Just spoke to crew member John Browne. Rob is due to start at 3:45 PM EDT.
They are starting the Race Across the West (RAW) racers first. (This is a race to Durango, CO.) Then the RAAM riders start.
The pace van crew to start the race is:
- John Browne, driver
- Tom Wendel, navigator
- Mike Perron, mechanic/chef
Today will be a "leap frog" situation. That means that instead of following the rider, the pace van will have to leap frog Rob by traveling up the road a couple of miles, waiting for him to pass by and then do it again. This will be the case until 8:00 PM PDT tonight when the night crew takes over, at which time the pace van will go into "close follow" mode, right behind Rob.
Everyone is upbeat and ready to go.