When the start happens everything flyes by so quickly. Swiss guys Reto Schoch and Dani Wyss started quick, so do the Austrians Christopher Strasser and David Misch. Well, the difference between them is just a mile or two, they are still packed. After Time station 2 we are at third position.

After the start the temperature rised quickly and it riched 45C in “the own” we called the Borrego Springs. But now its getting slowly down. Probably everybody had some heat issues and just out of TS2 some smelling one.

You can follow the riders on http://www.tractalis.com/raam2013/

 

Miha, Denis, Borut, Andrej, Shawn, Joni, Dex, Shawn in Irma

 

Vse priprave so za nami, zdaj gre zares. Ura šteje minute in se za nič ne ustavi. 

Dan pred dirko se nam je pridružila še zadnja članica, tako da je sedaj ekipa popolna.

Ste pripravljeni? Mi smo ;) Glejte nas v živo!
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Are you ready? We are ;) We are live!


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Marko starta ob 13:07 (+9ur za Slovenijo). Prvo so ženske, nato krajša varianta Race across the West, nato so solo tekmovalci. Zadnji startajo zadnji trije zmagovalci, pred njimi pa Marko.
 

Ure pred startom letijo mimo, kot bi bile minute in kljub številčni ekipi, je težko vse hitro opraviti. Večino potrebnega smo prinesli s sabo, nekaj z Slovenije, nekaj je prinesel Shawn. Potem sledi kaos, ki se zdaj že rutinirano spravi v red.

 

Toliko vsega se je zgodilo, da bi lahko že pred startom napisali knjigo o vseh spletkah in razpletkah. Zato se vrnimo iz Oceansidea, kjer se trenutno nahajamo, nazaj v Palm Springs.

It's on! My KICKSTARTER project has just been launched!

We have until the finish of RAAM 2013 to reach our goal and start the project. The goal is to sell 400 books "Don't give up!", so please do tell all your friends about it. 

If you'd like to read a tale of an ordinary man beating the odds against him, taking on an extra-ordinary task of crossing the continent in less than 10 days and trying to win the hardest sporting event in the World, this is a book for you!

After a medical check on Monday (thank you dr. Andrews!), we drove to Palm Springs for heat acclimatisation. Along the coast the temperature is only around 20 to 25 degrees, a few tens of miles inland and you get quick rise to 40+C.

With Irma we've already been in San Diego for a few days, where we are being hosted by our American friends. Many thanks to Amy, Pat, Bob & Teri for their hospitality! We were also honored at Saturday's dinner and today's cycling trip at "Pacific Coast Highway", which was attended by a nice bunch of my American fans. The ride was rather short due to my medical condition, more about it below.

 

Watch the video trailer "Marko Baloh racing RAAM 2013"

Considering this year's competitors at RAAM, I am more of an underdog, waiting for the favorites to crack. It suits me really, as it lowers the pressure on me and gives me a chance to race my own race, without looking what other favorites do. If everything goes according to plan, I am sure the result under 9 days is in my legs and with a bit of luck, I could get much closer to 8 days, which will be neccessary to fulfil my dream of winning the toughest race in the World - RAAM!

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