2018 RAAM-TGO Calendar – 5 Races and 4 Seminars
Boulder, CO (December 8, 2017) – 2018 marks the 37th year for Race Across America (RAAM) – The World’s Toughest Bicycle Race. Riders come from across the globe to race 3,000 miles coast-to-coast across the USA. RAAM is the world championship of ultra-bicycle racing.
RAAM is open to solo racers as well as 2, 4 and 6-8-person relay teams. Solo racers must qualify by completing a RAAM Qualifying race (RQ). No qualification is required for teams.
Whether you are trying to qualify for Solo RAAM, working on developing your skills under race conditions, or simply looking for the next great ultra-racing experience, there are now 43 RQs in 15 countries to challenge you – 31 road races and 12 time trials. These races will test your limits. For most every participant RAAM is a life-changing experience.
The 43-race 2018 RQ Calendar was released November 21. RAAM and TGO operate 5 of the 43 races on the recently released 2018 RQ Calendar. http://raceacrossamerica.org/qualifying-races.html
RAAM and RAW
RAAM (3089 miles) and RAW (920 miles) run concurrently. RAAM solo racers and RAW solos and teams start Tuesday, June 12 in Oceanside. RAAM teams start June 16 in Oceanside.
- Race Across America – Solo racers (Oceanside, CA – June 12, 2018)
- Race Across America – 2, 4 and 6-8-person Teams (Oceanside, CA – June 16, 2018)
- Race Across the West – Solo racers, 2 and 4-person Teams (Oceanside, CA – June 12, 2018)
RAW racers finish in Durango, CO and RAAM racers continue to Annapolis, MD. Solo RAW and 2 and 4-person Team RAAM are RQs. Solo RAAM finishers are qualified for life.
RAAM Cycling Challenge Series
The RAAM Challenge Texas is a non-stop road race. There are 2 distances – 200 and 500 miles. The 500-mile race is an exciting new course and is a non-drafting RQ. The 200-mile race has limited aid station support.
- Texas (Marble Falls, TX – March 24, 2018)
6-12-24 Hour World Time Trial Championships
This is the best year-end race on the calendar, drawing the top ultra-time trial racers in the world to the Southern California desert. There are 3 races – 6, 12 and 24-Hours – with all racers on the course at the same time. Starts are staggered such that all racers finish at the same time. The event is non-drafting. The 24-hour race is an RQ. The race field is limited to 225 racers.
- 6-12-24 Hour World Time Trial Championships (Borrego Springs, CA – November 2, 2018)
Seminars are a full day covering every aspect of crewed ultra-bicycle racing. Participants have the opportunity to ask everything they ever wanted to know about crewed ultra-racing. The Seminars are designed to prepare racers and support crew members for RAAM and RAW. They will provide for an enhanced RAAM and RAW experience. But the Seminars are not only for RAAM and RAW racers and crew, the material covered in the Seminars can be applied to all RAAM Qualifiers as well as other ultra-bicycle races.
- Sacramento, CA – Saturday, January 20, 2018
- Austin, TX – Saturday, February 10, 2018
- Leeds, England – Saturday, February 18, 2018
- Dublin, OH – Saturday, March 10, 2018
For more information on Seminars – http://raceacrossamerica.org/race-resources.html
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-bicycle racing. The Race Across the West, a 900-mile race across the Western US, the RAAM Cycling Challenge Series, 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.