RAAM UK services

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leadership challenges is the Exclusive uk partner for race across america

The Race Across America (RAAM) is one of the most respected and longest-running endurance events in existence. Much more than a cycling race, its completion is noted throughout the sporting world as a pinnacle of athletic accomplishment.

RAAM dates back to 1982 when four friends raced on bikes from the Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles to the Empire State Building in New York City. The event’s coverage on national TV established the event’s extreme reputation in public minds from the very first day.

A decade later the race opened its doors to team entries, and RAAM’s popularity escalated.

The Route

The non-stop race starts in Oceanside on the Californian west coast and will see riders travel 3,000 miles, climb 175,000 feet and cross 12 states before they finish in Annapolis, Maryland in the east. From sea to shining sea!

Competitors are pushed through the pain barrier time and again, as they cover extreme terrain and endure hostile climes.

The route travels west to east, traversing three major mountain ranges (Sierra, Rocky and Appalachian), crosses four of America’s longest rivers (Colorado, Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio), it passes through such iconic American landmarks as the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts, Monument Valley, the Great Plains and Gettysburg prior to the home straight towards Maryland.

Key RAAM Facts

  1. Starts in Oceanside, California and ends in Annapolis, Maryland.

  2. Riders can compete solo or in teams of two, four or eight.

  3. RAAM is a race, but there are no stops. It’s one continual stage from west to east coast USA.

  4. RAAM is around 30 per cent longer than the Tour de France, but racers must complete the distance in around half the time allowed for the French Tour.

  5. Solo racers ride between 250 and 350 miles each day, balancing speed with the need to sleep.

  6. For teams, work rates may be split any way the team riders choose.

  7. Support crews accompany all teams and solo riders, providing essentials such as navigation, fluids, food, clothes, medical care, bike maintenance and all other logistical solutions. Riders are able to put all their focus into riding.

  8. RAAM riders are both amateur and professional; they come from all over the world and from all walks of life. They are unified by their passion for cycling.

  9. Over the 35-year history of the race, over 35 countries have been represented at RAAM.

  10. Approximately 50 per cent of the racers are from outside the US. Around 18 per cent of racers are female.

RAAM’s Global Appeal

Social media and huge mainstream media following means fans around the world can stay in the RAAM conversation throughout the year and experience the adventure in real time.

From individual and team newsletters, to interactive blogs, vlogs, tweets, instagram uploads and Facebook updates, combined with RAAM’s minimum of four media crews providing up-to-the-minute videography and text coverage, it’s easy to see why RAAM has become so popular:

  • RAAM-related web pages receive over 25 million hits each year.

  • Over 2,500 articles on RAAM have been published in mainstream media (TV, radio and in print).

As such, RAAM is the ideal platform for raising money and awareness of charitable causes.

Leadership Challenges and RAAM

For the past 5 years Leadership Challenges has been developing a detailed programme for anyone wanting to take part in RAAM, in teams of 2, 4, or 8 people cycling in relays or even cycling solo. We cover the logistics, the training and every aspect of the race preparation itself.

As the official partner for RAAM in the UK, we can create teams of people who come to us as individuals, work with corporates to submit entire teams and provide full Coast to Coast support as well as UK based training.

If you think the Race Across America could be for you, your company or organisation, then get in touch and we’d love to talk to you.

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