Nicole Rist is the fastest woman to race across America for the third timePhoto: Noah Dies
Nicole Reese did it. The Swiss extreme was the first woman to complete the Race Across America (RAAM) – a non-stop bike race from the West to the East Coast of the United States. The woman from Zurich crossed the finish line in Annapolis, Maryland, before 9:30 p.m. Friday local time (2:24 CST). It is Wrest’s third RAAM win after 2016 and 2018.
Rest needed ten days, four hours and 13 minutes for the 4,963 kilometer route across the continent. She was defeated by New Zealand overall winner Alan Jefferson, who was about four hours faster, and Czech Svata Bosak, who overtook her by a few miles from the finish.
For a long time it seemed as if Rist would leave any man behind. But two falls in the second half of the race slowed the Swiss. Since the second fall, the cyclist has been unable to get in and out on their own, the accompanying team reported Friday afternoon, which helped her. Reist finished the race despite telephoto issues.
For once, the script of an extraordinary athlete accustomed to success did not work out. “Of course I am disappointed that the dream of all-out victory, which was at hand, came so close to the finish line,” said self-proclaimed Guess the Mountain after arriving in Annapolis, clearly.
“However, I’m glad I got to the finish line under the given conditions. It was one fight. The hardest race of my life. I’ve never suffered as much as I have in the last 200 miles or more,” she adds.
Issa Pulver wins the Across France
Starting last Saturday at 8:14 pm at Le Touquet Paris Plage in northeastern France, Ittiger finished last night at 8 pm as the best woman and second overall at Mandelieu-La-Napoule near Cannes. Issa Bolver still unofficially needs 5 days, 21 hours and 16 minutes for a distance of 2,500 km and about 38,000 meters in altitude. After the flat first half, the road led to the mountains, including over Mont Ventoux, known from the Tour de France.
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