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Race Across America - NE
USA, June 10-22, 2007
Day 2 - June 11
Robic charges on, Clif bar takes 24 hour race
By Danny Chew
Solo leader Robic had a 12 hour split of 225 miles – making it to Blythe, but just short of the TS. Robic continues to lead through almost every time station, and rode 420 miles his first 24 hours. Fasching took the lead briefly at the Hope TS and held it through Congress (TS 6).
Although the timestation spreadsheets show Robic reaching both of the timestations before Fasching, Robic started before Fasching in the staggered start so Fasching had a shorter elapsed time on the road than Robic at those timestations, putting him briefly in the lead.
Since Prescott, Fasching has held onto 2nd place within 16 minutes of Robic. 8 solo riders have been issued penalties – the most (totaling 90 minutes) going to Robic [for follow vehicle violations and riding against traffic - ed.].
TS #6 in Congress, AZ at 3,050 feet was quite active. Jeff Oatley was leaving Congress when I talked with his crew. Mechanic Ben Couturier said Jeff had 3 tubular flats and broke a rear wheel spoke. Jeff has had two 15 minute sleeps. Also in Congress, Brett Walker was in the middle of a 2 hour sleep when I arrived. He had 2 flat tires. His crew chief Brad Cilley said that the desert heat yesterday caused Brett to have digestive issues, and that he vomited 3 times while riding uphill. Once he backed off his pace, Brett was better within an hour. Their target mileage is 320 miles per day.
Solo women's Type 1 diabetic Kerry White took the solo women's lead from early leader Hana Ebertova in eastern California, and has held it ever since. The last rider in the solo race, 59 year old Patty Riddle arrived in Hope nearly 9 hours after White. Her husband Terry said that Patty got sick in the desert heat, causing her to fall so far back. At Hope, her average speed had dropped to 9.12 mph, but still above the 8.48 mph 50+ women's record.
In the 24 Hour race, last years 4th place solo Enduro finisher Kenny Souza lead his Team Clif Bar to another victory, but the team just missed breaking their 2005 speed record of 21.07 mph. On the RAAM website, their speed is 20.82 mph. Even with the 5 mile detour, their average speed is 21.03 mph – very close to the record. The real battle was for 2nd place between Swami's Team and America Specialty Health Riders. They started out back and forth until ASHR pulled away in Eastern California. ASHR finished 1 Hour, 47 Minutes behind Clif Bar, and 25 Minutes ahead of Swami's Team.
Team Strongheart diary
By Tim Case
Greetings from the race course of the 2007 Race Across America. Team Strong Heart, with our rookie crew and racers are out on the course as I sit down in the RV for a bit of recovery time. We left Oceanside, CA earlier today to a cheering crowd, media and random people who happened upon the race along the Pacific Ocean boardwalk.
After the 13 mile 'parade' rollout, our first rider, Bernie Kaeferlein was sent out onto the race course for the first shift of the day. Our strategy for the RAAM has been to break our four person team into two two-person sub-teams, working approximately half hour shifts for four hour blocks of time. Our expectation is that this will keep the pace high and allow our racers more time for recovery. Time will tell how this strategy will play out.
After breaking free of the suburban sprawl of San Diego County, my sub-team partner, Greg Kostik, was treated to a 4000 foot descent into the desert valley where the air was terribly dry and the pace was terribly fast. As I write, the desert continues to roll by and the sun is setting on the painted hills of California.
We rolled into time station 2 and executed a nighttime trade with our other two person subteam, which has allowed Greg and I time to recover and eat some actual whole food. Our crew has been a model of perfection, patient, kind and always willing to offer a hand to make the race just a bit 'easier'. The race officials, staff and fellow racers have been super supportive and friendly which has also made this budding effort just a bit more manageable.
Off to bed for me, which happens to be in the back of an RV passing through the desert, en route to our next shift out on the road. 113 miles down, many more to go.
