Here is how Team ViaSat rolls (Sorry, I couldn't resist):
We have an 8 person team that we split into 4 2-person groups. The group breakdown is:
- Group1:Ken (Team Captain) and Jeremy
- Group2: Tobias and Andrew
- Group3: Larry and I
- Group4: Greg and Ralph
When a group is "on", each rider only rides for 20 minutes at at time, and the riders leap frog each other with the help of a car. Here is an example breakdown:
- Larry starts our 5 hour on period after Tobias and Andrew finish
- I am waiting up the road apx. 20 minutes from Larry starts
- As Larry approaches, I start pedaling and get up to speed
- The "handoff" is when we cross wheels
- I then take over riding for 20 minutes
- After the handoff, Larry gets off of his bike, racks his bike onto the SUV, and drives up the road apx. 20 minutes from where we handed off
- Lather, rinse and repeat
As you can imagine, coordination, logistics, communication, and knowledge of the course are of absolute importance when determining when and where riders will finish - at the end of each leg, and each 20 minute interval. Meanwhile, there is a follow vehicle following the rider at all times. This is the cool part since we broadcast our race through a satellite uplink (an advantage to working for a satellite communication company), which I will give links to in the future.
Start time is 2pm on 20JUN09 at Oceanside Pier, with Team Introductions at 1pm (including Laird Hamilton doing it as part of a 4 person team!), with the team send off at 2pm!
More info to come soon...