Deciding where I want to go, who I want to be and the experiences I want to have, has been key to this whole journey. I’ve got lots of things I want to be able to do, but my singular focus is my long term goal and that is to race in the worlds toughest bicycle race – Race Across America in 2022 (as a soloist). This is my Road to RAAM 2022.
What is the Race Across America
Race Across America (RAAM) is one of the most respected and longest running ultra-endurance events in the world. RAAM is seen as a pinnacle of athletic achievement not only in cycling circles but the greater sporting community as well. Starting in Oceanside, under one of the longest piers in California, RAAM spans 3000 miles, climbs 175,000 feet, crosses 12 states and finishes at City Dock in Annapolis, Maryland, the east coast sailing mecca.
There is no other race in the world like RAAM. There is no race that combines the distance, terrain and weather; no other event that tests a team’s spirit from beginning to end. RAAM is the true test of speed, endurance, strength and camaraderie, the ideal combination of work and play.
RAAM is about 30% longer than the Tour de France. Moreover, racers must complete the distance in roughly half the time, with no rest days. Solo racers have a maximum of 12 days to complete the race, most finishing in 11 days with the fastest finishing in under 8 days.
I’m planning to qualify for the race over the course of the next two years, 2020 or 2021, in order to line up at the start line in Oceanside, California in June 2022.
You can find out more about the event here – https://www.raceacrossamerica.org/index.html
I’ll be supporting The Pace Centre and Action4Youth, two Buckinghamshire based Charities as part of my Road to RAAM 22. Find out more about them and donate here.