Ninth time at the RACE ACROSS AMERICA

On Tuesday June 13th, 2017 I will stand on the start-line of RAAM for the 9th time in my career. That is as a racer. I did two more times, one as official and one as a crew chief, so all together this is my 11th. :) The answer to the question why the ninth time is pretty simple – because I feel I haven't raced my perfect race yet. Of yourse I am thinking about victory, but the only way to reach it is to race a perfect race. And give those few percent more that were missing until this time. My preparation was at least as good as in my best years, I am more experienced and I have a crew that will do everything in their power to help me reach my goal.

What changes will we make this year? First is that we are going back to the sleep schedule from 2013, which was by far the best so far. Last year's experiment with multiple shorter rests daily didn't prove to be very good for myself. The veteran part of the crew is lead by Irma as the crew chief after some years. With her the two of my crew veterans returning are Denis Rautovic as my trusted mechanic and Simon Krek as a nurse. New members of my crew are Helena Zavaloka, Gregor Omejec, Aleš Prijatelj, Roger Foote (New Zealand) and Martin Dressman (USA), the later two both have the experience of crewwing for other RAAM racers. I trust my crew with all my heart and I know they will do their ultimate best to help me achieve my goal. 

With us at least in their thoughts, but also on internet and phone will be both of my former crew chiefs, Andrej Petrovic and Kerry Ryan. In fact that means two more crew members who will help us with the decisions during the race, expecially at the last part of it as everybody will be tired and some guidance from cool heads will be very appreciated.

I've been in California for more than a week and I acclimatized well to the heat expected for the race. Tomorrow I move from Borrego Springs to Oceanside to meat the crew. ¸That will live us with a couple of days to prepare the follow cars, go through inspections before the start, attend the meetings and all...

Our new adventure begins at noon on Tuesday June 13th! Keep your fingers crossed and send us pozitive energy, with you support we are stronger.

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5 comments

  • Comment Link Glenn Mintzer Saturday, 10 June 2017 10:11 posted by Glenn Mintzer

    Marko: my name is Glenn Mintzer and I am on a four man team with Jeff Boltz. I wish you the best of luck in 2017 RAAM.

  • Comment Link Larry Brenize Saturday, 10 June 2017 23:16 posted by Larry Brenize

    Marko as a 4 member team finisher, I don't know how you solo guys/gals do it. Good luck and hope to see you at the Blondies T/S. I sent my cell phone number for an update when you get close but don't know if you received it or not.

  • Comment Link Nancy Guth Saturday, 10 June 2017 23:31 posted by Nancy Guth

    Marlo, Go with the wind, or create your own wind! We will be cheering for you all the way, and hopefully welcoming you, Irma and crew in Annapolis! Blessings!

  • Comment Link Tim Tuesday, 13 June 2017 23:36 posted by Tim

    Marko... looking forward to seeing you in Annapolis. Ride strong and safe.

  • Comment Link Nejc Wednesday, 14 June 2017 12:52 posted by Nejc

    Ekipa, smo v pričakovanju kakšnih informacij; lahko samo to, kar vemo vsi, da se Marko super drži.

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