By VeloNews Interactive
Team Action Sports set a cross-country cycling record when they rolled onto the boardwalk at 1:17 a.m. Sunday at Atlantic City, New Jersey, defeating rivals Team Vail-Go Fast to win the four-man-team competition in the 2004 Insight Race Across America.
The record for the category, set in 1995, had been 2905 miles in five days, six hours, and four minutes. This year, Action Sports completed 2959 miles in five days, eight hours, 17 minutes. Vail Go-Fast finished in five days, 10 hours and 26 minutes.
“We learned a few things the hard way,” said Nat Faulkner of Action Sports. “We started out really hard, didn’t get enough sleep and thought we were going to lose it, but then we straightened out and got it right.”
It was all about education for the runners-up, too.
“We just made a couple mistakes, we were unhealthy and stuff, and we just slipped up,” said Jim Mortenson of Vail-Go Fast. “We learned a few things to work on for next year.”
The lone recumbent team in the race, ALS Lightning, arrived as expected at 12:52 Sunday morning. The team — Bob Fourney, James Kern, Sam Whittingham and Tim Woudenberg — didn’t break the HPV record of five days, one hour and eight minutes, set in 1989. Still, having just crossed the continent in five days, seven hours, 52 minutes, with very little sleep, the team seemed unusually upbeat.
“The look that people gave us when this thing went by them at 70 mph was totally worth it,” said Fourney.
The men’s solo leader, Juré Robic, is expected to cross the finish line Monday morning. Stay tuned to www.raceacrossamerica.org for up-to-the-minute race news.