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