A big thank you goes to dr. Vince and Diane of the Infinity Bike Seat for stepping in and helping me with the race expenses. This Title is for you guys!

The preparation for the race was not exactly perfect, but I was carrying a good turn of speed after RAAM, won the Tortour Challenge in August and felt I am able to do another 500+ miles 24h race. It went a bit bad after the flight to US, as I caught a bit of a cold that got me worried before the race. With coughing, a running nose and a throat ache a couple of days before the race, it seemed my third time a charm (3rd time in a row 500 miles in 24h) might not happen after all.

A couple of hours to the start of 6-12-24 Hour World Time Trial Championships, you can follow the race via race tracking on http://my5.raceresult.com/65136/results?lang=en

More about my feelings before the race on the next page:

My August in the last nine years has been reserved for participation at Tortour ultra-cycling race, Race around Switzerland in other words. Organisation-wise surely the best ultra-cycling race in the World. Switzerland and Tortour have grown to my heart after my first participation and victory in 2009. It is a beautiful country with great cycling infrastructure where cyclists are equal participants in traffic. A country where I can go to a cycling trip with my kids without being scared for our lives and where the government encourages the cycling commute to elementary schools.

Start dirke je bil kot že nekaj zadnjih let, pod pomolom v Oceanside, Kalifornija. Marko je startal  13. junija 2017 ob 12:25 po lokalnem času, kot pred-pred zadnji tekmovalec.

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.

Dirka okoli Slovenije 2017 je za nami. Najprej gre najlepša zahvala organizatorjem, da so po lanski pavzi ponovno zagnali kolesje ene izmed najlepših dirk v ultra-kolesarskem koledarju. Druga zahvala gre slovenski publiki, ki je DOS in njene kolesarje vzela za svoje. Navijači ob trasi so bili res neumorni, ob vseh urah dneva in noči ter ob vsakem vremenu. Tretjič pa zahvala moji mali ekipi, tokrat z nekaj novimi člani, od katerih se bodo nekateri prvič spoprijeli tudi z RAAM-om. Hvala Irma, Borut, Aleš, Gregor in Luka! Bili ste odlični in z optimizmom zrem mesec dni naprej na Dirko preko Amerike RAAM 2017.

Here is the start list for 10th Race around Slovenia DOS/RAS Extreme. You can follow the race through GPS Tracking on the organizer's website and LieStreamn Video here on my website.Link will be published soon.

V petek, 27. januarja 2017, se v Športnem centru Millenium v BTC Cityju Ljubljana znova obeta tradicionalni kolesarski spektakel: 12. dobrodelno 24-urno kolesarjenje z Markom Balohom, ki ga podpira družba BTC. Obiskovalci bodo lahko ob športnem druženju z enim najboljših svetovnih ultramaratonskih kolesarjev z donacijo hrane z daljšim rokom uporabe pomagali humanitarni organizaciji Zveza prijateljev mladine Moste-Polje. 

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