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On their way from Oceanside, Calif., to Annapolis right now are some of the world's top cyclists, competing in the 34th annual Race Across America (RAAM), considered the world’s toughest bike race. More than 250 men and women from the United States and around the world race in solo, 4-person, and 8-person team categories. Garrett County lies directly in the 3,000-mile cross-country route, with riders entering the county near Red House and proceeding north on Garrett Highway to Keyser's Ridge. Pedalling through yesterday was American Dave Haase of Wisconsin, above, who was second only to Severin Zotter, 33, of Austria. Zotter reached Annapolis at about midnight last night, and Haase was expected to complete the race at about 8 a.m. today. Haase placed second despite the fact that he is 47 years of age, more than twice that of many of his fellow competitors. Scores of racers and teams are still expected to pass by throughout the weekend, as the solo race began on June 16 and the teams started on June 20. Time Station 47 is located across from Trader's Landing, where the above photo was taken by Bob Carney. Volunteers, coordinated by Evan Byrne of Mountain Lake Park/Rockville, pictured left, staff the station to track racers and provide local information. Anyone interested in volunteering is invited to respond online at timestation47@verizon.net or http://facebook.com/RAAMtimestation47 for additional information and updates. RAAM, which has donated millions of dollars to a wide variety of charities over the years, also provides extensive race coverage at ridefarther.com. Byrne said that RAAM racers and support crews who stopped at the time station last year had one universal comment: "This place is so beautiful!" For more information visit our online edition.
Today is Thursday, June 25, 2015.