Alberto Blanco Ultracyclist and Endurance Athlete:
I have been racing bicycles for over twenty years. I was part of EIDE and ESPA Provincial sports programs in Cuba and was selected to race in three national championships, earning a silver medal and a 4th place in the road race.
I left Cuba and moved to the US, where I continue to follow my passion for the sport of cycling. I have won many races and state championships and have raced all over the country, but I found my real love in UltraCycling and ultra endurance sports.
After winning the Sebring 24 hour race, riding 450 miles non-stop, I entered the 3000 mile non-stop Race Across America (RAAM), crossing the country in 9 days 7 hours, winning Rookie of the Year and placing 4th place overall despite getting injured with Shermer’s Neck in the first thousand miles of the race.
I'm currently putting my 25 + years of experience as an athlete to continue coaching cyclists and endurance athletes to help them achieve their goals and improve their physical and mental state. I'm also race director for The Florida500 UltraCycling race held in Florida in the month of February.
Cycling Career Highlights
2006- NJ State Elite Road Race Champion
2006- NJ State Elite Criterium Champion
2008- Tour of South China Sea 7th place overall
2009-2010 2 year Doping Violation
2010- Bike Sebring 24hr 1st Place 450 miles
2011- RAAM 4th Place Rookie of the Year Award 9 days 7 hours
2015- RAAM DNF
2016- Crew Chief Team Joe Frank RAW 3rd Place
2017- Crew Chief Team Joe Frank RAAM 9th Place
2017- RAAM Coach Srinivas Gokulnath (1st Indian to finish Race Across America)
2018 - RAAM DNF
2018 - RAAM Coach Andres Rodriguez (1st Mexican to finish Race Across America)
2017- 24 hr World Championships 11th place overall (440 miles)
2018 - HOODOO 500 Voyager 1st Place - Course Record 542 miles (35hr:47min)
2020- Sebring 24hr Solo 2nd 480 miles
2021- Bulow Woods 50 KM Ultra Trail Run, 3rd Place 4hr:52 min
2022-Sebring 12 hour 246 miles
2022- The Florida500 533 miles 1st place unsupported 28hr:32 min
2022- 24hr Time Trial World Championships 3rd place overall 474 miles
I have coached and directly helped the preparation of several RAAM and RAW finishers and I have been crew chief in RAAM and RAW.
On my training rides, I’ve ridden from Seattle to San Francisco along the Washington, Oregon and California coastline, the North Cascades Loop over Stevens Pass, Washington Pass and Rainy Pass, and from Miami to New York.
I'm also Race Director for www.TheFlorida500.com