So, wish me luck -- should be a nice day! Semi-epic ride report will likely follow, as usual.
In other news, a big announcement from the 'Dude Camp: I've been invited to fill, and have accepted, a crew position for a Race Across AMerica (RAAM) rider! If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, this is a goal I've been looking to accomplish for a while, and it feels good to have been asked. It's one of those things, I think anyone can go to the RAAM Facebook page, or their main website, and try to actively get onto a team -- but (the last few years in particular) the timing hasn't been right until now.
I'll be crewing for local ultra-rider Alex Shnyra, and his rider number is #430. He's racing in the solo division, so it's 3,000 miles, from Oceanside, CA. to Annapolis, MD., non-stop. We've ridden together several times in the past, I know his style and tactics, plus, we already talk on a regular basis, so it represents a great fit - and I'm humbled by the amount of faith he places in my abilities. I, and the rest of the team, will be learning a lot over about 10 days of racing, starting June 13th, 2012.
So, please keep en eye out -- I'll likely have more information on that subject in these pages before long, and will *TRY* to update from the road to some extent... though, I have a feeling those opportunities might be few and far between. The real source will be the RAAM pages, the video updates, live race coverage, blogs, and tickers... their media set-up is extensive, so I'll wave at the camera if I get a chance. It's going to be an interesting time... to be sure!