Men's Solo 1 Jure Robic 815.3 1.23.47 (17.06mph) 2 Wolfgang Fasching 815.3 2.01.08 (16.59mph) 3 Gerhard Gulewicz 815.3 2.01.54 (16.34mph) 4 Daniel Wyss 771.2 1.23.40 (16.18mph) 5 Fabio Biasiolo 771.2 2.02.13 (15.36mph) 6 Richard Vollebregt 681.6 2.00.21 (14.10mph) 7 Brett Walker 637.0 1.22.31 (13.69mph) 8 Jeff Oatley 637.0 1.23.44 (13.34mph) 9 Jean Marc Velez 637.0 2.00.52 (13.04mph) 10 Attila Kaldy 637.0 2.01.13 (12.94mph) 11 Peter Oyler 637.0 2.01.20 (12.91mph) 12 John Jurczynski 565.1 1.21.08 (12.52mph) 13 Julio Paterlini 565.1 1.21.54 (12.31mph) 14 Larry Optis 565.1 1.22.04 (12.27mph) 15 David Jones 565.1 1.23.12 (11.97mph) 16 Patrick Autissier 565.1 1.23.21 (11.93mph) 17 Claudio Clarindo de (Oliviera) 565.1 1.23.36 (11.87mph) 18 Alfiero Tassinari 565.1 1.23.38 (11.86mph) 19 John Spurgeon 565.1 1.23.48 (11.82mph) 20 Tom Seabourne 565.1 2.01.20 (11.45mph) 21 Walter Blaettler 565.1 2.01.45 (11.36mph) 22 Jim Rees 488.9 1.22.13 (10.58mph) 23 Philip Baker 488.9 1.22.19 (10.56mph) 24 Lou Lamoureux 452.8 1.23.18 (9.57mph) Women's Solo 1 Caroline van den Bulk 488.9 1.20.58 (10.87mph) 2 Kerry White 488.9 1.21.09 (10.83mph) 3 Lauren Fithian 488.9 1.22.44 (10.46mph) 4 Hana Ebertova 452.8 1.23.45 (9.48mph) 5 Patty Riddle 389.9 2.00.09 (8.10mph) Men's Solo - Enduro 1 Alessandro Colo 488.9 2.01.41 (9.84mph) Two Person Male 1 Team R.A.C.E. / BMO Fountain of Hope 0.0 0.00.00 (0.00mph) 2 Virag / Stoklas Team 0.0 0.00.00 (0.00mph) 3 S.K.R.A.A.M 0.0 0.00.00 (0.00mph) 4 Team Donate Life - TexOz (50+) 0.0 0.00.00 (0.00mph) 5 Team BodyXchange / Garden Pathways 0.0 0.00.00 (0.00mph) 6 Team IWC Schaffhausen 0.0 0.00.00 (0.00mph) 7 Team Beat Cancer 0.0 0.00.00 (0.00mph) 8 Team Murphy 0.0 0.00.00 (0.00mph) Two Person Female 1 Team Phoenix 0.0 0.00.00 (0.00mph) Two Person Mixed 1 Team Donate Life - Beauty & the Beast 0.0 0.00.00 (0.00mph) 2 Team Kitten 0.0 0.00.00 (0.00mph) Two Person Recumbent 1 Team Velokraft 0.0 0.00.00 (0.00mph) 2 Bacchetta B Team / Military Families 0.0 0.00.00 (0.00mph) Four Person Male 1 Team Donate Life - Race 4 Life 0.0 0.00.00 (0.00mph) 2 Team Blazing Saddles 0.0 0.00.00 (0.00mph) 3 Team Burns & Trauma 0.0 0.00.00 (0.00mph) 4 Ari's Angels Team 0.0 0.00.00 (0.00mph) 5 Hoosiers 0.0 0.00.00 (0.00mph) 6 Team Psycho 0.0 0.00.00 (0.00mph) 7 Team VMG Cycling 0.0 0.00.00 (0.00mph) 8 Shannon's Soldiers for CTF 0.0 0.00.00 (0.00mph) 9 Team 2 Cure Huntingtons Disease 0.0 0.00.00 (0.00mph) 10 Team Gs - Logistik Austria 0.0 0.00.00 (0.00mph) 11 Team Strong Heart 0.0 0.00.00 (0.00mph) 12 Vencendo Desafios Team Brazil 0.0 0.00.00 (0.00mph) 13 Team N.U.B.S. 0.0 0.00.00 (0.00mph) 14 Team Sixty Going Hard 0.0 0.00.00 (0.00mph) 15 Team Endeavor 0.0 0.00.00 (0.00mph) 16 Beaver Creek - Catlin Team 0.0 0.00.00 (0.00mph) Four Person Female 1 Kalyra Women's Race Team 0.0 0.00.00 (0.00mph) Four Person Mixed 1 Team JDRF 0.0 0.00.00 (0.00mph) Corporate Challenge 1 Team ViaSat 0.0 0.00.00 (0.00mph) 2 North Coast Cycling Team 0.0 0.00.00 (0.00mph) 3 Team Santa Barbara Bank & Trust 0.0 0.00.00 (0.00mph) 4 Team Donate Life - Grace Valley 0.0 0.00.00 (0.00mph) 5 Team Donate Life - Primo 0.0 0.00.00 (0.00mph) 6 Team Donate Life - Heels on Wheels 0.0 0.00.00 (0.00mph) 7 Cheniere's Making Cancer History Team 0.0 0.00.00 (0.00mph) 8 Team Type I - monitored by: Freestyle 0.0 0.00.00 (0.00mph) 24 Hour Corporate Challenge 1 Team Clif Bar 488.9 0.23.29 (20.82mph) 2 American Specialty Health Riders 488.9 1.01.16 (19.35mph) 3 Swami's TeamSam.com 488.9 1.01.41 (19.04mph) 4 Denver Paramedic Cycling Team 488.9 1.04.03 (17.43mph)