Janet Christiansen is an accomplished cyclist, runner, and tri-athlete. She began competing in 1987 and has since been a serious contender in cycling, running and triathlon events at the local and national level. Her focus for the past four years has been on long distance cycling known as ultra-cycling. She regularly logs over 15,000 miles per year on her bike training in all weather conditions and a wide variety of terrain.
She became known as “The Osprey” in 2003 at her inaugural ultra cycling event- the feared and revered Furnace Creek 508 which traverses 508 miles through the deserts of Southern California. The Furnace Creek 508 is billed as the toughest 48 hours in sport. After pondering over maps of the desert with wonder about place names such as Furnace Creek, Stove Pipe Wells, Badwater, Death Valley, and Dante's Inferno, all destinations of the 508 race- she took on the beast. She took second place in her division after learning some tough lessons about taking care of yourself in ultra cycling events and beat the beast into submission the following year placing first in her division and third overall.
While that terrible Sunday in Hell from her first 508 (mis)adventure is something she wishes to never repeat ever again, it has helped her learn much about ultra cycling, training and nutrition.
Seeking even tougher challenges Janet set her sights on the ultimate in ultra cycling, Race Across America (RAAM). Billed as the toughest race in the world, RAAM is a non-stop race from California to Maryland. RAAM takes racers through the heat of the desert, climbs over the Rockies, traverses the windy plains, and winds its way through the hills of Virginia. Janet did not take on RAAM on a whim and has taken steps to learn the course and test herself in some of the harshest racing conditions by entering RAAM as part of a two woman team. Not only did they win for their division, they broke the course record.
Ultra Distances (> 24 hours)
San Diego Randonneur Brevet Series 2004-2007
California Gold Rush Randonee (1200km) 2005
Furnace Creek 508 -1st Womens, 3rd Overall in 2004
Furnace Creek 508 -2nd Womens, 15th Overall in 2003
Hoodoo 500 – Voyager category (no crew support) – 2007 1st place/1st to ever attempt this
RAAM –two woman relay team 2007 – 1st place - set course record
RAAM – solo 2008. DNF’d medical reasons (250 miles short of finishing-bummer)
Santa Rosa Terrible Two- 2nd Womens 12’53” (4th woman in event history to break 13 hrs) 2003
California Triple Crown winner 2004 (Heartbreak, Santa Rosa Terrible Two, Central Coast, Knoxville double centuries)
Triathlons and Marathons
Santa Rosa Vineman Ironman - 1st Womens 2002, 1998, 1997
Hawaii Ironman - 3rd Women’s 35-39 age group 1996
San Diego Marathon - 2nd Womens 1995, 1996
Nice Triathlon 1994 - 15th Womens Pro division
US Cycling Federation events
Women’s National Road Race - 10th 1988
Ore Ida Women’s Challenge - 25th 1991