RAAM QUALIFYING RACES

RAAM-Sanctioned RAAM Qualifying (RQ) Events

Dates are based on most recent information and should be confirmed directly with the event management. It is our desire to grow the RQ network. We believe this is in the best interest of RAAM, the various RQs (current and future), the racers and the sport as a whole. We are currently engaged in discussions with the management of a number of events seeking to become RQs. We anticipate announcing additional RQs in the near future.

RAAM Qualifying Races are divided into two categories, RAAM-style road races with support vehicles required and Time Trial races with no support vehicle requirements.  Each race listed below will notate the specific category. Those qualifying at Time Trial events must attend a RAAM Crew Seminar.  Please review How to Qualify for full RAAM-qualifying requirements. 

For further information, please contact Rick Boethling, Executive Director at director@raceacrossamerica.org.

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RAAM maintains a full, searchable race calendar including all RAAM-qualifiers and associated races, non-RQ ultra events, epic gravel races, and other long distance events.

RAAM-Style Road Races

 

Ultra Spice Race

February 6, 2021 - Goa, India

The Ultra Spice Race is an out and back event that starts on the beach and is all about the route! One follows the coast crossing coconut tree lined creeks, before turning inland to climb through dense forest and plantation covered mountains of the south. The race exposes you to everything from Betel Nut, Pepper and Coffee plantations to tea estates... and elephants! 

Other Races: Ultra Spice 750 (RQ); Ultra Spice 375

India

1090 Mile / 1750 KM

78000 ft. / 23765 m.

Longhorn 500

March 20, 2021 - Castroville, TX

The Texas Challenge features the best of the famed Texas Hill Country.  It’s spring time in the Hill Country and the flowers – Blue Bonnets and Indian Paint Brush - will be blooming.  The event starts/finishes in Castroville, Texas, the Little Alsace of Texas, about 30 miles west of San Antonio.  Texas, the Lone Star State, is ranch country. The 200 and 500-mile routes are roughly concentric loops, sharing the first 72 and last 63 miles. There are thousands of miles of paved winding ranch roads with little or no traffic.  You’ll experience some of the best cycling in the USA.

Other Races: Stampede 200

North America

512 Mile / 824 KM

22,796 ft. / 6948 m.

Race Across Italy

April 30, 2021 - Silvi Marina, Italy

Race across Italy  is an Ultracycling no stop Race open to all category solo cyclist (self-supported and with crew ) and team (in relay); the 8th edition will start on next April 30, 2021  from Silvi Marina (TE)  RAI “Adriatico-Tirreno-Adriatico” is a Tirreno-Adriatico Round Trip race, crossing three regions, into the  Central Appennine, and 3 italian National Parks,  touching both the  Tirrenian and the  Adratic sea, and after  775km and around 10.000mt of elevation is finally back to Silvi.

Europe

482 Mile / 775 KM

36000 ft. / 10973 m.

Race Around Denmark Extreme

May 11, 2021 - Aarhus, Denmark

RAD ULTRA is Denmarks finest and hardest Ultra Cycling Event, with distances of 400, 800 and 1600km. All 3 challenges offers great cycling landscape, small roads with limited amounts of traffic and great scenery, the best Denmark has to offer. The race is tracked live by Dutch company, Follow My Challenge which offers great precision, and many tools for followers to see the riders online, dot watching, which is updated every 1 minutes. RAD ULTRA offers supported, and unsupported categories, as well as the possibility to ride either solo or as a team. There are a podium and finisher medals for all participants. 

Other Races: RAD Challenge 800 (RQ), RAD Experience 400

Europe

994 Mile / 1600 KM

32808 ft. / 10000 m.

Joe Barr 500

May 15, 2021 - Londonderry, Ireland

Racers will experience the crashing seas off Donegal’s wild Atlantic coastline  in the first 300-mile section before the road carries them inland into the mystical and enchanted Sperrin Mountains of County Tyrone. This is a 500-mile (800KM) course with just over 30,000 feet of climbing on small Irish coastal and mountain roads. It is a course that will test again and again all aspects, body and mind, of each racer and team. Resilience will be required.

Other Races: TJB Coastal 330, Team Joe Barr 200

Europe

500 Mile / 800 KM

3000 ft. / 9100 m.

Race Across Germany (W-E)

June 4, 2021 - Aachen, Germany

An unforgettable cycling adventure through Germany. From border to border, this makes the Race across Germany so unique. No round trip but from A to B. Surely this Germany crossing will not be forgotten any time soon! This cycling marathon has been offered in Germany since 1999. What started with group rides has developed into solo or relay participants. It is also a great attraction to get the qualification for the Race Across America 

Europe

480 Mile / 780 KM

25590 ft. / 7800 m.

