Prior to the start of this 35th RAAM many fans had their predictions of who would be in contention for the win. While they all had their favorites, few (if any!) choose rookie Pierre Bischoff as a likely winner; least of all Bischoff himself who today at the finish, when asked if he’d come to the US thinking he would win, replied, “To finish? Yes. To win? No. This was a lifetime goal and I wanted to do this race to be an honest person, because many people did not believe that I would really do it. And now I have finished the Race Across America.”
One of the proud sponsors of RAAM and RAW is Ska Brewing, a small company that brews a dozen varieties of beer and ale in small batches at their facility in Durango, Colorado. RAAM Media One visited their facility this afternoon and had a great lunch in their brewpub/restaurant and took a tour of the facility where we saw their master brewers formulating their latest batch and saw their mechanized system canning a finished batch of one of their best sellers, Modus Hoperandi.
RAAM Media One found RAW’s overall solo leader, Sarah Cooper, as she entered Monument Valley. She’s looking strong, is obviously enjoying herself as she heads toward Durango on what appears to be a winning and possibly record breaking ride. We chatted with her a bit and she told us how overwhelmed she is by the whole experience. See and hear her words when Media One’s video highlights are posted here on Facebook this evening.
Cooper stopped for a couple of minutes at famed “Forrest Gump” point where she shared an emotional moment with her crew before they all posed for a group photo and then sent her on her way toward Mexican Hat and ultimately, Durango, about 130 miles away from where she left us here in Monument Valley.
The 4-rider mixed team “Team Tri For Hospice” has two goals for RAAM 2016; one is to raise money and awareness about the importance of hospice care and the other is to break the 4-rider mixed record of 5 days, 22 hours and 40 minutes at 21.17 mph set in 2014 by Stand Up 2 Cancer / BMS.
Since 2006 Eric Johnston was the lifeblood of TS#32 in Camdenton, MO. RAAM racers, crews and RAAM Media looked forward to his smile, his hospitality, his WiFi, iced watermelon and whatever other amenities and snacks he managed to acquire.