A cycling team of four cyclists and 12 crew members will race nonstop for 3,000 miles across the United States in the world’s toughest bicycle race the Race Across America (RAAM). The race begins on June 20, 2009 in Oceanside, Calif. and ends in Annapolis, Maryland. The objective is to complete this coast-to-coast race in the fastest time the goal is 7 days!
The team’s endeavor, however, goes beyond completing this rigorous race. All Wheels 4 Fibromyalgia is partnering with the National Fibromyalgia Association, and select sponsors in a shared ambition to raise awareness of fibromyalgia, a complex pain disorder that affects an estimated 10 million women, men and children in the U.S.
All Wheels 4 Fibromyalgia will be raising funds to support fibromyalgia research and community-based education programs for individuals affected by the disorder. The team’s goal is to raise $50,000 by June 20. You can help them in their quest by making a tax-deductible donation in any amount to the National Fibromyalgia Association.
About Race Across America
- RAAM participants faces challenges beyond the bike riding that include scorching heat, violent winds, thunderstorms, and even tornadoes, altitude, the dark night, sleep deprivation, muscle injuries, organized crew coordination, navigation, and mental acuity.
- Race Across America travels through 15 states. Total mileage is approximately 3,043 miles. Riders and crew will climb a total of 108,600 vertical feet, including Wolf Creek Pass in central Colorado which climbs to 10,550 feet above sea level!
- RAAM is one of the most respected and longest running annual endurance events holding legendary stature. It is one of the pinnacles of sporting accomplishment globally seen as the highest rung of the ultra-endurance sports ladder. Since 1982, it has a rich and storied history standing as a monument to human endeavors.
- The Race Across America is an event so staggering that merely to finish is, for most, the accomplishment of a lifetime. RAAM inspires everyone that it touches. A monumental race contested with the utmost of sportsmanship and zeal. A breeding ground for champions, a testing ground for elite riders and a shining example of the strength of human spirit.
- This is a race. Unlike other famous races, such as the Tour de France, RAAM is not a stage race. The race is one stage, live to the very end. In RAAM, once the ‘gun’ fires on the west coast, the time doesn’t stop until each racer reaches the finish line on the east coast. RAAM is 30% longer than the Tour de France and racers finish in half the time with no rest days.
- The men and women who compete, as soloists or as team participants, are dedicated and driven athletes. The racers are comprised from an international field of professionals from all walks of life.
- The Race Across America endures due to its amazing effect on the human consciousness and for its incredible feats of willpower, inspiration, and heat.