THE EARLY MILES:
In this 2012 RAAM shot, taken less than 30 miles from the start, Joan leads Janet Christiansen. Neither knew then that Christiansen's encouragement would later be instrumental in Deitchman reaching the finish.
Joan Deitchman has made her mark in UltraCycling. She won the Race Across the West (RAW ) in 2011 (2 days, 22 hours, 58 minutes) and backed that up the following year with a second place ride in RAAM (12 days, 18 hours, 46 minutes). Yet within weeks of her 2012 RAAM finish the Canadian computer software engineer (who lives in Cupertino, CA.) was contemplating another go at RAAM, one in which she vowed she would "do it right."