We are pleased to report that the 2014 Race Across America has been a huge success.
The team overcame numerous unforseen challenges, searing heat (127F) and massive sleep deprevation.
The 10 support crew and 2 riders worked well together although we all found our limits on more than one occassion! We are all still friends and achieved our goal of not only finishing safely but setting a new British record of 6 days 20 hours 25 mins for the 3,020 miles two man event.
We set ourselves an ambicious target for fund raising of £10,000 and we are thrilled to have exceeded this with over £12,000 raised to date. This money will help both Oliver and Ben in their continued treatment.
We'd like to thank everyone who donated to our Just Giving page and supported us on the charity evening with generous bids and raffle ticket purchases.
A massive thanks all our corporate sponsors for their generous finacial support, the race accross america wouldn't have been possible without you.
Outside Magazine ranked the Race Across America as “the Toughest Cycle Race in the World”. Now in its 30 year, the 3,000 miles (4,828km) event crosses the Rockies where riders endure sub-zero temperatures, before roasting the riders in New Mexico’s deserts. The route extends through a series of check points strung from Oceanside on the West coast to Annapolis on the East coast of the United States.
The time limit for teams is 9 days with solo riders having just 12 days to complete the route.
Nick and Sean will be riding around the clock from start to finish in a series of 2 to 6 hour shifts. The all-important 10 person crew will manage food & drinks, driving (two cars and an RV) navigating, bike repairs, physiotherapy and all manner of other things to successfully complete the challenge.
RAAM is the ultimate “Race of Truth” and unlike the Tour de France, the RAAM is not a stage race. The race is just one stage, with the clock ticking from the start straight through to the finish at Annapolis.
The Race Across America is over 1,000 miles longer than the Tour de France, with racers finishing in half the time and all with no rest days. The race format is essentially a time trial, commonly called “racing against the clock” but unlike the Tour de France, there is no drafting or taking shelter from the wind. It’s an all-out solo challenge!
“Because it’s there” was George Mallory’s answer, as to why climb Mt. Everest.
RAAM has a similar draw. At the very least, it’s the honour of adding their name to the prestigious roll call of RAAM finishers.
RAAM is more than a bike race; it’s about ordinary people being great. It’s about realising dreams, a journey of the heart and soul. It’s about being the toughest of the tough, it’s about camaraderie, teamwork, and the incredible RAAM family. It’s about taking the stage for a charity or cause that matters, to raise awareness and funds. It’s about the vastness, richness, beauty, and generosity of the United States of America and the people who live here. It’s a lifetime experience never to be repeated.