RAAM 2019: 

What makes the Race Across America (RAAM) the toughest endurance cycling race in the world?

The terrain is “harsh, brutal, and immensely challenging”:

~5000 km, across 12 states, and approx. 52,000 metres of climbing.

RAAM is about 30% longer than the Tour de France, and this distance MUST be completed in roughly half the time, with no rest

Deserts, Mountain ranges, tornado-prone plains, and unpredictable June weather will see us battle temperatures from -5° to 48° Celsius, high altitudes, strong winds…. and one or the other snake along the way.

Additional challenges include time pressure, sleep deprivation, the impact on the body, and the odds:

RAAM is a non-stop, continuous race from start to finish: The clock starts on the start line and ticks on relentlessly, no matter the circumstances.

It is the longest time trial race in the world, meaning no drafting off other riders or cars is allowed.

On average riders only get 2-3 hours of sleep per night for the duration of the race, making it a tremendous mental challenge, also causing hallucinations, muscle weakness, and lack of clear thinking.

On average, it is expected that a rider uses 10,000 calories per day, which needs to be replenished smartly and efficiently.

In 35 years, only 42 women ever successfully finished RAAM solo, some of them even several times. This is a 50% success rate.

The team:

Every crew member has specific tasks, which will be thoroughly prepared for and honed in the lead up to the race: Tasks include nutritional, physio-therapeutical, social media, mechanical, medical, driving and navigational duties.

We will be representing the second ever registered Australian team that is providing a female solo rider, in the 35 year RAAM-history. Only a single Australian rider has to date successfully attempted RAAM, Cassie Lowe in 2000 and 2001. It’s time to show the world, we can handle challenges in Australia, too.

“There is no race that combines the distance, terrain and weather; no other event that tests a team’s spirit from beginning to end. The Race inspires everyone who has been a part of it – racer, crew, staff and fans alike. RAAM is the true test of speed, endurance, strength and camaraderie […].”Preparation is key!

The rewards:

raamRAAM is so challenging and therefore, has such high media coverage year round. It is these unique characteristics combined that allow racers dedicated to their cause can leverage off of.

Media coverage (TV, print, radio, web) is promoted by RAAM organisers and individual teams in the USA and in the team’s respective country of origin – Annually, RAAM receives: 25+ million page views and 2500+ articles in mainstream media. This coverage provides substantial value to both sponsors and charities.

 

 

 

Get involved in this once in a lifetime epic challenge, Sponsorship Document can be found here