Transamerica Bike Race

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Transamerica Bike Race

Post by spitty » Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:55 am

Anybody following? http://trackleaders.com/transam19f.php
The leader has about 130 miles to go and is gonna shatter the record set last year of 16d20h40min. We're lucky to have the route pass through our town so I was able to meet and wish him well. Here's a video someone recorded of him in IL a few days ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKaryWiYp_c He's averaging over 250 miles/d which is just insane! Great motivation to push everyone's mileage if you're a rider. 74 started the race and 19 have scratched so far.

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Re: Transamerica Bike Race

Post by AnonJohn » Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:03 am

Holy moly. I'm lucky to get 250 miles in a month ...

Props to the 78 year old bringing up the rear! At 44 miles / day, which is not nothing ...

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Re: Transamerica Bike Race

Post by Skiandswim » Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:48 pm

INSANE biking ! Iron Man is 112 miles ... leader is cranking out 260+ miles/ day! I am thinking of all the calories you need (or an eBike ). Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Transamerica Bike Race

Post by abc...xyz » Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:43 pm

I guess you haven't heard of RAAM... Race Across America. 3000 miles, across 12 states, and climbing over 170,000 vertical feet. Now that's a race. :D
https://www.raceacrossamerica.org

"Solo racers have a maximum of 12 days to complete the race, most finishing in 11 days with the fastest finishing in under 8 days." So that's 375 miles or more a day for the fastest solo riders. I think the fastest time for a tandem is 5 days.

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Re: Transamerica Bike Race

Post by cyclist » Tue Jun 18, 2019 5:10 pm

To each their own. I cycled that route in 81 days a few years back -slow enough to actually see the country I was crossing. That was tough enough for me. I did see some of the racers - briefly - and they're a different breed entirely. What they do is simply amazing.

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Re: Transamerica Bike Race

Post by quantAndHold » Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:00 pm

abc...xyz wrote:
Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:43 pm
I guess you haven't heard of RAAM... Race Across America. 3000 miles, across 12 states, and climbing over 170,000 vertical feet. Now that's a race. :D
https://www.raceacrossamerica.org

"Solo racers have a maximum of 12 days to complete the race, most finishing in 11 days with the fastest finishing in under 8 days." So that's 375 miles or more a day for the fastest solo riders. I think the fastest time for a tandem is 5 days.
TABR is unsupported. Racers have to carry all their gear, source their own food, find accommodations or camp, get repairs at regular bike shops. It's a very different beast. Also, the TABR route is 4200 miles.

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Re: Transamerica Bike Race

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