Mind Over Matter team updates during the Race Across America 2019

On this page we’re posting updates from the Mind Over Matter team during the Race Across America 2019. Their team number is T801 and their current position can be followed on the tracker on this link.

On social media we use the hashtag #MindOverMatter and their own Twitter account is @MindRaam.

More images can be found on @RAAMUKServices Instagram and Twitter accounts.

Many of the images on this blog were taken each day by Lisa Hirst, for which many thanks.


June 23, 2019 15.12 EDT

It’s official! The team have completed the world’s toughest endurance cycling event, the Race Across America 2019 in an amazing 8 days, 0 hours and 12 minutes. An absolutely amazing achievement and the sun is most definitely shining in Annapolis in Maryland!

We made it!

We made it!

The Mind Over Matter riders being interviewed and streamed around the world.

The Mind Over Matter riders being interviewed and streamed around the world.

June 22, 2019 22.00 EDT

As I write the team are tackling the rolling climbs and descents of the early stages of the Appalachians, with 253.5 miles showing on the tracker left to ride. Everyone is tired, really tired, but spirits are high and the work that the riders and the support crew are putting in remains at epic proportions.

Two quotes from the team sum up how we’re feeling, as we enter the last stages of the Race Across America, and expecting to finish, all being well, in about 24 hours.

“Very, very excited and bursting with pride for every single person in this team, without exception. A massive thank you to everyone for believing in us and supporting us through this incredible journey.”

“So proud to be part of such a determined, well-oiled machine. Pushing each other to be better through our journey both together an as individuals. Thank you everyone.”

And to cap it all there’s been a sighting of a black bear tonight crossing the rider’s path!

Marg and Tara ready for the next hill!

Marg and Tara ready for the next hill!

Sally amongst the trees on one of the Appalachian climbs

Sally amongst the trees on one of the Appalachian climbs

It’s not all about the riding - the washing had to get done today to make sure we looked presentable crossing the finish line!

It’s not all about the riding - the washing had to get done today to make sure we looked presentable crossing the finish line!

June 21, 2019 22.00 EDT (+1 from CDT)

We moved onto our final time zone today, another indication that the finish line is getting nearer hour by hour. It was a day of welcomes, as the photos below show. We were welcomed to our 8th State of the race in Indiana, and later our 9th of Ohio.

While we were in Illinois near to a town called Smithboro, we passed the total mileage of this year’s Tour de France and some 30 miles later near St. Elmo, the total distance of the Il Giro d’Italia.

In lots of the communities we travelled through, families were out cheering us on with some great signs in their gardens. The support was much appreciated. During the nightshift tonight the team will have reached Chillicothe in Ohio, where it’s a cloudy 19 degrees, when there will be 512.8 miles still to race.

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June 20, 2019 21.00 CDT

One last photo for the day, as just as the last light of the day fell, we crossed the mighty Mississippi River, which also marks our entrance into Illinois, our 7th State of the Race Across America.

It also marks the place where we have officially less than a thousand miles to go - 971 miles in fact, so on we go!

The mighty Mississippi

The mighty Mississippi

June 20, 19.45 CDT

Great welcome from a number of time stations, who certainly lay out the red carpet with great volunteers preparing food, providing ice and bottles of water. Rolling hills, lots of traffic and complex routes through a number of towns were the features of the day. As the sun sets we’re heading for the Mississippi River with planned diversions on the race route expected due to flooding. Because of this at a certain point the cyclist has to stop, be driven across along busy freeways before starting the race again.

Time station 32 in Camdenton, Missouri

Time station 32 in Camdenton, Missouri

Nerys in action

Nerys in action

Marg battling the traffic

Marg battling the traffic

Tara pedalling into the sunset

Tara pedalling into the sunset

June 20, 2019 01.20 CDT

The night shift working their way through Kansas, ready for another State tomorrow. Missouri here we come!

Nerys in total racing mode.

Nerys in total racing mode.

Marg chasing the moon.

Marg chasing the moon.

June 19, 2019 - 13.22 CDT

At 13.22 local time today the Mind Over Matter team crossed the half way point of the Race Across America. A huge achievement and we’re now counting down the miles with 1, 535.8 miles to go to Annapolis.

The ‘Blue Pod’ team celebrating the half way point of the Race Across America

The ‘Blue Pod’ team celebrating the half way point of the Race Across America

June 19, 2019 - 13.00 CDT

This morning we entered Kansas, and are fast approaching the half way point. More updates and photos later from the road. However, the RAAM Media team caught up with the team bus at the last transition - and here’s their resulting video.

June 18, 2019 - 20.40 MDT

As the day went on, the team continued through other parts of the Rockies, the La Veta Pass with a height of 9,148 feet and the stunning Cucharas Pass at 9,939 feet before a 4,000 feet descent into the town of Trinidad, Colorado.

This afternoon the radio broadcast warnings of severe thunder storms and the possibility of a tornado, but only some heavy showers arrived despite some very ominous clouds. As I write the storm seems to be moving away to the South, much to all our relief!

Tonight the mountains give way to the Colorado high plains and flat grasslands with about 150 miles before we enter Kansas.

Tara Robertson and Alexandra McClellan waiting for a rider exchange with storm clouds building

Tara Robertson and Alexandra McClellan waiting for a rider exchange with storm clouds building

Tornado warnings on the radio this afternoon

Tornado warnings on the radio this afternoon

June 18, 2019 12.00 MDT

The RAAM Media Team caught up with some of the Mind Over Matter riders today and produced this video, which they called ‘True to their name’. You can follow other posts on this link to their Facebook page.

