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August 7, 1990 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jim Penseyres remembers the quiet. The rush of air around him, the agonizing pain and the realization that the lower portion of his left leg was no longer there. A foot trap--as the name implies--was a brutal combination of plastic explosive and wire designed solely to maim soldiers patrolling unknown territory during the Vietnam War. In Penseyres' case, it worked to perfection, blowing away his leg 4 1/2 inches below his knee.
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August 7, 1990 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jim Penseyres remembers the quiet. The rush of air around him, the agonizing pain and the realization that the lower portion of his left leg was no longer there. A foot trap--as the name implies--was a brutal combination of plastic explosive and wire designed solely to maim soldiers patrolling unknown territory during the Vietnam War. In Penseyres' case, it worked to perfection, blowing away his leg 4 1/2 inches below his knee.
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July 29, 1985
As of 7:40 p.m. PDT Sunday, leader Jonathon Boyer of Pebble Beach had been held up by rain and fog in Roanoke, Va., with 483 miles to go in the Race Across AMerica bicycle competition. Boyer had a 92-mile lead over Michael Secrest of Flint, Mich. Secrest is in Brinegar Cabin, 21 miles south of the Virginia state line. Micheal Shermer of Hollywood is in third place, 122 miles behind Secrest and 122 miles in front of Shelby Hayden-Clifton of Greensboro, N.C.
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June 25, 1987
Michael Secrest of Flint, Mich., lost his lead and then regained it Wednesday as the riders completed the fifth day of the Race Across America, a 3,117-mile bicycle race from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. Secrest arrived at 6 p.m. (PDT) at the checkpoint at the Colorado/Kansas border, 1,518 miles into the race. Secrest rested for two hours early Wednesday morning and was passed in the Rocky Mountains by Franz Spilauer of Austria.
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July 27, 1985
Jonathan Boyer of Pebble Beach held on to a small lead over Michael Secrest of Flint, Mich., late Friday night after the sixth day of the Race Across AMerica Bicycle competition. Boyer, 29, passed Secrest, 32, at about 2 p.m. (PDT) Friday and was nine miles ahead when he passed through Camden, Tenn., eight hours later. It was the fifth time Boyer and Secrest had exchanged the lead in the 3,120.
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July 24, 1985
Michael Secrest of Flint, Mich., remained in the lead late Tuesday on the third day of the 3,120.2-mile Race Across AMerica bicycle competition. Secrest passed through Tucumcari, N.M., which is 1,008 miles away from the race's starting line on the Huntington Beach Pier, approximately 30 miles ahead of his nearest competitor, Jonathon Boyer, of Pebble Beach, Fla.
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July 23, 1985 | JULIE CART
Mike Secrest of Flint, Mich. continued to lead the Race Across AMerica bicycle competition Monday night, as he passed through the checkpoint in Navajo, Ariz. at 6:15 p.m. PDT, more than two hours ahead of the second-place rider. Secrest, a professional cyclist, took advantage of a strong tailwind to ride out of the blistering Arizona desert and into the cooler northern Arizona mountains. Lon Haldeman of Harvard, Ill. moved to second. Haldeman passed through Navajo at 8:38 p.m. PDT.
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August 1, 1985
Michael Shermer of Los Angeles became the third cyclist to finish this year's Race Across AMerica when he rode into Atlantic City on Wednesday evening, more than 10 days and 3,120 miles after beginning the race at the Huntington Beach Pier. Shermer, the only competitor to ride in all four of the transcontinental races, set a personal best time of 10 days, 7 hours and 57 minutes. He was the only person to finish Wednesday. Shermer had ridden 2,037 miles without seeing another racer.
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July 25, 1985
Michael Secrest of Flint, Mich., momentarily lost the lead Wednesday morning in the 3,120.2-mile Race Across AMerica bicycle competition, but he regained it Wednesday night and was 20 miles ahead of Jonathan Boyer when he passed through Tuttle, Okla., at about 8:30 p.m. Boyer, of Pebble Beach, took the lead in Amarillo, Tex., while Secrest slept Wednesday, but Secrest came back to claim first place in Groom, Tex., while Boyer slept.
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July 22, 1985 | DARRYL MATSUDA
As of 9:30 p.m. PDT Sunday, four riders have reached Arizona in the Race Across AMerica bicycle competition, which began Sunday morning at the Huntington Beach Pier. Leader Mike Secrest of Flint, Mich. passed through the check point at Blythe Ariz., 238 miles into the race at 8:48 p.m. PDT. Jonathan Boyer of Pebble Beach was in second place, within one minute of Secrest. Lon Haldeman of Harvard, Ill. passed through Blythe at 9:10 p.m. PDT and is in third.
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