I also started my Spiz diet 24hrs prior to the start of the race to ease the transition into racing. For years I've known the benefits of liquid diets in ultra-endurance racing, but I've never once felt as consistently strong as racing with Spiz, this is the first race where I experienced zero GI issues, no cramps/nausea/upset etc, absolutely zero issues. Our only flaw was allowing a deficit to occur during my sleep breaks, which we've already solved by simply having a concentrated bottle prior to rest, 6-7 scoops instead of the usual 4. Several other RAAM riders in the past have also relied on Spiz and it is simply the best way to keep yourself fueled.
Before the race, I met with Randy Ice, the owner/manufacturer of Spiz who has been involved in endurance physiology for decades, and he very succinctly put it like this, "Most riders in RAAM show up with all the greatest gear and bikes, big sponsors and big ambitions, but what they fail to remember is that the single most important factor in a successful RAAM is fueling the rider, the nicest bikes and the best laid plans can't cross the country for you, only the rider can do that."
You can name any endurance type fuel out there, I've tried it, and Spiz beats every one. I can't thank Spiz enough for providing me with the fuel to complete the world's toughest race, and in doing so set a new Canadian record, and also grab honours as the top North American rider, and the only non-pro to go