We talk and hear a lot about the Bike Racers… But what and who keeps those racers safe, fed, energized, healthy and on the road?
This post is in honor of the crew. Those that train for their jobs like racers. Are held to the rules of RAAM as strictly as the racers. Without these members of the team a rider could not make it to Annapolis, MD.
What do they do?
- Mechanics- fix flats, all things bikes, gear, shoes, all about cables, lube and tire tubing.
- Drivers and navigators- move 3 vehicles with 15 people across the country safely, navigate all things from what the mileage will be for the next crews ride to where the whole crew will be meeting for crew exchange and sleep.
- Lead and follow vehicles-MAJOR for rider safety on all different dynamics of what the road will throw a rider. For every 2 woman team there are 4 crew members with them every minute they are on the road. These crew members move bikes on and off the rider van for every rider exchange (this has occurred on our trip about every 30minutes!!) they get their workout The follow van is required to have the rider in their headlights at all times from 7pm to 7 am. This means they literally follow behind the rider sometimes right on their back tire!
- Cooks- the logistics of feeding 15 people, 3 meals a day(sort of), on 2 different shifts at all hours of the day and night is mind blowing. Shopping, prepping, icing, storage it goes on and on.
- Crew Chief and Co-Crew Chief- the Last Word – they make sense of what many would consider to be organized chaos.
- We have also discovered that this crew can do amazing things with Duct Tape!!
Judy Thompson -Crew Chief
Kirk Johnson – Co-Crew Chief
Team Laughing Dog would like to Thank the families of these crew members for allowing them to be away and to help the team make it to the 3,000 mile mark and to bring awareness for the need of local and national help for those families affected by Autism.
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