Vilken härlig känsla att rulla hemmåt på interstate 95 med RAAM-medaljen runt halsen. Flyger till Sverige igen i morgon. Tiden efter målgången har varit ett virrvarr av upplevelser och intryck. Banketten på måndag kvällen var en höjdare där jag träffade och pratade med många av de andra sneda och väderbitna cyklisterna.
Att jag förutom min målsättning att bli officiell finisher lyckades komma in på en andra plats i min åldersgrupp H blev lite som grädde på moset.
Den enorma responsen bland er bloggläsare och den fina summan pengar ni har bidragit till åt min insamling till Cancerfonden gör mig verkligen överväldigad. Upplagd av Gunnar Ohlanders kl. Länkar till det här inlägget.
Gunnar celebrated with crew and fellow racers alike and was officially awarded second place in his bracket. At this posting our racer is fast asleep in his R V and is resting for this evenings festivities.
The first picture is our hero hoisting his bike in jubilation and the second is of our crazy, sweet, stubborn, very kind and fun loving Swede posing for the camera before the race in Oceanside.
Thank you for all your support and well wishes for Gunnar during this extreme cycling event and if you would be so kind please support Hot jocks continue their workout at home sponsors and Cancer Research.
Heading for the Barn. When Gunnar started from Grafton, West Virginia at On these leg-burning climbs Gunnar and his day-crew surprised deer, raccoons and the occasional mountain resident. PLUS encountered the chase vehicles of an Italian racer at many points along the road, even though their rider was reportedly one-and-a-half hours behind our man. Evidently it happens in these big races. These snapshots will give you an idea of the beauty and the beast of the Appalachian mountains.
TS42 at Hot jocks continue their workout at home, Ohio was manned by RAAM volunteers who sat up all night to talk to incoming crews and riders, passing out free-meal coupons for the McDonalds next to the time station. Gunnar made it to Blanchester around One of the advantages of the early shift is the sunrises.
These last two days they have been gorgeous affairs with fresh air, bird song and morning mists that disappear as the sun warms the meadows. Chris brought some needed supplies and Kathy spoiled us with home-made chocolate chip cookies and a crumble cake.
That short visit slowed us down, but by the next time station Gunnar started making up for lost time. His average speed increased from He really was smoking down the highway, and it was exciting to see him overtake several of the other cyclists.
We are currently in Parkersburg, West Virginia miles from Blanchester, OH and it is here that the real climbing starts. According to the RAAM route book there is more elevation gained in this section than between any other consecutive stations anywhere from coast to coast.
This section and the following two are the three with the most climbing.
So Gunnar is down for a couple of hours now resting up for the next leg of the journey. And the lads are out going through his bicycles to make sure they are ready for the push. Francis said that if you could flatten out West Virginia it would be larger than the state of Texas.
So there are a lot of vertical miles ahead of Gunnar. Friday, June 22, Gunnar started at 6: Gunnar is tired and sleep-deprived, but in good spirits, and this Hot jocks continue their workout at home he was strong.
I always thought of Indiana as flat, but the scenery is decidedly hilly where Gunnar was biking today. But also beautiful, and we passed through many rural towns with populations in the hundreds, where Walmart and McDonalds are still a good drive away. The United States is a country of contrasts, and I am sure the winding roads, small farms and peaceful scenery were not lost on Gunnar, even as he struggled up the hills.
Thank you for all of your encouraging words. And a special thanks to Bosse D. They are much appreciated by the crew as well and will forever more be associated with RAAM.
As I checked the Cancer Society here at McDonalds to see how much Gunnar had already collected, I saw that you have already contributed over Skr. Thank you for your generosity!
I am looking forward to reporting that to Gunnar tonight when he finally reaches TS The evening crew reported
Hot jocks continue their workout at home he had left TS41 and was on his way here. Due to limited wifi access, you often get more than one posting when we make it to a McDonalds.
Sorry about the time delay. Glad midsommar till alla våra svenska vänner! And if you are celebrating midsummer here in the States, happy midsummer to you too. This happens to long-distance bikers and there are various ingenious ways of propping the neck up and letting the bicyclist sit on the bike and keep on pedalling. Other problems can be saddle sores go figurenumbness in the hands and feet, swelling in the feet and legs, dehydration due to lack of electrolytes, and blisters in the mouth or a coated tongue.
Not to mention problems in the upper or lower digestive tract. And of course exhaustion. I should have named that one first. Every one of the solo cyclists will experience these problems to some degree.
But most of these cyclists are biking for a cause — to raise money for some charity or another. Just listen to some of the team names: There is a team of Wounded Warriors out there, missing arms or legs, who are out biking for themselves and to raise money for wheelchairs and artificial limbs for others. There is also a feeling of camaraderie and friendship among the bikers and their crews. Or when you meet other cyclists and their crews at time stations. We felt this one-big-family feeling at the start and will probably also experience it at the finish, when there will be a lot more stories to tell.
Gunnar took a 3-hour rest after reaching the Mississippi and then pushed on through two more time stations. He is currently pushing on towards TS He was making good time through TS36 and TS I can report that it is not quite as light at night in Ellingham, Illinois as it is in Järvsö tonight.
As the Rod Stewart song says "every picture tells a story don't it" let me give you a brief tale on the three pictures here. Everyone in the crew does what ever they can to help Gunnar achieve his dream of completing the RAAM and raising money to help defeat cancer. The second picture is of the magnificent bridge that spans the Mississippi River between the states of Missouri and Illinois. This was the location of Time Station 35 and the cut off point for the second section of this race.
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Hot jocks continue their workout at home be here by a certain time or to face disqualification. Gunnar made it with time to spare and took a well deserved break of a few hours.
The third picture is of the man himself as he cruised into TS 35 and was greeted by crew and fellow racers. At this point Gunnar has ridden over miles and has Please keep him in your thoughts and send your positive energy in helping him achieve the two goals he rides so hard to achieve.
After arather restless night, Gunnar was off again from Yates Center shortly before6: He passed the Missouri state lineabout 20 miles up the road, and we have been pushing on through the rollinghills of MO ever since. As of thiswriting at We areracing against a Hot jocks continue their workout at home time at the Mississippi River.
Gunnar has to be at TS35 before Otherwise he is out of the race. This sounds harsh, but when you consider thehundreds of RAAM volunteers who give their time to answer the phones for thetime station reports, you understand why these cut-off times arenecessary. After this time stationGunnar will have about miles left to bike in order to reach the cut-offpoint.