The crew was spot on with the WINFORCE nutrition, Marlies’ handoffs were impacable, Irma was shooting photos and posting on the website and Pat&Jason were driving the “Tweety car”. At the 3rd Time Station in Austin my advantage had grown to more than half an hour and surprise, surprise, it was the Crow in the 2nd place in front of Rock Rabbit. The climb out of Austin was hot, but didn’t take too long. I was thinking to myself and telling the crew we might want to put the jacket on for this descent on the way back. It was supposed to get cold during the night. I was still feeling great, plowing along with 22+ mph on the semi-flats towards Eureka thinking to myself an hour advantage would be better than half.

 

Pred Markotom je še okoli 60km in zadnji vzpon čez prelaz Geiger! Trenutna situacija kaže močno vodstvo, saj je po zadnjih podatkih na časovni postaji Falon, Marko prvi z 1h 46min prednosti pred drugouvrščenim, ostali še nisi prišli skozi.

Marko je seveda utrujen in z nekaj prebavnimi težavami, se prebija preko manjših in dolgih vzponov proti cilju. Počasi se kaže tudi sončni vzhod za našim hrbtom. Še dobri dve uri in bi moral priti do cilja v Renu.

Marko ali Tweety Bird se je po desetih letih ponovno udeležil dirke dolge 508 milj ali 803km in ponovno zmagal s časom 26h 24min, ki je nov rekord dirke!

Pri vas se dopoldan preveša v popoldan, pri nas pa smo sredi noči, kmalu bo tri zjutraj. Marko se počasi in zanesljivo bljiža cilju. Na zadnji postaji v Austinu, je bil v vodstvu s 1h 20min. Naslednja postaja je v Falonu, nato pa še zadnjih 100 milj ali 160km, z zadnjim večjim vzponom Geiger.
Po obratu smo nasproti srečevali tekmovalce, sedaj smo že nekaj ur ponovno sami, niti prometa ni. No, zato se pa imenuje najsamotnejša cesta v Ameriki.

Marko je uspešno začel dirko The Silver State 508.

Prva polovica dirke je za nami. Obrat v Eureki po 409km je Marko naredil tik pred nočjo, kot edini tekmovalec, ostale je ujela noč že na poti tja.

After this year’s silver era (World Champs & Torotur) it is fitting to have The Silver State 508 as the last race of the season. 508 miles through deserts of Nevada in the race that Marko has won 10 years ago, under a different name (Furnace Creek 508) and on a different venue (Death Valley in California).

 

FRIENDS ARE LIKE THE STARS, YOU MIGHT NOT ALWAYS SEE THEM, BUT YOU KNOW THEY ARE THERE, SOMEWHERE, FAR AWAY...

Together with Ray Brown we are having a great training camp in Colorado.

Ta vzpon naju je pričakal s dežjem, točo in le 4 stopinjami nad ničlo. Ampak se nisva dala in tudi tega sva "premagala"...

 

Photos speak louder than words, here is how our day with Ray went. We cycled across Independence Pass both ways (12.095 feet at the top). Beautiful!

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