For the second year, the finish line of the Race Across America (RAAM) is at the City Dock in Annapolis and it sounds like they are doing some good things to make it a bit more spectator friendly this year. The race starts in Oceanside, CA on June 16th.
The finishing period of the 3,000 mile race is between Friday June 26th and Monday June 29th, and as you can imagine the racers are spread far and wide during that period. The eight-person teams generally finish first, followed by the four-man, two-man and then the solo riders. For 2009, rather than the riders coming into the finish at 3am and then never being seen again, they are proposing to have a set schedule for the finishing ceremonies. The riders will still come in at all hours of the day but then they will come back later in the day and be given a proper finishing ceremony, hopefully in front of more than one man and his dog. The set schedule should invoke more people to come down and see the event as well as learning more about the race and cycling in general.
The RAAM website is here and no doubt they will be looking for volunteers to help with escorting riders into the City, as they did last year.
- Searching out some local gravel for a recovery hour this evening......Bowie Racetrack was perfect! Dead flat, no-one else around, zero cars. 128 furlongs of easy riding. . . . #parvillacycles #gravelride #cycling #ciclismo #bowiemd #IFB
- A throwback for #timetrialtuesday, my last #ironmantri at Louisville in 2013. This year was going to be my "comeback" to the Ironman distance but it will have to wait until 2021. . . . #parvillacycles #IFB #swimbikerun #triathlon #2021goals #pactimo #gurucycles #ironmanlouisville
- Made the most of the morning and had a chilled #solosunday ride. No intervals, no plan...just time outdoors! After a stressful week at work it was much needed.... . . . #parvillacycles #gorewear #gopro #cyclinglife #alwaysevolve #specialized #IFB
- 3 months of no swimming and I have to say that I am beginning to miss it. Don't get me wrong I like swimming but I don't like the process of the swim (drive to pool etc). It will be back before we know it as will races.... . . . #parvillacycles #IFB #swimbikerun #ironmantri #triathlon #swimming #triathlete #xterratriathlon #triathlontraining