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2014 Team Marshall has landed in California


Oceanside pier

Oceanside pier

Good Afternoon from Oceanside, CA! This is Nanette. I am one of the support car drivers for Marshall’s RAAM team, and I will also be photographing and blogging here along this incredible journey!

Most of the team arrived here last evening from many corners of the US; Florida, MA, Maine, and North Carolina.  The rest of the crew arrived today! We flew into San Diego airport and were greeted by Steve, our crew chief, and transported to our hotel where we will be staying and prepping for the race for the next couple of day before it begins this Tuesday at noon.

Today, we had a chance to get to know one another, see some of this gorgeous Pacific coast area, and get over any jet lag anyone may be feeling. We are staying in Carlsbad, CA about 20 minutes from Oceanside. I personally have never been to California and am struck by the beauty of the coast, the comfortable air with low humidity, and the very friendly people.  I headed over to the Oceanside Pier with Steve this morning for him to take care of  the team’s registration. After waiting in line for a bit with other teams and racers, he pick up the required vehicle stickers and all of the other documents necessary for RAAM.  Most of us met for lunch and our first team meeting. Then individually, we starting rolling on our jobs. Leslie is cooking some food ahead for the road, and the rest of us are taking care of equipment, supplies, preparing the RV, etc.

Here are a few shots from our day so far.  We’d love to also have you follow along over on Marshall’s official Facebook page for the most recent info on how his journey is progressing, and photos from the road.

We are all very excited and honored  to be here to support Marshall in this 2014 Race Across America. Go Marshall! Go Team!

~ Nanette Gordon

Nick making new CA friends

Nick making new CA friends

Carlsbad Beach

Steve and Mike checking out Carlsbad Beach


Oceanside Pier RAAM start area

Oceanside Pier
RAAM start area

Registration time!  Steve Lufkin, Crew Chief

Registration time!
Steve Lufkin, Crew Chief

steve registration
RAAM #417

RAAM #417


Team Meeting

Team Meeting

Mike showing off the vehicle stickers

Mike showing off the vehicle stickers

mike with 417

Mike, team mechanic! #417 Marshall’s RAAM race number


RAAM 2014 Upgrades

The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again a different way.     – Dale Carnegie

7 Changes that are sure to make a difference in RAAM 2014

  1. Crew experience.  Steve Lufkin is once again serving as the crew chief.  He is equally invested in Marshall’s effort for a fast and successful RAAM completion.
    RAAM 2011 Crew Chief Lufkin & Rider Reeves.

    RAAM 2011. Crew Chief Lufkin & Rider Reeves. Photo: Daniel Ciuro.

  2. More crewRAAM 2011 relied on a modest crew of 4.  Marshall underestimated the toll the race would have on his crew members.  This year the crew will consist of 7 members, three of which are returning (Steve Lufkin, Leslie Lufkin, and Michael King).
  3. The addition of an RV camper.  The 2011 RAAM plan relied on hotels.  This proved problematic as it was difficult to find hotels that fit Marshall’s varying mileage schedule. As a result of this arrangement, time and energy was wasted trying to mesh hotel availability with Marshall’s need for rest.

    RAAM 2011. Marshall Reeve.

    RAAM 2011. Marshall’s bed. Photo: Daniel Cuiro

  4. Mountain training time.  Marshall believes he was sufficiently fit at the RAAM 2011 starting line, but underestimated the need for consecutive days of “hill” work.  This year Marshall devoted three weeks of hill work in the mountains of Bryson City, North Carolina.

    Marshall Reeves. MTB NC

    Marshall’s training grounds:  The hills of North Carolina.

  5. Better nutrition. Marshall can’t eat solid food when he rides.  This time around, Marshall will primarily rely on Ensure as his source of nutrition. Based on his 600-800 calories an hour need, he will be consuming A LOT of Ensure.  Marshall plans to ride 20 hours a day for the majority of the race. How many of bottles of Ensure will Marshall toss back on a daily basis?
  6. Legs are good to go. Prior to RAAM 2011, Marshall suffered a quadricep strain that flared up during the race. Marshall intends to receive regular massages to combat fatigue and prevent severe leg swelling which he experienced during RAAM 2011.
  7. Better equipment. Marshall rode a Trek Madone 6.9 (2010) and a Trek TTX (2009) during his 2011 RAAM campaign.  This year Marshall will primarily ride a Trek Domane 6.9 with Di2 (2012) and a Trek Madone 4.5 Di2 (2014).  When the need arises, Marshall will ride his Trek Cronus Pro (2012), a cyclocross bike equipped with aerobars.  All 3 bikes are equipped with CeramicSpeed bearings which provide superior, nearly friction-less movement in the bottom bracket, pulleys, and hubs.

    Trek Domane 6.9 Di2 (2012)

    Marshall’s Trek Domane 6.9 Di2 (2012) receiving attention from crew mechanic, Michael King.

Author: Kristin, also an owner of a (lesser, older) Trek Madone