Top 5 Race Across America (RAAM) Facts

Top 5 Race Across America (RAAM) Facts


– [Narrator] The Race Across
America or RAAM for short is one of the toughest ultra-endurance events in all of cycling. Unlike the Tour de France
which is broken down into multiple stages, the
clock at the Race Across America starts once the
riders leave the town of Oceanside, California and only stops once they reach Annapolis, Maryland, with the first rider to make
it there crowned the winner. This year marks the 37th
edition and coming up are five facts about this
very prestigious race. (electronic rhythmic music) Running from west to east,
the 2017 route covers a distance of 3,070
miles or 4940 kilometres. Riders need to pass through
specified checkpoints at various points on the course within a certain time limit to be allowed to continue racing. Far from being a flat
albeit very long time trial, one of the biggest
challenges at the RAAM is the variation in terrain,
weather, and altitude. Riders will tackle over
100,000 feet of climbing, with elevation ranging from
170 feet below sea level to 10,000 above, somewhere
around the Rio Grande region of Colorado. The RAAM is not just for solo riders. It can also be tackled as a
two, four, or eight person team on tandems, recumbents,
and even hand cycles. And if you think you’re
too old to even think about taking on an event like this, you can take some
inspiration from Ronald Bell, who finished the race as
part of a team back in 2012 aged 80 years young. Athletes are fully
supported, meaning each rider or team will have their
own crew and vehicle convoy to hand out food, drink,
and a place to grab a few hours of sleep. Not that they’ll get much of that, the top competitors will be on their bike for the best part of 22 hours each day. A squad of officials
travel along the route to insure the race laws are upheld, including the one golden
rule, absolutely no drafting of race vehicles or other competitors. Christoph Strasser holds the
solo record at seven days and 15 hours, which he set back in 2014. And for those of you wondering, that’s a mind-boggling
average speed of 16.4 miles an hour over 3,000 miles. The fastest woman Seana
Hogan, who set her benchmark of nine days and four hours
all the way back in 1995. 22 years later and Seana will
be lining up to try and win her seventh women’s title. If this video has whetted your appetite, stay tuned to the GCN Show for updates on this year’s race. Subscribe to the channel
to get all the news first. If you want more videos right now, why not check out six of
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83 thoughts on “Top 5 Race Across America (RAAM) Facts

  1. You might want to mention the late Jure Robič, who holds the record for most solo victories – he won 5 times between 2004 and 2010!

  2. I prefer the Trans American Bike Race, Indian Pacific Wheel Race and Transcontinental Race (which I will ride this year), because they are unsupported

  3. Here is a memoriam for late Jure Robič who won RAAM 5 times http://shrani.si/f/17/xn/1R6pZ9RV/img20170604094238862.jpg. It is located on cycling trail in Slovenia going from Jesenice to Rateče. And to translate the quote of his in largest letters " I am winning, because despite the unbearable pain and deathly fatigue, I simply do not want to stop."

  4. Rule #24 // Speeds and distances shall be referred to and measured in kilometers. It is so annoying that GCN does not talk in metric, why?

  5. this year will be 5th raam for me as mechanic for one of best rider in ultracycling.. see ya in oceanside

  6. It has been a dream for most of my life to race RAAM when I get old enough. And by the way, I already have crew members lined up to crew for me. RAAM is crazy, I WOULD do it though.

  7. I think it is cool and epic and all of that, but I think it would better serve itself and the sport if there were a mandated seven-hour rest period each day, say from two to ten each morning after the first two days of racing. This would ensure that nobody is sleepless in the saddle and it would create daily stages, as it were, and make it more fun to follow, in my opinion–each morning we could see, hmm, who is where and who is nowhere. And something akin to this has been done for years in Alaska with the Iditarod sled dog race–there is, for example, one mandated 24-hour rest period for dogs and mushers alike and that's cool–it gives everyone a chance to rest and reset as they face days and nights of racing through the Alaskan winter and that's epic, too.

  8. I got to crew for Martin Grurbele (guy in the thumbnail) last year. I can't imagine all that riding, but it's pretty special being part of the crew and meandering across the states, especially since Martin managed 6th overall and won the Masters divisions​. I would highly recommend crew if you are ever asked!

