Vic Armijo—Oceanside, CA.
June 13, 2011
Just how many thousands and thousands of miles are there in the legs of John Howard (left) and Pete Penseyres (right)? These two RAAM legends were on hand for this evening’s RAAM orientation and will be back for the Men’s start on Wednesday to ride out with the 2011 racers.
Howard took second place in the first RAAM (it was called “The Great American Bike Race” that year) and Penseyres is a two-time winner, taking the top spot in 1984 and 1986. Amazingly, his 1986 overall speed of 15.4 M.P.H. is a record that still stands. “That year was like the perfect storm,” Penseyres related, “The weather, my equipment, my fitness, it all just came together.”
These two RAAM veterans will be back in Oceanside for Wednesday’s Men’s solo start. They’ll ride out for the first leg of RAAM, along with the rest of the original Great American Bike Race participants John Marino, Lon Haldeman and Michael Shermer. Six-time winner Seana Hogan will also join the group as will 6-time finisher and current RAAM Race Director George Thomas.