RAAM racers depart

At 9 am on Sunday morning, 30 solo racers for an epic transcontinental journey in Oceanside, California, as part of the Race Across America (RAAM). The race covers 3,047 miles over the Rockies and the Appalachians, through the desert and across the plains and ends in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Four teams of four riders each departed for a shorter race - to Flagstaff, Arizona.

Returning winner, Daniel Wyss of Switzerland, three-time champion, Wolfgang Fashing of Austria, and two-time champion Jure Robic of Slovenia are expected to battle for the solo title in the men's division. Favorite rookies for the men are Larry Optis from Canada, John Jurczynski, Brett Walker, and Australian Richard Vollebregt who recently broke Fashing's trans-Australia record by 23 hours.

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