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RAAM solo 2014
« on: May 19, 2014, 09:02:49 pm »
Shu Pillinger, who rode LEL last year, is attempting to be the first British woman to complete RAAM solo (approx. 3000 miles) within the time limit of 12 days and 21 hours. The race starts on June 10th.

Follow her progress and support her here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shusanah-Pillinger-The-Road-to-RAAM/357848314306879

Or tweet using the #shuRAAM hashtag.

She has worked very hard over the winter
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Re: RAAM solo 2014
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2014, 05:28:25 pm »
Thanks :thumbsup:
I'll also be following Hoppo, who was the first Brit to finish RAAM.

I'll also be keeping an eye on Daniel Moores who I rode some of Miglia Italia with. He'll be the youngest Brit to attempt RAAM AFAIK. I can't remember his age, but he'll be under 25 IIRC.

LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: RAAM solo 2014
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2014, 06:33:54 pm »
It'll be interesting to see how Daniel goes.
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Re: RAAM solo 2014
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2014, 06:56:40 pm »
good luck to Daniel, he was the first rider whom i rode considerable distance with on lel09 before i met Tomsk and Deniece. then also shared some miles on mille miglia. young guy with big ambitions! :thumbsup:

Re: RAAM solo 2014
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2014, 07:01:57 pm »
Good evening Remas,

Here is a link to his website: http://danielmoores.com/news/

it modestly understates his RAAM attempt.

My experience of working with Shu is that just to arrive on the start line with a crew and all the logistics in place is a major achievement.
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Re: RAAM solo 2014
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2014, 07:28:32 pm »
My experience of working with Shu is that just to arrive on the start line with a crew and all the logistics in place is a major achievement.

It is!

Wilko mentioned it when he was guest speaker at the AUK dinner. Even a man of his ability wouldn't find it easy to raise the money. He quoted at least £20,000 minimum, which I agree with.

Hoppo is also struggling and still needs about £2000.

Daniel Moores has done all sorts of stuff like gone to either Antartica or Artica, Can't remember which, so he's well practiced in getting sponsorship. (He works for Morrison supermarkets, so he isn't paying for it all himself) He just writes hundreds of letters to companies.

Then, when you've got the money, you need a support crew of at least 8, including a doctor and two support vehicles IIRC.

Riding the unsupported Trans Continental or Trans American, as organised by Mike Hall, seems more attractive to me.

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Re: RAAM solo 2014
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2014, 07:32:33 pm »
Here is a link to his website: http://danielmoores.com/news/

it modestly understates his RAAM attempt.
After RAAM he's planning a quiet year-or-so:

Everest Summit Expedition April 2015 – summit of Everest via the North col

South Pole to the North Pole November 2015 – March 2016

Very sensible.
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Re: RAAM solo 2014
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2014, 07:33:53 pm »
He's also training to be an airline pilot.

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Re: RAAM solo 2014
« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2014, 01:55:05 pm »
Aren't the Things also riding this year?

LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: RAAM solo 2014
« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2014, 02:19:31 pm »
Next year, in a team of tandems.
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Re: RAAM solo 2014
« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2014, 03:08:00 pm »
Riding the unsupported Trans Continental or Trans American, as organised by Mike Hall, seems more attractive to me.
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Re: RAAM team efforts
« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2014, 08:28:31 am »
Next year, in a team of tandems.

That's it, we've fallen in with some bad influences. But an excellent team. Love Sweat and Gears - Tandem 2015.
We've been concentrating on training so far this year, but now RAAM 2014 is all but underway, it's going to be time to get very serious in finding corporate sponsors. A team of 8 riders takes a lot of cash to support, and certainly if you're aiming to place well.

I noticed this earlier today too: looks like 4 or 5 british B-and-C-list celebs are riding in teams this year. road.cc (Sister of Princess of Cambridge plus her brother and an ex boyfriend, a reality TV star, and a partner/owner of Fullers brewery?)

