Just two minutes behind me was Jenny Park, the experienced local rider I’d chatted with at the beginning of the race. I found myself glancing down at my Garmin so frequently that only 10 seconds would have gone by.

I got into the second rest stop at about mile 118 ahead of Jim and greeted Larry who was waiting for Jim and I. I told Larry to go on and when Jim arrived 10 minutes later I rushed him out of the rest stop. I had to choose constantly between risking a flat tire or putting myself in danger of fast moving automobile traffic. Becoming an official RAAM finisher means claiming ultra-racing’s most coveted jersey and medal…and, for the lucky few that win their race division, the prized USA plaque…and being among the elite family who call themselves RAAM Finishers. The weather is balmy and the hillsides are covered with colorful carpets of spring wildflowers. We used a bike shipping service to transport our V20s. We drove the 35 minutes from San Antonio to the host hotel in Castroville on Friday and got our bikes assembled well ahead of schedule. The first of these was to race The Texas RAAM Challenge 200 in Castroville Texas. It was too late to turn back, so after a decent night of sleep (who sleeps well before a race?) I can confirm that Texas chip seal roads are rough. They will be raising money for Prevent Breast Cancer, the only UK charity entirely dedicated to the prediction and prevention of breast cancer. Lesson learned, carry your own tool kit/tube/patch/pump.

340 miles was the qualification distance. He assured me I was not alone.

On Tuesday 9th June 2020, my 6 crew and I will be on the RAAM start line in Oceanside, California. The sealant sprayed out and then seemed to seal the gash, but in the next couple of minutes it slowly went completely flat. Our lights were adequate to navigate the bumpy roads, but not to race them. Racers have raised over $2 million per year over the past 5 years.

And I feel your pain about riding the shoulder on fast roads, I hate it. we got up early and rode the easy down-hill mile to the starting area on the main square in Castroville. Click here for a note from the team. Later I learned that with only 30 miles to go at about mile 184, Jim was forced onto the shoulder and hit something that cut his tubeless tire. Racer Login These are based on the results reported on the live tracker for the race here: http://trackleaders.com/txraam19. Karl Haller, CH: 79h 32m 30s 2. Ahead of us 3,100 miles (5,000 km) and over 175,000 vertical feet (53,340 metres). I don’t know if Texas ever re-paves their roads, but if anyone from the Texas DOT is reading this ....this one needs it badly. Shortly after we got going again, Jim told me to just go on ahead.

He might have passed me again if he had not had to leave the race. Some of the climbs were quite steep and the group broke up with some of the stronger traditional cyclists going ahead. He always makes us look good. Its these successes, especially on steep climbs, that make DF riders think again about their ride choice!

March 26, 2019 / Maria Parker Jim has some time off this spring between ending one job and beginning another and we’ve lined up some Cruzbike adventures. Congratulations for your 3rd and 4th overall, in extremely tough hilly conditions! There was some serious climbing between mile 83 and 105. translation missing: en.cart.general.close. Doesn’t sound pleasant at all, spoiled in Florida’s flatlands,I’m at the point of choosing my roads carefully,and avoiding danger…that being said going to participate in the RAF soon,miss my Vendetta we do have some climbing….

I was on a r, bars and I came one place off the podium in the. Tailwinds. However, the road quality on the smaller ranch roads the course took us on was horrendous. Not only has RAAM proved to be one of the most challenging races in the world, but has become a huge platform for racers to raise awareness and money for charities of their choice. We enjoyed a relaxing day Thursday strolling along the Riverwalk in downtown San Antonio and catching a movie.

It is now August 2019 and I am in Montenegro which is beautiful and mountainous and I don’t feel much like putting in very long days on a bike. Larry sang a different tune. Starting in Oceanside, under one of the longest piers in California, RAAM spans 3000 miles, climbs 175,000 feet, crosses 12 states and finishes at City Dock in Annapolis, Maryland, the east coast sailing mecca. Please note, comments must be approved before they are published. We chatted and one of the more local riders gave me an overview of the course.
Perhaps the greatest testament to that is that one of the two traditional cyclists who finished ahead of me, looked over at my bike and said “I’d like to try that.”, *Editor's note: At the time of publishing, results had not been made official. We rode with that group of about 15 riders until the first aid station at 61 miles. I wondering can your bike accommodate a slightly fatter tire and if so, would that have helped with the road conditions? It was drizzling and we later learned that we each had to walk our bikes up a portion of those wet steep roads.
The spring is a beautiful time to be in there.

Finally the finish! Normally we would use the descents to eat up miles quickly, but the roads were so bumpy, I felt nervous to let the bike go. In 2019, James and Tom will be taking on Race Across America (RAAM) - the world's toughest ultra-endurance bike race. Fortunately, the lead group was going the same careful pace. I am in Concan, TX right now with my Q45 on a Coast 2 Coast trip with 42 other riders. RAAM PO Box 19590 Boulder, Colorado 80308. I assumed he meant that the real climbing started then.

He had little time to train and his knee had been sore, so he came into the race, rested, but without as much preparation as I had. The third and last aid station was at mile 161 and Jim saw me leaving as he was coming in. RAAM is marketed as the “World’s toughest bicycle race” and is arguably the pinnacle of amateur cycling races. Thomas Stenby, Team TPT, DK: 94h 02m 23s 3. The 2019 race has just finished on the 22nd June. I made a couple of wrong turns, but nothing that took me too far off course. I was carrying the spare tubes, and I was out of reach, so despite feeling strong, Jim had to DNF. The last 8 miles were on a smooth flat shoulder but I was sick and tired of the race and anxious to be finished. A success rate of 65%.

RAD EXTREME SOLO SUPPORTED. It was a fair and accurate warning. RAAM director Fred Boethling was there to witness it and encourage me. I was feeling strong, so I did continue riding hard. Temps are generally 50-80 F. Mornings can be foggy with clearing by afternoon...You'll experience some of the best cycling in the USA. When the course moved to more major roads, the traffic was fast and frightening and the shoulder was covered with debris. The first of these was to race The Texas RAAM Challenge 200 in Castroville Texas.