LEN DEDICATES HIS 'RAAM DAY 3' RIDE TO ava.
Len started his day on June 13th at 4 am with the anticipation of the start of Race Across America. From then on he was up for 46 hours cycling through the state of California and into the hot desert of Arizona.
On Day 1 of RAAM, he cycled 236 miles with an elevation of 9,121 ft, averaging a speed of 16 miles an hour, and a Strava Suffer Score of 458. The Strava Suffer Score is an analysis of your heart rate data. The more time you spend going full steam ahead and the longer you ride, the higher the score.
On Day 2 of RAAM, he cycled 211 miles with an elevation of 7,861 ft, averaging a speed of 14 miles an hour, and a Strava Suffer Score of 329.
Len's feet began swelling with the hot desert temperatures of 105 degrees. He was in need of a pair of shoes that were one size bigger than what he was currently wearing. There was one big problem - they were in the desert and NO cycling shops were to be found within 100 miles! Our crew stopped in Congress, Arizona and met the Bull Shifters Bicycling Club that are based out of Phoenix, Arizona. To the rescue they came! They called their go-to shops and found a pair Len's cycling shoes and one size up! A HUGE thanks to Nathan from Exhale Bikes Inc for driving all the way from Phoenix to Congress to deliver Len his new shoes. Also to John with the Bull Shifters Bicycling Club thank you for helping Len and his crew out!!
Len's crew came up with a brilliant and resourceful way to keep him cool with an ice pack made out of sweat socks.
Len completed two steep climbs to arrive at Prescott, Arizona and cycled to TS07. With the Yarnell grade at 1,800 feet in 7 miles, and through Prescott National Forests to Iron Springs at 1,100 feet in 6 miles. RAAM organizers say it's the most difficult climbing west of Maryland. As he pedaled through the desert at night and on his 40th plus hour of being awake, he pulled over 4 times just to stay awake on the decent. He arrived in Prescott, Arizona around 2:30 am and had a great meal prepared by his Crew Chef Brandon Snow. He finally went to sleep for 4 hours, as his crew stayed up to work on the bikes and get organized for the next day's ride.
Len's crew was making a coffee run after he woke up and the crew and the bikes found out the hard way this morning that a Starbucks Drive Thru has a 6" Limit. The bikes are fine - the roof rack, needed a little TLC. Len was a rock however - looking at his bikes on the ground in the parking lot, he shrugged his shoulders, grabbed the bike that was inside the vehicle and set off up the road. He always says ' Trust your team' and he was as good as his word here. Finding parts in the desert is not easy - but crew members Ed and Wayne sorted it all out.
The stage to Flagstaff was lengthened to a century with 10,000 feet of climbing - the sort of event a serious cyclist would train a summer for and here it is just part of a day. They had high temps, narrow roads with no shoulder and a generally stressful day for Len and the crew. Len took a few moments from his ride today on the way to Flagstaff to talk to Michael J On Air. Listen to his interview here: Len Forkas is racing 3,089 Miles on his Bike For KIDS with Cancer! Len did arrive in Flagstaff, Arizona and continued to cycle on to Tuba City.
Day 4 he will continue onward to Durango, Colorado.
Update: Day 3 of RAAM, Len cycled 233 miles with an elevation of 11,804 ft, averaging a speed of 15 miles an hour, and a Strava Suffer Score of 331. The Strava Suffer Score is an analysis of your heart rate data. The more time you spend going full steam ahead and the longer you ride, the higher the score.