|The votes are in for the first "Ultra Cyclist of the Year Award" sponsored by Race Across America, Perimeter Bicycling Association of America and El Tour de Tucson.|
Not that it is a big surprise, but approximately 75% of these votes were cast for the "enduring" Rob Kish of Port Orange, Florida, 17-year veteran of the Race Across America -- can you imagine completing 17 consecutive RAAMs? And winning 3 times? Rob finished RAAM 2002 as a strong second so he is still the man to beat! Rob will be introduced and honored at the 20th annual El Tour de Tucson as the "2002 Ultra Cyclist of the Year".
Rob will be introduced and honored at the 20th annual El Tour de Tucson as the "2002 Ultra Cyclist of the Year". He will be included in the "El Tour
Dedication Dinner" celebration on Thursday, November 21st which honors The World's Greatest Woman Cyclist, Jeannie Longo of France, and will receive the "Ultra Cyclist of the Year Award" at El Tour's Grand Cycling Award Ceremony on Saturday, November 23rd. Greg LeMond is also expected to be in attendance, so Rob will take his place with the other exceptional cyclists and athletes who have made their mark. In addition, Rob will ride his first "El Tour" on Saturday, November 23rd. Rob and his wife, Brenda, will be brought to El Tour de Tucson by Race Across America and Perimeter Bicycling Association will provide lodging, complimentary dinner tickets to Dedication Dinner and "comp" entries into El Tour.
Rob, well done! Jim Pitre, Managing Director Race Across America
This prestigious award will be given to an individual who best represents the spirit of ultra cycling. All RAAM 2002 participants are eligible to
receive this award including all relay team members. The Ultra Cyclist of the Year will be selected through a voting process where it's up to you to
decide who will be the ultra cyclist of the year. The ultra cyclist of the year can be male or female. This person can be the one who finished first or last; can be the youngest participant or the oldest; can be someone who overcame great adversity just to get to the start line; someone who reached the finish line despite great obstacles; or can be someone who is attempting RAAM for the first time, or the seventeenth. Use your own criteria. It's up to you to decide!
Race Across America (RAAM) has been called the world's toughest race. The 2002 event went 3,000-miles non-stop bicycle from Portland, to Pensacola, Florida. Environmental, physical and mental challenges were overcome on a daily basis to get to the finish line. RAAM is an ultra-endurance race that all "extreme" events are measured by.www.raceacrossamerica.org