Race Across America (RAAM) is one the most respected and longest running endurance sports event. It is the toughest endurance cycling race at present, where the cyclist has to cover
RAAM has been challenging ultra-cyclists from around the globe to push their physical and mental limits to the farthest reaches. Starting in Oceanside, under one of the longest piers in California, RAAM spans 3000 miles, climbs 175,000 feet, crosses 12 states and finishes at City Dock in Annapolis, Maryland, the east coast sailing mecca. The route travels west to east, traversing three major mountain ranges (Sierra, Rocky and Appalachian), crosses four of America’s longest rivers (Colorado, Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio) and the Great Plains. The route passes through iconic American landmarks as the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts and Monument Valley.
Compared with the three-week, 2,200-mile Tour de France, which is generally acknowledged to be the world`s most demanding event, RAAM requires relatively low power outputs, but RAAM`s unceasing nature and epic length (800 miles more than the Tour de France) in roughly a third of the time makes it in some ways, a more purer test of grit and determination. In short, RAAM is the true test of speed, endurance, strength and camaraderie.
The team was fully ready for the ultimate challenge at Race Across America 2019 as TEAM INSPIRE INDIA. A contender in solo category of RAAM and had an aim to bring home the ARMED FORCES CUP from RAAM. The training drill was off the mark and we did Ultra Spice Race 2019 as a simulation ride with the complete crew who were to accompany me at RAAM. Our strategy, nutrition planning, sleep pattern, etc everything was put to test to extract the most out of the event. This event not only marked me as the winner of 1750 km race by a big margin but also established me as new record bearer for the 1750 km Goa-Ooty-Goa route.
During the final spell of training in Borrego Springs, California, I broke my right collar bone during a ride on 20 May 2019 just 20 days before the start. We had to forgo the event to heal the injury. It was a team decision in best interest for a full-fledged come back for RAAM 2020.
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