Durham cyclists complete Race Across America
Posted June 19, 2010 7:26 a.m. EDT
Updated June 19, 2010 7:29 a.m. EDT
Annapolis, Md. — Jure Robic won the Race Across America for a record fifth time Friday, completing the transcontinental bicycle race in nine days, 1 hour, 1 minute.
The Slovenian averaged 13.85 mph over the 3,004 miles in the 29th annual RAAM. He is the only solo man to win the race more than three times.
A team of eight Durham cyclists crossed the finish line in Annapolis, Md., around 7 a.m. The team participated in the race in order to raise awareness of and money for the charity DurhamCares.
The second-place winner, Gerhard Gulewicz of Austria, was about 180 miles behind Robic, leading a pack of 14 solo males still on the course. Twenty-five men started the race in Oceanside, Calif., on June 9.
Barbara Buatois of France was about 380 miles out, leading the three solo females still riding out of the five who set out June 8.
The Team Type I, an eight-man relay squad, was the top team, finishing early Friday in 5 days, 10 hours, 48 minutes by averaging 22.97 mph. They started Saturday.