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RAAM bikers could hit town today

Friday, June 25, 2004

At time station 26, El Dorado, Kan., 1,475 miles into the race, Jure Robic regained the lead in the solo division of the Race Across America. Solo bikers are expected to travel through Brazil on U.S. 40 sometime today and/or Saturday.

The Race Across America started in San Diego, Calif., on June 20 for solo riders and June 21 for teams. Official finishers will cross the finish line in New Jersey sometime before July 2. Solo racers usually take eight to 10 days to complete the race. Team members take about six to eight days.

Team divisions are faster than the solo riders because the teams can go nonstop. While one member propels the bike, the others can rest. Solo cyclists go as long as they can but fatigue eventually will make them stop, either willingly or when they fall asleep on the bike and run off the road. Solo riders average about one to three hours sleep per day.

Categories are: Solo, Two Person Male Division, Two Person Mixed Division, Four Person Male Division, Four Person HPV Division, Four Person Female Division, Four Person Mixed Division and Corporate Challenge or Eight Person Mixed Division.

There are 15 females competing in this year's race. The intended 99 person field was cut to 97 before the race started when two contenders dropped out. One withdrew for personal reasons. The other had injuries from a previous race.

After the race started, Russ Goodwin of Arizona was the first casualty when his inexperienced support crew hit him on his bike with the support vehicle. Goodwin was not injured and the bike received just minor damage but Goodwin decided to drop out of the race.

Scott Dakus from Nevada was beginning to struggle due to pain in one of his knees. He overworked his healthy knee trying to compensate for the injury. Dakus ultimately had to give in to the resulting pain in both joints and withdrew from the race at 11:31 EST on June 23. Seventeen solo riders remain.

The top three solo bikers stayed consistent more than three days with Slovenian 2003 RAAM Rookie of the Year Jure Robic leading. USA's Mike Trevino was a close second and three time RAAM winner, Austrian Wolfgang Fasching held third.

As of 4 a.m. June 24, a new leader emerged. San Diego's 29-year-old RAAM Rookie Mike Trevino battled headwinds in Oklahoma and took the lead. Time Station 21 was Guymon, Okla. But at Time Station 26, El Dorado, Robic regained the lead.

Fasching remains in third. The 36-year-old won RAAM in 1997, 2000 and 2002. He has finished in the top three in each of his six RAAM starts. A victory in 2004 would make him the first cyclist to win RAAM four times. That is his goal.

Lead solo riders are expected to finish on June 29. Teams should finish on June 27.

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