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It’s Almost Go Time!

This time tomorrow Marshall will be riding eastward! (old news)

TODAY Marshall will be riding EASTWARD.

More accurately, Marshall will be racing eastward. You see, this is the RACE Across America (RAAM), not merely Pedal Across America (PAAM).  And I know Marshall intends to race.  Since it is a race, he has competition.  RAAM organizers divide the solo racers into 4 categories with separate male and female divisions:

  • Under 50 years of age:  29 male & female racers
  • 50 – 59 years of age: Marshall’s category, he’s 58 years; see below
  • 60 – 69 years: 4 male competitors
  • 70 – 74 years (holy cow!) – one bad arse man = Russian Sergey Zimin (someone, get his autograph for me!)

Here’s a list of Marshall’s competition:

According to the competitor’s biographies, nearly 80% have competed in RAAM before – whether as a solo or team competitor.  Jacques Bourreau, Ed Garrison, and Bob McEnaney are RAAM rookies.

There are several ways to follow Marshall, his competition, or perhaps septuagenarian Russian rock star Sergey while they race through California, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.

  1. Tractalis – this is the official RAAM web tracking ware. Click on the hot link to download the mobile app. This app is for folks that need a visual.
  2. RAAM Leaderboard – find the racer’s latest checkpoint location, miles completed, total time racing, and average speed. Prefer hard data?  This is your place.
  3. Ridefarther.com website – lots of media coverage, highlights, photos, videos, and recaps. This web site reminds me of People magazine:  less data, more photos and happy stories.
  4. Infinity Bike Shop’s Marshall Reeves RAAM Facebook page – our live correspondent, Nanette, is going to try to provide as much information and photos as possible. Check often, my fellow Facebook users!
  5. We’re modern & use twitter: #marshallreevesraam

 The Weather

HOT. DRY. SUNNY.  Brawley, California, is listed as checkpoint #2.  Here’s the forecast:

The Weather Channel - Weather Underground - AccuWeather

The Weather Channel – Weather Underground – AccuWeather

The course slices through the Arizona desert in the summer.  Notoriously hot. The forecast for checkpoints #3 – 6 (all within Arizona) show temperatures hovering in the 100’s.  Relief ought to be found in the evening with temperatures in the lower 70’s.

I look forward to learning how Marshall plans to cope with the heat.  Will there be ice chests? Special heat reflective wear? I doubt there will be cold beer and sprinklers on the course.

 

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RAAM 2011

Hello Fellow RAAM & Marshall Fans!

This is Kristin, Infinity Bike Shop sales girl, writer of ThePlayfulLife blog (AKA Outside KMA), lover of epic adventure stories, competitor on land & water, and a home-base contributor to this blog.  In a few days Nanette, the Official Crew Photographer and a Driver of Team Marshall Reeves, will provide written updates and photos that will intimately depict Marshall and his crew’s Really Long race.

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Important info for the newly initiated Marshall Fan:

Marshall Reeves is NOT a RAAM virgin.

In RAAM lingo, that ought to read: Marshall Reeves is NOT a rookie.

Marshall's been down this road before.  Monument Valley, Moab, UT. Photo courtesy of Daniel Curio.

Marshall’s been down this road before. Monument Valley, Moab, UT. Photo courtesy of Daniel Ciuro.

Let me give you a super abbreviated synopsis of Marshall’s 2011 RAAM attempt before I jump into a comparison of his first attempt race with next week’s race.

Marshall trained and qualified for RAAM. He raced the Leadville 100 in the summer of 2010 and strained his right quadriceps muscle (foreshadowing). He took a minimalist approach toward forming his RAAM crew plan and, in retrospect, underestimated several aspects of the race that did not involve pedaling.

Marshall rode 2,426.2 miles before having to end his race in Blanchester, Ohio due to the complete failure of his right leg. He was 563 miles short of finishing.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Ciuro.

A strained quadriceps turned into a No Longer In Service Quad. Photo courtesy of Daniel Ciuro.

Unfinished business

Marshall admits that luck plays a role in whether a race goes as planned (ie. weather, automobile accidents); but he is just as quick to admit that decisive changes after careful examination are key to success.  It appears that Marshall and his team have made a number of “game changing” additions to this year’s Race Across America.  Let’s look at these changes for RAAM 2014 – IN THE NEXT POST!