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.