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 where solo racers can opt to race supported with a support crew or race unsupported (depending on the race), 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
RAAM-Style Road Races
Ultra Spice Race
January 22, 2024 - Goa, India
The Ultra Spice Race features an out and back route. Riders start on the beach, follow 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 riders to everything from Betel Nut, Pepper and Coffee plantations to tea estates... and elephants!
There are two RQ distances - 1200 KM and 1780 KM. Open to solo racers (supported/unsupported), 2-person teams, 3-person teams, and 4-person teams.
750 Mile / 1200 KM
1100 Mile / 1780 KM
47680 ft. / 14533 m.
81050 ft. / 24704 m.
February 23, 2024 - Jacksonville, Florida
The Florida500 features a poinst-sto-point route starting in Jacksonville, FL and finishing in Key West. The event offers riders the perfect opportunity for early season competitive miles.
Open to solo racers (supported/unsupported), 2-person teams, 4-person teams, and 8-person teams.
534 Mile / 860 KM
3084 ft. / 940 m.
Romantika Uz Beas
March 11, 2024 - Gagret, Himachal, India
Much of the route follows the scenic Beas River into the Himalayan Foothills to the south portal of the Atal Tunnel, where riders turn around and head back to the start.
Open to solo racers (supported/unsupported), 2-person teams, 3-person team, 4-person teams, and 8-person teams.
418 Mile / 673 KM
49386 ft. / 15052 m.
March 30, 2024 - Fredericksburg, Texas
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 Fredericksburg, Texas. Texas, the Lone Star State, is ranch country. 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.
The Longhorn 500 and Stampede 200 follow Texas Hell Week - seven days of riding with three ride options per day - 21 rides with optional evening seminars.
The Longhorn 500 is the RQ, with the route comprised of four progressively smaller loops, each starting and finishing at Hermann & Sons Lodge. Open to solo racers (supported/unsupported), 2-person teams, and 4-person teams.
501 Mile / 806 KM
26,236 ft. / 7996 m.
Race Across Paris
April 23, 2024 - Chantilly, France
This event incorporates the best cycling routes around Paris. Participants will experience the most beautiful roads of Ile-de-France and the neighboring regions. Highlights include exceptional landscapes, history and the most beautiful monuments – Champs Elysee, Place de la Concorde, Place du Louvre, Place du Trocadero and Eiffel Tower.
The route is comprised of three loops. There are six distance options ranging from 50 to 1000 km. The 1000 km. loop is the RQ. Open to solo racers (supported/unsupported), 2-person teams, and 4-person teams.
620 Mile / 1000 KM
22000 ft. / 6700 m.
Race Across Italy
April 23, 2024 - Silvi Marina, Italy
Riders start on the Adriatic Sea, cross the Apennines - the spine of Italy - to the Tirrenion Sea and return. The riders will pass through three national parks.
The course is a "figure 8" loop. Open to solo racers (supported/unsupported), 2-person teams, and 4-person teams.
491 Mile / 790 KM
36725 ft. / 11194 m.
Race Across Belgium
May 7, 2024 - Braine-l’Alleud, Belgium
The Race Across Belgium reinvents itself and takes you on the roads of the Belgian classics. The idea is simple. To make all cycling enthusiasts discover the extraordinary sensations of ultra-distance cycling with all the values that guide us: sharing, benevolence, surpassing oneself.
There are six distance options, ranging from 50 to 1000 km. The 1000 km. is the RQ. Open to solo racers (supported/unsupported), 2-person teams, and 4-person teams.
625 Mile / 1000 KM
26246 ft. / 8000 m.
Race Around Denmark
May 7, 2024 - Aarhus, Denmark
Riders will experience the great cycling landscape of Denmark, smooth roads with limited traffic, and great scenery - the best Denmark has to offer.
There are four distances - 1600, 800, 400, and 200 km. The 1600 km. and 800 km. are RQs. Open to solo racers (supported/unsupported), 2-person teams, and 4-person teams.
1000 Mile / 1600 KM
500 Mile / 800 KM
32800 ft. / 10000 m.
15450 ft. / 4700 m.
Race Around Niederösterreich
May 10, 2024 - Weitra, Austria
The race starts and finishes in Weitra, located in the north of Lower Austria. The route is a loop around Lower Austria – passing close to the borders of Czechia, Slovakia and Hungary.
Open to solo racers (supported/unsupported), 2-person teams, and 3-person teams.
375 Miles / 600 KM
19685 ft. / 6000 m.
