You've been waiting for this day, and right out of the blue, here it is!
This is the Joyblog - the newsletter you got as a perk when you joined our Kickstarter, feel free to unsubscribe, but if you do I swear you will be sobbing in your socks. The energy here is fantastic, the racers are world-class athletes and the whole place feels like Talladega Nights with spandex and helmets!
Your Joyrider team for the next twelve days of this shoot:
The day was stunning - The ocean crashing to the west, the sun pounding from above, the fans, cyclists, crews and media teams all shooting and cheering, the entire morning had a fantastic joy (apropos of the film) and energy.
The racers are set off in tranches and at one minute intervals. Our man had a 13:08 launch time. He's the only handcyclist, and a minor celebrity - when he came up the cheers were phenomenal. Here's the starting line:
André was ready for action:
We all finally got a look at his official race kit - and his race motto: No Legs All Heart.
About an hour before the start of the race I was minding my own business running around looking for something to hoist or carry when i felt someone gently patting my butt. André and his mother Patti were heading to the bathrooms. He wanted me out of the way. You can see that bit of fun and honey at Patti Kajlich's facebook page.
The race got off to a glorious start. Simply glorious. The race organizers had the uncommonly good sense to rock a fantastic classic rock playlist that well suited the palm-tree lined race parade. I found myself babysitting a tripod and rocking out to The Final Countdown waiting for André to come up to the line.
From there it was shoot, drive, shoot drive. Up the mountains, down the mountains.
Everybody's beat, and it's only 9pm on day one!
Except André - He's rolling still. He's been rolling now for 7 hours and 20 min. He's going to KEEP GOING UNTIL DAYLIGHT. Then there's a general assessment from the crew chief Matt Hoffmann. So probably André will get some sleep around then. for 90 minutes only. The goal is to sleep 90 minutes before sunrise every day and get going again with the morning sun.
From Crew Chief Matt Hoffmann - an assessment from a solo RAAM finisher himself -
"He's killing it."
As of this writing, André is going strong, passing racers and as day turns to night and the rules get stricter, André just keeps chewing up those miles.
More coming, stay tuned.