Sunday, June 21, 2009

Start at Oceanside

Yes, you might have noticed we've had some issues getting to the blog during our first 24 hours here on the course. Sorry. But our connectivity issues seem to be solved for now.

(Remember, marathon, not sprint.)

While I am sitting in the parking lot of a Walmart in Prescott, AZ - this is Time Station 6 - I wanted to share the excitement of the guys' start in Oceanside, CA yesterday. The video shows the ceremonial "parade route" start, which, after 13 miles or so, gives way to the real, timed start. You can see the guys coming around from the staging area, although they were not riding exactly next to each other at this point. Got them both in here, though.

After the police escort, check out the four-man hand cycle team that is attempting to become the first hand-cycle group to successfully complete RAAM. Give them some serious love and respect - the athletes here did. This team got the longest, loudest standing ovation at the RAAM Teams Meeting. Says our Crew Chief Jim Karlovec of this team: "Those guys are definitely studs. And yes, you can quote me on that."

After the hand cyclists, Richard and Charlie come soon, Richard first, then Charlie a second or so behind. They were allowed to ride together on the parade route before one of them - in our case, Richard - started the race.

So they're officially off ... watch this and pretend you were there.


Julie said...

I'm glad you got the blog going again. The video was great. As much as I try not to, I've stayed glued to my computer. Waiting for any type of update. I really appreciate the brief Twitter updates. Please keep them coming. Rich and Charlie are doing great which means that the crew is doing a great job. Keep up the good work.

Luka in Barbara said...


Navijače imate tudi v Sloveniji!

Keep up the good work!

Lep pozdrav!

(Kelley) Brooke said...

What a pleasant surprise to find this update after having checked earlier this morning. Glad you guys (crew)didn't waste any time bringing it on in the glitch department. Perhaps is will be a bigger deal now...later it will all feel natural ; ) Keep up the amazing work everybody. ~Brooke and George