Antonia's Friends team updates during the Race Across America 2019
This page will post updates from the Antonia’s Friends in the run up to and during the Race Across America. The team number is T808 and their current position (once the race starts) can be followed on the tracker on this link.
On social media we use the hashtag #AntoniasFriends on our main Twitter feed which is @leadchallenges, so please follow and support the team. You can read about the background to the team and the story behind it here.
More images can be found on @RAAMUKServices Instagram and Twitter accounts.
Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 15.23 (local time)
We’ve done it! Antonia’s Friends have just crossed the line with a hugely impressive time of 6 days 18 hours!
Friday, June 21, 2019 - 11.51 (local time)
Heading through West Virginia, making great progress. Our predicted time keeps improving, as we will now be under 7 days - as long as nothing goes majorly wrong!
Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 12.36 (local time)
Following widespread flooding of the Mississippi River the team had to take an alternate route through Illinois. However, the riders and crew of blue pod dealt with the challenge and had really strong start to the day as they took on the night shift, finishing off Missouri and nearly getting all the way through Illinois! Red pod have just taken over and have just entered Indiana. We are now well over 2000 miles in!
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 03.21 (local time)
Night shift along the Kansas plains for the American pod. Tracker is showing we have the next team in our sights and are looking to make a move to overtake soon. Crew are working tirelessly around the clock, to provide morale support, nutrition, recovery aid and even a sports massage.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 18.25 (local time)
It felt like we were in Colorado for no time at all, as due to the flat plains, the riders were hitting speeds of up to 30mph! We have just crossed over into Kansas, into more flat lands. We are eating up the miles and gaining rapidly on the team in front of us.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 21.14 (local time)
A huge climb up to Wolf Creek Summit was predicted to hit the boys like a train and really slow down our time. However, the complete opposite happened with all four riders bouncing up the pass, overtaking two other teams in the process! Direct following by the support vehicle doing a great job to keep the riders safe and can provide morale support from close range (eye of the tiger was blasted a few times!).
Monday, June 17, 2019 - 15.31 (local time)
We are flying through Arizona, about to head into Colorado. Team pulling together to really get the most out of these riders.
Monday, June 17, 2019 - 06.31 (local time)
Entered Utah and the Navajo Nation area, home of Monument Valley. It has amazing red rock formations, and was made famous by John Ford, the film producer and actor John Wayne who used the incredible location for many cowboy western films. We were lucky to travel through at dawn to see an incredible sunrise, which provided a great lift for the riders!
Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 12.31 (local time)
Rich Hurring has taken a fall on his bike whilst riding through Prescott, Arizona. The heat exhaustion and sleep deprivation can wreak havoc on an athlete.
We hear that is up and moving, and keen to get back on the bike and crack on. True testament to his character! His crew working tireless to keep all riders hydrated and able to compete at the highest level.
RAAM is not for the faint hearted.
Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 04.43 (local time)
The red pod are absolutely flying through the night, making huge progress! Crew and support teams hot on their tail as they wait for the sun to come up.
Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 19.55 (local time)
As the sun sets in Borrego Desert, Adam Anstey takes up the challenge, at the lowest point of the RAAM course at -187 feet below sea level.
Saturday, June 15, 2019
The Antonia’s Friends team at the start line - race time! Four riders from the UK and four from the USA and a great support team! 3,075 miles to go to the Atlantic Ocean.