The Race Across America
RAAM is a race! But unlike the three great European Grand Tours (Tour de France, Vuelta a Espana and Giro de Italia), RAAM is not a stage race. RAAM is one continual stage, similar to a time trial. Once the clock starts it does not stop until the finish line. RAAM is about 30% longer than the Tour de France. Moreover, racers must complete the distance in roughly half the time allowed for the Tour. Racers must traverse 3000 miles across 12 states and climb over 170,000 vertical feet. Team racers have a maximum of nine days and most finish in about seven and a half days. Teams will ride 350-500 miles a day, racing non-stop.
RAAM is an outstanding platform for raising money for charitable causes. It is rare that an event open to all-comers, is so challenging and has such high media coverage year round. It is these unique characteristics that allow racers dedicated to their cause can leverage off of. Fans from all over the world follow RAAM. Fans can follow RAAM on the web, through the bi-weekly RAAM Newsletter, race blogs, the social media (Facebook and Twitter) and traditional mainstream media. There is local, national and international coverage by the traditional media. Teams annually raise collectively in excess of $2 million for a wide range of charitable causes. Additionally, RAAM has at least four of its own media crews on the course providing up-to-date video, photo and text coverage.