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TT ENDURANCE: New 2-Person Under 50 Record!

By Vic Armijo
Category: RAAM

6 Days, 11 Hours, 7 Minutes, 19.79 mph average.
June 23, 3:10 am ET
City Dock, Annapolis, Maryland

Mark Pattinson and Eneas Freyre teamed up as a 2-person team TT Endura... Continue reading


NEGU IN WEST VIRGINIA

By Vic Armijo
Category: RAAM

June 22, 2018 11:00 a.m. EDT

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HIROKAZU SUZUKI MANAGING SHERMERS NECK

By Vic Armijo
Category: RAAM

June 21, 2018 4:30 EDT

RAAM Media 2 was excited to see rider 590 Hirokazu Suzuki up ahead a few miles out from TS39 Bloomington, Ind. Camera' ready to catch some action as we passed, he, followed by a support vehicle, pulled onto the... Continue reading


TEAM BEMER BREAKS 8-PERSON RECORDS

By Vic Armijo
Category: RAAM


June 21, 2018, 
City Dock, Annapolis, Maryland

The 8-person powerhouse that is Continue reading


DIZZY DONE!

By Vic Armijo
Category: RAAM

June 22, 2018, 4:54 am ET
City Dock, Annapolis, Maryland

At 4:54 am ET this morning, Ralph "Dizzy" Diseviscourt (Luxembourg) finished his second RAAM and took second place in this 37 edition. With a finish time of 9 days, 12 hours... Continue reading


WAS HOPING TO GET A SWIM IN THIS WEEK. . .

By Vic Armijo
Category: RAAM

June 20, 2018 9:00 p.m. EDT


RAAM Media 2 has been cruising east to catch up to the cluster of teams making making up the front/front middle of the pack, and we just came up on T400 Team Wheel & Sprocket enjoying a refreshing s... Continue reading


GUNTER ANDREASSON OVERCOMES DRAMATIC STOMACH TROUBLES

By Vic Armijo
Category: RAAM

June 20, 2018, Camdenton MO (TS32), 9:20am EDT

Gunter Andreasson may be at the tail end of the pack, but is riding strong after a very rough start to his race. When we saw the 61-year-old Swede descending the final pass in the Roc... Continue reading


THOMAS MAUERHOFER

By Vic Armijo
Category: RAAM

Successful Surgery After Being Hit By Motorist
June 20, 2018

Tw... Continue reading


HOGAN LEADS ROCHE-WALLACE

By Vic Armijo
Category: RAAM

June 19, 2018, 9:55 am ET
Yates Center, Kansas

When Seana Hogan (USA) rea... Continue reading


STRASSER'S MOTLEY CREW

By Vic Armijo
Category: RAAM

June 19, 2018, 4:15 pm, ET

Grafton, West Virginia


As solo male leader Christoph Strasser enters the final miles and the oh-so-painful hill repeats of the Appalachians, he'll count more and more on his faithful crew, which has attended to his every need thus far. But now, along with keeping up with his endless supply of Ensure, they'll also work to keep him motivated up the climbs.

The Ap... Continue reading


SHERMER's NECK NEVER SLEEPS

By Vic Armijo
Category: RAAM


Another report on an unfortunate DNF at this year's RAAM. Fifty-three year old Uros Stoklas of Slovenia dropped out after about 1,030 miles this year, due primarily to the dreaded Shermer's Neck. 


Stoklas had already broke his bike in Arizona, forcing his team to find another mount for him. With that taken care of, he started showing signs of the neck weakness that afflicts many riders after a few days on the bike. 


Stoklas suffered the same problem last year, when he dropped out after 982 miles.

Continue reading

STRASSER MAKES HISTORY

By Vic Armijo
Category: RAAM


ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, June 20

Christoph Strasser won his fifth R... Continue reading


THE JOURNEY WAS NOT ABOUT ME

By Vic Armijo
Category: RAAM

RAAM rookie Nick Clark was forced to drop out of the race this year after just 160 miles, in southern Arizona.


"My body just for some reason didn't want to play the game," the native Australian said in a video on his Facebook page. "I had a nearly traumatic break down from the waist down ...  but this whole journey was not about me it, was about many other people."


Clark, a former pro cyclist and coach, who operates a cycling training center in Falls Church, Vi... Continue reading


NO DARTS FOR THIS GUY

By Vic Armijo
Category: RAAM

Franz Preihs' experiences at RAAM show why the race is considered one of the most difficult endurance races in the world. 


The 40-year-old Austrian has started RAAM five times now, and finished just two times. This year, he was forced to drop out of the race near Flagstaff, only about 620 miles from Oceanside.