  9. This sounds CRAZY but AWESOME at the same time. I recently got into cycling after years of running. I would love to try something like this someday. I will be following this event.

  10. Wow , never heard of the this craziness, it would be a hard event to cover for the media and would be a very long live telecast too. They should break over night, this is pure madness

  11. spoke on the hammer chase on Sunday about a sprint finish and maybe wanting drops. what about folding drops?

  12. I like how mostly everyone is mad about the unit of measurement used on today's episode. be an adult and get over it. let's just all enjoy today's show ok

  13. could you review the new Storck Fascenario.3, please ? I would love to see you reviewing it, since it is already tested as one of the best road bikes available. well at least one of the best of the 2017 season 😁❤

  14. Well that is my ultimate goal RAAM. Solo or team. I am a rondoneer. Nothing better than going long on the bike. Life is too short not to go long

  15. All these Brit bongs getting ass blasted over trivial shit like the imperial system. The Aussies do it as well for the same reasons – And that is to defy the UKs stick up the ass attitude.

  16. We have a time check station in my home town.  It's pretty cool to watch the riders come through.  I look fwd to it every year.  Thanks for giving the race a shout out.  It doesn't seem to get a lot of coverage.

  17. The mandatory support team makes this event too much of a rich person's game – particularly those coming from overseas. Cycling events should be accessible to anybody, so i must prefer the concept of self-supported Brevet or adventure race type events. I completed the 3000km off-road event Tour Aotearoa here in New Zealand back in 2016 and will be repeating again next year. For those interested – it's a terrific event, I spent a few nights camping in the wild in some of New Zealand's more remote spots, road thousands of kilometers of beautifully scenic, tranquil trails and back roads, met a variety of people, experienced pain and release, and just loved the experience from start to finish.

  18. 7+ days! holy shit.  That almost made me put down my burger and fries.  I'm excited about 100+ miles in 8 hours.

  19. Hey, GCN, how come we can't we get these distance measurements in cubit, handbreath, hvat, twip, legua and mark twain?

  20. It is a great event and most of the organizers and volunteers are great people. I had the opportunity to be part of the volunteer team last year and it amazed me the commitment the riders do to complete it. The sad thing about it is that not too many people go to finish area to congratulate and recognize the riders. I might have a mariachi playing for them this year if permitted. hehehe!!!

  21. Gosh, people are so mad they they used imperial units. Get over yourself, most of the time they use metric so that makes it harder for us Americans but we don't get mad but the one time they use imperial system all of you lose your minds.

  22. For those complaining about the fact that support is mandatory, there is a reason. The very first person to attempt the race unsupported way back in the '80's was struck by a vehicle and died as a result.
    This race takes place on the open road, and the support vehicle makes the competitors visible.

  23. I think those with simple personalities would do best. No need for stimulation other than the feeling of being on the bike. No drama just pedaling. Someone who only knows to pedal the bike and isn't bother by repetition.

  24. People complaining about metric vs imperial really need a hobby because there couldn't be anything less important to get butthurt over.

  25. do you know where I can find news coverage of this race? I see coverage for years past on YouTube from RAAMmedia but nothing on this years race that started tuesday. thanks.

  26. At 2.16, what are those microphone like ear buds dangling from her helmet? Are they used to plug her ears? Isn't that dangerous in the face of traffic at one's 6?

  27. I planning on racing it in 2019 but I'm not going to make up the numbers I'm going there to win. I'm going there to be the first brit to win it..!! Ive the Guinness Seven Day World Record and now its time to get this..!! Maybe we should have a chat and do something around "The Road To RAAM" or "Deathbed to Distance World Record & RAAM"

  28. I'm working a RAAM Time station RIGHT NOW! And it's been an interesting and awesome experience, can't wait for next year's RAAM.

  29. The race remains strangely unpublicised. I used to live near Atlantic City where they finished. I first heard of them upon seeing finishers and inquiring. No (or nearly) mention in local media.

    It's an amazing race that I'm surprised doesn't get way more attention.

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