Eight wounded, injured and sick veterans and service personnel are competing in Race Across America.

The race consists of a three thousand and eighty-one mile race from the west coast to the east coast of the United States, crossing twelve states and climbing in excess of 170 thousand feet.

Today Help for Heroes patron and British cyclist Mark Cavendish met the team who are taking on the challenge and although he was envious he did say that you wouldn't catch him taking on the race,

"I am in awe of what they are doing".

Josh Boggi, an ex-Royal Engineer who broke his back, lost both his legs and had to have his right arm amputated when he stepped on an IED on New Year’s Eve in 2010, is one of the members of the team.

He is looking forward to the challenge and believes that an Armed Forces team may have an advantage as they know how to work as a unit,

"Working together towards the same goal, that's what we did in the Army, Navy and the Air Force and it's what we all miss doing".

They are looking to not only finish the race in under seven days but are confident they can challenge able-bodied teams.

The group has been working hard and are sticking to an intense training regime.

The final team of eight hasn't been selected, but the two reserves will still travel but as part of the larger support team.

Their race gets underway on the 17th June in Oceanside, California.