CHILLICOTHE, OHIO (June 18, 2013)— Christoph Strasser has been racing this 32nd RAAM on almost a fully liquid diet. While he’s had a few tidbits along the way “Just to make me feel like I’m eating something,” he’s following a dietary plan used by many endurance racers. It’s quick, efficient, avoids most digestive issues and eliminates having to have the motor home close by for…obvious reasons. When asked a few days ago what food he’s most looking forward he smiled broadly and replied “A steak, the biggest that they have!” Continue reading →
In what has been one of the fastest editions in recent history, riders in this year’s Race Across America have been turning in some absolutely incredible performances. Team Allied Forces is setting an excruciating pace in the 8-person team competition while Solo leader Christoph Strasser is on track to break the RAAM average-speed record—set way back 1986 by Pete Penseyres.
Host Dave Towle sums it up perfectly, calling it “a ride for the ages.”
One of the most prestigious domestic races behind the WorldTour-saturated Amgen Tour of California and USA Pro Challenge, the Nature Valley Grand Prix is a staple on the domestic racing calendar. A five-day stage race, the Nature Valley Grand Prix pays homage to the backbone of American domestic racing with three criterium stages. Captured here by the talented Caroline Yang, are three animated days of racing at the St. Paul, Uptown Minneapolis and Stillwater criteriums.
It’s a lot to comprehend. If actual comprehension is even truly possible. No matter how you tackle it, 3,000 miles is a damn-long way to ride a bike. It is easy to wonder what is going through these riders’ minds, but hard to actually ascertain—describing the rigors of an event like RAAM begins to enter the world where words start to lose their utility.
Effingham, Ilinois. June 17, 2013 — As the leaders reach the final miles, Christoph Strasser continues out front. Meanwhile, Reto Schoch in second is well over the problems of cramps and heat issue he suffered earlier and is riding at a pace slightly faster than in his 2012 win—but Strasser is going faster still, currently averaging 0.87 mph faster than Schoch. That may seem to be a thin advantage, but consider that on top of the nearly 7 hours he has on Schoch he’s also pulling away at a rate of 20.88 miles per day. Continue reading →
Last year's winner is going a bit faster than in 2012, but to beat Strasser Reto Schoch will need to go even faster.
Words and photos | Vic Armijo
GREENSBURG, KA (June 15, 2013)— Early this Saturday morning, just east of Pratt, Kansas, race leader Christoph Strasser passed the halfway point of RAAM 2013. And while by late Friday 2012 winner Reto Schoch was within three and half hours of Strasser, having whittled down the five hour gap he faced that morning, that gap has now grown again to a full six hours. As of this writing (7:55 EDT) Schoch has not yet reached Pratt, but by comparing time at the previous time station here near the Greensburg, Kansas time station it’s clear that Schoch is not having a slow race, and is in fact going faster than last year, while Strasser is amazingly going faster still. Continue reading →
With the leaders now in Kansas, and the mountain passes of Colorado behind them, look for speeds to go on the rise, but as riders near the limits of sleep deprivation, the standings could see a bit of a change as riders break for a bit of shut-eye.
If the bike racing season follows the phases of the moon, Milano-Sanremo is the new moon, it winks with its hints of mysteries and new beginnings. The Tour de France is a full moon high in the sky. Try to turn away, and its brightness is inescapable. The great world spins, the tide swings, and boom! There’s the moon.
It’s the 100th edition of the Tour de France this year, and it’s been an impressive run for Henri Desgranges’ strange creation. Most good cycling stories involve coffee, and the invention of the Tour is no different. In spring 1903 l’Auto newspaper needed a miracle to revive its circulation. Continue reading →