White holding strong, Beaver Creek flying | VailDaily.com

White holding strong, Beaver Creek flying

Published: NWS Kerry White 2 KA 5-27-07

Late Wednesday night, Vail’s Kerry White held an almost two-hour lead in the women’s solo division of the Race Across America.

White has competed in the race that brings road bikers from coast to coast on a team before, although the Type I diabetic has never competed solo.

Already more than a quarter of the way through the 3,044-mile race, White has a time of 3 days, 5 hours and six minutes. Carolina van den Bulk is in second place at 3 days, 6:58, while Laurent Fithian is 58 minutes behind van den Bulk.

White has averaged a speed of 10.57 mph during her entire trip, which includes breaks.

“She’s only sleeping two to three hours a night,” said White’s husband Stephen. “That’s what they all are doing.”

Already, one of the five female solo riders missed a cutoff time due to exhaustion.

“Cortez was a major goal and (Kerry) made it,” Stephen said.

White needs to make it to Atlantic City, N.J. by 11:55 p.m. on June 19th to complete the race.

Sitting in first in the four-person male team is Beaver Creek – Catlin Team, who won the race last year.

By late Wednesday night, the local team comprised of Vail’s Zach Bingham, Avon’s Mike Janelle, Eagle’s Jimi Mortensen and Vail’s Nat Ross, was the only group to reach the 12th time station (681.6 miles into the race).

Beaver Creek – Team Catlin has an average speed of 22.32 mph through 1 day, 6:32 of racing.

For updated coverage of the race, see http://www.raceacrossamerica.org

Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or icropp@vaildaily.com.

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