Race Across America hits town

Local giving defending champ a run for her money

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Andrea Clavadetscher of Liechtenstein was the first cyclist in the 2001 Race Across America to reach Steamboat Springs on Wednesday night.

He was a little more than 1,165 miles into his journey and being chased by several riders including Danny Chew of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Rob Kisch of Port Orange, Fla.

The three racers will be followed by 10 more men, two women, eight two-person teams and one four-person team in the next few hours as the 20th running or the Race Across America comes through Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat Springs' Katie Lindquist is currently in second place to defending champion Cassie Lowe of Australia in the solo women's division. Those riders should be coming through Steamboat Springs sometime today.

The race started in Portland, Ore., on Saturday when 60-year old-Peter Lekisch left the starting gate.

He was followed by 15 solo men, two solo women and a two-women relay team on Sunday.

The final racers which include seven two-men relay teams and a four-person relay team left on Tuesday.

Most of the riders are expected to finish the 2,983-mile course in Gulf Breeze, Fla., between June 25 and June 28.

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