Hero to Zero

Yeah that’s how I feel right now. Jure Robic you stink. Go hit the showers! In the closest Race Across America race in recent years you or your crew decided to pull out of the race on Time Station 51? What the _______ ? Are you a sore loser? So you got penalties that you feel are questionable. So you don’t think you can win because your penalties are greater than your lead over Dani Wyss. But quitting? Come on!

Maybe it’s because I will never win something like RAAM, the Furnace Creek 508 or a local crit. But to DNF a race when I still have the capacity to continue is beyond my comprehension.

Jure Robic, I respected you and admired you and your four RAAM titles but I now find your lack of sportsmanship appalling. You’re a great endurance cyclist but in my opinion your withdrawal from the race and the asterisk that will denote your withdrawal in 2009 will be an indelible stain on your all but fantastic RAAM record.

All hail the 2009 Race Across America Solo Champion. Dani Wyss.

From the RAAM website.


Truth be told, 2am Australian time, when I went to bed, I said to someone that I thought Robic would pull away. I look today and I see Wyss do the unbelievable.

Arriving in Annapolis, MD after completing 3021 miles, Dani Wyss won the solo male division with the second fastest time in RAAM history. 8 day, 5 hours and 45 minutes. Dani is now a two time winner of RAAM. He averaged a mammoth speed of 15.28mph.

When I was asked if I was interested in help covering RAAM this year, I jumped at the opportunity. Before this year, I only knew little about RAAM. Truth be told, I thought that Robic would win this year.

Robic has not finished the race yet, but he also hasn’t pulled out. He has until Monday to officially finish the race.

This win by Dani was gritty. It was couragous. He was a determined man. The Swiss rider impressed me throughout the race. His ability to stick close to Robic and not let Robic pull away was admirable.

Well done Dani Wyss! 2009 RAAM CHAMPION!

RAAM Team Start

I took my son on his very first train ride! We drove from Huntington Beach to the Irvine Train Station. We boarded in Irvine and de-boarded in Oceanside.

The train station is conveniently only blocks from the Oceanside Pier and subsequently the Race Across America start. His eyes lit up as the train approached the platform. He was so excited. It was really a great day.


Jure Robic stops by…

the shop. Team Race Across America (RAAM) starts Saturday June 17th. Come down to the start line and cheer them on. The start line is the pier in Oceanside California. I’ll be there with my son. Would it be corny to wear my RAAM finisher’s jersey?

Jure Robic has been stopping by the shop the last three years. Funny how he always remembers I did 2 person relay RAAM back in 2007. Jure is a four time winner of RAAM. I wish him luck and nice tailwind.

Here is Jure Robic’s blog

Sponsor Update…..

Pictures taken by James Vogl

GREAT NEWS….. O2 Rainwear from Rain Shield has come onboard for the 2008 season. They make excellent functioning and compactable rain gear. I wore it on RAAM 2007 and have for many years prior to that. I highly recommend their products. Thank you Adam Ziskin!!!

From their website.

“The ultimate cycling jacket! Perfect for rain, wind, or just a pre-race warm-up Waterproof, Breathable, and Windproof to provide full protection from all the elements. The drop tail provides coverage from road spray. Fitted body for aerodynamics. High “stand up” collar. High visibility yellow color ensures you will be safely seen. Weighs 5oz. and Packs into a handy stuff sack for easy transportation and storage”

Ok I am now committed to RAAM 2008

Early in the fall, I received an email from Race Across America with news about the 2008 race.

15-October-2007 Taos or Bust – A New 1000 Miles race to Taos, NM, for 2008

Over time RAAM, has added pieces to the race which enable more racers to experience the journey that is RAAM. In the 90s, 4-Person teams were added. Just five years ago, 8-Person teams were added and more recently the 24 Hour Challenge was started.

In 2008, we are introducing a new event: a 1000 mile race starting in Oceanside and finishing in Taos, NM. The 1000 mile event fills the void between the traditional 500mile races and the full challenge of RAAM. We recognize that there are many racers, particularily aspiring RAAM rookies, that will find the commitment to race 1,000 miles, a much less overwhelming proposition than a full RAAM. There are few races in the world of this distance and this will be the first in the US.

Just as with the 24 Hour Challenge and the teams, 1000 mile racers will race directly against those going to Annapolis across the beautiful western portion of the course. It’s truly a chance for racers to test themselves in a new distance and see if they want to step up to the ultimate race – RAAM!

Expect a great event as RAAM brings its experience and history to this unique distance.

The idea of this race immediately appealed to me and after much thought and deliberation, I have taken the plunge and registered for Race Across the West .

The feeling of being part of the RAAM experience last year was amazing and something that I knew that I wanted to continue with as I work toward my ultimate goal of SOLO RAAM. In thinking about how I wanted to take part in RAAM in 2008, I considered doing another team race, but ultimately decided that my idea of being an ultra racer means suffering alone. The sense of accomplishment I feel from my solo races is beyond anything I would feel as a team racer. The contrast between my experiences in the 2007 two person RAAM team and my succesful Furnace Creek 508 fixed gear race in October 2007 helped me to realize that I work best and I am happiest when I am racing solo. I believe that Race Across the West is the next logical step in my preparation toward SOLO RAAM.

Accelerade and Endurox savings

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Official RAAM Finisher

Picture courtesy of :TBD

Well I did it. I am an official finisher of the world’s toughest bicycle race, RAAM. I was a member of a 2 person team called Team Beat Cancer #209. Rick Schulze and I braved the elements and the terrain to finish with an official time of 9 days 18 hours and 55 minutes. The graphs are from my Polar 720i Heart Rate Monitor/Cycling computer. The graphs represent just my portion of the 3043 miles and the 108,000 feet of climbing.

I competed in the 2007 edition of Race Across America which started in Oceanside California and traversed this great country of ours and finished in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The course covered 3043 miles and 108,000 feet of climbing. The California mountains, Arizona deserts, Colorado rockies, flat plains of Kansas and the steep rolling terrain of West Virginia and Pennsylvania really tested my resolve.


I know now that I would rather race Solo RAAM. I have always ridden my ultras for the solitude and the expectation of challenging myself to find my new breaking point. I will be racing in Solo RAAM 2008. Please support me in every way that you can to make the rest of 2007 a successful year and help me prepare for 2008.

2 days and we roll

Slowly the reality is sinking in. Today we loaded the RV with most of our supplies, no perishables. Put up all the signage and I defaced my bikes. I put reflective tape all over the bike and wheels but it is what it is. It’s getting so close. Tomorrow the solo riders head out and soon it will be the eve before I roll out. Am I nervous? Yes. Am I anxious? Yes. I just can’t wait to get started.