• 15th January 2009 - By greg

    RAAM is a 2921.7 mile, coast-to-coast ultra marathon cycling race. First run in 1982, 2010 is the 29th year of the race. For a week+, contending solo cyclists pedal an average of 350 miles per day, while sleeping as little as 1 hour per night. Burning 8,000 to 10,000 or more calories per day, racers will have to contend with searing heat, frigid cold, gale-force winds, thunderstorms and sleep deprivation.

    To give you a better idea of the magnitude of the kind of effort required to finish Raam, here is Pete Penseyres’ 1986 solo RAAM statistics:

    Day On Bike Time Mileage On Bike Ave Speed Actual Sleep
    1 23:56:55 448.7 18.7 0
    2 21:22:40 370.8 17.3 2:00
    3 21:48:02 390.3 17.9 1:40
    4 21:57:40 362.7 16.5 1:30
    5 21:48:13 358.0 16.4 1:30
    6 21:50:15 349.8 16.0 1:20
    7 21:52:25 344.7 15.8 1:30
    8 21:27:10 328.9 15.3 0:00

    I am interested in exploring the possibilities of entering Raam in the solo recumbent division. The Raam record for the solo division was set by Rob Kish in 1992 in 8 days, 3 hours and 11 minutes at an average speed of 14.91 mph. The bike that I will use is my Nocom lowracer


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