Race Across America is the pinnacle of ultra-endurance cycling. Travelling from west to east across the United States of America, RAAM spans close to 5000 km (3089 miles), and crosses 12 States.
Riders climb three major mountain ranges (Sierra, Rocky and Appalachian). They cross four of America’s longest rivers (Colorado, Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio). They experience the heat of the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts, and the winds on the Great Plains.
RAAM is different than cycling’s famous Grand Tours, such Le Tour de France. It’s not a stage race where riders compete in a series of individual races from point-to-point along the total route. RAAM is one race with only one stage. It’s a time trial that starts on the west coast of the U.S., and doesn’t stop until riders reach the Atlantic coast to cross the finish line in Annapolis, Maryland.
To finish RAAM inside the 12-day limit, racers must ride close to 500 km every day. This means pedalling for 20 hours in all conditions and getting only three or four hours of sleep each day. Put in perspective: RAAM’s course is 30% longer than Le Tour de France but gives the riders half as many days to finish.
Watch the trailer for the RAAM documentary, 3089 miles across america.