Re: RAAM solo 2014
« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2014, 11:47:01 am »
I'd spotted that team on the roster and was wondering when we'd be forced to watch the documentary :)

Re: RAAM solo 2014
« Reply #13 on: June 11, 2014, 01:17:50 am »
The leaderboard for timestation 1 is showing US-based brit Mark Pattinson as the early leader - perhaps.
The perhaps is because last year's winner and last starter (Christoph Strasser) is showing as having arrived at the same time, but with a riding time of 5306 d 18 h 30 m (average speed 0 mph)

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Re: RAAM solo 2014
« Reply #14 on: June 12, 2014, 06:16:29 am »
Christoph Strasser has knocked out 1100km in the first 34 hours. Only a 4 person(!!) RAW team in front of him, everyone else a good way back. Amazing.


Re: RAAM solo 2014
« Reply #15 on: June 12, 2014, 08:13:02 am »
Looking like a one horse race methinks.  How on Earth can Strasser be over 10% faster than anyone else?  Awesome

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Re: RAAM solo 2014
« Reply #16 on: June 12, 2014, 01:10:53 pm »
Christoph Strasser has knocked out 1100km in the first 34 hours. Only a 4 person(!!) RAW team in front of him, everyone else a good way back. Amazing.

That's just over 20 mph, i.e. 481 mile 24h pace. Ouch.

Re: RAAM solo 2014
« Reply #17 on: June 12, 2014, 03:07:56 pm »
On her way to Flagstaff, in better shape than the crew!
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Re: RAAM solo 2014
« Reply #18 on: June 12, 2014, 05:30:45 pm »
Christoph Strasser has knocked out 1100km in the first 34 hours. Only a 4 person(!!) RAW team in front of him, everyone else a good way back. Amazing.

That's just over 20 mph, i.e. 481 mile 24h pace. Ouch.
surely its all about pacing at this stage?

e.g. if Wilko rode 530 miles in the first 24hours, you wouldn't be betting your house on him. Would you?
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Re: RAAM solo 2014
« Reply #19 on: June 12, 2014, 06:00:50 pm »
I think they have a tailwind plus you can keep up a good speed without touching the brakes on those roads. Hills are long but not steep in the Arizona Desert. I've averaged about 24 mph for 12 miles hardly pedaling. Climbing is often at a low gradient. For example, it took me about 10 miles to realise that I'd been riding uphill constantly since I left a hotel in Death Valley.
They build roads properly in the USA!
I think that Strasser knows what he is doing and has it down to a tee. After all, he broke the long standing record last year. He's also using a full on TT bike for the fast sections (as he did last year) and is swapping (very quickly and well organised) back to his standard bike for the tougher bits, which I expect does make a difference.

Hoppo is going better than he ever has, which is also probably partly because of the tailwind.
No Daniel Moores. I don't know why he was a DNS.

Clare

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Re: RAAM solo 2014
« Reply #20 on: June 13, 2014, 11:06:46 am »
Why is Shusanah's arrival date and time on the leaderboard so odd?


marcusjb

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Re: RAAM solo 2014
« Reply #21 on: June 13, 2014, 11:12:04 am »
As I understand it, the timing chip is actually carried on the follow car?!?  So, if, whilst the rider is sleeping/resting, that follow car has to pop out for an errand, then the timing is turned off temporarily and then it'll sort itself out once she's back on the move. 
Right! What's next?

Ooooh. That sounds like a daft idea.  I am in!

marcusjb

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Re: RAAM solo 2014
« Reply #22 on: June 13, 2014, 01:02:08 pm »
Right! What's next?

Ooooh. That sounds like a daft idea.  I am in!

Clare

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Re: RAAM solo 2014
« Reply #23 on: June 13, 2014, 01:47:46 pm »
Thank you, I guess 01/01/0000, 00:00 is the default setting.

Is there a real time tracker for RAAM? I am just watching the leader board at the moment but watching actual progress would be much better.

marcusjb

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Re: RAAM solo 2014
« Reply #24 on: June 13, 2014, 01:53:10 pm »
Right! What's next?

Ooooh. That sounds like a daft idea.  I am in!