Oddly, Preihs' best finish came in his rookie RAAM in 2008 when he finished fourth. If he had any rookie luck, it was bad luck: First he was harassed by a group of alcohol-fortified locals outside of T... Continue reading


A RIDE WITH A RAAM LEGEND

By Vic Armijo
Category: RAAM

June 17, 2018, FT. SCOTT, KANSAS

One of the best things about traveling with RAAM is the people who give so much of themselves to make the riders and crews feel welcome and who go out of their way to create pleasant experiences along what can, at time... Continue reading

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HAAS STRIVING TO BE FIRST TYPE 1 RAAM FINISHER

By Vic Armijo
Category: RAAM

June 17, 2018, Walsh, Colorado


It’s inspiring to know that a Type 1 diabetic is in the Race Across America with a goal to be the first to complete the race. Even more so is knowing that Thomas Haas (Austria) is currently in second place against a strong, 9-rider field of age 50-59 racers. Haas is currently pedaling toward time station #22 in Walsh, Colorado, with category leader Christoph Hanle (Germany) about 50 miles up ahead.


According to the crew chief, Haas had trouble keeping his blood sugar up earlier in the race a... Continue reading


HOGAN: IT'S GOING ACCORDING TO PLAN

By Vic Armijo
Category: RAAM

June 17, 2018, 3:00 pm ET 
Kim, Colorado

RAAM Media Three was with Seana Hogan (USA) about halfway between Trinidad and Kim, Colorado. 


While she was off of her pace of recent years and about 20 miles behind Kathy Roche-Wallace, the other woman in the age 50-59 category, according to Hogan,... Continue reading

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ANDRES RODRIGUEZ SOTO'S RAAM REMATCH

By Vic Armijo
Category: RAAM

June 16, 2018, 9:55 pm ET La Veta, Colorado

Late on this windy and rainy Colorado morning, RAAM Media One found the 7th place solo under 50 male, Andres Rodriguez Soto (Mexico) as he was nearing La Veta. 

We visited some of his crew in their RV and crew member Ivone Vargas told of his ascent of to the 10,856-foot summit of Wolf Creek Pass a few hours prior. “He was really tired and was complaining t... Continue reading


NICOLE REIST LIKES A BROKEN RECORD

By Vic Armijo
Category: RAAM

June 17, 2018, 8:58 am ET  Maize, Kansas

The most exciting story of this 37th edition of the Race Across America is the startling performance of Nicole Reist (Switzerland) who is on track to beat the women’s average speed record of 13.22 mph set by Seana Hogan back in 1995. In this her second RAAM, Reist is much faster than her 2016 rookie finish of 11 days, 14 hours and 25 minutes. She’s been as high as second... Continue reading


MICHAEL DAVIES-HUGHES: Second in Male Solo 50-59

By Vic Armijo
Category: RAAM

June 16, 2018, 10:44 am ET, South Fork, Colorado


Michael Davies-Hughes (USA), a Welshman, who is now a US citizen, works as the assistant superintendent of educational services of Eureka City Schools in Northern California. He is currently second in the male solo age 50-59 category. 


He endured a cold ride over Wolf Creek Pass this morning, where the temperature was about 40F (4.4C). After what had to be a chilling descent, Davies-Hughes passed through South... Continue reading


Million-Winning Ride

By Vic Armijo
Category: RAAM

June 23, 2018, City Dock, Annapolis, Maryland

Finishing first in t... Continue reading


TT ENDURANCE: New 2-Person Under 50 Record!

By Vic Armijo
Category: RAAM

6 Days, 11 Hours, 7 Minutes, 19.79 mph average.
June 23, 3:10 am ET
City Dock, Annapolis, Maryland

Mark Pattinson and Eneas Freyre teamed up as a 2-person team TT Endura... Continue reading


NEGU IN WEST VIRGINIA

By Vic Armijo
Category: RAAM

June 22, 2018 11:00 a.m. EDT

Continue reading


HIROKAZU SUZUKI MANAGING SHERMERS NECK

By Vic Armijo
Category: RAAM

June 21, 2018 4:30 EDT

RAAM Media 2 was excited to see rider 590 Hirokazu Suzuki up ahead a few miles out from TS39 Bloomington, Ind. Camera' ready to catch some action as we passed, he, followed by a support vehicle, pulled onto the... Continue reading


TEAM BEMER BREAKS 8-PERSON RECORDS

By Vic Armijo
Category: RAAM


June 21, 2018, 
City Dock, Annapolis, Maryland

The 8-person powerhouse that is Continue reading


DIZZY DONE!

By Vic Armijo
Category: RAAM

June 22, 2018, 4:54 am ET
City Dock, Annapolis, Maryland

At 4:54 am ET this morning, Ralph "Dizzy" Diseviscourt (Luxembourg) finished his second RAAM and took second place in this 37 edition. With a finish time of 9 days, 12 hours... Continue reading


WAS HOPING TO GET A SWIM IN THIS WEEK. . .