B-Hard Ultra Race

June 12, 2021 - Banja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina

In the wave of new ultra races popping up around the globe, our event is different and unique in a way that it has been specifically designed to boost positive image and promote tourism of a very understated and beautiful country, rather than be “yet another ultra race”. The 1210 km route has been carefully crafted to represent Bosnia & Herzegovina “in a nutshell” and passes through National Parks, along rivers, lakes and waterfalls, over 1984 Winter Olympics ski-centers, by UNESCO World Heritage sites and generally over stunning (and hilly) terrain.

Other Races: BRM 200

Europe

752 Mile / 1200 KM

46000 ft. / 14000 m.

Race Across the West

June 15th, 2021 - Oceanside, California

RAW attracts ultracyclists from around the globe to take on the finest terrain the western USA has to offer. Starting in Oceanside, CA and following the first 930 miles of the Race Across America route, winding your way through four states, ending up in the cycling mecca of Durango, CO. Traveling west to east from the sandy beaches of Oceanside, over the Sierra Mountains and into the scorching Mojave and Sonoran deserts and eventually ending up on the Animas River nestled in the Rocky Mountain town of Durango. The route offers the best of the wild west!

North America

930 Mile / 1497 KM

56518 ft. / 17227 m.

Race Across America (2- & 4-Person Team)

June 19th, 2021 - Oceanside, California

RAAM challenges ultracyclists 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 over 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.  Also, passing through such iconic American landmarks as the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts, Monument Valley, Great Plains and Gettysburg.

Becoming an official RAAM finisher means claiming ultra-racing’s most coveted jersey and medal and, for the lucky few that win their race division, the prized USA plaque, becoming among the elite family who call themselves RAAM Finishers.  RAAM will always sit at the pinnacle of ultra-racing accomplishments. Don’t miss your opportunity to race to the top!

North America

3100 Mile / 4987 KM

175000 ft. / 53340 m.

Romantic Uz Beas

June 2021 - Hoshiarpur (Punjab), India

As the name suggests, Race Romantika Uz Beas is romancing alongwith Beas, as through most of the route racers would experience the beauty of river Beas going along with the route. At some patches, it touches the edges of the road even.

India

385 Mile / 620 KM

36784 ft. / 11212 m.

Race Across Germany (N-S)

July 2, 2021 - Flensburg, Germany

An unforgettable cycling adventure through Germany. From border to border, this makes the Race across Germany so unique. No round trip but from A to B. Surely this Germany crossing will not be forgotten any time soon! This cycling marathon has been offered in Germany since 1999. What started with group rides has developed into solo or relay participants. It is also a great attraction to get the qualification for the Race Across America 

Europe

684 Mile / 1100 KM

24606 ft. / 7500 m.

Ultracycling Dolomitica

July 9, 2021 - Sarmede, Italy

The hardest STOPWATCH in the world. 19 mountain passes, 16,000 meters in altitude and 700 km in the Dolomites. A non-stop ULTRACYCLING RACE with no slipstreaming for real athletes with passion in their blood.

Other Races: Dolomitica 380, Dolomitica 180

Europe

426 Mile / 687 KM

54133 ft. / 16500 m.

Race Across France

July 23, 2021 - Mandelieu-La Napoule, France

Race Across France is the first ultra-cycling race in the country where the Tour de France was born. it's the summit of ultra cycling. 

Other Races: 300 KM, 500 KM, 1100 KM (RQ)

Europe

1615 Mile / 2600 KM

108268 ft. / 33000 m.

Race Around Poland

July 24, 2021 - Warsaw, Poland

The RAP is a combination of two worlds – supported cycling races and unsupported bike marathons. Both options are available. You can ride solo or in a team. The route of the race runs along the Polish border and is about 3600 kilometers long and 30000 meters of elevation in total. The minimum distance to finish the race is 300 km with the finish line at the first time station in Hrubieszów. Each next 300 km is another finish line, but the goal of the participants is of course the full loop 3600 km! Our motto is: "Race for all, Around for the best"

Other Races: 300 KM - 3300 KM (multiples of 300 KM)

Europe

2237 Mile / 3600 KM

98425 ft. / 30000 m.

Race the Pearl

August, 2021 - Dondra, Sri Lanka

An ultra endurance cycle race from the most northern point of Sri Lanka to southern point. Surely not for the faint hearted. The 600 km course will take you along side wildlife sanctuaries, acres of paddy fields and hundreds of Sri Lankan smiles . This  will be epic, exotic and exhilarating, after all you are racing in the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. 

