A huge cycling fan, Sala - who will spend up to 20 hours a day in the saddle during the challenge - is under no illusions as to how tough the task facing him is.
He said: “I’m very excited about the Race Across America - I can’t wait to get started now. I have been training and preparing for over a year and now it’s finally here! It’s going to push me above my limit. It’s an extreme challenge.
“We’ve had some fantastic support to help us prepare for the race. Having the support of Team Sky has been a massive boost - we’re trying to raise as much money as we can through this challenge so having such incredible in kind support means that more money will go directly to the cause.
“I’m from Italy, yet me and my family, we feel that we are Mancunian. This is the reason why I want to give something back to Manchester. I want to complete the race for City in the Community and the children with disabilities. I want to help make their life better.”
Max will ride a customised Pinarello DOGMA F10 during the challenge, wear special edition Castelli kit, and be fuelled by Science in Sport during his ride.
“The Pinarello bikes, Castelli kit and Science in Sport products are just perfect - I couldn’t ask for any more! Teaming up with the biggest name in cycling has created a great partnership and I hope that during the race I will do both Team Sky and Manchester City proud.”