Since 1982 the Race Across America (RAAM) has been challenging cyclists from around the world to push their physical and mental limits. This year’s race starts in Oceanside, California, spans 3000 miles, climbs 175,000 feet, crosses 12 states and finishes in Annapolis, Maryland.
The challenging route goes through three major mountain ranges (Sierra, Rocky and Appalachian) and crosses four of America’s longest rivers (Colorado, Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio). Racers also pass such iconic American landmarks as the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts, Monument Valley, the Great Plains and Gettysburg.
RAAM is open to amateur and professional racers, in solo, 2-, 4- and 8-person relay teams. Not only is RAAM one of the most challenging races in the world, but it is a huge platform for racers to raise awareness and money for charities of their choice.