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!

This was my 7th DOS, this time in a slightly different version. For the first I started as a member of the 2-person team named TEAM DEBITEL. My partner was a good friend from early cycling days, Iztok Melanšek. Before the race we had more questions than answers - can we beat more than 30 years younger rival team Bicikel.com? How the team will operate without any pre-training sessions? How will Iztok do after almost 40 hours of racing and especially how will he manage to survive the second night without sleep, when it is known that it is the last night that decides a race? The answers after the race are all positive, the team has worked as a professional team, Iztok has proved to be more than perfect partner and the end result is a VICTORY!

 

Sponzorja CVS iN DEBITEL sta nam letos omogočila "privatni" GPS tracking, za slučaj pač, če bo server organizatorja (spet) padel dol in za tiste, ki vas najbolj zanima kdaj se bomo pojavili v vašem kraju in nas boste tule najlažje in najbolj ažurno lahko spremljali: 

KJE STA MARKO IN IZTOK?

Še samo dva dni je do starta prve letošnej ultra-dirke zame. Dirka okoli Slovenije oz. DOS tokrat malce drugače, v konkurenci dvojic. Zakaj je padla taka odločitev sem razložil že v tem članku:

DOS v konkurenci dvojic 

On Saturday, the plan was to do a few laps of the charity cycling event in Grosuplje, organized by the Association of TurboKatka, then continue my training ride towards Novo Mesto to congratulate my father in law for his 60th birthday. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t allow me to do exactly what I planned, because I don’t really like to go out in the rain. Luckily for me, I have an understanding wife, as well as father- and mother-in-law, so they gave me the permision to go for a bike ride soon after lunch.

 

After 6 years of participating in Race around Slovenia in solo division and I believe it is time for some change. I will do this year's RAS as a part of 2-person team with one of my longtime friends Iztok Melansek. This decision was in fact made a pretty long time ago, but we kind of kept it secret so the competition wouldn't find out about the threat they are facing... ;)

With Iztok at a short weekend preparation camp:

 

To help raise the needed budget for RAAM 2013, we are selling Marko's Fan Club RAAM 2013 T-shirts. During RAAM you can show your support for Marko by wearing one. The price is 20 EUR + shipping cost. Orders here or on Marko's e-mail marko.baloh(at)gmail.com.

The first plan of preparation for assault on victory at RAAM 2013 included the preparation race in Florida, the Sebring 24h Cycling race, which I had to cancel due to budget limitations.

I am looking for TIME STATION SPONSORS to help me with RAAM expenses. If you have no time to do RAAM, you can become involved with "buying" yourself a Time Station and helping me achieve my goal.

You can become a part of my Team with making a donation and picking for yourself a Time Station you want to sponsor. When I pass your TS, we will send you an e-mail letting you know where I am and how fast I am progressing.

The price of the Time Station is as follows:
- normal TS: 100EUR or 130$,
- Start, Finish and half-way (Pratt, Kansas): 500EUR or 650$.

You can find the details and the list of available Time Stations here:

TS SPONSORS

 

Za nami je prelep spinning maraton "Spin across America". Najlepša hvala vsem udeležencem! Sploh ne veste, kako prijetno ste me presenetili z množično udeležbo in verjemite, da se bom večkrat spomnil na vas, ko bom sam vrtel pedala po Ameriki. 

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