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Solo men have already started this ultra-marathon cycling race and you can keep track at the link above.

At 5 p.m. today, teams began their race.

Pat Carter, NYCC member, is crewing for Rob Kish (he's won RAAM before!).

This annual race starts in San Diego and finishes in Atlantic City this year. It takes between 8-9 days for the solo men to finish. Alex Bekkerman qualified and participated in the 80's (I believe).

If anyone is interested, there's a banquet on the 30th of June in Atlantic City. There should be tickets available. This is a good chance for anyone interested in qualifying one day.

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Joao (not verified)

"I just wanted to point out that, as of this evening, the race is being led by a recumbent (insert evil laughter here) ;-)

Joao ""sit back, put your feet up, and ride"" de Souza"

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Diane Goodwin (not verified)
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Terry Gooch from Team Velowear.com/CoMotion use to live here in NYC area and her team is now in the lead for two person - mixed.

It'll be interesting to see how they do, as Terry was so nervous she almost didn't start. Besides, Richie (Ski) Konzdelaski (randonneur, RAAM rider, Yonkers resident) her crew also includes Rosemary (NYCC member who crashed in 2003 during winter in Central Park). James Burger, Brooklyn, is also crewing and will be taking lots of photos.

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JP (not verified)

Go Lance!!

Seriously, these RAAM riders are one hearty breed. Nearly 3000 miles in in 7-10 days. Through the Rockies. Just think of the mental states the riders must pass in and out of, not to mention the need for lots of chammy creme.

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Herb Dershowitz (not verified)

Snipped from Cyclingnews.com

Solo rider Russ Goodwin was hit by his following support vehicle last night. Although Goodwin was not injured in the collision, reportedly there was a heated exchange, following which, according to Goodwin, his crew left him there, forcing Goodwin's retirement from the race. It is against race rules to ride at night without a following vehicle

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Diane Goodwin (not verified)
That's not a first time ...

.... last year a crew abandoned a rider.

Too bad for Russ. We emailed before the ride. It was his first time. Some riders just go out hoping to make it ... never expecting to win. I saw he DNFd but there wasn't comment

I've been reading Danny Chew's comments but his reports are only posted until the 21st.

From the stories I hear, the crew can really hurt the participant's ride. One story was that the rider had all his pills (supplements I guess) prearranged and unlabeled. One of the crew members accidentally spilled the box - no one knew what was what.

One unhealthy mishap was when the brother-in-law was in charge (not really a cyclist either). He kept mixing dirty rider laundry in the food containers/ice chests - a place where the rider would be taking food from eventually.


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Diane Goodwin (not verified)
First solo rider ...

Those interested in RAAM:

The first solo rider has crossed the Mississippi River!

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