I had forgotten all about the race until my girl friend mentioned it today! We rode the GDMBR last summer after the race in around three months (none of this sub 20 day stuff) and it is some of the best touring we have ever done. We met Blaine in Polebridge (top of Montana) - he was out for a short tour with two of his mates and all three of them were the nicest guys you could meet. Blaine got out our ACA maps one evening an marked up some of the places (mainly hotels - I'm not sure he got to see much else) that we shouldn't miss.
For those looking to put a face to the name check out the second picture down http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=RrzKj&page_id=122946&v=96 on our tour journal.
We have been following his and the other leaders progress today and reminiscing fondly. I estimate that they cover in a day what took us three days (not including rest days)! Simply amazing and if I remember correctly Blaine is around 50 as well!
Best wishes to all the riders and especially to Blaine!