Erich Wegscheider

The Challenges

Race Across America

Race Across America (RAAM) is, as its name suggests, a race across America. By bike. Starting in Oceanside, California, the race covers 3,000 miles and climbs more than 170,000 (51,816 m) en route to the finish line in Annapolis, Maryland. The course races through 12 states, 88 counties, and 350 communities. The most unique aspect of RAAM compared to other endurance rides, is that the clock doesn’t stop until you cross the finish line. There are no dedicated stages or rest days. For comparison’s sake, RAAM is 30% longer than the Tour de France and must be completed in nearly half the time (12 days).