This is an epic race, with no stages, no domestiques with no contrived team tactics, nor team pharmacists. The strongest legs will win plain and simple. Some come to win, others come to finish this 3000 mile race, which is the pinnacle for an Ultra-Cyclist just as Everest is to mountaineer, the Olympics to a many athletes or a World Cup is to a rugby or a football player.
In the New Zealand corner for this years race is Art Schwencke (Team Riha) whom I met at the Lake Taupo Extreme Enduro in 2011. Like past years, I’ll be following the Race Across America very closely online, with a particular emphasis on following how our Kiwis are doing in the event. Bon Courage Art! I’ll endeavour to keep my spreadsheet of Kiwi efforts in the RAAM up to date as the race unfolds. The official race coverage can be found at http://www.ridefarther.com (Microsoft Silverlight is required to view the live tracking).
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