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Until the Wheels Come Off

Fifty-year-old cyclist John Tarlton enters his second Race Across America event, known as the most grueling bike race in the world. In a race where more than half of the participants don’t even finish, John is dead set on winning his division. With his family and friends serving as support crew, together they embark on a 12-day odyssey that tests their physical and emotional limits to the max.

The Race Across America

In 1982, four individuals raced from the Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles to the Empire State Building in New York City. Covered on national television, the incredible race captivated the public’s imagination.

Race Across America is one of the most respected and longest running ultra-endurance events in the world, seen as a pinnacle of athletic achievement not only in cycling circles but also in the greater sporting community. There is no other race in the world that combines the distance, terrain, and weather like RAAM. There is no other event that tests a team’s spirit from beginning to end and inspires everyone who is a part of it—racer, crew, staff, and fans alike. RAAM is the true test of speed, endurance, strength, and camaraderie.

Unlike the three great European Grand Tours (Tour de France, Vuelta a Espana, and Giro de Italia), RAAM is not a stage race—it is one continual stage where the clock does not stop until the finish line. Solo racers must qualify to compete, and have a maximum of 12 days to complete the race. The world’s longest time trial, RAAM is not only 30% longer than the Tour de France, but racers must also complete the distance in roughly half the time with no rest days. Open to both professional and amateur athletes alike, RAAM is an outstanding platform for raising money for charitable causes. Collectively, RAAM racers raise in excess of $2 million for a wide range of charitable causes each year.

RAAM vs. Tour de France


RAAM is 3,070 miles long vs. Tour de France (2,200 miles).


In terms of elevation gain, RAAM features over 170,000 vertical feet of climbing vs. Tour de France (~146,000 feet).


RAAM is 12 days long vs. Tour de France (23 days).


RAAM is straight through and must be completed in a maximum of 12 days by solo riders vs. Tour de France, which is divided into daily stages spread over 3 weeks, with rest periods in between.

Prize Money

RAAM’s prize money awarded is $0 vs. Tour de France (which is over $2.5M).

RAAM is an outstanding platform for raising money for charitable causes. It is rare that an event is open to all-comers, is so challenging, and has high media coverage year-round, which racers dedicated to their cause can leverage. Unlike many events, racers also have the option of which cause(s) they want to raise money for. RAAM racers collectively raise in excess of $2 million for a wide range of charitable causes each year.

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