Three Records Set
Boulder, CO – Race Across America (RAAM), the World’s Toughest Bicycle Race, concludes its 37th year, the 27th year with relay teams. Twenty-eight teams, comprised of 128 racers, from eight countries lined up in Oceanside, CA to take on the 3,069-mile race ending in Annapolis, MD. Teams race in 2-, 4- or 8-person relay format, further broken down into age and gender divisions.
The teams racing this year were spared the incredible heat that has fallen on the race the past couple of years. Although, they did face several days of challenging storms in the eastern US.
The 2-person team race was dominated by TT Endurance (USA). Led by solo RAAM veteran, Mark Pattison, they established a new record of 6 days, 11 hours 7 minutes (19.79mph). Coming a distant second place was UltraMen (USA).
RAAM rookie team, Team New Forest (GBR) won the 4-person male division, with a time of 6 days 3 hours 56 minutes (20.75 mph). They edged out The NF Team (USA) and Get Busy Living (GBR) for the win. Other notable teams were Team NEGU with ex-professional and founder of the Bahati Foundation, Rahsaan Bahati, Team Skipper (USA) making their 17th appearance and Vencendo Desafios (BRA) making their 13th.
Top 4-person male 50-59 team was Get Busy Living (GBR) in 6 days 9 hours 12 minutes (20.04 mph). Top 4-Person male 60-69 team was The Opportunists (USA) in 7 days 15 hours 25 minutes (16.74 mph) and the top 70-74 male team was Crataegutt Seniors (AUT) in 7 days 7 hours 49 minutes (17.46 mph). Top 4-person mixed under-50 team was Fat Chance (USA) in 6 days 9 hours 33 minutes (19.99 mph). Top 4-person mixed 50-59 team were RAAM veterans Rotary RAAMs Polio (USA) in 6 days 18 hours 4 minutes (18.94 mph). Top 4-person mixed 60-69 team was JSNT 2006 Reprise (GBR), finishing in 7days 3 hours 39 minutes (17.99 mph).
There was a first time ever attempt by a team of four tandem bicycles with sight impaired stokers. The team was successful and established a new record of 7 days 15 hours 3 minutes (16.77 mph).
This year, Team Bemer (USA) won the 8-person division, setting a new record and establishing the fastest RAAM crossing in history, finishing in 5 days 3 hours 43 minutes (24.91 mph). An incredible demonstration of dedication and teamwork by both racers and crew. World Wide Technology (USA), a team comprised entirely of athletes from the same company, finished 2nd in 7 days 7 hours 39 mintes (17.48 mph) and the first 8-person French team, Pernes Challenge Team, took third in 7 days 9 hours 26 minutes (17.3 mph).
The relay team format has opened the doors for many cyclists to compete in RAAM. Specifically corporate teams are having an increasing impact on the race. The business community has found endurance events like RAAM offer benefits consistent with corporate values – among them, fitness, team building, and raising funds and increasing awareness for charitable causes.