6/12/2008

Toughest endurance event in the world


Every year since 1982, ultra-distance cyclists from around the world have attempted what is considered the toughest endurance event in the world. RAAM is basically a non-stop, continuous race in which cyclists ride as fast as they can for 3,000 miles. They cover about 30% more distance than the Tour de France in half the time, with no rest days.

This year the race goes from Oceanside, CA to Annapolis, MD. Teams usually cross the country in 6 to 9 days, while solo riders reach the finish line in 9 to 12 days. Of course, solo racers have the extra challenge of riding cross-country with only a few hours of sleep each night. Racers travel through 14 states with 100,000 ft. of elevation.

RAAM is underway now, so if you'd like to read more about it and stay on top of the action, be sure to visit the RAAM website.

1 comment:

Fixed Gear Steve said...

It's interesting to note that David McNeal and Tom Robertshaw competed in RAAM in 1998.