Joe Barr 500
May 18, 2024 - Derry/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. The route is an elongated counter-clockwise loop SW-NE oriented loop following 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.
Open to solo racers (supported/unsupported) and 2-person teams.
500 Mile / 800 KM
24,200 ft. / 7380 m.
Race Across Germany (W-E)
June 1, 2024 - Aachen, Germany
An unforgettable cycling adventure across Germany, a border to border race, which will not be forgotten any time soon!
Open to solo racers (supported/unsupported), 2-person teams, and 4-person teams.
500 Mile / 8000 KM
25590 ft. / 7800 m.
Race Across the West
June 11, 2024 - 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!
Open to solo racers (supported only), 2-person teams, and 4-person teams.
930 Mile / 1497 KM
56518 ft. / 17227 m.
B-Hard Ultra Race
June 14, 2024 - 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. The route has been carefully crafted to represent the best Bosnia & Herzegovina, passing 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.
There are a number of ride options - 1200, 600, 400, 300, and 200 km. The 1200 km. is the RQ, and is a counter-clockwise loop. Open to solo racers (unsupported only) and 2-person teams.
775 Mile / 1215 KM
50800 ft. / 15500 m.
Race Across America (Team Race)
June 15, 2024 - 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 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!
Open to 2-person teams, 4-person teams, and 8-person teams. Team members who complete the event are RQ'ed for solo RAAM.
3100 Mile / 4987 KM
175000 ft. / 53340 m.
Race Across Germany (N-S)
June 21, 2024 - 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
684 Mile / 1100 KM
24606 ft. / 7500 m.
Race Across the Alps
June 28, 2024 - Nauders, Austria
The "Race Across The Alps" with start and finish in Nauders is recognized as the toughest one-day race in the world. Real heroes are born in the cycle race through the three countries Italy, Switzerland and Austria.
In addition to the traditional individual race, a team competition will take place. The course will be identical to that of the individual competition and 15 teams of two will be admitted.
326 Mile / 525 KM
45932 ft. / 14000 m.
Race Around Poland
July 6, 2024 - 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"
2237 Mile / 3600 KM
98425 ft. / 30000 m.
July 11, 2024 - 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.
621 Mile / 1000 KM
43937 ft. / 13392 m.
July 12, 2024 - 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.
426 Mile / 687 KM
54133 ft. / 16500 m.
Race Across Oregon
July 2024 (dates TBA) - The Dalles, Oregon
RAAM Style 500 mile race featuring solo, 2 person and 4 person relay divisions. The course features many of our favorite sections from past routes with a new finish section. Triple digit temps during the day, unpredictable winds and unending climbs make this a very challenging event....as a qualifier for the Race Across America should be.
502 Mile / 808 KM
37648 ft. / 11475 m.
Race Around Austria
August 12, 2024 - 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.
1367 Mile / 2200 KM
98,425 ft. / 30,000 m.
Race Around Aomori 650KM and 1000KM
August 17, 2024 - 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.
623 Mile / 1003 KM
49806 ft. / 15181 m.
August 23, 2024 - 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.
511 Mile / 822 KM
30424 ft. / 9273 m.
Mann Powered 380
August 2024 (dates TBA) - Cumming, Iowa
The Mann Powered 380 is a mixed surface 380-mile non-drafting race with a 38-hour time limit. The race can be ridden with or without a support crew. The race is named after Joe Mann, an endurance racer, a friend to many in the RAAM community, and a member of race organizer Sarah Cooper’s support crew on her 2017 Solo RAAM win. Mann passed away in 2019. The Mann Powered 380 is the first mixed surface RAAM Qualifier.
380 Miles / 611 KM
Great Himalayan Ultra
August 2024 (dates TBA) - 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.
375 Mile / 600 KM
33900 ft. / 10330 m.
Silver State 508
September 13, 2024 - Reno, NV
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 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."
508 Mile / 818 KM
22574 ft. / 6881 m.
The Natchez Trace 444
September 27, 2024 - Nashville, Tennessee
You have 44 hours to complete the 444 mile Natchez Trace Parkway to be considered an official finisher! A unique and beautiful ride with no turns, no stop signs, and no traffic lights. All on one of the longest and narrowest national parks in the world.
444 Mile / 714 KM
16363 ft. / 4987 m.
Bonneville 808 Challenge
September 2024 (dates TBA) - 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.
502 Mile / 808 KM
29000 ft. / 8839 m.
