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Robic leads RAAM soloists; Beaver Creek-Vail rules team competition

Defending solo champion Jure Robic held a lead of nearly 10 hours over second-place soloist Mike Trevino as the Insight Race Across America continued on Friday. However, Robic is riding just short of an average speed record set in 1986 by Pete Penseyres. To break Penseyres' long-standing mark, Robic will have to pace himself at 15.40 mph or faster. So far, his average speed for this year's RAAM is 14.92 mph. Robic last reported in at 3:12 p.m. EST from time station 33 in Jefferson City, Missouri. In the team race, meanwhile, Team Beaver Creek-Vail - Mike Janelle, Jimi Mortenson,

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By Wendy Booher, and Chris Milliman

Rodic races eastward

Rodic races eastward

Photo: Chris Milliman

Defending solo champion Jure Robic held a lead of nearly 10 hours over second-place soloist Mike Trevino as the Insight Race Across America continued on Friday.

However, Robic is riding just short of an average speed record set in 1986 by Pete Penseyres. To break Penseyres’ long-standing mark, Robic will have to pace himself at 15.40 mph or faster. So far, his average speed for this year’s RAAM is 14.92 mph.

Robic last reported in at 3:12 p.m. EST from time station 33 in Jefferson City, Missouri.

In the team race, meanwhile, Team Beaver Creek-Vail – Mike Janelle, Jimi Mortenson, Brian Smith and Toph Leonard – are on pace to break the average speed of 23.06 mph for a four-man team.

The team, which checked in at time station 29 in Yates Center, Kansas, at 3:07 p.m. EST, has been sustaining an average pace of 23.38 mph.

Beaver Creek-Vail’s strategy involves breaking the four-man team into two two-man units, with one duo resting while the other swaps pulls. With the race going through the plains of Kansas and Illinois, each rider pulls for eight to 10 miles before the other takes over. During the day, the pair not riding gets two hours of rest; at night, they take four hours.

“So far everybody’s been going nice and strong,” said team manager Ken Dorst. “It’s been very steady.”

For more information, see www.raceacrossamerica.org.