June 18, 2019 - 09.50 MDT

As dawn broke this morning the MOM team began to tackle the snow-capped Rockies. Short 2 minute pulls with alternating riders gave them great speed up to the top of Wolf Creek Pass with its summit of 10,856 feet, followed by a long descent to South Fork, Colorado.

It also marked the 1,000 mile mark, meaning that a third of RAAM 2019 is now completed and the team are on track to get to Annapolis, with 2,014 miles to go.

It’s also a great moment to recognise again our amazing sponsors that have made the Mind Over Matter journey possible. Their logos are below, but we want to thank especially the Royal Foundation Endeavour Fund, Blesma, Royal British Legion, Douglas Bader Foundation, Veteran’s Foundation, Team Ethos and JCB

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The Mind Over Matter sponsors.

The Mind Over Matter sponsors.

June 17, 2019

It’s been a day dominated by Monument Valley and the most incredible scenery, made most famous perhaps by the film Forrest Gump as the location where he ended his long run.

The MOM team riders and crew have done a sterling job and pushed the team’s average speed up through grit and determination, as well really slick changeovers between riders by the teams.

We’ve ridden through a storm, with thunder and lightning and our first rain, and ended the shift in Cortez in Colorado with temperatures 20 degrees lower than yesterday. Snow covered mountains can already be seen in the distance!

The pictures below give just a flavour of some of the riding today

Anna, with Monument Valley as a backdrop.

Anna, with Monument Valley as a backdrop.

Linda dressed for the rain but putting in some great rides.

Linda dressed for the rain but putting in some great rides.

Go, MOM, Go!

Go, MOM, Go!

June 16, 2019 22.00 (local time) or 06.00 (UK time)

A day that tried the strength and character of all the MOM riders who have shone through with amazing efforts. We climbed to 7023 feet above sea level in the Prescott National Forest, and then did this amazing 12 mile descent, through the old copper mining town of Jerome, into the Verde Valley to change over the riders at Camp Verde. Check the link to the team’s tracker above, for our latest position.

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MOM Rider Sarah Hulme in Arizona

MOM Rider Sarah Hulme in Arizona

Rider exchange in Arizona, with Anna-Therese Pollock and the support crew in action!

Rider exchange in Arizona, with Anna-Therese Pollock and the support crew in action!

June 16, 2019 09.00 (local time) or 17.00 (UK time)

Overnight the team crossed from California into Arizona, and are some 328 miles into the race. It’s flat and 33 degrees already as we passed through the town of Bouse, so it’s going to be really hot for the team riding today. The tracker shows just what a huge challenge this is and the next time station we’re heading for is in the town of Salome.

Bouse, AZ

Bouse, AZ

Tracker at 09.00 (local) on 16 June, 2019

Tracker at 09.00 (local) on 16 June, 2019

June 15, 2019

As dusk fell, Leadership Challenges Operations Director Mike Griffiths and our MOM media team stopped to help another team’s car that had got stuck in very soft sand at the side of the road. Little did we know that a RAAM Media team was about to pass by….

June 15, 23.35 (local time)

MOM rider, Nerys Pearce, waiting for her next turn to ride across more of the desert - 170 miles from Oceanside and almost 12 hours from the start of RAAM. The whole team has done an amazing job today - all the training being put to good use and everyone’s spirits are really high about the challenge ahead.

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June 15, 2019 17.30 (local time)

The long, windy and incredibly steep descent of the ‘Glass Elevator’ lasting over 9 miles being absolutely smashed by team rider Anna-Therese Pollock. Great job!

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June 15, 2019 13:53 (local time)

MOM team captain, Sally Orange, sets off after the first change of riders on Old Castle Road, about 23 miles from Oceanside.

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June 15, 2019 12.00 (local time)

Race start - noon (Pacific Daily Time), that’s 20:00 in the UK. Nine 8-person teams are racing, with Mind Over Matter the only all women rider team.

Mind Over Matter at the RAAM 2019 start line.

Mind Over Matter at the RAAM 2019 start line.

June 14, 2019

Final briefings and preparations today before the start of the Race Across America tomorrow at noon. The bus where the team will live while they are on the road looks resplendent with all of our amazing sponsors logos. Thank you to you all for your great support

Thank you to all our fabulous sponsors.

Thank you to all our fabulous sponsors.

June 13, 2019

Today’s the day every bicycle and vehicle is inspected and official portraits are taken! The team passed all their inspections with flying colours!

Mind Over Matter team ‘official’ portrait

Mind Over Matter team ‘official’ portrait

June 12, 2019

The video below features the team’s final training run, over the 23 mile first leg of the race, which gave them a sense of what the start on Saturday will be like.

June 10, 2019

The team practised a 9 mile steep descent down the ‘Glass Elevator’ today, which takes you into the desert where today it was 42 degrees. During the race this point is 88 miles from the start line in Oceanside. Watch the video below to see just how steep it is!

The riders about to descend the Glass Elevator

The riders about to descend the Glass Elevator

Riders and support team after the descent into the desert

Riders and support team after the descent into the desert

May 20, 2019

MOM Rider Anna-Therese Pollock, recorded this video during a training run, that really explains why this huge challenge is so important to the Mind Over Matter team.