October 2024 (dates TBA) - Una Himachal Pradesh, 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.
383 Mile / 616 KM
8590 ft. / 2618 m.
Race the Pearl
October 2024 (dates TBD) - Dondra, Sri Lanka
The most epic, exotic and exhilarating ultra endurance race in the Indian Ocean. 600 km in 24 hours connecting Point to Point, coast to coast, lighthouse to lighthouse. Basking in the sun is for sure, stopping for a elephant crossing and dancing peacocks is a possibility, smiles and cheers from locals is an assurance. Remember to pack few extra days for a recovery holiday, after all you are in the Pearl of The Indian Ocean, then Ceylon, now Sri Lanka. Organised by Spinner, the 'Technical and Organizing Partner of Ironman70.3', Everesting Sri Lanka, and Around The Pear.
375 Mile / 600 KM
9203 ft. / 2805 m.
Race Across India
November 11, 2024 - Srinagar, Jammu, and Kashmir, India
Participants will start in the City of Srinagar, located in the region of Jammu and Kashmir in the extreme north of India, and ride 3,651km (2,268mi) to the City of Kanyakumari, in the State of Tamil Nadu, on the southern tip of the Indian peninsula. The event will be open to solo racers as well as 2 and 4-person teams. Support crews with vehicles are mandatory.
India is an incredibly diverse country. Participants will experience substantial variations in weather, from the snow capped Himalayas, across the plains of Punjab and deserts of Rajasthan, over the Deccan Plateau to the hot and humid coastal areas of the south. They will pass through multiple mountain ranges, including the Himalayas, Aravalli, Vindhyas and Satpura.
2268 Mile / 3651 KM
November 2024 (dates TBA) - 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!
400 Mile / 643 KM
20000 ft. / 6000 m.
Race Around Karnataka
December 2024 (dates TBA) - Bengaluru, India
RAKA is an Ultracycling race designed to shatter your limits, your physical endurance, your mental strength, your planning, your emotions, basically questioning what are you made of. It is an unique event designed by Team Srini, happening for the first time and planned to be a modular annual Ultracycling event in the coming years.RAKA covers 2,240 kms involving the entire state of Karnataka.
1392 Mile / 2240 KM
15837 ft. / 15800 m.
Race Across Portugal
Pending - Lisbon, Portugal
The RACE ACROSS PORTUGAL, is another Project in the IRON BRAIN Endurance area, being an Ultra Road Cycling competition, to be held in the North of the country, for Solo and Teams of 2 and 4 Athletes, with two distance options, the 300K and 600K events, in autonomy or accompanied by a personal support car, with matches against the clock and with entries limited to 100 Athletes per event (regardless of Men and Women Solos, or Teams of 2 or 4).
392 Mile / 630 KM
30250 ft. / 9220 m.
Czechia & Slovakia
Pending - Vsetín, Czechia
Experience the ultimate extreme race around Czechia and Slovakia with the length of over 3.500 km and 36.000 m elevation gain!
2175 Mile / 3500 KM
118,110 ft. / 30,000 m.
24-Hour Time Trials
Bessies Creek 24 and Gulf Coast 511
April 4, 2024 - 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.
13.8 Miles / 12 KM Loop
146 ft. / 45 m.
24 Hours in the Canyon
June 1, 2024 - 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
100, 5 Mile / 161, 8 KM Loops
June 15, 2024 - Snejbjerg, Denmark
Midt24 is a 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.
26, 8.5, 2.1 Miles / 41.7, 13.7, 4.5 KM Loops
607, 161, 49 ft. / 185, 49, 15 m.
August 10, 2024 - 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.
26 Miles / 41.8 KM Loops
26 ft. / 8 m.
October 18, 2024 - Bayboro, NC
The course is a 35.6-mile clockwise loop with 140 feet of elevation gain (4ft/mi), and is the flattest TT RQ in the RQ System. There is something for everyone – an open distance fun ride, 100 miles, 12-hour, 24-hour, 48-hour … ride as much or as little as you want. The event is open to all bicycle types. There are drafting and non-drafting divisions. This is a low cost, fun, low key event. Like the websites says, “The rules are few: be safe, play nice and don’t get hurt!”
35.6 Miles / 57.3 KM Loops
140 ft. / 42.7 m. per loop
6-12-24 Hour World Time Trial Championships
November 1, 2024 - 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.
18, 4.8 Mile / 29, 7.75 KM Loops
347, 63 ft. / 105.7, 19.2 m.