Title: RAAM 2012
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Description: Team Racers
Start Time: 12:00
While not taking place in the OC, the Race Across AMerica is starting just a short ride to our south in Oceanside at the pier. Chosen by a think tank of the Outdoor-Magazine to be the hardest endurance sport of the world, you can be a part of it as local and international riders set sail towards the east as the sun sinks in the west.
Indeed, the OC will be represented by both riders and crew for this year’s edition.
Riding the 2012 RAAM is Dave Elsberry competing within the 60-69 age bracket and looking to better his time from 2011!
Crewing for Joan Deitchman is Laguna Beach’s Isabelle Drake, rider in the record setting 4 woman relay team in the 50+ category in 2011. Together with her teamates, Cat Berge of Sweden, Lori Cherry and Jeanine Spence of Fresno, the 4Raw Milk Cats set a new women’s record across all age categories by completing the race in just 6 days, 11 hours and 34 minutes. In a strange twist of fate, Joan is riding to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and to honor Dustan Drake, Isabelle’s son, who was diagnosed last November with CML (Chronic Myeloid Leukemia).
While not from the OC, Seana Hogan (6 time RAAM winner) returns to the competitive stage after taking time off to raise her children.
Proving that age is no limit to the most challenging endurance sport, the 4 man team of FOREVER YOUNG PAC MASTERS crewed by Lee “Fuzzy” Mitchell, with an average age of 79 these riders (Ronald Bell – 80, Robert Kash – 78, Lew Meyer – 78, Chris Stauffer – 80), are an insipration to all cyclists.
So the moral of the story is, the more you ride your bike, the more you can ride your bike!
RAAM racers depart from the Oceanside Pier starting at 12:00 on the following dates:
Tues, June 12th (solo women & 60+ men),
Wed, June 13th (solo men),
Sat, June 16th (team racers), community festival, expo and parade from Oceanside Pier.
Saturday would be a great day to ride to Oceanside and meet the racers, and ride with them to the official timed starting area.
See the history of, and previous RAAM winners at Wikipedia.
See our short biography of Pete Penseyres here.