What a road trip - RAAM 2014

When you read about the Race Across America you can kind of imagine how hard the world's toughest bicycle race is, and I already had a lot of respect for the racers before we went on the journey. Being alongside the racers and the crew of the "4Athletes" from Germany for a week (they finished in 3rd place after 5days and 14hours, 6h short of the record and 8h faster than their last year's win) you really get to experience how much harder it is than you've imagined. There's the physical challenge our four racers went through riding 3000miles non-stop, through the desert heat of the west, high altitude of the Rockies, heat, humidity, strong winds in the central US, rain and more mountains in the east; and then mental stress especially on their night shifts, when they had to keep their eyes on the road and dodge any wildlife from deers to bears. There's the organizational challenge and stress for the crew, to provide 24h support, food, water, safety; and keep the whole team moving, navigating the American roads sleep deprived from the West- to the East Coast. Everybody on the team needs to work towards the common goal, there is no place for big egos only for camaraderie or "Teamgeist". It is sheer passion and endurance that keeps you going. The reward at the end of the race: No prize money, but probably the greatest feeling of achievement, having accomplished the unimaginable... again, it's hard to imagine, it's best to live it...

Special thanks to Peter, Frank, Robert, Freddie and the entire 4Athletes crew www.4athletes.com

and the founders and organizers of RAAM www.raceacrossamerica.org