Race Across America is one of the longest and toughest endurance cycling event in the world. In 1982, RAAM began with four solo riders with teams being added in 1994. But make no mistake, RAAM is a race. The course is about 30% longer than the Tour de France and riders must finish in half the time allowed for the Tour. Not only that, this race is open to professional cyclists and to amateurs as well. Cyclists come from all over the world to compete in RAAM making it an extremely competitive field of athletes.
The course for the race covers 3000 miles, crosses 12 states and has a vertical ascent of over 170,000 feet. As you can see by the map below, we will race literally from sea to shining sea starting in Oceanside, California the second week in June and ending in Annapolis, Maryland. Teams such as ours will race non-stop 24 hours a day regardless of weather, illness, darkness, or misdirection with the hopes of finishing in 7 days or less.
We won’t be doing this race totally alone. We will assemble a top crew of around 12-14 people who will co-ordinate our race. The crew is an essential part of our racing strategy. Sometimes functioning as map readers, guides, cooks, coaches, psychologists, errand runners, and sleep deprived zombies, they will refine and direct every aspect of the race ensuring not only our safety but our drive to finish.
You might be wondering how many athletes race RAAM. Not many. The ones who do come away with an achievement to last a lifetime and for us that means not only an athletic achievement but also one for our charitable community. We support charitable giving and demonstrate this throughour racing efforts.
To read more about RAAM and the current racers for 2016, visit their website at www.raceacrossamerica.org
Why RAAM 2017?
We are a group of individuals who thrive on challenge. We are a 4 person relay cycling team competing in the 2017 Race Across AMerica [RAAM]. We are cyclists, hand-cyclists, male, female, able-bodied, physically disabled, experienced competitors and amateur racers. We will combine our unique and collective determination, strength and sheer will (this is one CRAZY endeavor!) to race from Oceanside, CA to Annapolis, MD covering 3, 052 miles, 170,000 feet of elevation, strong winds and temperatures of over 115 degrees in the desert with the goal to finish in nine days. Funds raised will benefit our partner and great friends, Project Recycle. Project Recycle’s focus is 3-fold, to provide bicycles earned by deserving children who work for an entire school year to improve in three areas: Respect, Attendance and Academic Growth. Learn more about Project ReCycle here (link to PR webpage- projectrecycle.org). Bicycles gifted to the children are donated and repaired with the utmost care by a host of volunteer mechanics.