2019 RAAM Qualifying Race Calendar
January 14, 2019
2019 RAAM Qualifier Calendar Now 44 Races in 15 Countries
Boulder, CO (January 14, 2019) – 2019 will mark the 38th year for the Race Across America (RAAM) – The World’s Toughest Bicycle Race. Riders and Support Crews come from across the globe to race 3,000 miles coast-to-coast across the USA. RAAM can be a life changing experience for racers and support crews. RAAM is the World Championship of ultra-bicycle racing.
RAAM is open to solo racers as well as 2, 4 and 8-person teams. Solo racers must qualify by completing a RAAM Qualifying race (RQ). No qualification is required for teams.
Whether trying to qualify for Solo RAAM, working on developing your ultra-bicycle racing skills under race conditions or simply looking for the next great ultra-bicycle racing experience, there are now 44 opportunities in 15 countries to qualify for Solo RAAM – 31 road races, 13 time trials. These races will test your limits. Following are the 2019 RAAM sanctioned RQs:
RAAM Qualifiers – Road Races
All racers are on the course at the same time competing against each other as well as trying to complete the course within a pre-determined time. Solo racers finishing within the time cut-off qualify for Solo RAAM. Courses may be a single large loop, point-to-point or a combination. Climbing, overall difficulty and time cut-offs vary. Racers must have a support crew to qualify for RAAM.
Ultra Spice 600, 1000 and 1750km (Goa, India – January 26, 2019)
RAAM Challenge Texas (Castroville, TX – March 23, 2019)
Race Across Italy (Silvi, Italy – April 26, 2019)
Race Around Denmark (Horsens, Denmark – May 28, 2019)
Race Across the West (Oceanside, CA – June 11, 2019)
Race Across America – 2- and 4-person Teams (Oceanside, CA – June 15, 2019)
Glocknerman Classic (888km) and Ultra (1000km) (Graz, Austria – June 19, 2019)
Race Across Germany (Flensburg, Germany – July 5, 2019)
Dolomitica (Sarmede, Italy – July 5, 2019)
Race Across Alaska – Fireweed 400 (Sheep Mountain, AK – July 12, 2019)
Race Across Oregon (Ontario, OR – July 19, 2019)
Race Across France (Cannes, France – July 28, 2019)
Swedish Ultrabike 610 (Koping, Sweden – August 2, 2019)
Great Himalayan Ultra (Leh Ladakh, India – August 2, 2019)
Race Around Austria (St.Georgen im Attergau, Austria – August 12, 2019)
Tortour (Schaffausen, Switzerland – August 15, 2019)
Hoodoo 500 (St. George, UT – August 23, 2018)
Race Around Ireland and Irish Ultra Challenge (Trim, County Meath, Ireland – August 25, 2019)
Silver State 508 (Reno, NV – September 13, 2019)
Bonneville 808 (Mt. Tremblant, Quebec, Canada – September 13, 2019)
Natchez Trace 444 (Nashville, TN – October 4, 2019)
No Country For Old Men – 383 and 1,000-mile (Alpine, TX – October 12, 2019)
Shivalik Signature (Chandigarh, India – October 2019 – date TBD)
Deccan Cliffhanger (Pune, India – November 24, 2019)
Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge (Lake Taupo, New Zealand – November 30, 2019)
RAAM Qualifiers – Time Trials
All racers are on the course at the same time competing against each other as well as trying to compile as many miles as possible within 24 hours. Solo racers achieving a pre-determined mileage standard qualify for Solo RAAM. Courses are comprised of loops with support from a fixed location.
Pace Bend 24-Hour (Austin, TX – February 1, 2019)
Sebring 24-Hour (Sebring, FL – February 9, 2019)
Revolve24 Bend Motorsports Park (Tailem Bend, SA, Australia – March 16, 2019)
Bessie’s Creek 24 and Gulf Coast 511 (Brookshire, TX – April 4, 2019)
Calvin’s Challenge (Springfield, OH – May 3, 2019)
Helnaes 24 (Ebberup, Hallerne, Denmark – August 24, 2019)
Mid-Atlantic 12/24-Hour (Washington, NC – August 2019 – date TBD)
Revolve24 – Brands Hatch (London, England – September 14, 2019)
Texas Time Trials 24-Hour and Tejas 500 (Glen Rose, TX – September 19, 2019)
IL24TE (Urim, Israel – September 25, 2019)
6-12-24 Hour World Time Trial Championships (Borrego Springs, CA – November 1, 2019)
Two of the races – the Gulf Coast 515 at Bessie’s Creek and Tejas 500 at the Texas Time Trials are fixed distance races on time trial courses.
24-Hour racing has experienced strong growth. Three of the 24-hour time trials are run on world famous motorsports circuits: Revolve 24 Brands Hatch (UK), Revolve 24 Bend Motorsports Park (Australia) and Sebring 24 (Florida).
Dates are based on most recent information and should be confirmed with event management.
For more information on RAAM – The World’s Toughest Bicycle Race, visit www.raceacrossamerica.org.
For further information please contact:
Race Across America
More About RAAM
Race Across America, Inc. and Team Get Outdoors, LLC (dba Soul Events) are world leaders in the sport of ultra-bicycle racing. The Race Across America (RAAM), a 3,000-mile coast-to-coast race across the USA, is the world’s premier ultra-cycling race – the World Championship of Ultra-Cycling. The Race Across the West, a 900-mile race across the Western US, the RAAM Cycling Challenge Series of ultra road races, and the 6-12-24 Hour World Time Trial Championships are all part of the RAAM brand. In addition, RAAM offers seminars on ultra bicycle racing and sanctions ultra-cycling races worldwide.