Wis. bike shop owner finishes 3,000-mile race in less than 9 days
Wisconsin bike shop owner David Haase finished 2nd overall and top American solo rider of the 2015 Race Across America (RAAM). He completed the 3,000-mile bicycle race on June 26 having battled the desert heat, several mountain ranges, weather, wind, sleep deprivation and saddle sores.
Haase raced from Oceanside, California, to Annapolis, Maryland, in eight days, 20 hours and six minutes with an average speed of 14.16 mph. Haase’s finish represented the fastest non-winning time and the fastest for an American since Danny Chew in 1999.
This was the fifth and best RAAM for Haase, 47, owner of Attitude Sports, a bicycle and ski shop with locations in Fond du Lac and Pewaukee, Wisconsin.
Haase finished about 12 hours behind the winner, Severin Zotter of Austrian, and a day ahead of third-place finisher Peter Sandholt of Denmark.
Forty solo riders started the race and 19 finished, including three women. Among those to drop out was three-time winner Christoph Strasser of Austria. As many as 45 teams of two to eight riders also competed.
RAAM covers 14 states and has 120,000 feet of total climbing. Athletes race continuously day and night with their support teams of 10-12 people and rest for less than two hours per day.
Haase’s team utilized an IBM Analytics dashboard which included real-time analysis of his core temperature, power (watts), heart rate, respiration, cadence (RPM) and speed. This data, coupled with his training, previous RAAM experience, nutrition and hydration plan, contributed to his success.
In an interview with Over the Top Cycling, Haase said he dealt with heat as high as 120 degrees but no rain. He credited a crew member for suggested he wear a sports bra packed with ice to keep his core temperature down.
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