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White pushes through wind

Special to the DailyKerry White moves along outside of Cortez during the Race Across America Thursday

After some strong pushes up a trio of Colorado passes Thursday night, Vail’s Kerry White forged through headwinds Friday in Kansas to extend her lead in the Race Across America.

“What she did (on the passes) was amazing,” said White’s husband, Stephen, who is part of the support crew. “I don’t think she would have ridden them faster on Day 1 (of the race).”

After 3 1⁄2 hours of sleep, White was back on form Friday, extending her lead as she moved through Kansas.

“We’re trying to make it to El Dorado, Kansas, by 6 p.m. (Saturday),” Stephen White said. “We’re going to try and keep Kerry on the road. She’s had some major issues with saddle sores, but we may have them figured out.”

Late Friday night, White was en route to the 24th time station in Montezuma, Kan. White’s closest competitor, Lauren Fithian, failed to finish the 22nd station due to exhaustion, and the next competitor, Caroline van den Bulk, was about 100 miles behind.

“I think Kerry still couldn’t care less about the women behind her,” Stephen White said. “Her goal is to finish the race.”

In the four-man race, Beaver Creek-Team Catlin retained a razor-thin lead over Team Psycho. At the Yates Center, Kan., time station, Team Psycho closed the gap to three minutes and then to one minute at the next station. Late Friday night, Beaver Creek held a seven-minute lead with fewer than 1,300 miles left to go.

For more updates, visit http://www.raceacrossamerica.org.

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