RAAM 2012 Done

RAAM 2012 In the Books

All teams have completed the course and are headed home.

Congratulations to all who stepped up to the line in Oceanside for this year’s edition of the Race Across America.

We are sorry for those who were unable to complete this grueling and challenging event, yet you still should stand tall and proud knowing that you gave it your all, and your best effort. Although the fickle finger of fate did not point in your favor this time, the experience you have gained will last forever, and there’s always next year!

Joan Deitchman (<50, CAN) finished just 1 hour ahead of  Janet Christiansen (50+, USA) at which just goes to show what a difference a .04 mph difference across 3,000 miles. Well, OK, 2993.24 to be exact, but what a race those last few miles must have been! It looked like Janet was gaining steady on Joan and was actually predicted to arrive 2 hours before Joan. Maybe there was a mechanical, or Joan poured on the coals during the last few miles to hold Janet at bay.

Well done ladies! We armchair cyclists were on the edge of our armchair saddles watching your progress across the country, along with other exciting duels in the course of the race.

John Williams (of San Clemente Cyclery) and his mixed team (60+, USA), Team Kinema, finished in 8 days, 18 hours, and 48 minutes with an average speed of 14.2 mph. Yay! Proving once again that age is just a number, you’re all an inspiration to Dad’s looking at their bike hanging in the rafters asking, “what if”?

To all the “youngsters” still in school: if you do nothing else in life, you have done this, the toughest cycling race on Earth, and having done it, you now know that there is nothing you can’t do on the bike or off it.

Best of luck in your future endeavors, and perhaps I’ll get to write about one of you setting a new RAAM record soon!

Solo results are here, while the team results are here.

All for now, see you next year?
:-Sprocket

RAAM Finishers Update

Race Across AMerica – update

Swiss Sweep RAAM

As reported, the under 50 solo men was won by Reto Schoch (of  Switzerland), setting a new RAAM pace record at 8 days, 6 hours, and 29 minutes, while “Trixy Dragon” (Trix Zgraggen) also of Switzerland, won the solo under 50 female category with a time of 10 days 13 hours and 59 minutes with an average speed of 15.05 and 11.79 mph respectively.

Solo Men <50:
The Austrians claimed 2nd, and 3rd with Christoph Strasser (Austria) finishing 3 hours behind Reto with an average speed of 14.82 mph, and Gerhard GULEWICZ finishing in 9 days, 11 hours, and 12 minutes with an average speed of 13.17.

Joan Deitchman (<50, CAN) finished today in 12:18:46 (d,h,m), with an average speed of 9.76 mph.

It looks like Janet Christiansen (50+,USA) will finish in about 2 hours.

Dave Elsberry (+60, USA) has finished well ahead of  Hans Georg Haus (+60, GER) in 12 days, 8 hours, and 44 minutes, while Hans finished 9 hours behind Dave to claim 2nd.

United 4 Health (70-74, USA) finished in 6 days, 13 hours, and 13 minutes managing an incredible average speed of 19.04 mph!

FOREVER YOUNG PAC MASTERS (75+, USA) finished in 9 days, 7 hours, and 11 minutes for an average speed of 13.41 mph.

John Williams (of San Clemente Cyclery) and his mixed team (60+, USA), Team Kinema, will finish today around noon our time. Go John! Go Kinema!

The record set last year of 6 days, 11 hours by the 4Raw Milk Cats will stand, as Love, Sweat & Gears finished in 7 days, and 36 minutes with an average speed of 17.75, well off the blistering pace set by the Milk Cats at 19.22 mph.

Solo leader board is here, while the team leader board is here.

All for now.
:-Sprocket

RAAM 2012 Finishers

Race Across AMerica – update

Dave Elsberry now has a 2 hour lead on Hans Georg Haus of Germany in the
solo male 60+ category with 2,377 miles raced, but still has a 15minute
time penalty to serve. He is picking up speed as he crosses Ohio. With just over
600 miles to the finish, it still could wind down to a sprint finish between these two!

