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!
All for now, see you next year?