RAAM Update: And They’re Off!

The Race Across America riders set off today from Oceanside, Calif. with TDR-sponsored Randy Mouri launching his inaugural bid to become an official RAAM solo finisher.

As of 11:30 p.m. EDT, Randy had passed through the first time stop at 57 miles after brutal desert heat, above 100 degrees. He was headed toward the second stop at mile 145.7 in Brawley, Calif. Follow his progress at the RAAM site.

The site’s timing appears to be misleading — please correct me in the comments if I’m wrong. According to Randy’s My Quest for RAAM 2011 site, where his crew is posting updates, he clipped in at 3:30 p.m. Oceanside time and made it to the first checkpoint at 7:30 p.m.

The RAAM site shows an elapsed time of 6:53 for the same 57 miles, which I can only guess is an error. It’s hard to believe he’d cover that distance at an 8.3 m.p.h. average!

Also headed toward TS 2 is fellow D.C. Randonneur Nancy Guth, part of the two-woman RAAM Boomers team.

Meanwhile, our third DCR rider, Jeff Magnuson, was posting updates to his Facebook feed about his four-person RAAM Racing team that started Wednesday in the Race Across the West, which covers the first (!) 860 miles of the RAAM course to Durango, Colo.

They are making good time. Jeff reports on Facebook about their progress past Brawley: “At 8h 45m, RAAM Racing has covered 185 miles. Now racing into the night. Everyone is feeling awesome.”

Go Randy, Nancy and Jeff! Have a great night ride and we’ll check in on you in the morning.

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