Received an email from one of the many people following Rob's progress with some good questions that some others may be curious about:
1. Did Rob ride all night through the first night last night?
-Yes. There is an old saying among RAAM veterans: "Use it while you got it." In other words - this race will grind these guys down to nothing, so the thought is to ride as far as you can while you are fresh to get some miles under your belt before the first sleep break.
2. Does RAAM allow drafting?
-Absolutely not. It is a penalty offense and multiple offenses can lead to disqualification. In fact, the RAAM rules state specfically that riders are only allowed to ride next to each other for 15 minutes every 24 hours. This is truly a solo effort.