Ed Hood catches up with Sebastien Sasseville who recently finished the Race across America (RAAM). Sebastien has type 1 diabetes, but he didn't let that stop him racing 4,800 kilometres across twelve US states.
The Race Across America saw its 2022 edition launch from California on June 14 as 33 solo riders set off for Maryland, to be reached in less than 12 days. June 18 was the day when RAAM team categories set off on the same course. In their number, Team GCN rides with the determination to set the fastest time a RAAM has ever been completed by a pair of riders.
The Race Across America (RAAM) fascinates and repels at the same time. An epic event launched in 1982, the route currently runs from Oceanside, California to Annapolis, Maryland, a distance of roughly 4,800 kms (3,000 miles). The race is not divided into stages but rather it is up to individual racers or team members how far they will ride each day, checking in at 55 stations along the way. It puts extraordinary demands on participants, whether riders or support crew, and this is superbly…
Rider Interview: Riding the Race Across America is one thing, winning it is another, but winning it six times is just taking it too far! Christoph Strasser is the man who achieved that remarkable feat, winning the 3000 mile - 4828 kilometer - race six times. Ed Hood caught up with Christoph to hear all about it.
Film Review: Bike racing is hard, whether a city crit or a local time trial. Then it gets really hard if you are a pro. Then you have people who like to sit on their bikes for a long time: ultra racers who do it for the challenge. The toughest ultra race is the Race Across America and a new film (with special screenings in Canada on July 15) shows just how tough it can be.
TEAM BEAT CANCER is an eight-rider team that participated in the 500-mile,24-hour Corporate Challenge event of the Race Across America (RAAM) on June 11-12, 2006. Their mission is to raise money and awareness on behalf of Erika Barajas and her battle with breast cancer (https://www.zippis.com). Here’s how they battled – an won – their RAAM.
PEZ caught up with Phil Southerland an hour after his last shift, which saw the team head over the nearly 11,000 foot Wolf Creek Pass and near the 1000 mile mark. The riding has been hard so far, but the results are above expectations - and the mountains are more or less behind them for awhile at least.
Tomorrow, June 13 at 2:00 pm Pacific, the all-diabetic team of Team Type 1 will leave sunny Oceanside, California and set off on a route best flown, maybe driven, and almost unbelievably: ridden - over 3000 miles to the finish in Atlantic City. The team has three goals: the win, the record, and a million dollars - not to mention the ultimate destination of a cure.