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.

Sunday, June 19, 2011


Randy after descending from Wolf Creek

From Crew (not sure where the punctuation should go):

got a penalty for not calling in within 6 hours trying to do 9 on and 3 off and average 13.8 when on the bike shift crew rotation being adjusted to match


Jeff Jacobs said...

Have been following your progress. Wow. What a grueling deal. Will keep watching the site. It's all downhill from here; isn't it?

Anonymous said...

I crewed for Paul Danhaus 2009 RAAM success. He started to show signs of Shirmers Neck nearing Colorado.

Check out some photos of what our mechanic did to Paul's bike. (hopefully this link will take you there).


The aero bars were raised, a roll of T.P. was placed in between the bars and duct taped around. To top it all off we put a maxi or mini pad where his chin would rest (this helped absorb the moisture and kept the chin from getting... saddle like sores).

Paul finished RAAM pedaling over 2000 miles of it with a severe case of Shirmers Neck.

With Randy's saddle sores this may be a bit trickier. Because it will be difficult to stand out of the saddle if his neck totally goes. If possible find somehow to get his neck resting sooner than later.

Best wishes.
Go Randy... Go.

Anonymous said...

Arrow through the photos on that link. It shows several views of the aero bar/Shirmer Necks rest.

Anonymous said...

Also one other helpful trick we found.... get some straws so he can drink without tilting his back.

Best wishes to you Randy. This is your dream and you can do it!!!!

Lori - spin class at Rio said...

I am absolutely glued to reading this. So impressive! Good luck riding and doing what you do. Be careful and safe and take care of yourself!

Patti Roper said...

Way to Go, Randy! Way to haul ass through the mountains!! WHoop Whoop--YEAH baby!! Keep up the amazing effort! Such an incredible feat! XOXO Patti Love to you and Sus!!

Felkerino said...

Keep up the great riding Randy! You've got 1000 miles behind you and we're looking forward to the states falling behind in rapid succession now. We're keeping close track of your progress and are so impressed by your strength and courage. Jeff Magnuson sent us your photo, it's going up on The Daily Randonneur tonight. Looking awesome!

Ed and Mary

Greg Conderacci said...

Randy -- OK, you broke the back of the monster. Now you just have to motor the plains. Relax...this is vacation, you know.
Wish I could give you a lift on the wheel.
Cheers and good luck, Greg

MG said...

Just want you to know that so many people are rooting for you!!!! You are AMAZING, Randy!!!!!!

LAH said...

Anonymous, Thank you for the link and sharing your experience. We have discussed Shirmer's Neck and have developed and tested some approaches weeks ago. That said, I am going to pass on the link and your comments to the Team Doc. Love the straws.

Thanks again, the RAAM community is wonderful about sharing. We want everyone who enters to finish safely

Amy M said...

Randy, I was trying to come up with something good while riding my measly 30 miles today, but realized it has been like 10 years since I've ridden w you!!! And all I can remember is always having a good ride and laughing a lot! Keep it up, Randy!!!! You wanted to do RAAM 10 plus years ago and now you're doing it! So, you are turning back time. Ride on! Focus on the scenery. You're in gorgeous country right now.