Today Jure Robic became the first person to win RAAM 4 times. He finished just under 9 days with a time of 8 days 23 hours and 33 minutes. When I raced in 2006 he was trying to become the first person to win 3 consecutive times but dropped out in Pagosa, CO with pneumonia.
In the team division another record was broken. The 8-person Byggkjøp/BMC Cycling Team set a new relay team record. Their time was 5 days 9 hours and 56 minutes. This gives them an average speed of 23.2 mph.
The rest of the solo field is stretched all the way from Maryland to Ohio which is about 550 miles of the course. David Haase is the only American in the top 5. He’s currently in 2nd on the road by less than an although it seems he’s really in 3rd place.
I have always thought there were no time credits in RAAM, just time penalties. I’m sure I’ve also read that in the rules. In any case, Mark Pattinson has been given a 4 hour and 35 minute time credit. It’s for an incident near Taos, NM involving drunk cowboys not allowing him and his crew to pass through. I haven’t really been able to find information on what happened but it seems that race officials may have told Pattinson to stop riding.
The 50+ age group is very close for 1st and 2nd. Currently in Chillicothe, OH, Arvid Loewen is less than 20 minutes ahead of Doug Levy. They have just over 500 miles left to the finish line.