Marko Baloh (Slovenia) was pegged by many to be among the very few with a shot at winning the 2016 Race Across America. The 48 year old (he’ll be 49 next month) was one of the most experienced and most accomplished racers in this year’s field; he’s been on a winning two-rider team, took second in the 2006 Enduro category and was third in 2009 and 2011, fifth in 2013 and in 2014 won the 848-mile Race Across the West. He finished early this morning in third place, “The final result is great, though maybe not as great as I was hoping for.”
Ralph “Dizzy” Diseviscourt (Luxembourg) finished in fourth today to become the first racer from Luxembourg to finish RAAM. He arrived in Annapolis 10 days, 18 hours and 19 minutes after departing from Oceanside for an average speed of 11.88 mph.
Finishing in this morning’s early hours was GES Ultracycling, the first Russian team to compete in RAAM. The riders Evgeny Pochaev, Boris Batin, Artem Sitnikov and Mikael Gevorkyan took third in men’s under 50 4-rider, finishing in 6 days, 10 hours and 35 minutes with an overall average speed of 19.85 mph.
Team DMS, an 8-rider squad made up of riders from Digital Media Solutions, has topped the field in their category, finishing in 5 days, 20 hours and 6 minutes at an average speed of 21.91 mph. The riders, Kyle Wood, Joe Marinucci, Joseph Lebaron, Andrew Kalley (who recently recovered from colon cancer), Luke Tuddenham, David Bentley, Dave Nottoli and Fernando Borghese.
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.”