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Portland, OR
Start Date:
Sunday, June 2, 2019 12:00 PM
4200 miles

The top 10 are in

Jun-23-2019 23-07-12

Lea Meszarosova is in Yorktown, and has clinched her long-fought for spot in the top 10. She finishes as the first female in the women’s category – with second and third place females both around 480 miles behind – in a time of 21 days, 10 hours and 4 minutes. Congratulations, Lea!

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Ahead of Lea, Keith Morical finished with a time of 19 days, 11 hours and 53 minutes, three full days after Abdullah, and one full day ahead of third place Omar Di Felice. Positions four to nine were close to the end, all riding into Yorktown within a six hour window.


Jun-18-2019 23-07-32

We have our winner.

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16 days, 9 hours, 56 minutes. Congratulations Abdullah Zeinab on an incredible ride – our first place finisher of the 2019 Trans Am Bike Race.

Day 16

Abdullah’s Herculean effort has now come down to the final 100 miles. He has four hours to complete the last push to finish on par with Marcel Graber’s velomobile record. Yorktown is calling.

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Day 15

He’s in the final state. Just 370 miles remain for Abdullah, with a first place finish all but guaranteed. Astonishingly, he’s also still within range of Marcel Graber’s velomobile record (set last year) of 16d 6h 40m. That would mean riding 370 miles in around 26 hours. Let's see what he can do...

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Behind Abdullah, the race for second place seems to be hotting up, as Omar Di Felice closes the gap between himself and Keith Morical.

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Fifth place rider Oliva Maximiliano posted these incredible shots of his ride through Missouri yesterday – complete with ominous clouds and long stretches of empty road:

Day 14

Abdullah is now under 600 miles from Yorktown, and is steadily maintaining his gap of roughly 400 miles ahead of his closest pursuers. When viewed on the Race Flow, you can clearly see a 1,000+ mile period where his lead never drops. Not even overnight. Potentially just two days from finishing, he could enjoy a full night’s rest and a day of sightseeing before second place even gets close to being filled.

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Here’s third place rider Omar Di Felice with his view from the road just two hours ago – setting off from Farmington in Missouri into a dark wet morning.

And today’s update from Damian van Loon gets deep – pondering the decline of America’s countryside, his own ailments, and the thoughtful memorial to John Egbers in Kansas:

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Day 14 - Trans Am Bike Race Today I passed state lines into Kansas! Currently very flat and mostly straight roads. There is the constant side winds you hear so much about in the lead up to the race and they definitely grind you down over time but at least it’s nice and warm now which is something I’m quite used to coming from Australia! I’m finding the country areas housing and infrastructure to be quite run down and it does make me ponder the decline of the USA and what their government will do about it (if anything). Current ailments include, fatigue and some sheath tendinitis in my left Achilles which comes and goes, keeping an eye on it but it seems to respond well so far to rest at night and ibuprofen. It was a very sad moment to finally come across John Egbers ghost bike memorial...so beautifully done...I feel like I’m following in the wheel tracks of giants...now it’s time to pick up where he left off and get this race finished... #tabr2019 
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Day 13

The leading gap is now up to 547 miles, while our permanent frontrunner Abdullah has been resting for almost 5 hours.

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First place female Lea's performance is rightly picking up attention – with dot watchers singing her praises as she moves into 7th place.

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