Wednesday, March 19, 2008

::::Baja Travesia LIVE COVERAGE::::

Follow me LIVE as I race with team DART-nuun/NW Kayaks across the Sea of Cortez, San Felipe desert, 9,000' sierras, canyons and the finish line in Ensenada on the Pacific Ocean in the BAJA TRAVESIA. This year the race is stepping up the coverage and it should be exciting to watch.

As for me, all I can do is race with passion. I hope all of the blood, sweat, and consistent 20+ hour training weeks over the last few months will have me ready to race at my best. Our team is strong and capable of winning if we take care of each other and eliminate mistakes. At this point we just have to get the gear and food sorted and get our heads wrapped around this epic traverse of the Baja penninsula. I spent the entire day packing and re-packing, grocery shopping for race food, going over my bike and gear...and yapping with my teammates, who arrived today at Sylvie Maracci & Cyril Jay Rayon's house in Santa Monica.

The 2 DART-nuun teams will meet in San Diego and caravan down to San Felipe on Saturday morning with our support crews. Our team members have driven down from Squamish, British Columbia, Seattle, Gig Harbor, WA, Mountain View, CA, Santa Monica, and of course yours truly in Orange County.

Hopefully this time I am not hit by a truck again like the 2006 Baja Xtreme (which we managed to still win anyway).

I am bringing 4 cans of GenR8 Vitargo S2 with me to use as my primary race carbohydrate. Vitargo has fueled my training since last summer and I trust it, plain and simple. At the Baja Travesia, you cannot afford to bonk. Bonking is a non-issue when I use Vitargo.

We are lucky enough to have adventure racer Ryan Fleming crew for us. Ryan raced with Team DART-nuun at the 2004 Primal Quest in Washington, taking 11th. He knows what he's doing and will get us out of the transitions as fast as possible.


SOLE Baja Travesia is a 400-kilometer adventure race traversing Mexico's Baja Peninsula. Teams of three will paddleboard, kayak, bike, trek, canyoneer and travel on the infamous Baja Desert cars as they race nonstop from San Felipe to Ensenada. This year's event includes an all women's division with prizes and cash for the top women's teams, a first in the sport of expedition adventure racing. Support crews will assist teams with gear changes and refueling at designated points along the course. The fastest teams are expected to finish in just over three days.

The 2008 SOLE Baja Travesia is North America's only Adventure Racing World Series Qualifier where the winning team receives a coveted spot to compete in the 2008 World Championships of Adventure Racing in Brazil.

Follow this year's event as teams from eight different countries challenge two-time champion Team DART-nuun. Watch for exciting live on-course coverage, videos, stories, and photos of your favorite teams. Race starts on March 24, 2008.


Saturday 3/22Registration, Gear Check, Skills Check
Sunday 3/23Pre-Race Meeting, Pre-Race Fiesta, Race Prologue
Monday 3/24Race START
Thursday 3/27First Finishers (Ensenada)
Saturday 3/29Course Closes, Post Race Fiesta (optional early departure)
Sunday 3/30Racers Depart (Recommend early departure to the border, expect delays)


$13,500 CASH Prize along with over $20,000 in prizes
Prize Money
1st: $3,000
2nd: $2,000
3rd: $1,000
4th: $900
5th: $800
6th: $700
7th: $600
8th: $500
9th: $300
10th: $200
Total: $10,000

Prize Money Womens

1st: $2,000
2nd: $1,000
3rd: $500
Total: $3,500

* If 5 or more Women's teams start the race, prize money will be given to 3rd place. If fewer than 5 women's teams enter the race prize money will be given to 1st place


Live Tracking of SOLE Baja Travesia Teams

March 8th, 2008

Thanks to huge efforts by SOLE together with and Sleepmonsters, Baja Travesia will have LIVE tracking a real time leaderboard and videos and photos from the course. Make sure your friends, family and fans check our site during the race to watch your progress and feel your pain. The collaborative effort between SOLE, TrackMe360 and Sleepmonsters will keep you entertained as you seamlessly flip between websites to find the information you want to see. Watch as our totally new features make you feel like you are on a team of your own.

OK Kids, today's song is Goodnight Goodnight by Hot Hot Heat

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