Day 12 RAAM

LEN DEDICATES HIS 'RAAM DAY 12' RIDE TO THOMAS

The weather was perfect today, and no rain!  Len is now in his home territory, his backyard, where the hills are his friend and playground.  Len has trained hard on this part of the course, he has cycled up and down the Appalachians through the rain and cold on many of his previous training rides.  This is his turf and he crushed it today.  I spoke with Len today and he is so thankful that he has such an amazing support team, as the wheels fell off a few times during the race, and they rallied together and put the wheels back on.  The RAAM race course is very demanding, to the point where your body and brain don't work together.  He has a duty to finish the race for the children and to the promises he made to everyone.  This is the most focused he has EVER been.  He experienced the fear of missing the cutoffs, not once but twice.  He has over 600 unopened emails, but he must concentrate and filter everything out except his goal of finishing the race, and he cannot make any more mistakes and no distractions.  Tomorrow he will ride into the Race Across America finish line where his family and friends and crew will be waiting for him, as he completes his second Race Across America all so that Hopecam can connect 1,000 more children with cancer.  

Len stopped to take this photo once he reached the top of the hill.

Len stopped to take this photo once he reached the top of the hill.

Incredible riding in a beautiful country side, spirits are high as we approach the home stretch!

Incredible riding in a beautiful country side, spirits are high as we approach the home stretch!