Friday, July 3, 2009

Swiss Wyss RAAM 2009 solo champion

Swiss rider Dani Wyss has won RAAM 2009 with the second quickest time ever: 8 days, 5 hours, 45 mins.

Close to the end of the epic 3000-mile battle across USA, the four-time RAAM champion Jure Robic of Slovenia withdrew from the race, after leading all the way but then losing it at the end of their journey.

Robic had accrued one hour's worth of controversial time penalties, which according to his website made him feel the race officials mistreated him. He received the first time penalty of 15 minutes before the race started because he "had to pee near the starting line". No wonder he was pissed off!

Daniela Genovesi of Brazil won the womens solo race.

There's also a movie about RAAM, Bicycle Dreams, out now.

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