Other Races: Race the Pearl stage race (2 stages)

Europe

375 Mile / 600 KM

9203 ft. / 2805 m.

Race Around Austria

August 9, 2021 - St. Georgen im Attergau, Austria

The Extreme Race Around Austria is with its 2,200 km alongside the border of Austria the toughest bike race in Europe and a qualifying race for the legendary Race Across America. This ain´t no tour, it´s not a stage race. Time is running nonstop till the finish line. At the TEAM Race Around Austria, two or four athletes share the route individually.

Other Races: Race Around Austria 1500 KM (RQ);
Race Around Austria Challenge 560 KM

Europe

1367 Mile / 2200 KM

98,425 ft. / 30,000 m.

Tortour Ultra

August 19, 2021 - Zürich, Switzerland

The TORTOUR offers a wide range of racing opportunities. The flagship is the the TORTOUR Ultra with its distance of 1’000 km to be covered in just two days. Furthermore there is the Challenge (500km) and the Sprint (390km) on the same weekend. All categories get to know Switzerland from its most beautiful side, crossing the highest alpine passes and riding alongside the brilliantly blue lakes. In every category the distance can be mastered as a solo rider or in a team.  

Other Races: Tortour Challenge, Tortour Sprint

Europe

621 Mile / 1000 KM

43937 ft. / 13392 m.

Race Around Aomori 650 KM

August 21, 2021 - Shin Aomori Station, Japan

The 400 mile route passes through the most scenic areas of Aomori Prefecture, located at the northernmost tip of the Island of Honshu, Japan. The first 200 km of the route is the same as for the Round Around Aomori 1000km, and will follow the coast all along the Shimokita Peninsula. After leaving the peninsula, the route will head inland, and start climbing the scenic Hakkoda mountain (elevation 1584 meters), a volcanic mountain range, endowed with many hot springs.  This part of the route, (about 200km) is very scenic but quite challenging. During the last 200km of the route, riders will skirt around the beautiful Iwaki Mountain before descending to the Sea of Japan.  From there the route will be mainly flat, until you reach the stiff climb up to Cape Tappi, where you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Tsugaru Plains, the Sea of Japan , and the Matsumae Peninsula in Hokkaido across the Strait of Tsugaru. The final stretch along the Mutsu Bay is mostly flat.

Asia

400 Mile / 650 KM

33950 ft. / 10348 m.

Race Around Ireland

August 22, 2021 - Trim, Ireland

Now going into its twelfth year, Race Around Ireland will once again start in Trim, County Meath, Ireland, with the imposing Trim Castle in the background (remember the Castle in the movie Braveheart?).  From here you set off around the country taking in some of the most amazing scenery and historic sights, in Ireland,  like Newgrange (burial site older than the pyramids), The Causeway Coast, The Dark Hedges (As seen in Game Of Thrones), Malin Head (as seen in Star Wars), The Ring of Kerry and back to Trim through the magnificent "Garden County" (Wicklow). 

Other Races: Irish Ultra Challenge 1100km (RQ)

Europe

1336 Miles / 2150 KM

72000 ft. / 22000 m.

Hoodoo 500

August 27, 2021 - St. George, Utah

The most epic and challenging event of its kind, the Hoodoo 500 route passes through or around three National Parks, three National Monuments and several Utah State Parks. The scenery varies from majestic cliffs and striking red rock hoodoos, to aspen and pine forests and high mountain meadows. Solos and teams, non-stop and stage race race options, with crew or self-supported. A top notch event, ends with a fun awards breakfast.

Other Races: 500 mile 3-day stage race; 300 mile non-stop; 300 mile 2-day stage race

North America

511 Mile / 822 KM

30424 ft. / 9273 m.

Silver State 508

September 17, 2021 - Reno, NV

THE 2021 SILVER STATE 508 IS ON AND WE ARE READY TO RACE! 

Founded by John Marino in 1983 and recognized as "The Toughest 48 hours in Sport," Silver State 508 is the world's premier weekend ultra cycling race. This 508-mile bicycle race is revered the world over for its epic mountain climbs, stark desert scenery, desolate roads, and its reputation as one of the toughest but most gratifying endurance challenges available, bar none. Solo, two-person relay, and four-person relay (stage and open) divisions are offered, with sub-categories for tandems, recumbents, fixed gear, and classic bikes. Silver State 508 is a Race Across AMerica (RAAM) Qualifier. Silver State 508 starts and finishes in Reno, NV and crosses northern Nevada on Hwy 50, also known as "the loneliest highway in America."

North America

508 Mile / 818 KM

22574 ft. / 6881 m.

