Raid Ratings

November 15, 2004

This year's Raid Gauloise has changed its title to the Raid World Championship, but by any name it remains one of the most demanding expedition races. The event, which begins on Nov. 29 in Patagonia, pits 29 world-class teams (selected in four qualifiers) in a 400-mile race for a $230,000 pot. Here's a look at the top contenders.

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Nike ACG/Balance Bar

Montrail Revo

Salomon Suisse

Captain

Ian Adamson

Rebecca Rusch

Alan Berger

Team

Mike Kloser

Novak Thompson

Jan Béguin

Michael Tobin

Patrick Harper

Ariane Gutknecht

Danelle Ballengee

John Jacoby

Luc Béguin

Country

USA

USA

Sweden

Top '04 finishes

1st at Primal Quest

2nd at X-Raid qualifier

1st at two X-Raid qualifiers

Team motto

Go fast, race smart, sleep lots

"Only those who risk going too far can possibly know how far they can go" --T.S. Eliot

Exceed our limits

Strengths

Race experience, speed

Navigation, teamwork

Navigation, mountaineering

Weaknesses

Plagued by team tension

Rattled nerves from Primal Quest tragedy

Inexperience

COLOR PHOTOBLUE PIXEL
COLOR PHOTOROBBIE MCLAREN/SABA COLOR PHOTOMONICA DALMASSO

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)