Thought of the hardest bike race on provide, the Race Throughout America (RAAM) noticed its 2022 version launch from California on June 14 as 33 courageous/loopy solo riders set off for Maryland, a vacation spot that needs to be reached in lower than 12 days. June 18 was the day when RAAM rivals racing in workforce classes set off on the identical course. Of their quantity, Staff GCN rides with the dedication to set the quickest time a RAAM has ever been accomplished by a pair of riders.
We just lately reviewed the GCN+ documentary through which ultra-endurance bicycle owner Mark Beaumont rode round Britain as preparation for his 2017 record-breaking circumnavigation of the planet, which you’ll be able to learn right here. He’s taking on this new problem in partnership with Jonathon Shubert, a time trial endurance specialist, as they cowl almost 5,000 kms in relay with the objective of finishing the space in underneath 6 days 10 hours, the present document for a two-man workforce.
On GCN’s YouTube channel there’s a new 20 minute documentary concerning the groundwork for the RAAM try. Apparently, Mark and Jon had by no means ridden collectively earlier than preparations start and, in fact, in the course of the precise race they’ll solely see one another for just a few fleeting moments. However the riders are solely part of the complete RAAM effort, a severe enterprise by way of time and funds.
Scottish charity trip
The documentary, after introducing the 2 protagonists, begins with the pair really driving collectively at at 500 mile charity occasion in Scotland with a purpose to get used to one another. They then meet up with their coach, Pav Brian, and Mike Griffiths, in control of logistics. Griffiths was one of many key personnel concerned in Beaumont’s world trip and there could be little question that the significance in having all of the shifting elements match collectively—automobiles, meals, tools, communications, media, personnel—is paramount. It’s estimated that the minimal value a solo rider would signify is a US$20,000 funding and most of the groups, which may have 4 or 8 members in addition to 2, are literally charity fundraisers.
The plan for Staff GCN is that every of the riders will go in one-hour shifts, with every driving round 78 hours in whole. They’re driving in particular skinsuits that are form-fitted utilizing laser-scanned patterns however, as is famous, this sort of clothes is supposed for regular time trials of, say, one hour’s length, so it’s not clear how the riders will handle with the prolonged size of time. The workforce will use Argon 18 time trial bikes and undertake aero testing on a velodrome as a result of a mere 20w saved might signify a 5 hour benefit over a course this lengthy.
The ultimate step is a simulation occasion, with all of the workforce members concerned, testing logistics in addition to how the cyclists deal with the 1 hour on/1 hour off plan. The chosen route is a fast (!) 1,000 mil circuit in England and Wales, to be accomplished in two days. Shorter than RAAM maybe, however the riders shall be on narrower roads and in additional populated areas than in the US.
On the velodrome
Mark Beaumont stated; “Ever since breaking the circumnavigation World File 5 years in the past, RAAM has been high of my bucket record. Broadly revered because the world’s hardest endurance highway race, my ambitions over the previous few years to convey dwelling the primary British win have been thwarted for apparent causes, so I couldn’t be extra excited to be lastly heading to California alongside Jon Schubert and the wonderful GCN help and media workforce with the goal of breaking the document of 6 days and 10 hours coast to coast. I hope it is a race value following, that conjures up many others to dream huge and hold pedalling.”
On the velodrome
Fortunately, one can comply with their progress in actual time throughout the continent by checking right here: https://trackleaders.com/raam22
And the RAAM 2022 Leadboard is right here: https://www.raceacrossamerica.org/raamx/rcrank.php?s_N_category_group=1&s_N_Race_ID=1
Full protection of the workforce’s race would be the topic of a GCN+ documentary which can comply with in Autumn 2022.
Simulation trip map
Simulation trip on the highway