Dave Haase recounts 2016 RAAM at FDL Library July 20

Despite a detour to the emergency room with possible pneumonia and forced bed rest, Dave Haase rallied to finished second overall and first among U.S. riders on June 24 in the 2016 Race Across America (RAAM), the world’s toughest bicycle race.

Haase will talk about this year’s “Seabiscuit” race at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, at the Fond du Lac Public Library, the second in the library’s Going to Extremes series. The presentation is free; no registration required.

Haase, 48, grew up in Fond du Lac and Oshkosh. Even elite athletes shake their heads at what he has accomplished. RAAM challenges cyclists to ride 250 to 350 miles a day from California to Maryland: 3,000 miles across 12 states, climbing over 170,000 vertical feet. Another mind-blowing stat: RAAM is about 30 percent longer than the Tour de France yet racers finish in roughly half the time. A lifelong athlete, Haase found ultracycling late in life when he entered a 24-hour race on a whim. He clocked his best RAAM finish in 2015, with a second-place time of 8 days, 20 hours and 6 minutes – the fastest time posted by an American since 1999 and the fastest non-winning time in race history.

The Going to Extremes series will finish on August 17 with a presentation by Amy VanDyke, 45, who ran the equivalent of 13 marathons in 13 days.

Going to Extremes is a program in the library’s summer reading series, Ready, Set, Read! which challenges readers of all ages to complete four reading cards, earning rewards as they go. “Ready, Set, Read!” programs for all ages include professional entertainers, movies and lots of hands-on fun and learning. The full roster is available at the Calendar.

Photo courtesy Matt Haas/M Magazine


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