RAAM, claimed by some as the toughest ultra-cycling event in the world, is running this weeks. RAAM is the race across America and draws participants from around the world. The race, and this is a race not a ride, started in Oceanside, CA and will end in Annapolis, Maryland, at the City Dock.
I’ve always been aware of RAAM, but not being a bicycle racer I’ve not had a great deal of interest in the sport. That is, until this year. A couple of the teams had people posting updates to the race on BROL. While checking their standings, I noticed that some of the riders were older than I. How could that be.
I saw a listing on the RAAM site for the Forever Young Pac Masters in the 75+ age group. I looked them up and saw that 2 of them were 80 and 2 of them 78 years old. On my last check they are averaging a little over 13 mph after doing some heavy duty climbing in CO.
United 4 Health is a team in the 70 to 74 age group. They had a later start time but are averaging 20+ mph.
There are 3 racers running solo in the 60 to 69 age group. One of them dropped out after 3 days but what a great effort to even start this event. The solo guys are at this point averaging about 10 mph.
Yesterday I got so excited I thought I would start training for next year. That is until I saw the entry fees and expenses required for this race. Starts at 20 grand per person for an 8 man team and goes up from there. I guess I’ll sit at the dinning room table and write about it and live vicariously through their efforts.
Check out the RAAM site and support their charities.