The Race Across America, known as the “world’s toughest bicycle race”, will set over 250 competitors on a 3,000-mile route stretching from Oceanside, California to Annapolis, Maryland. Solo racers need to finish in 12 days or 288 hours for official completion of the race. Athletes race continuously day and night, on their own power and a crew of 8 -15 people following in support vehicles with food and supplies for the race. These courageous adventurers brave heat, wind, thunderstorms, altitude, the dark of night, fatigue and sleep deprivation, cross several major mountain ranges and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity.
The toughest endurance event in the world, RAAM offers long-distance cyclists the opportunity to challenge themselves to the height of their abilities. Just over 300 solo cyclists have completed RAAM since its first edition in 1982. Solo winners complete the course in approximately 12 days and winning teams complete the journey in 9 days. These modern day heroes brave the desert, plains and mountain weather, lead a crew in a mini-organization of support, and raise thousands of dollars for charities around the world.
“RAAM unites people of all backgrounds, nationalities and cycling histories in an adventure that challenges them to the core of everything they are,” says Fred Boethling, Race Director, the oldest man to successfully race RAAM Solo across the country. “It’s man against the elements, the road, and ultimately, him or herself.” For more information and race updates, see http://www.raceacrossamerica.org