2012 Race Across the West Concludes with Record-Breaking Performances

The shorter sibling of the Race Across America (See our coverage of this year’s start here) wrapped up Monday with new race records set in three different categories. Racers set out from Oceanside, California, and rode the first 860 miles of the Race Across America route, finishing in Durango, Colorado.

A rider heads up Yarnell Grade in some Arizona twilight.

Solo male rider (and two-time solo RAAM winner) Danny Wyss of Switzerland broke his own record by two hours, finishing within the 48-hour mark, covering the route in 1 day, 22 hours and 19 minutes.

In the women's solo division, the race was a two-up battle between's Israel's Leah Goldstein and Seana Hogan of the U.S. for most of the race, though by the final two time stations, Goldstein broke away and shattered the women's record by almost 8 hours riding 860 miles in 2 days, 15 hours and 3 minutes.

The record in the 4-men team category was also broken by Team Roadworx, who covered the distance in just 1 day 18 hours and 53 minutes.

Grammar aside, this sign surely gave racers something to ponder as they pounded out the miles.