Trixy Dragon” (Trix Zgraggen) of Switzerland, is still leading Joan Deitchman (CAN) and is less than 250 miles to the finish. Joan was caught by Janet Christiansen (USA) at 2,328 miles and with 664 miles to go, it will be a game of cat and mouse as they try and sneak a nap or two before hitting the “real” part of the race in the Appalachians.

The under 50 solo men was won by Reto Schoch (also of Switzerland), with Christoph Strasser (Austria) coming in 2nd with an average speed of 15.05 and 14.82 mph respectively. Reto also set a new RAAM pace record at 8 days, 6 hours, and 29 minutes.

FOREVER YOUNG PAC MASTERS (75+) is being reeled in by the younger United 4 Health (70-74) and is currently 200 miles ahead with 2,813 miles under their belt, and 180 miles left to finish. United is somehow managing an incredible average speed of 19.3 mph, but even at that speed they are running out of course to catch the PAC Masters; or are they?

John Williams (of San Clemente Cyclery) and his mixed team (60-69), Team Kinema, although suffering a 15 minute time penalty, have completed 1,957miles and are picking up speed. Go John! Go Kinema!

Team ViaSat scorched the course and completed their cross-country odyssey in 5 days, 5 hours, 5 minutes! They averaged just under 24 mph at 23.88 – awesome! Team 4Mil placed 2nd with Strategic Lions Cycling (UK) placing 3rd in the 8 person open category.

As expected from yesterday, in the 2-Person Mixed  (60-69) category,  RAAM Beau&Babe crossed the finish line with an average speed of almost 15.3 mph!  Congratulations and Well Done!

It looks like the record set last year by the Raw Milk Cats will stand unless Love, Sweat & Gears is able to cover the remaining 564 miles in the next 22 hours. It IS a race after all, and while their speed has picked up since leaving Colorado, they really need to get some time in the bank before taking on the hills east of Ohio.

All for now.
:-Sprocket

2012 RAAM Update

Update for the RaceAcross AMerica.

Dave Elsberry now has a 3 hour lead on Hans Georg Haus of Germany in the solo male 60+ category with 2,197 miles raced, but still has a 15 minute time penalty to serve. Both are in Indiana and soon will be crossing into Ohio. It could wind down to a sprint finish between these two!

Trixy Dragon” (Trix Zgraggen) of Switzerland, is still leading Joan Deitchman (CAN) by almost 350 miles and is on her way to W. Virginia. Joan is about to be caught by Janet Christiansen (USA) who is “only” 72 miles behind her, but is racing in the 50+ women’s category!

The under 50 solo men looks to be won tonight between Reto Schoch (also of Switzerland), or Christoph Strasser (Austria) as they make their way into the
next time station in Maryland. This could be a photo finish between these two
awesome competitors, but it appears Christoph was delayed by a tornado at the
Colorado border to Kansas, and was awarded a time delay meaning that Reto needs to increase his gap to an hour and 45 minutes to seal the win. If there is a
photo finish, the race goes to Christoph.

FOREVER YOUNG PAC MASTERS (75+) is being reeled in by the younger United 4 Health (70-74) and is currently 300 miles ahead with 2,612 miles under their belt. Will United close the gap or crack under the effort?

John Williams (of San Clemente Cyclery) and his mixed team (60-69), Team Kinema, have suffered a 15 minute time penalty and have completed 1774 miles so far. Go John! Go Kinema!

Burning up the course with a 24 mph average is Team ViaSat followed closely by Team 4Mil with 2,861.67, and 2,813.20 miles raced respectively in the 8-Person Open category.

In the 2-Person Mixed  (60-69) category,  RAAM Beau&Babe look to cross the finish line tonight with an average speed currently at 15.2 mph! Well done!

All for now.
:-Sprocket