I'm Randy Mouri and this blog is about my quest to be an official finisher in the Race Across AMerica (RAAM), the toughest endurance race in the world. It's over and I became an official solo finisher in 11 days, 1 hour and 13 minutes! We continue to raise money and awareness on behalf of Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia (Habitat NoVa). If you would like to make a donation to Habitat NoVa, please visit my page on Habitat’s site. Endless thanks to our sponsors and all the folks that have made such generous contributions. Team Mouri would not have been able to travel so comfortably, which certainly may have changed the outcome of the race.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


It's official! Our Fleche Team made it. Here is the final report from our Regional Brevet Administrator (RBA), Bill Beck:

I finished going over the fleche cards and receipts and submitting the results to RUSA. DC Randonneurs had 10 teams with 45 riders start the ride and 9 teams finish with 35 qualifying riders. The preliminary individual finishing results are posted at http://www.dcrand.org/dcr/results.php?page=display-results&year=2010. We will try to get the teams listed soon.

Here are some facts and statistics:
• The 2010 award for dedicated captain goes to Team Rouge captain Bill Arcieri, who lost his control card at their second control so didn't qualify as an official finisher, but continued the full ride anyway, guiding his team to an official finish.
• The 2010 award for best save goes to Team Anciens and Poets. They got behind schedule due to several thunderstorms and stopping to MacGyver a fix for Randy Mouri's broken carbon handlebars. Since they realized that they couldn't reach the Marriott in time, they found a new 22-hour control and then rode as far as they could to an improvised final control. Just far enough as it turns out (361 km) for an official finish! They also win the award for luckiest team since the receipt that they lost was from the control where I met them in Harpers Ferry.
• The longest route was ridden by Team Velo Espresso Gelato at 388 km.
• The youngest team was Team Velo Espresso Gelato (Lane Giardina, Ed Felker, Mary Gersema, and Mike Ross) with an average age of 42.5 years.
• The oldest team was the Blue Ridgers (Tom Reeder, Hank Greenblatt, Fred Robbins, and Alex Sanchez) with an average age of 60.3 years. The oldest finishing team was the Carnivores (Crista Borras, Bill Beck, Mary Crawley, Chris Mento, Kelly Smith, and Chuck Wood - Grrrrrr!) with an average age of 58.7 years.
Congratulations to all of the riders who participated in this year's fleche. I hope most of you had as much fun as we did on the Carnivores.


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