Monthly Archives: May 2017

  • Sarah Cooper Prepares for Race Across America

    Sarah Cooper prepares for Race Across AmericaRace Across America (RAAM) is not for the faint of heart. RAAM is a 3000+ mile bike race from Oceanside, California to Annapolis, Maryland. This year Sarah Cooper will be among the solo racers.

    RAAM is divided into 55 segments with a time station at the end of each. But unlike other famous races, these segments are not separate stages. The race clock runs continuously from from the start until the rider finishes. Racers both ride and rest on the clock.

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  • It's Easy to Clean Your Bike Chain

    by Katherine A. Roccasecca

    It's easy to clean your bike chain with a chain cleaning toolA clean and lubricated bike chain won't make any noise. If your chain is squeaking or sounding gritty, that means you are both wasting energy and wearing out your chain. Since it's easy to clean your bike chain (and kinda fun, too), just find a few minutes and get it done!

    We'll tell what you need and describe how to do it. Then, you may be surprised how much easier it is to ride your bike!

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  • Trans Iowa v13: Sarah's Report

    by Sarah Cooper, Ultracyclist

    Sarah Cooper ready to race Trans Iowa v13Trans Iowa v13
    Grinnell, Iowa
    April 29–30, 2017

    I had all but given up on blogging since Race Across the West last year, but I’ve ended the blog hiatus to do at least one post on Trans Iowa v13. It’s hard not to want to talk about your experiences at a race like Trans Iowa. It’s unique, it’s brutal, and in any given year you never can say if or when you’ll finish. Now I’m two and two: two finishes and two DNFs. Both finishes were on an even numbered year, so I’m holding out hope for a TIv14.

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