Antonia's Friends team updates during the Race Across America 2019

This page posted updates from the Antonia’s Friends team during the Race Across America in June 2019. Their team number was T808 and the history of their journey can be seen on the official tracker on this link.

On social media we used the hashtag #AntoniasFriends. 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.

Riders and their crew

Riders and their crew

Finisher Medals

Finisher Medals

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!

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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!

Tim pushing through the pain.

Tim pushing through the pain.

Calum on the open plains of Kansas

Calum on the open plains of Kansas

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.

W'e’re in Kansas!

W'e’re in Kansas!

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.

WOW!

WOW!

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!

“The race is won by the rider who can suffer the most”
— Eddy Merckx

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.

No easy place to make a changeover, especially not in the winding hills of Skull Valley!

No easy place to make a changeover, especially not in the winding hills of Skull Valley!

Pit Stop in Arizona.

Pit Stop in Arizona.

Adam “The Mountain Goat” Ansty just before his pull on a seriously steep slope!

Adam “The Mountain Goat” Ansty just before his pull on a seriously steep slope!

When your legs scream stop and your lungs are bursting, that’s when it starts. That’s the hurt locker. Winners love it in there
— Chris McCormack
Richard “Powerhouse” Hurring storming through the Arizona desert.

Richard “Powerhouse” Hurring storming through the Arizona desert.


Calum doing a top job to hide the pain…or is he just that fit?

Calum doing a top job to hide the pain…or is he just that fit?

FLYING THROUGH ARIZONA!

FLYING THROUGH ARIZONA!

What a view…life on the road!

What a view…life on the road!

Beautiful sunrise near the Arizona border! Thanks for having us California, what a way to bow out!

Beautiful sunrise near the Arizona border! Thanks for having us California, what a way to bow out!

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 - 20.40 (local time) : Red pod just before they change over and their battle with the night shift!

Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 20.40 (local time) : Red pod just before they change over and their battle with the night shift!

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.

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Tim Boag “smashing” the Glass Elevator!

Tim Boag “smashing” the Glass Elevator!

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.

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