Bonneville 808 Challenge

September 17, 2021 - Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada

The cycling event remains recognizable by its 404 km long unique loop. Cyclists of all levels will be able to choose their own challenge between 100 km and 808 km, as a solo or in a team. Two of the popular distances, the 115 km Loop and the 125 km Loop will be back in 2021. The event is benefiting the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence, a foundation that supports student-athletes from a young age until Olympic Games or College and University All-Star Teams.

North America

502 Mile / 808 KM

29000 ft. / 8839 m.

Race Around Aomori 1000 KM

September 23, 2021 - Shin Aomori Station, Japan

The 1000km race makes a big loop around the boundary of Aomori Prefecture , taking the racer  from the Pacific Coast to the Japan Sea Coast.  Minimal traffic roads will take the rider through pine forests that line rugged coastlines , birch covered mountains, three large lakes , rice fields and apple orchards surrounding the conical shaped Mountain Iwaki. An additional perk of this ride is a communal hot spring bath right on a beach that the racer might love dipping into before resuming on the last 250km stretch of the race.

Asia

623 Mile / 1003 KM

49806 ft. / 15181 m.

Great Himalayan Ultra

September, 2021 - Leh, Ladakh, India

The World’s highest Ultracycle race starts in Leh, Ladhak in the Himalayas, at 11150ft/3400mt above sea level. The land of high passes, with fluttering Buddhist flags and monasteries set on rock mountains and the people who live here provide a race setting that is humbling. The extreme conditions, the scale of these mighty mountains cannot be underestimated as you race, not against other racers, but against the forces of nature that have created these mountains.

India

375 Mile / 600 KM

33900 ft. / 10330 m.

NCOM

October 15, 2021 - West Texas, Texas

Endurance challenge in desert mountains of West Texas

Other Races: NCOM 383

North America

1000 Mile / 1609 KM

45000 ft. / 13716 m.

Shivalik Signature

October, 2021 - Chandigarh, India

The Shivalik Signature is a chance for the riders to get up-close and personal with the many unseen and unheard dimensions and facets of Punjab, experience the warmth and hospitality of its people, taste its famous cuisine and soak in it essence and rootedness. Punjabi panache at its best is what the Shivalik Signature promises its participants. 

India

383 Mile / 616 KM

8590 ft. / 2618 m.

Deccan Cliffhanger

November, 2021 - Pune, India

The Deccan Cliffhanger is an annual event that starts on the Deccan Plateau, goes over the Sahyadri mountains and drops through dense forests covered cliffs to finish on the coastline in Goa. Fast paced, competitive and headed for the beach this is India’s best known Ultrarace!

India

400 Mile / 643 KM

20000 ft. / 6000 m.

24-Hour Time Trials

 

Revolve 24

March 2021 - Tailem Bend, South Australia 

Revolve24 offers a weekend of cycling on the super-smooth tarmac of The Bend Motorsport Park using the full 7.7km GT Circuit. You have the freedom to go at your own speed, without the interference of traffic. Revolve24 consists of our three Endurance Cycling Relays - 24 hour, 12 hour and 6 hour - so something for everyone, whether you are riding to compete, fulfil a personal challenge or to ride for charity. You can enter as a soloist or as a team of 2, 4, 6 or 8. Entries are open to riders aged 18 and above.  Entries for 16/17 year olds will also be considered on an individual basis. Our solo 24 hour Challenge is the first and only event in Australia where you can qualify for solo RAAM.

Other Races: 12-Hour, 6-Hour

Australia

4.8 Miles / 7.7 KM Loop

32 ft. / 9.8 m.

Gulf Coast 511 & 

Bessies Creek 24

April 1/2, 2021 - Brookshire, Texas

The Bessies Creek loop is the flattest and fastest road race course in the country. The races follow a loop course through mostly rural country, with the start and finish at the race HQ in Brookshire, TX, where racers can organize their pit stops and set up overnight camping. Everyone is welcome. Camaraderie and friendly competition mark Bessies Creek races.

North America

13.8 Miles / 12 KM Loop

146 ft. / 45 m.

Texas Ultra Spirit

May 7, 2021 - Fayetteville, Texas

Race a seven and a half mile course in the friendly town of Fayetteville in East Texas. 

Other Races: 12-Hour, 6-Hour

North America

7.5 Miles / 22 KM Loop

45 ft. / 13.9 m.

