Thought of the hardest bike race on supply, 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 must be reached in lower than 12 days. June 18 was the day when RAAM opponents 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 not too long ago reviewed the GCN+ documentary wherein 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 practically 5,000 kms in relay with the aim of finishing the gap in underneath 6 days 10 hours, the present file for a two-man workforce.
On GCN’s YouTube channel there’s a new 20 minute documentary in regards to the groundwork for the RAAM try. Apparently, Mark and Jon had by no means ridden collectively earlier than preparations start and, after all, in the course of the precise race they are going to solely see one another for just a few fleeting moments. However the riders are solely part of the whole RAAM effort, a critical enterprise when it comes to time and funds.
Scottish charity journey
The documentary, after introducing the 2 protagonists, begins with the pair really using collectively at at 500 mile charity occasion in Scotland with a view to get used to one another. They then meet up with their coach, Pav Brian, and Mike Griffiths, answerable for logistics. Griffiths was one of many key personnel concerned in Beaumont’s world journey and there may be little doubt that the significance in having all of the transferring elements match collectively—autos, meals, gear, communications, media, personnel—is paramount. It’s estimated that the minimal value a solo rider would characterize is a US$20,000 funding and most of the groups, which might 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 using round 78 hours in complete. They’re using in particular skinsuits that are form-fitted utilizing laser-scanned patterns however, as is famous, this type of clothes is supposed for regular time trials of, say, one hour’s period, 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 characterize 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 address 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 might 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 Report 5 years in the past, RAAM has been high of my bucket checklist. Extensively revered because the world’s hardest endurance highway race, my ambitions over the previous few years to carry 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 superb GCN assist and media workforce with the intention of breaking the file of 6 days and 10 hours coast to coast. I hope it is a race value following, that conjures up many others to dream massive and preserve pedalling.”
On the velodrome
Fortunately, one can observe 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 is able to observe in Autumn 2022.
Simulation journey map
Simulation journey on the highway