The Race Across America, or RAAM, is a rare form of torture and possibly the toughest bicycle race in the world. Starting on the beach in Oceanside, California, RAAM spans 3000 miles, climbs 175,000 feet, crosses 12 states and finishes in Annapolis, Maryland. The event is challenged by both professional and amateur riders who compete solo or in 2-, 4- or 8-rider relay teams.
Luckily, MXA guys Jimmy Mac and John Perry served as part of their pit crew for the first 1200 miles — and here are some of Jimmy Mac’s photos. You can see more at www.jimmymacontwowheels.com.
As of tonight, the four former motocross champions who have teamed together to take on RAAM, have traveled almost 1300 miles (and are in Colorado, just Southeast of Denver). Competing under the name Legends of the Road, but really Legends of the Dirt, the four riders (David Bailey, Micky Dymond, Doug Henry and Jeff Ward) are trading off stints—witheMicky and Jeff competing on conventional bicycles, while David and Doug are using Dan-Gurney-designed recumbent bikes that are propelled using the rider’s arms.
You can track the Legends of the Road progress by clicking here. This map will show your there current position, distance traveled, average speed and check points If you are close to where the riders will be passing, go cheer them on. A little encouragement goes a long way.