Hello Tandem RAAM followers. First of all, my sincerest apologize for disappearing during such a suspenseful time. As many already know through Facebook or Live Tracking, Tandem RAAM withdrew from RAAM near the 1,000 mile mark in Colorado after battling days of health issues compounded by desert heat waves and massive climbs. Not only am … More Homeward Bound – a brief recap
John and Ann are rolling along and have hit the 800 mile mark about 13 miles outside of Mexican Hat. When I first met John about 9 years ago, shortly after his last RAAM finish, he told me about descending out of Mexican Hat; hitting about 50 miles an hour, getting speed wobbles :-0. Hopefully … More (Day 3) 800 miles & Mexican Hat
There’s no denying it, yesterday was brutal. The excessive heat and monster climbs coupled with sleep deprivation took a little bite out of Tandem RAAM. For anyone that’s ridden a tandem before, you know that climbing does not come easily on a tandem (and if you haven’t, now you know). It takes a little more … More To Durango! (Night 3)
Just over 50 hours into RAAM (it’s about 8:30pm EDT on 6/15) and Tandem RAAM has cycled 570 miles. Based on the tracker, they’re taking a brief stop just outside Happy Jack, AZ and are just about at the high point of a grueling climb. Ann and John have about 45 miles with an elevation … More ‘Even the Downhills Are Up’ (Day 2)
After 400+ miles, lots of climbing, and excessive heat Tandem RAAM was do for short break and a good meal, but at 2am Denny’s is pretty much what’s available. (I’ll apologize in advance to any Denny fans). Menu snobbery aside, it was a welcomed opportunity to chug coffee and spend a brief moment off the … More Ode to Denny’s (Night 2)
As Tandem RAAM approaches Congress AZ and Time Station 6, they’ve successfully ridden four hundred hot and hilly miles over the past 28-ish hours. While there is plenty of pavement left to this journey, let’s take a moment just put 400 miles into perspective… It typically takes about 8 hrs (if you’re not a maniac) … More 400 down (Day 1.5)
With their first night and about 400km (260~miles) behind them Ann and John are holding steady and strong. The first few hundred miles of the trip includes a lot of climbing as the riders make their way across California and western Arizona. To add to that, the heat in Arizona is pretty intense this time … More Night Moves (Day 1)
After months of preparation, John and Anne rolled through the Race Across America starting line today at 12:51pm PDT. Their trusty crew will be following close behind for the next 3,089 miles. Those at home can follow John and Anne’s Spot tracker live at trackleaders.com. We’ll be providing other updates here and on our Facebook page.
Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face. -Mike Tyson During our travels to and from Florida, to attend the “12/24 Hours of Sebring” bicycle race, we were pummeled by adverse events. The cycling was the easiest aspect of our long weekend adventure! Despite many obstacles, we achieved our racing goals this … More Sebring 12/24 hour Record Weekend Adventure!
John and Ann racing in Borrego Springs, CA during the 24-hour World Time Trial Championship. After covering 433 miles in 24 hours, the tandem duo of John Jurczynski and Ann Rasmussen won the age 50-59 mixed tandem category. John’s Race Report: Ann and I had a fun and successful racing experience in Borrego Springs, CA at … More 24-Hour World Time Trial Championship