By Vic Armijo
Category: RAAM

June 20, 2018 9:00 p.m. EDT


RAAM Media 2 has been cruising east to catch up to the cluster of teams making making up the front/front middle of the pack, and we just came up on T400 Team Wheel & Sprocket enjoying a refreshing s... Continue reading


GUNTER ANDREASSON OVERCOMES DRAMATIC STOMACH TROUBLES

By Vic Armijo
Category: RAAM

June 20, 2018, Camdenton MO (TS32), 9:20am EDT

Gunter Andreasson may be at the tail end of the pack, but is riding strong after a very rough start to his race. When we saw the 61-year-old Swede descending the final pass in the Roc... Continue reading


THOMAS MAUERHOFER

By Vic Armijo
Category: RAAM

Successful Surgery After Being Hit By Motorist
June 20, 2018

Tw... Continue reading


HOGAN LEADS ROCHE-WALLACE

By Vic Armijo
Category: RAAM

June 19, 2018, 9:55 am ET
Yates Center, Kansas

When Seana Hogan (USA) rea... Continue reading


STRASSER'S MOTLEY CREW

By Vic Armijo
Category: RAAM

June 19, 2018, 4:15 pm, ET

Grafton, West Virginia


As solo male leader Christoph Strasser enters the final miles and the oh-so-painful hill repeats of the Appalachians, he'll count more and more on his faithful crew, which has attended to his every need thus far. But now, along with keeping up with his endless supply of Ensure, they'll also work to keep him motivated up the climbs.

The Ap... Continue reading


SHERMER's NECK NEVER SLEEPS

By Vic Armijo
Category: RAAM


Another report on an unfortunate DNF at this year's RAAM. Fifty-three year old Uros Stoklas of Slovenia dropped out after about 1,030 miles this year, due primarily to the dreaded Shermer's Neck. 


Stoklas had already broke his bike in Arizona, forcing his team to find another mount for him. With that taken care of, he started showing signs of the neck weakness that afflicts many riders after a few days on the bike. 


Stoklas suffered the same problem last year, when he dropped out after 982 miles.

Continue reading

STRASSER MAKES HISTORY

By Vic Armijo
Category: RAAM


ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, June 20

Christoph Strasser won his fifth R... Continue reading


THE JOURNEY WAS NOT ABOUT ME

By Vic Armijo
Category: RAAM

RAAM rookie Nick Clark was forced to drop out of the race this year after just 160 miles, in southern Arizona.


"My body just for some reason didn't want to play the game," the native Australian said in a video on his Facebook page. "I had a nearly traumatic break down from the waist down ...  but this whole journey was not about me it, was about many other people."


Clark, a former pro cyclist and coach, who operates a cycling training center in Falls Church, Vi... Continue reading


NO DARTS FOR THIS GUY

By Vic Armijo
Category: RAAM

Franz Preihs' experiences at RAAM show why the race is considered one of the most difficult endurance races in the world. 


The 40-year-old Austrian has started RAAM five times now, and finished just two times. This year, he was forced to drop out of the race near Flagstaff, only about 620 miles from Oceanside.


Oddly, Preihs' best finish came in his rookie RAAM in 2008 when he finished fourth. If he had any rookie luck, it was bad luck: First he was harassed by a group of alcohol-fortified locals outside of T... Continue reading


A RIDE WITH A RAAM LEGEND

By Vic Armijo
Category: RAAM

June 17, 2018, FT. SCOTT, KANSAS

One of the best things about traveling with RAAM is the people who give so much of themselves to make the riders and crews feel welcome and who go out of their way to create pleasant experiences along what can, at time... Continue reading

1 Comment

HAAS STRIVING TO BE FIRST TYPE 1 RAAM FINISHER

By Vic Armijo
Category: RAAM

June 17, 2018, Walsh, Colorado


It’s inspiring to know that a Type 1 diabetic is in the Race Across America with a goal to be the first to complete the race. Even more so is knowing that Thomas Haas (Austria) is currently in second place against a strong, 9-rider field of age 50-59 racers. Haas is currently pedaling toward time station #22 in Walsh, Colorado, with category leader Christoph Hanle (Germany) about 50 miles up ahead.


According to the crew chief, Haas had trouble keeping his blood sugar up earlier in the race a... Continue reading


HOGAN: IT'S GOING ACCORDING TO PLAN

By Vic Armijo
Category: RAAM

June 17, 2018, 3:00 pm ET 
Kim, Colorado

RAAM Media Three was with Seana Hogan (USA) about halfway between Trinidad and Kim, Colorado. 


While she was off of her pace of recent years and about 20 miles behind Kathy Roche-Wallace, the other woman in the age 50-59 category, according to Hogan,... Continue reading

1 Comment

ANDRES RODRIGUEZ SOTO'S RAAM REMATCH

By Vic Armijo
Category: RAAM

June 16, 2018, 9:55 pm ET La Veta, Colorado

Late on this windy and rainy Colorado morning, RAAM Media One found the 7th place solo under 50 male, Andres Rodriguez Soto (Mexico) as he was nearing La Veta. 

We visited some of his crew in their RV and crew member Ivone Vargas told of his ascent of to the 10,856-foot summit of Wolf Creek Pass a few hours prior. “He was really tired and was complaining t... Continue reading


NICOLE REIST LIKES A BROKEN RECORD

By Vic Armijo
Category: RAAM

June 17, 2018, 8:58 am ET  Maize, Kansas

The most exciting story of this 37th edition of the Race Across America is the startling performance of Nicole Reist (Switzerland) who is on track to beat the women’s average speed record of 13.22 mph set by Seana Hogan back in 1995. In this her second RAAM, Reist is much faster than her 2016 rookie finish of 11 days, 14 hours and 25 minutes. She’s been as high as second... Continue reading


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