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An Ounce of Prevention UPDATED
 
By P. Stone
Date: 6/21/2003
An Ounce of Prevention UPDATED
 

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I contacted Teresa Larsen and asked her what is going on at the head of the race. This is what she had to say:

I called the crew and they are doing some recovery on the bike since they pushed so hard at first - so he's going a little slower purposely at this moment.  As he continues reviving, he will pick up a bit to a maintenance level. He's looking forward to the mountains as that will feel more like home for him.

 

Concerning his neck. Allen thought he felt it seem a bit weak and instead of trying to fix a problem, he is wearing the brace as more of a preventative.  He thinks he could take it off and be fine until the finish, but wants to protect it so is keeping it on for the time being.  Physically this race has been almost 100% compared to last year so we praise God for that. The Lord is his strength.

 

Larsen’s average speed has dropped over a mile an hour recently, but with a 160 mile lead over second place Rob Kish and 770 miles to go, its almost time to start printing the T-shirts. Short of a melt down, ladies and gentleman, we have a winner, or do we? Remember, “The Tortoise and the Hare”.

 

Hard news from veteran RAAMIAN, Fabio Biasiolo, who has withdrawn from the race at time station 31, 1760 miles into the race. Biasiolo handlers report water retention, “The same kidney scare as last year has manifested itself again, resulting in water retention. Doctors have warned Fabio not to play around with this kind of malady.”

 

And now there are 16.

 

Rookie Slovenian Baloh, currently in 5th place, is riding with some extreme infection problems in his seat. A cruel and particularly painful injury. Every rotation, every tiny little bump and crevice in the road delivering raw, pure pain. Each time stealing a little energy, each time dulling the urge to compete.  Another solid rookie performance by a man willing to pay the price.

 

Baloh’s countryman Jure Robic is currently in third place. He has met the sandman while riding. He fell asleep and rode off the road. No injuries, just a ten minute powernap. Strongly positioned Mr. Robic is set to winner overall rookie honors. There is something in the air in Slovenia and I am not sure what it is but I’ll take $5 worth. Congratulations to Robic and Baloh and their country and crews. Two jobs performed with professional courageous efforts.

 

Marcel Knaus from Ruggell, Liechtenstein states his objective for RAAM 2003 as, “a huge challenge, not just the riding, but also the whole organization”. Wiser words were never spoken. Knaus and company are up to the task, currently in  4th overall place, holding a 4 minute lead over 5th place Baloh at time station 32.

 

Yet another rookie Dino Nico Valsesia from Borgomanero, Italy is three hours further back. There is almost a bottleneck developing in places 4th – 8th with riders Terry Lansdell and Rick Ashabranner completing the group of riders who have passed time station 32.

 

In the pride and guts category, last place, Paul Bonds is fighting on. I had been worried he might DNF, I could imagine his physical struggle and the swamp of emotions he must be contending with. He is dedicating his race to the memory of his 14 year old daughter. It is an amazing testament. Also earned a place in the pride and guts division is Rebecca Smith. At age 31, this would be a tough race, at age 53, a “tad” tougher. Add to the mix she is a soloist in her own division and debuting as a rookie and this is one tough, tough rider. Rebecca Smith, Paul Bonds and every other racer, team or solo, in the Insight Race Across America, the Daily Peloton applauds you.

 

On the road it breaks down like this:

 

Allen Larsen 2205

Rob Kish 
Jure Robic
Marcel Knaus
Marko Baloh
Dino Nico Valsesia
Terry Lansdell

Rick Ashabranner 
Ish Makk
Martin Lorenz
Mark Patten
Beny Furrer
Keith Krombel
Attila Kaldi
Rebecca Smith
Paul Bonds

 

Austrians, Thomas Riegler, Reinhard Hörmann, Peter Schwab and Peter Dammerer of team Harreither/VAV Versich are setting a torrid pace of 19.56 mph and are set to cross the finish line tomorrow. Another amazing effort in this race. A police officer, an electrician, a student and a teacher are setting the tempo.

 

In the teams divisions the current leaders are:

 

Four Person Male:      Team Harreither/VAV Versich (2365 miles)

Four Person Mixed:     Team Hydro Charge (2205 miles)
Corporate Team:        Team Insight (2205 miles)

Two person:                Rieper / Goodwin (1887 miles).

 

RACE POSITION UPDATE

On the road it breaks down like this:

 

Allen Larsen 2264

Rob Kish 
Jure Robic
Marcel Knaus
Marko Baloh
Rick Ashabranner 
Dino Nico Valsesia
Terry Lansdell
Ish Makk
Martin Lorenz
Mark Patten 
Keith Krombel
Beny Furrer
Attila Kaldi
Rebecca Smith
Paul Bonds

 

 

In the teams divisions the current leaders are:

 

Four Person Male:      Team Harreither/VAV Versich (2538 miles)

Four Person Mixed:     Team Hydro Charge (2365 miles)
Corporate Team:        Team Insight (2365 miles)

Two person:                Rieper / Goodwin (2053 miles)

 

Information compiled in this report was sourced from:

 

www.raceacrossamerica.org

www.allenacrossamerica.com

http://www.bikeadventures.it/

http://www.markobaloh.com/eng/index.php

 

 

A word about RAAM’s title Sponsor.

 

Insight the major sponsor of RAAM is a one stop shop for Information Technology.
Tim Crown, CEO of Insight, stood at the starting line in San Diego on Monday watching his employees like a proud Dad. He took a big risk in supporting RAAM, becoming a title sponsor for a race in what many regarded as a fringe sport. With Insight’s help, the legitimacy of the ultra marathon cycling community is growing. But Insight’s decision to sponsor RAAM wasn’t based on money. Tim and his special corporation embraced a competition that closely matched their own ideals: Strength, commitment, discipline, adaptability – heart, when heart matters most.


Company overview:
Insight, founded in 1988, is a leading global provider of complete computing solutions for business, covering the entire spectrum of IT customers including small to medium business users; corporate entities; state, local and federal governments and education institutions throughout the U.S., the UK and Canada. Insight offers the broadest selection in the industry, with over 200,000 name-brand products including hardware, software and peripherals from names like Cisco, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Sony, Toshiba and countless more. We stock over $100 million in ready-to-ship inventory and have access to over $3 billion in virtual warehouse inventory. Moreover, Insight provides a full suite of value added, comprehensive services for the entire IT life. At Insight, we understand the critical nature of keeping the customer's organization up and running from an IT perspective. We understand the technical issues within complex systems and work to put together the best solution to support end users needs, both today and in the future. As the world of information technology continues to evolve, Insight is poised to keep pace with it and anticipate the future needs of the customers and markets we serve.


To visit the Insight site:  http://www.insight.com/web/index.php

 

The Insight Race Across America finishing Banquet will be held Wednesday, June 25, at 6:00pm at the tent in Kennedy Plaza in front of the Boardwalk Hall, on the Atlantic City's famous Boardwalk.  Awards to all winning riders and teams. Good food, great entertainment by San Diego's 10 piece group, Liquid Blue and a memorable experience for all. Tickets available at the RAAM store, ($30.00) - sorry, limited supply, so book early.


Written by Perry Stone, please visit his web site
www.bikestories.com


 
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