The winning team in this year’s RAAM 4-rider competition is Team Working Nation USA - formerly Team Live Earth Powered by Fight Meso , made up of Kurt Broadhag, Phil Tinstman, Chris DeMarchi and Anthony Restuccia, the same foursome that won last year as Team Live Earth—Road to Paris.
Prior to the start of this 35th RAAM many fans had their predictions of who would be in contention for the win. While they all had their favorites, few (if any!) choose rookie Pierre Bischoff as a likely winner; least of all Bischoff himself who today at the finish, when asked if he’d come to the US thinking he would win, replied, “To finish? Yes. To win? No. This was a lifetime goal and I wanted to do this race to be an honest person, because many people did not believe that I would really do it. And now I have finished the Race Across America.”
One of the proud sponsors of RAAM and RAW is Ska Brewing, a small company that brews a dozen varieties of beer and ale in small batches at their facility in Durango, Colorado. RAAM Media One visited their facility this afternoon and had a great lunch in their brewpub/restaurant and took a tour of the facility where we saw their master brewers formulating their latest batch and saw their mechanized system canning a finished batch of one of their best sellers, Modus Hoperandi.
The surprise rookie of this 35th edition of RAAM, Pierre Bischoff (Germany), continues to amaze. The 31 year old has logged 1,060 miles so far, has been up and over Wolf Creek Pass, which at 10,857 feet is the highest point on the RAAM course. Bischoff has been through South Fork, Colorado and is now pedaling to Alamosa.
As of this moment Mark Pattinson (UK) is in third place in the solo men’s under 50 age category about 63 miles behind race leader Pierre Bischoff. David Haase (USA) holding fourth place less than a mile behind Pattinson as the two depart from Cortez, Colorado on their way to Durango.
Marko Baloh is one of the most experienced riders in the solo men’s under 50 age category. The Slovenian has been on a winning two-rider team, took second in the 2006 Enduro category and was third in 2009 and 2011, and in 2014 won the 848-mile Race Across the West.