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Anyone here following RAAM?(8 posts)

Anyone here following RAAM?PseuZQ
Jun 17, 2003 9:04 AM
If so, who are you rooting for, and why?
site for daily reportsDougSloan
Jun 17, 2003 9:09 AM
http://www.topica.com/lists/ultracycling/read

Danny Chew is giving daily reports there. Interesting, since he's done it many times himself.

I'd like to see Mark Patten come up with a win. He's usually the tortoise.

Ish Makk is a California doubles rider who I'd like to see do well, too.

Then again, I'd wish anyone well on this venture. On day one it was 115 degrees in the desert.

Check this out, too: http://www.caida.org/~dmoore/raam2003/

Doug
Thanks, Doug. I lurk on the Topica list...PseuZQ
Jun 17, 2003 9:18 AM
In fact, it's one of the things that got me motivated to start tyring doubles. Fun reading, too!

I don't really know "of" the riders doing RAAM, except for Ish Makk, and that's only because the SF Chronicle profiled him last year.
ridersDougSloan
Jun 17, 2003 9:39 AM
I've brushed shoulders with these riders a fair amount in the 508, Davis 24, and many doubles. However, they are clearly a league above anything I ever did.

The biggest difference is that these guys ride lots, a phenomenal number of miles. A thousand a week is not that rare. Some of them ride to and from a double century that could be 200 miles away!

The Europeans have been doing very well lately, but there have been many rumors of blood doping, IV feedings along the race, and even overt cheating in RAAM (hitching rides). I've heard all sorts of stories, many first hand. This is a very intriguing race that is fairly inbred, so everyone knows each other.

Doug
site for daily reportsafrican
Jun 17, 2003 9:20 AM
a guy I know is on Team FOI. So I am following it with some interest, I would love to ride accross the States.
Mark PattenSnyderman
Jun 17, 2003 9:58 AM
I'm rooting for Mark. I was on his crew for his rookie ride. That was an adventure of a lifetime.
re: Anyone here following RAAM? <--- Go Rob Kish!russw19
Jun 17, 2003 10:13 AM
Rob Kish. He's a heck of a nice guy. Has won in the past. I know him from a bike shop I used to work at in Ormond Bch. Florida... I have riden with him, and I know how hard he trains for this (as I am sure all the riders do) so I appreciate how hard this race must be.

Russ
Rooting for anybody who would try it ...Humma Hah
Jun 17, 2003 10:55 AM
... Anybody who would even attempt it is awesome.