Day 8 RAAM

LEN DEDICATES HIS 'RAAM DAY 8' RIDE TO Ashley.

On Day 8 of RAAM, he cycled 233 miles, averaging a speed of 16 miles an hour, and a Strava Suffer Score of 231.  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.

Len Forkas Strava Data Tuesday June 20th

Len Forkas Strava Data Tuesday June 20th

Len biked 26 hours on Day 7 into Day 8, from 4am through 6am today.  He took a couple of naps and was back on the bike.  Today was a very hot day for the crew and Len.  Len's good friend, best man at his wedding and crew member at the 2012 RAAM - Bill Vitek said his goodbyes today. He joined the crew in Durango.  The team is functioning well and they are into there groove.  Len cycled from early this morning until 2 pm and had a few hours rest before heading back on the bike.  

Our crew stopped to cheer on André Kajlich and spoke with him. He is a disabled athlete racing across America on a hand bike - such an inspiration!!!

The crew was a little excited to be leaving Kansas, see the video below.

On the home front, we had some excitement this afternoon, we all started receiving a flurry of texts and emails asking 'is Len ok, what happened, why is he DNF'.  Well this was all news to us as I recently talked to the crew and Len and everything was fine.  So I called the Crew Chief John Moore and he placed a call to the RAAM Director.  Apparently there was a systems issues with the Live Tracking and the information being published was incorrect.   Thankfully it was resolved and everyone was elated and relieved that Len was ok and still cycling.

The crew are amazed that after cycling 20+ hours on the bike that when Len reaches a hill he CRUSHES that hill. 

Len enjoying a treat with 'Big Tall Wayne' his crew bike mechanic

Len enjoying a treat with 'Big Tall Wayne' his crew bike mechanic

Many thanks to our friends from Chaneys Tire& Lube for fixing the vans flat - gratis!

Many thanks to our friends from Chaneys Tire& Lube for fixing the vans flat - gratis!

Hopecam and Team Amit Samarth from India. This team graciously hosted us to some amazing Indian Cuisine

Hopecam and Team Amit Samarth from India. This team graciously hosted us to some amazing Indian Cuisine

Len with some of the 2012 RAAM Crew

Len with some of the 2012 RAAM Crew