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Race Across America - NE
USA, June 10-22, 2007
Day 3 - June 12
Robic holds on as women's lead changes again
By Danny Chew
Despite losing one time station to Fasching because Robic slept sooner, Robic continues to lead the solo race into Colorado – riding 434 miles his first 24 hours and 391 miles his 2nd day for an 825 mile 48 hour total. In all three of Robic's previous RAAMs, this is the least he has ridden the first day, but the most he has ridden the 2nd day – giving him his biggest first 2 day total. Moreover, he is 5 miles ahead of Pete Penseyres' legendary pace back in 1986 (15.4 mph at end of race), and needs to ride at least 385 miles his 3rd day to keep even with Pete.
By TS#7 in Prescott, Canadian Caroline van den Bulk passed Kerry White to take the lead in the women's division. White and third placed Lauren Fithian are poised to clear the stop before the deadline, but Hannah Ebertova and Patty Riddle are facing disqualification as they are still under the required average speed.
At TS#12 in Mexican Hat, Utah 687 miles into the race, 50+ leader John Jurczynski who was stopped with his crew. Forgetting he had a rear disk wheel on, he almost crashed his Titan Flex on the steep descent into Mexican Hat. His Achilles tendon is still bothering him, so he had to back off his pace and take Advil. John has never dropped out of an ultracycling event, but this is his first RAAM. He has two sets of sew-up wheels, but he has been riding his clinchers more often.
Team Donate Life diary
Team Donate Life is actually a group of six teams, totaling 32 cyclists, which are participating in the 26th RAAM. Their mission is to use cycling as a platform to promote organ donation education and outreach. Jason Weckworth of El Dorado Hills, CA is the founder of this non-profit foundation, having donated one of his kidneys to his father in 2003. This is TDL's third year of participation in RAAM and Jason's second year. He is team captain of TDL's four man team 'Race 4 Life'.
TDL Race 4 Life left Sacramento bright and early on Sunday, June 10 to caravan down to the RAAM start line in Oceanside, CA. We have four riders: Lorenzo Rossaro MD (transplant hepatologist), Dave Stoker (computer analyst), Chris Strutz (Agricultural Pest Control Advisor and triathlete) and me, Jason Weckworth, owner of an electrical contracting firm.
Our crew numbers eight, with "real job" titles that range from massage therapist to pharmaceutical rep to med student. What a great start! We have some terrific chemistry within our team already (we'll need that in about 3 days!). For me, the most amazing sight was Sunday evening at our TDL reception with about 200 people… a sea of TDL jerseys and windbreakers. This reception was held in Oceanside (the start line location of RAAM) and its purpose was to recruit interested riders for future TDL teams, as our goal is to have multiple teams nationwide.
Dr. Max Testa, Director of the Intermountain Health Science Sports Performance Program, flew in from Salt Lake City to give a great presentation about cycling performance and endurance in RAAM. With 32 riders and 40-something crew members, TDL has become a giant of its own… well beyond that first naïve team and crew from 2005 when we had no expectations or idea what we were getting into. So many of our team members and crew that are just meeting for the first time… I almost laugh out loud when people ask me if I am part of Team Donate Life! I tell them, "Yes, I got involved in 2003 when I gave a kidney to my dad!"
Now we are well-organized and full of strategy ideas… we are giving the other teams tips and ideas. The RAAM officials are extremely kind to us… like it's one big family of bike enthusiasts. Everyone is so excited be here.
RAAM is all about the challenges and solving problems… our first two challenges: 1) too much stuff to cram in our three SUVs, and 2) all our signage started coming off the light kits in the wind – I think we've already used 10 rolls of duct tape! Oh, well… nothing too serious.
10am - Day 2 TimeStation 6 - Congress, AZ
The start of the race went well. Taking care of last minute packing (and eating!) we made it to the start line just five minutes before our intro! All four of us rotated and rode together for the first eight hours to get some good speed and distance starting out. Although it was over 100 degrees in the desert yesterday, we went through in the evening so it was comfortable in the 70s-80s. Our strategy is to transition riders in 12 hour shifts: riding four hours, resting four, riding four. We have three vehicles with three crew members in each. Everyone is working well together and feeling rested - at least for now!
