On June 12th at 2 pm in Oceanside, California, the 28th edition of the Race Across America (RAAM) began. The race will travel more than 3,000 miles, from Oceanside, California, to Annapolis, Maryland. The lowest elevation in the race is 170 feet below sea level while the highest elevation is more than 10,000 feet high above sea level. Competition is 24 hours a day until the course is completed.


TEAM TYPE 1 and TEAM TYPE 2 are competing. See more details here:

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Update from the road:
RAAM: Day Two Report—Racing Bikes and Saving Lives

In the past 24 hours of the epic Race Across America, Team Type 1 has ridden 421 miles from Mexican Hat, Utah to Trinidad, Colorado, at an average speed of 23 miles per hour. Over 1,145 miles of the race are completed for the team, which leaves 1,859 more miles to race.

Meanwhile, Team Type 2 has logged 321 miles from Flagstaff, Arizona to Durango, Colorado in the past 24 hours at an average speed of 17.5 miles per hour. This puts 857 miles behind Team Type 2 with 2,147 miles yet to complete. The good news is that the climbs and elevation of the Rocky Mountains will be complete in less than 24 hours and the rolling hills and crosswinds of Kansas and Missouri await.
According to Rob Coburn of Team Type 2, “sleep is hard to come by, coming in shifts of three or so hours in the RV. The upside is that the Milky Way is an incredible sight at night and Monument Valley just after sun up is truly breathtaking.”

For the most part, the Race Across America has been mostly absent of mishaps and breakdowns. For the riders and crew, the biggest challenge has been a bout with stomach flu which seems to have made its way through the crew and riders of Team Type 1. No one is sure whether it is the elevation, a virus or some tainted food eaten along the way. What is for sure is that stomach flu and bike racing are not exactly a match made in heaven.

Despite this minor set back, the crew and riders, according to Dave Eldridge, “have had exceptional attitudes with exemplary work ethics. Everyone is stepping in and getting the jobs done! We are optimistic and looking forward to what the race holds next for us!”

This morning at approximately 4 am EDT saw Team Type 1 power through a cold night in the Rockies. Low temperatures dropped to 38°F with a light rain at 10,000 feet above sea level at Durango Pass, Colorado, the highest point in Race Across America. Jeff Banninck fought his way up the climb and then bombed the 13-mile descent hitting up to 60 miles per hour with the light of his CatEye SingleShot illuminating the road in front of him.

But not everything was going well for a citizen of Wolf Creek Pass, Colorado. Just after a sunrise descent into Wolf Creek Pass at 9,941 feet, Team Type 1’s crew van and support vehicle were traveling eastbound on Highway 160. The plan was to assist in a rider exchange and prepare for the next transition point.

Team Type 1 crew members Kelsey Kelly and Jack Bannink saw a pick-up truck traveling eastbound suddenly veer off the highway and hit a culvert, which sent the vehicle sailing for approximately 90 feet through the air—without rolling over—before coming to a stop.

Team Type 1 endocrinologist, Dr. Bill Russell, was one of the first people on the scene. “I was sleeping in the van at the time, but was woken immediately by Kelsey and Jack. I ran to the vehicle and found a young man approximately 17-years-old slumped over in the driver’s seat. He was unconscious, unresponsive and bleeding heavily from several facial lacerations.”

Dr. Russell immediately administered aid in this life threatening incident. “I asked the young man what his name was, what day it was and his birthday. Within minutes, he was more responsive, but still in bad shape. Paramedics arrived within minutes and took him to the hospital.”

“It is impressive that even under these conditions, the crew of Team Type 1 and Team Type 2 has the reflexes and ability to respond and help one another as well as others on the road,” said Team Type 1 Founder and CEO, Phil Southerland. “We a a great team of dedicated athletes, but more importantly we are a group of people out to make a difference, whether it’s on the bike or the side of the road.”
Congrats to the TEAMS...
I am sure, the Teams are aware of Cyclebetes ...the Canadian Team going from East to West ...with a stop in my Community in Sept. Not about speed this time .
H2V ( Halifax to Vancouver for JDRF ) did Canada in 2007 or was it 2008 ( ? ) in 8 days ...24 hours a day relay...they set a Guinness Book of Record
More updates from the road:
RAAM: Day Four Report—Pushing for Good Weather and a New Course Record


A typical stage race, which has teams race during the day and transfer to the next location that night or early the next morning is like building a house over and over again, except this house is on wheels. But the Race Across America is very different—it never stops, whether it rains or snows, or is day or night. And like a typical bike race, RAAM doesn’t care is someone crashes, gets altitude sickness or battle a bout of stomach flu. The race just goes on.

Today for Team Type 2, the Race Across America continued across 338 miles of Kansas and into the western cusp of Missouri. Weather began to play a factor throughout the day as Team Type 2 eased into the back-end of a huge thunderstorm on the eastern edge of Kansas. But with the Missouri state line in the distance, spirits were high despite the weather. “Chances are pretty good we'll get wet at some point for the rest of the day,” noted rider Rob Coburn.

Team Type 2 has also battle its fair share of illness, just as Team Type 1 has. “One of the members of the team came down with a stomach bug late last night and into the early morning,” said Coburn. “So three of us went out about midnight local time and rode about 150 miles until our teammate got his energy back.” Despite the setback, “it was a great night,” noted Coburn. “After the cold of the night before, 60 degrees felt great! We raced back and forth all night with another team. And at the last time station, we averaged 20.87 mph for about 35 miles.’

“We are just over half way through the course. The routine is working itself out and we are all adapting in ways you wouldn't believe,” observed Coburn. “Our crew is top-notch and essential to making all of this work. As you can imagine, moving this crew down the road is no small task.”

Meanwhile, Team Type 1 is heading east into Ohio, having put in a solid 443 miles today across Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. The team’s average speed is 23.5 mph and in order to beat the 2009 record, Team Type 1, according to Bob Schrank, “will need to increase its speed by a half a mile an hour. It’s going to be a hard slog, but we are making it happen!”

Two high points of the day were James Stout having the honors of crossing the Mississippi River. “We give this honor to members of the team who are from another country. It’s just a tradition we have,” noted Schrank. And Dustin Folger’s parents also came in from Colorado to cheer on their son and the team. They travelled with the team for about four hours before veering off to let the team race through the night.

Overall, though, “it was one of those messy days,” said Schrank. “In Greenville, Illinois, Jeff Banninck was struck by a car at low speed, but was not severely injured. It was just road rash. The situation was classic, with a car turning right into a parking lot and striking Jeff on his left side.” Banninck was recovering and back on the bike in no time.

Another challenge was when Adam Driscoll pulled out of his cleat at 23 mph. As Driscoll pulled up and out of the pedal, the cleat was demolished instantly. “Adam is one of those guys who channels his frustration in a positive way,” observes Schrank. “In this case, he not only kept riding, but he also increased his speed to around 30 mph! And with only one cleat intact”

On the diabetes front, the blood sugar levels of Team Type 1 are starting to vary, according to Schrank. “So there’s a lot of discussion about how to manage it best. It’s going to get a little crazy since the body is so tired at this point in the race. But, fortunately, we have done this before and know how to manage ourselves. We are excited about finishing this race as fast as we can. It’s a tall order, but we will are up to the challenge!”

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