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As the Insight Race Across America rolls toward Atlantic City, Jure Robic seems likely to defend his solo title, while third-placed Marko Baloh abandoned with pneumonia.
Robic, who last reported in at 2:20 p.m. EST from time station 38 in Marshall, Illinois, has fewer than 1000 miles to ride. Mike Trevino crossed the Mississippi River in second place at 1:33 p.m. Trevino has covered 2012.2 miles with 1039.5 to go.
Meanwhile, Marko Baloh withdrew from the race with acute pneumonia, moving Fabio Biasolo into third place. Biasolo checked in from time station 34 in Marthasville, Missouri, at 12:30 p.m., having ridden 1943.1 miles with 1108.6 to go.
Anna Catharina Berg continues to show strong legs each day. At 3:36 p.m., Berg traveled through time station 31 in Collins, Missouri. So far she has put 1755.9 miles behind her with 1295.8 miles left until the finish in Atlantic City.
Two-person mixed division
With all three teams chugging along across Kansas, Grupo Guapo continues to maintain its lead over Team Endorphins, with the Free Riders in third.
Grupo Guapo reached time station 26 in Pratt, Kansas at 5:29 p.m.; they have ridden 1457.7 miles with 1594.0 miles to go. Team Endorphins passed through time station 24 in Montezuma, Kansas at 1:52 p.m. Team Endorphins has put behind them 1356.1 miles with 1695.6 miles still to come. The Free Riders called in from time station 23 in Ulyssees, Kansas at 4:47 p.m.; they have pedaled 1305.5 miles with 1746.2 left to go.
Two-person men’s division
Team Lower Austria-Krems stays steady in front, having left Kansas. The team reported in from time station 31 in Collins, Missouri, at 3:05 p.m., having ridden 1755.9 miles with 1295.8 more remaining. Nearly at the border of Kansas and Missouri, Team Crazy Gones called in from time station 30 in Fort Scott, Kansas at 4:30. Crazy Gones have packed in 1693.9 miles with 1357.8 ahead. Team 60+ remains in third, but could be set back slightly by a penalty for not calling in at time station 24 in Montezuma, Kansas.
Four-person mixed division
Making Cancer History put Landis Team Phoenix behind them by only 32 minutes at last check. Both teams called in from time station 32 in Camdenton, Missouri, with Making Cancer History posting a time check at 5:18 and Landis Team Phoenix at 5:50.
Four-person women’s division
Roaring Fork Volvo B2B Divas last reported in from time station 30 in Fort Scott, Kansas, at 2:39.
Four-person men’s division
Team Beaver Creek-Vail overtook solo leader Robic just after 5 p.m. on Saturday, rotating its racers through a non-stop paceline with expert efficiency.
On course for an average-speed record, Beaver Creek-Vail checked in from time station 39 in Putnamville, Indiana, at 5:39. With 2209.5 miles behind them, the Vail team has just 842.2 miles to go in this year’s RAAM.
Second-placed Team Kern Wheelmen-Advocare holds a narrow lead over Team IWC Schaffhausen, with both teams just 35 minutes apart at time station 36 in Greenville, Illinois.
Team ALS-Bacchetta sits comfortably in the lead with Team JDRF VeloKraft trailing by more than five hours. ALS-Bacchetta checked in from time station 36 in Greenville, Illinois, at 6:12; JDRF VeloKraft was last heard from at time station 33 in Jefferson City, Missouri, at 2:57.
Team Insight seeks to set two records in this year’s RAAM: one for average speed and the other for completing the race in under six days. So far Team Insight shows promise to break the average-speed record, but with more mileage and greater elevation gains in this year’s race, the second mark might elude the team.
Riding with a record-setting pace of 20.1 mph, Team Insight last checked in at 5:41 from time station 34 in Marthasville, Missouri. In the runner-up position, Team Donate Life called in at 5:52 from TS 33 in Jefferson City, Missouri. Team Vern’s Inc. appears to have passed Team Dry Heat and opened up a 90-minute gap.
For up-to-the-moment race progress, see www.raceacrossamerica.org.