24 Hours in the Canyon

June 4, 2021 - Canyon, Texas

24 Hours in the Canyon is the only simultaneous 24 hour road & mountain bike event in the country.  Held inside the 2nd largest canyon in the US, you are certain to enjoy views that will last a lifetime.  100% of the proceeds from 24 Hours in the Canyon is used to provide free services & activities at the 24 Hours in the Canyon Cancer Survivorship Center 

Other Races: 12-Hour, 6-Hour

North America

100, 5 Mile / 161, 8 KM Loops

Midt24

June 19, 2021 - Snejbjerg, Denmark

Midt24 is a new ultra cycling race taking place in the heart of Jutland, Denmark. You have 24 hours to ride as long as possible. We are placed right in the middle of Jutland - this unique location obviously gave the inspiration for the name of the race. Our region is known for moors and agriculture. On the three different routes - day, night, and final - you will ride through lots of green areas, colorful fields, and charming villages.

Other Races: 12-Hour, 6-Hour

Europe

26, 8.5, 2.1 Miles / 41.7, 13.7, 4.5 KM Loops

607, 161, 49 ft. / 185, 49, 15 m.

24hr del Montello

July 31, 2021 - Volpago del Montello, Italy

The race takes place along a varied path:  climbs, filat, ups and downs and descents immersed in the nature of the Montello Hills

Other Races: 12-Hour

Europe

20.8 Miles / 33.5 KM Loops

1509 ft. / 460 m.

HELNÆS 24

August 14, 2021 - Helnæs, Denmark

RAD HELNÆS 24 is Denmarks biggest 24hour event, held at the absolutely stunning Helnæs, in the southern part of the big island Fynen. Helnæs is a classic 24 hour race, with 2 routes, one long and one shorter for the final hours. The route is fast, and the participants are both elite riders, and people who are just there to enjoy themselves and have a great time. The race is known for its great atmosphere and laid back attitude among the riders, even though competition is fierce at the top of the field, everyone always rides Helnæs24 with a big smile on their face - even after many hours in the saddle, its just such a beautiful route, you can’t help but enjoy yourself. 

Europe

18.6 Miles / 30 KM Loops

328 ft. / 100 m.

Mid-Atlantic 24

August 14, 2021 - Washington, NC

The 26 mile loop will take you through rural areas of Beaufort County.  We are located in the coastal region of North Carolina.  This is an extremely flat course! It is the perfect venue for riders that are self supported.

Other Races: 12-Hour, 100 Mile

North America

26 Miles / 41.8 KM Loops

26 ft. / 8 m.

Texas Time Trials

(503 Miles/24 Hours)

September 17, 2021 - Glen Rose, Texas

Endurance races in the hilly Brazos River Country featuring distances from fixed distance and time based categories. Open to all. This event is a friendly low pressure environment to learn about endurance racing.

Other Races: 12-Hour, 6-Hour, Double Century

North America

26 Miles / 41.8 KM Loops

1200 ft. / 365 m.

6-12-24 Hour World Time Trial Championships

October 2021 - Borrego Springs, California

Every Fall, the best endurance time trial racers from around the world gather in Borrego Springs, a quiet Southern California resort community.  They come to determine who is the fastest in the world, to set personal records, and to spend time with friends in the bicycle racing community. The course is flat and fast, featuring a main loop of 18.0 miles with 347’ of elevation change and a finishing loop of 4.8 miles with 63’ of elevation change. The 6-12-24 Hour WTTC in Borrego Springs is the perfect way to close out the season.

North America

18, 4.8 Mile / 29, 7.75 KM Loops

347, 63 ft. / 105.7, 19.2 m.

Pace Bend Ultra

Postponed (Date TBA) - Spicewood, TX

Mark you calendars for the 5th annual Pace Bend Ultra, Jan 30-31, 2020. This chip timed non-drafting road event features 3, 6, 12, and 24 Hour ultra marathon style races at Pace Bend Park.

Located 30-minutes west of Austin, TX the hilly 6.2 mile loop features smooth asphalt, stunning views of Lake Travis and an after party. Come early. Ride Hard. Sit around the fire the night after and share stories.

Other Races: 12-Hour, 6-Hour, 3-Hour

North America

6.2 Mile / 10 KM Loop

50 ft./mile

Bike Sebring

Returns February 2022 - Sebring, Florida

The event is held every February at the internationally famous Sebring International Raceway.
February is a great time to visit Florida and enjoy getting away from the snow, sleet and hail (about the only 3 weather conditions we can guarantee we won't have!) The Rotary Club of Highlands County uses proceeds from this event to support local charities. Please, come join us in Sunny Florida!!!

Other Races: 24-Hour Drafting, 12-Hour, 100-Mile

North America

89, 11, 3.7 Mile / 143, 17.7, 6 KM Loop

10.2 ft./mile

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