THE RACE ACROSS
The Race Across America is regarded as the world’s toughest cycle race.
Stretching from Oceanside California to Annapolis Maryland, RAAM is a gruelling race that demands physical and mental strength, determination, and pure grit.
The route pushes competitors to the very limit as they travel from the west to the east coasts of America, traversing three major mountain ranges (Sierra, Rocky and Appalacian), cross four of America’s longest rivers and the Great Plains, and race through iconic US landmarks including the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts, Monument Valley, Great Plains and Gettysburg.
THIS ISN’T A CYCLE TOUR
Unlike the Tour de France which races in daily sections, RAAM is one continual stage – it’s the world’s longest time trial.
RAAM is about 30% longer than the Tour de France, and racers must complete the distance in roughly half the time… with no rest days.
Total distance: more than 3000 miles.
Total climb: 175,000 feet
Number of states: 12
In the 37 years that RAAM has been held, less than 250 solo and tandem racers have officially finished the race, compared with 200 racers each year who compete in the Tour de France.
Solo finishers have collectively ridden more than one million miles... two round trips to the moon.
The lowest elevation is 170 feet below sea level,with the highest elevation at more than 10,000 feet above sea level.
A TASTE OF WHAT TO EXPECT...