I had recently posted how incredulous I was that, in my small sphere of cyclists, I was being exposed to the brandy-spankin’ new Domane. Today’s post will be brief, but similarly incredulous.
Have you ever been dropped, on a group ride?
Have you ever been dropped, on a group ride, by a guy wearing a backpack?
Have you ever been dropped, on a group ride, by a guy wearing a backpack, who rode 22,000 miles last year?
Have you ever been dropped, on a group ride, by a guy wearing a backpack, who rode 22,000 miles last year, who is riding RAAM this year?
Amazingly enough, I can answer affirmatively to all of those questions. One of the..ahem…stronger riders in the regular night ride at North Central Cyclery is a gent by the name of Paul Carpenter. I just found out last night that he will be riding in RAAM this year.
That takes a lot of dedication…and perhaps a minor loss of sanity. RAAM is a non-stop, non-drafting cross-country ride. That’s right–non-stop. No ‘stages’ with rest in between. The clock runs continuously, and you stop to rest when you want to…with the clock continuing to run. Having read a few books about RAAM, it’s a race of attrition. And, as indicated…no drafting. It’s a solo pull the whole time. There are a myriad of rules that govern what you can and cannot do, the route you have to take, what happens if you get lost, etc.
I’m just dumbfounded that a guy I know is riding it. That’s all.