Men's Solo 1 Jure Robic 1173.1 3.01.05 (16.05mph) 2 Wolfgang Fasching 1173.1 3.03.27 (15.55mph) 3 Daniel Wyss 1101.9 3.01.08 (15.07mph) 4 Gerhard Gulewicz 1101.9 3.01.35 (14.97mph) 5 Fabio Biasiolo 1037.1 3.00.07 (14.38mph) 6 Richard Vollebregt 977.0 3.02.41 (13.08mph) 7 Peter Oyler 885.5 3.00.10 (12.27mph) 8 Attila Kaldy 885.5 3.00.23 (12.23mph) 9 Jeff Oatley 885.5 3.00.28 (12.22mph) 10 Julio Paterlini 885.5 3.02.43 (11.85mph) 11 Jean Marc Velez 885.5 3.03.27 (11.74mph) 12 Brett Walker 815.3 2.21.03 (11.81mph) 13 Larry Optis 815.3 2.23.00 (11.48mph) 14 Patrick Autissier 815.3 2.23.28 (11.41mph) 15 David Jones 815.3 2.23.31 (11.40mph) 16 Claudio Clarindo de (Oliviera) 815.3 2.23.32 (11.40mph) 17 John Spurgeon 815.3 2.23.37 (11.38mph) 18 Alfiero Tassinari 815.3 2.23.53 (11.34mph) 19 John Jurczynski 815.3 3.01.21 (11.12mph) 20 Tom Seabourne 771.2 2.23.19 (10.81mph) 21 Jim Rees 771.2 2.23.24 (10.80mph) 22 Walter Blaettler 771.2 3.00.05 (10.70mph) 23 Philip Baker 771.2 3.01.13 (10.53mph) 24 Lou Lamoureux 681.6 3.00.13 (9.44mph) Women's Solo 1 Caroline van den Bulk 771.2 2.23.43 (10.75mph) 2 Kerry White 771.2 3.00.13 (10.68mph) 3 Lauren Fithian 771.2 3.02.12 (10.39mph) 4 Hana Ebertova 565.1 2.11.15 (9.54mph) 5 Patty Riddle 488.9 2.14.09 (7.87mph) Men's Solo - Enduro 1 Alessandro Colo 771.2 3.02.09 (10.40mph) Two Person Male 1 Team BodyXchange / Garden Pathways 452.8 0.22.04 (20.52mph) 2 Team IWC Schaffhausen 452.8 0.22.19 (20.29mph) 3 Virag / Stoklas Team 341.6 0.19.20 (17.67mph) 4 Team R.A.C.E. / BMO Fountain of Hope 341.6 0.19.30 (17.52mph) 5 Team Donate Life - TexOz (50+) 341.6 0.19.56 (17.14mph) 6 Team Beat Cancer 341.6 0.20.56 (16.32mph) 7 S.K.R.A.A.M 281.7 0.19.13 (14.66mph) 8 Team Murphy 281.7 0.20.13 (13.93mph) Two Person Female 1 Team Phoenix 341.6 0.19.43 (17.33mph) Two Person Mixed 1 Team Donate Life - Beauty & the Beast 341.6 0.20.05 (17.01mph) 2 Team Kitten 341.6 0.21.52 (15.62mph) Two Person Recumbent 1 Bacchetta B Team 389.9 0.20.40 (18.87mph) 2 Team Velokraft 389.9 0.22.05 (17.66mph) Four Person Male 1 Beaver Creek - Catlin Team 488.9 0.22.00 (22.22mph) 2 Team Psycho 488.9 0.22.27 (21.78mph) 3 Team VMG Cycling 389.9 0.20.09 (19.35mph) 4 Team Strong Heart 389.9 0.20.16 (19.24mph) 5 Team Gs - Logistik Austria 389.9 0.20.41 (18.85mph) 6 Team N.U.B.S. 389.9 0.20.52 (18.69mph) 7 Team Endeavor 389.9 0.20.53 (18.67mph) 8 Hoosiers 389.9 0.21.39 (18.01mph) 9 Team Sixty Going Hard 389.9 0.21.55 (17.79mph) 10 Team Donate Life - Race 4 Life 389.9 0.22.27 (17.37mph) 11 Shannon's Soldiers 389.9 0.22.40 (17.20mph) 12 Team Burns & Trauma 341.6 0.19.17 (17.71mph) 13 Vencendo Desafios Team Brazil 341.6 0.19.49 (17.24mph) 14 Team 2 Cure Huntingtons Disease 341.6 0.20.01 (17.07mph) 15 Team Blazing Saddles 341.6 0.20.05 (17.01mph) 16 Ari's Angels Team 341.6 0.21.59 (15.54mph) Four Person Female 1 Kalyra Women's Race Team 389.9 0.21.06 (18.48mph) Four Person Mixed 1 Team JDRF 389.9 0.21.43 (17.95mph) Corporate Challenge 1 Team Type I - monitored by: Freestyle 488.9 0.21.31 (22.72mph) 2 Team Donate Life - Grace Valley 452.8 0.21.34 (21.00mph) 3 North Coast Cycling Team 389.9 0.19.31 (19.98mph) 4 Cheniere's Making Cancer History Team 389.9 0.19.37 (19.88mph) 5 Team ViaSat 389.9 0.19.48 (19.69mph) 6 Team Donate Life - Primo 389.9 0.21.51 (17.84mph) 7 Team Santa Barbara Bank & Trust 389.9 0.22.18 (17.48mph) 8 Team Donate Life - Heels on Wheels 341.6 0.19.46 (17.28mph) 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)