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Portland, OR
4200 miles

Day 13

The leading gap is now up to 547 miles, while our permanent frontrunner Abdullah has been resting for almost 5 hours.

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First place female Lea's performance is rightly picking up attention – with dot watchers singing her praises as she moves into 7th place.

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Day 12

Abdullah’s lead is now at 377 miles as he approaches the Cave-In-Rock ferry. Taking riders across the Ohio River into the U.S. state of Kentucky, it signals yet another state line to separate him from the chasers.

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Jennifer Ziel, who’s now up to 15th place on the road and second female rider behind Lea, is starting her day right:

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And day 12 for Damian looked like fun – topping Hoosier Pass and waving goodbye to the high altitude mountains, snow, and constant cold that have caused him trouble over the past few days:

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Day 12 - Trans Am Bike Race Hooray, Hoosier Pass (3517m) is now done and dusted...it was a massively steep climb completed from long range (I started in Walden) and with the fading light! Was such a relief once I could see the summit sign that I was immediately overcome with a deep emotion. A guy who was up there was surprised to even see a cyclist and he kindly listened to my story and shared in the moment! Just so happy to know the high altitude mountains, snow and constant cold are now a thing of the past...back to conditions more suited to my own personal riding style. Thanks for sharing in my journey and the messages of support have given me wings when I needed them most! #tabr2019 
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Day 11

The chase goes on. Omar Di Felice is quickly closing the gap between himself and second-place racer Keith Morical, while Abdullah nears the edge of Missouri on his way to Illinois – meaning there’s now a state-wide gap between him and the pursuers.

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Damien Van Loon’s daily updates continue, featuring cracked roads, big breakfasts and a looming sense of dread for Hoosier Pass:

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Day 11 - Trans Am Bike Race Colourful Colorado should be changed to Cracked Roads Colorado...they are seriously some of the worst I have ever ridden...with deep cracks every 5 or so meters, making road riding almost unbearable. I hate being negative but I just need to get this off my chest...I feel sorry for the locals, apart from the towns...as soon as you venture out onto the local roads it’s terrible. The scenery as always didn’t disappoint, a tough day in the saddle for many reasons...not long now and Hoosier Pass looms large...then back down off the high mountains! #tabr2019 
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And bike shops keep on showing their support for the race, going the extra mile for riders in need:

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Day 10

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Abdullah paid a visit to the legendary on-route Newton Bike Shop last night, apparently stopping to pick up a new stem on his way. He’s now on the eastern reaches of Kansas, close to the Missouri border, 420 miles ahead of Keith Morical.

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Leading lady Lea has now climbed to 7th place on the road, capitalising on some slightly longer rests by her fellow top ten racers. She’s now 170 miles ahead of second-fastest female Jennifer Ziel, who’s been resting in Silverthorne for more than 8 hours.

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And further down the trail, dot watcher Craig Lalley has been championing TABR veteran and 78-year-old rider Thomas Camero. He’s currently at the 480-mile mark, and as of this morning, is the last racer to still be riding through Oregon – the first state on the route. His spirits are high, and he’s even finding time to grab the odd selfie along the way:

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Day 9

Twenty-two riders are now past the detour option, and we’re yet to see someone make the turn. It could be the added climbing metres, or the reports of poor conditions, but the leading group have all opted for the original route.

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Tom Wick and Lea Meszarosova remain close, trading 10th place back and forth overnight. The pair have been holed up in Hot Sulphur Springs for the last six hours, and will likely be back on the road again soon.

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In day 9’s update, Australian rider Damian van Loon takes time to recover and enjoy the scenery:

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Day 9 - Trans Am Bike Race Decided to take it easy today and really enjoy myself in Yellowstone National Park! Temperature started at -1c but warmed up nicely later to around 15c. I think I definitely have some type of altitude sickness, as I have most of the symptoms...this is the first time I have ever ridden my bike above 2000m...so have decided to be kind to myself and crank up the pace again once I’m over Hoosier Pass and back much closer to sea level! I am a little frustrated with my progress to date, after such a good start but not much I can do but listen to the body and make sure I keep moving forward...the scenery and friendliness of the local riders and people I meet is pretty amazing...I am thankful for every day I have on this planet and know I live a very lucky life compared to most...so please think of what I say as just letting out my emotions, rather than pretending everything is fine! Live and learn along the way as they say...go Abdullah! #tabr2019 
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And Californian rider Reuben Trach is continuing his battle with pain management – getting quite creative in the process:

Day 8

He’s past half way. Abdullah Zeinab has stopped in Eads for a rest at the 2,130 mile mark. He put in another 20+ hour ride yesterday, accruing more than 170 miles in the last nine hours. Let’s see how long this nap lasts…

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Leading lady Lea Meszarosova continues to threaten the top ten – trading places with Tom Wick throughout the night and into this morning. The pair are currently passing through the town of Rawlins, at a distance so small their dots are completely overlapped.

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Further down the pack in Wyoming, Californian rider Reuben Trach is battling the pain of ultra distance cycling and keeping his spirits high:

And Australian rider Damian van Loon continues his daily updates from the road, describing his difficulty with the high mountain altitude compared to his sea level home in Perth:

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Day 8 - Trans Am Bike Race Woke up in Twin Bridges to a beautiful sunny morning, still chilly but at least no sign of snow storms or rain clouds...success! On the next climb I bumped into the female rider ‘Wild Birdie’ who is currently coming 3rd in her category. Also met quite a few other ‘non race’ riders who are just touring the Trans Am Trail and swapped some adventure stories! I always enjoy these types of interactions and like to make the time for conversation as much as possible! Apart from that, I decided to stay in the town of West Yellowstone tonight, so I could make the most of my time in the Yellowstone National Park tomorrow, as I’m unlikely to ever get the chance to visit this region again in the future. The main issue I’m finding at the moment with my race, is just getting used to the high mountain altitude. We are currently around 2000m above sea level, I live next to the beach back home in Perth, Western Australia. It always feel that I’m running out of air, especially on the bigger climbs. It is affecting my normal power output somewhat. I know I’m not the only one who must feel it, so it will be interesting to see how I go, once we descend out of the Rocky Mountains and into the flat Mid West USA heartland! #tabr2019 
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