Race Across America
The Race Across America (RAAM) is not without reason rated as the world's toughest sporting event. The race was simply designed to be the ultimate challenge to the human body and psyche.
RAAM aims to get the fastest across the American continent, from San Diego on the west coast to Atlantic City on the east coast by bicycle.
RAAM is the ultimate time trial, the ultimate endurance test. One long single start of 5,000 km across the USA in just 10 days!
The ultimate challenge
In RAAM, you are alone on the road – the rider against the clock. It is not permitted to lie on the wheels of other riders. 3-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond said of RAAM: “It's one of the toughest events in the world. The toughest bike race in the world. It is truly a challenge to the human mind.”
From coast to coast
Chris MacDonald participated in 2005 in RAAM. RAAM 2005 kicked off on June 19 in San Diego, California. RAAM started in 1982 and every year it is a big event in the USA. The RAAM route goes through the dreaded Mojave Desert and over the Rocky Mountains.
The riders ride on the country roads and in the mountains through California, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey - 13 states in total.
Chris MacDonald finished in a nice 2nd place. An experience and journey that Chris MacDonald will never forget.
Documentary about RAAM
Stephen Auerbach participated in RAAM in 2005, to get answers to questions like "How?", "Why?" and "Are you out of your mind?". An award-winning documentary has emerged from this, following Chris MacDonald, Jure Robic and Bob Breedlove in their battle against each other in what is characterized as the world's toughest sporting event.