Rob completed a 146-mile run across Death Valey to the top of Mt. Whitney, raising almost $700,000 for End Polio Now, Rotary’s campaign to eradicate polio

Now he’s turned his sights on the tragedy of human trafficking around the world. In October he will be competing in Uberman 2020 and using his endurance abilities to spread awareness and raise funds for organizations that fight human trafficking. The Uberman 2020 involves swimming 21 miles in the open Pacific Ocean from Catalina Island to Palos Verdes, California, pedaling a bicycle 400 miles over the mountains to Death Valley, and running 135 miles across Death Valley up 13,000 feet to the trailhead for Mt. Whitney. Only six people have managed to finish the grueling course since it started in 2015.

But before that, he will be in The Dalles for the cycling Race Across Oregon, with a twisting 1,000-kilometer course that starts Friday, July 17 at the Fairfield Inn locally, and ends at the same place Sunday the 19th after a course that sends riders west on Highway 30 up the Rowena Loops and back over Sevenmile Hill for a warmup before heading east through town on a twisting course with more than 50,000 feet of elevation rise through Central Oregon before returning.

Find out more and donate at or his Facebook page.

And you can hear our interview with Rob by clicking on the grey podcast bar below: