Adventurers of the Year 2005

Juré Robic: Biking Across America

Last summer, Juré Robic rode to his second consecutive victory in the Race Across America (RAAM), pedaling the 3,052 miles (4,912 kilometers) from San Diego to Atlantic City in nine days, eight hours, and 48 minutes. It was a towering victory, with Robic, 40, a soldier in the Slovenian Army, finishing 17 hours ahead of his competitors. How? During the race, he logged only 12 1/2 hours of sleep; that's 21 minutes of sleep per century ride.

"My life is 100 percent devoted to this," Robic says. "All I do is train, eat, and sleep."

And as part of that training, he pedals for 48 hours straight once a month. His ambition is to be the first person to win four consecutive RAAMs. As long as Slovenia remains uninvaded, his chances look good.