ABOUT RACE ACROSS AMERICA
Race across America (RAAM) is the toughest cycling race on this planet. RAAM is seen as a pinnacle of athletic achievement not only in cycling circles but the greater sporting community as well. There is no race that matches the distance terrain, weather, & tests team’s spirit from beginning to end.
RAAM 2014 INFORMATION
Date: June 10, 2014 to June 21, 2014
Start: Oceanside Pier, California (West Coast)
Finish: City Dock, Annapolis Maryland (East Coast)
Race Category: Solo
Route: Passing through 12 states, 88 counties
Distance: 3000 miles (approx.) ~4800 Km
Total Elevation Gain: 170 Thousand Feet (approx.)
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RAAM AND THE ALL KNOWN TOUR DE FRANCE
Tour De France (TDF) is a stage race where a cyclist covers a distance of 3000 Km in 19 stages over a period of 21 days whereas RAAM is a non-stop transcontinental time-trial event where a cyclist has to complete a distance of around 5000 Km in less than 12 days to successfully complete the challenge. One has to ride more than 400 Km a day during the complete course of the race, there are no stages and the clock always ticks in RAAM hence the food stops, sleep stops & also nature call stops are included in the final time of completion. The cyclist in RAAM sleeps no more than 2 hours a day. Unlike Tour De France there is no advantage from fellow team cyclists in form of drafting and other team dynamics. In RAAM a cyclist rides SOLO where the race is about Man against himself, it’s about finding your physical, mental, spiritual limits & then crushing them. To hold on when there is nothing left in you except the ‘Will’ to cross that finish line. That is what RAAM is all about.
The race route and the altitude profile is set here