The Insight Race Across America was biking through Arizona on Tuesday. Even this early into the race one solo newcomer to the event is making his presence felt.
According to a report from RAAM media contact Wendy Booher, Mike Trevino from San Diego, Calif., has established himself solidly in second place. As the riders passed through Mountainair, N. M., Slovenian soldier Jure Robic led with a margin of about 90 minutes over Trevino, a Cornell graduate. Three time RAAM winner Wolfgang Fasching was riding in third place about five hours back. Team Vail-Go Fast of Colorado is now leading in the 4-Person Team category.
Thus far the RAAM is considerably faster than it was in 2003 in both the Solo and 4-Person Men's categories. Racing on a nearly identical route, the average speed of the leading team at Time Station 11, Show Low, Ariz., was 22.93 mph this year compared to last years 20.41 mph.
In the Solo men's category, at Time Station 15, Mountainair, N.M., the leader had an average speed of 15.49 mph in 2003, compared to the 15.93 mph average of Robic in 2004 at this point.
Solo rider Russ Goodwin, from Arizona, was hit by his following support vehicle Tuesday night. Although Goodwin was not injured in the collision, reportedly there was a heated exchange, following which, according to Goodwin, his crew left him there. That forced Goodwin's retirement from the race. It is against race rules to ride at night without a following vehicle.
The RAAM started with 21 Solo riders. After three days the field is down to 18 cyclists. Solo racers are expected to ride through Brazil on U.S. 40 Friday and/or Saturday. In Indiana, there are Time Stations at Putnamville and Indianapolis.