Originally Posted by The Octopus
Larry Graham is a local (to me) and he's been having a hell of a season. I know he was looking to break 50 hours and he had his wife crewing for him. I'm looking forward to hearing his stories; the wind must have ben howling out there! The times to Atwood on the way out were faster than what we did last year by about 4 hours. But then eveyone weighed anchor at the turn. Larry looks to have had a nice ride the last 200K -- 8 hours! The guy always finishes strong. I know this is, by far, his longest ride ever and I hope he's really pumped from it.
Ken and Tim are both damn nice guys. I'm sure they had a blast riding together this year. I had the pleasure of riding with them both for a bit last year. One of the things I love about randonneuring is the people -- they're super-friendly, even (and in some cases, especially) the ones who are lightning-fast!
He talked to John Schlitter and Rich Pinto after the ride. Apparently he smoked them to 600K, but all the crap he picked up during the ride was in his lungs, so he took a few hours off the bike to try and recover, which is where those other guys probably passed him. If you look at the results, only those three were under 70 hours, 4th place was about 12 hours behind Larry. I finally met him in person at RAO, and wow, he's strong. The Bacchetta team took 3rd place in a mountain race, I was crewing for John Schlitter and Tim Woudenberg 2 man and we took 3rd in two man. We had the 2nd place team buried, but Tim got sick in the middle of the night, so JS
rode most the night, and the 2nd place team repassed us.
The ultra world is taking notice of the bikes, Jim Kern was listed with soloists, and IMHO the Bacchetta Aero makes the ultimate distance machine. Anyway, yeah, those guys are all amazing.