RAAM has a rich and storied history. In 1982 four individuals raced from the Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles to the Empire State Building in New York City. Covered by national television, the race captivated the public’s imagination. Teams were added in 1992 and quickly became the most popular and fastest growing segment of the race. Relay team racing made the event accessible to any reasonably fit cyclist. The 2013 race will be the 32nd edition of RAAM.
There is no other race in the world like RAAM. The Race inspires everyone who has been a part of it – racer, crew, staff and fans alike. RAAM is the true test of speed, endurance, strength and camaraderie, the ideal combination of work and fun! There is no race that matches the distance, terrain and weather, no other event that tests a team’s spirit from beginning to end.
· Start: Oceanside, California – Oceanside Pier
· Finish: Annapolis, Maryland – City Dock
· Route: 3000 miles, 170,000 feet of climbing
· Crosses 12 states, passes through 88 counties and 350 communities
· Format: Solo, 2-, 4- and 8-Person relay teams
This Ain’t No Tour
RAAM is a race! But unlike the three great Europeon Grand Tours (Tour de France, Vuelta a Espana and Giro de Italia), RAAM is not a stage race. RAAM is one continual stage, similar to a time trial. Once the clock starts it does not stop until the finish line. RAAM is about 30% longer than the Tour de France. Moreover, racers must complete the distance in roughly half the time allowed for the Tour.
More importantly, RAAM is not limited to professional cyclists. RAAM is open to professional and amateur athletes alike. While solo racers must qualify to compete, anyone may organize a team and race.
Racers must traverse 3000 miles across 12 states and climb over 170,000 vertical feet. Solo racers have a maximum of 12 days to complete the race, with the fastest finishing in just over eight days. Solo racers will ride 250-350 miles a day, balancing speed and the need for sleep.
Jure Robic – Most Solo Wins Men (5)
Why Race RAAM?
Some might echo George Mallory’s sentiment about Mt. Everest, “Because it’s there!”
For most racers it is not that simple. Reasons include raising money for a charitable cause, setting a record, seeing the country, spending time with friends, adding their name to the finishers list, etc. But, overwhelmingly most people race RAAM simply to have fun and challenge themselves.
Whatever the reason, RAAM is an incredible journey across a beautiful country! Not a single racer will walk away unmoved by the achievement.
RAAM is an Epic Event
Race Across America is the world’s top endurance cycling event. The 2013 race is the 32nd edition of RAAM. We expect the largest field and the most extensive coverage in the event’s history. Don’t miss out!