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Anyone familiar with RAAM or RAW?

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So, I've been given the opportunity to crew for a racer in the Race Across the West (which is part of the Race Across America).  I'm about 85% to the decision to do it and the only real hold up right now is someone to look in on my cat while I'm gone and results of a pesky little medical test.  If anyone here has done the race or crewed for it I'd love to hear about your experiences. 

 

For those curious about the race the RAW is a race from Oceancide CA to Taos NM which, for solo riders, must be completed in 92 hours including all sleeping, eating and bathroom breaks.  Go HERE for more info.

post #2 of 11

Good luck!

 

Being focused for the racer and easygoing with the rest of the crew while running on winksleeps is just a mindblowing experience.    Have you met your crew manager yet?

post #3 of 11

I don't know much about RAAm, but I did ride with Bob Breedlove once. He was pretty much the ultimate RAAm maniac. I met him through my uncle who was a professor at Drake in Des Moines, IA (I think that's where Bob worked too). Bob would do the entire 500-mile RAGBRAI in a single day.

 

I think crewing a RAAM wold probably be one of the most boring things you could ever do. Driving a big van across a desert at 15 mph doesn't sound fun. But somebody's got to do it and somehow it's probably fulfilling. If not, at least it will feel good when you stop.

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The crew manager is the one who asked me.  We're part of the same ladies ride group and have been riding and spinning together for almost a year. 

 

Our plan is a 2 vehicle crew with one follow vehicle and a motorhome to leapfrog.  I think so far we're at 4 people to crew but I'm not sure. 

post #5 of 11

Sounds like a great experience.  People that do those ultra long rides blow me away.  I like to sleep too much to ever consider such a thing. 

post #6 of 11

I saw the RAAM winner finish in 1987, one of the two years that they finished in DC. I used to make a delivery downtown every night around 10pm. I felt myself lucky to be in the right place at the right time to cheer the winner, Mike Secrest as he approached the finish line. The next evening I saw Rob Kish take 5th place.

 

Working as a member of the support crew sounds interesting to me, I'd do it.

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I don't know much about RAAm, but I did ride with Bob Breedlove once. He was pretty much the ultimate RAAm maniac. I met him through my uncle who was a professor at Drake in Des Moines, IA (I think that's where Bob worked too). Bob would do the entire 500-mile RAGBRAI in a single day.

 

I think crewing a RAAM wold probably be one of the most boring things you could ever do. Driving a big van across a desert at 15 mph doesn't sound fun. But somebody's got to do it and somehow it's probably fulfilling. If not, at least it will feel good when you stop.

 

I read about Bob Breedlove in my research of this event, what a tragedy to occur during the race but he sounds inspirational. 

 

I don't expect this to be a party all the time.  Two people will be in the follow vehicle at all times with the remainder in the motorhome leapfrogging our racer so it's not 15mph the whole time and your never alone.  But, from what I know the racer is a wonderful, inspirational woman and I think she'd be a great inspiration for my coming race season.  And it's a chance to do something different than I've ever done before.

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 And it's a chance to do something different than I've ever done before.

 

Not so sure about that.   You had kids, right?

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Not so sure about that.   You had kids, right?


Nope, no kids of my own yet. 

post #10 of 11

I'm not sure I'd do it, but somehow I think you'll really get a lot out of the team vibe.  Go for it, and enjoy every tiny victory! 

post #11 of 11

I've been following RAAM for the past couple of years.  Anybody who even attempts that is absolutely an amazing athlete and, in my opinion, a bit nuts.  In fact, there's an interesting article http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/05/sports/playmagazine/05robicpm.html?_r=1&pagewanted=1&ei=5070 about Jure Robic, who has won RAAM multiple times and appears to go a bit over the edge on this ride.

 

I think this will be pretty monotonous at times, and I seriously doubt there is any partying -- until it is over.  That being said, it's likely to be a pretty amazing experience in its own right.  Following this ride must be an amazing experience, given how much time I spend watching the results roll in.

 

Mike 

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