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9 miles to go

Call from the crew: Walsh is 9 miles out, preparing to pick up his police escort to the finish line.

Stay tuned…

14 miles to go

The stats aren’t updated yet, but just heard from crew: Walsh is at McKee City NJ, 14 miles away.

Stay tuned…

Walsh blazes toward Atlantic City

Check out that average MPH over on the right.

Finish ETA as of TS 55 arrival:

AVG MPH FINISH ETA CENTRAL
9 06/23/06 04:31 AM
10 06/23/06 03:48 AM
11 06/23/06 03:13 AM
12 06/23/06 02:43 AM
13 06/23/06 02:18 AM
14 06/23/06 01:57 AM
15 06/23/06 01:38 AM
16 06/23/06 01:22 AM
17 06/23/06 01:08 AM
18 06/23/06 12:55 AM

Walsh now on home stretch

Now just past TS 54 in Georgetown, PA, Walsh just needs to hold steady. If he does, he will take 5th in his division and come in just a couple of hours ahead of Female Solo competitor Shanna Armstrong.

Here’s the latest finish ETA info for Bryce:

AVG MPH FINISH ETA CENTRAL TIME
9 06/23/06 06:22 AM
10 06/23/06 05:08 AM
11 06/23/06 04:08 AM
12 06/23/06 03:18 AM
13 06/23/06 02:36 AM
14 06/23/06 01:59 AM
15 06/23/06 01:28 AM
16 06/23/06 01:00 AM
17 06/23/06 12:36 AM
18 06/23/06 12:15 AM

The crew reports Bryce is running strong and feeling great. “You know that big climb up from Susquehana River? Bryce took it like the cycling pro that he is. NO PROBLEM,” said Thomas Bérubé.

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Souza reaches finish line in 4th

Congratulations to Kenny Souza, who just crossed the finish line a little bit ago.

Kenny, to say you “ran a hard race” is the understatement of the year. Everyone on this site has come to the conclusion that you’re built out of some sort of space-age, bulletproof material.

Well done!

Rejuvenated Walsh powers through Hanover

Things are looking up for Mr. Walsh. He just passed TS 53 in Hanover, PA, and the man looks strong. “He’s running better right now than he has in a long time,” said crew lead Thomas Bérubé. “He can smell the finish line from here, I think.”

Don’t let that low 6.82MPH average fool you: if you remove the 3 hour break Walsh took at TS 52, you’ll find his average speed was a simply awesome 14.19MPH.

Here’s a small table that shows Walsh’s finish line ETA as of TS 53, at various average speeds:

9MPH: 19h51m
10MPH: 17h52m
11MPH: 16h14m
12MPH: 14h53m
13MPH: 13h44m
14MPH: 12h45m
15MPH: 11h54m
16MPH: 11h10m
17MPH: 10h30m
18MPH: 9h55m

So, if Walsh can do 11MPH average (this includes any rest), he will arrive at the finish line at approximately 6AM EDT tomorrow (Friday).

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Worst of mountains behind Walsh

UPDATE: Voicemail added from Thomas Bérubé. See the end of this post to listen to it.

Bryce has left Maryland and passed TS 52 in Rouzerville, PA.

Imagine being one thousand times more exhausted than you’ve ever been in your life. Your body started making outright demands for real sleep over 6 days and 2000 miles ago. Finally, when your legs absolutely refuse to pedal one mile further without a break, you are told that you are allowed to rest — for 3 hours. Then you are expected to get up, feel rejuvenated, and race well once again.

This is Bryce’s life right now.

With 7200 feet of climbing over the next two time stations versus 7600 feet over the last two, the tough stuff is not over for Walsh quite yet. However, the grades he faces today — with the noteable exception of a ridiculously steep grade at the Susquehanna River — are not quite as terrible as the day before.

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Here’s the latest map:

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Walsh soldiers on as Souza extends lead

Bryce has now made it out of West Virginia and is past TS 50 in La Vale, MD. Shortly after, Souza reached TS 51 and with it, a fat four hour lead over Walsh. Barring some sort of catastrophe, Sousa appears to have secured the 4th position.

Souza earned it.

But, Walsh has damn well earned 5th.

This in mind, the strategy now moves to one of securing this position. Bryce will concentrate on keeping his legs as fresh as possible (although, it’s hard to imagine fresh legs with 2,732 miles on them), and go back to his earlier game plan: one of consistency, control, and raw determination.

“Bryce feels relatively strong now so we’re going to keep pushing,” said crew lead Thomas Bérubé. “I wanted him to rest at the last timestation, but Bryce insisted that he push on.”

With a 12h lead over nearest athlete Guido Kunze, the luxury of having such choices must be a refreshing change for Walsh and team.

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Here’s the latest map:

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Souza builds lead as Walsh battles exhaustion

Bryce just reported at TS 49 in Gormania, WV. Souza has extended his lead to 109 minutes.

Crew lead Thomas Bérubé just reported in with the following text message: “No phone service. Bryce in Gormania. Totally exhausted. Will call later.”

Bryce’s average speed on the last leg was down significantly, at 9.7 MPH to Souza’s 14.7.

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Here’s the latest map:

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Waiting for Walsh position (UPDATED)

Just a quick update: As of this writing, the RAAM website has not yet reported Bryce’s arrival at the next time station (TS 49), which he should have made over an hour ago (Souza made it almost 2 hours ago). There could be two reasons for this:

  1. He hasn’t hit the next time station yet, OR;
  2. He has hit the next time station, but RAAM is being slow updating Bryce’s stats.

I think either is possible, and wouldn’t want to venture a guess on which is more likely. I have a call into Walsh’s crew but have not yet heard back.

Stay tuned….

No sooner did I post this, then Bryce reported at TS 49! Stay tuned for futher info…