Beginning in Oceanside, California and continuing non-stop to the finish in Annapolis, Maryland, the Race Across America (RAAM) is one of the most well known ultra-endurance events across all sports. It has been running since the early 1980’s and while it has included finishes by professional cyclists, it has also seen its share of relative newcomers to competitive cycling. There are race formats that welcome solo riders as well as two, four, or eight person relay teams. Solo racers must qualify by performance in at least one ‘RAAM Qualifier’ event. Qualification standards do not apply to relay teams. RAAM does require a support crew and can not be raced in an unsupported format. For those interested in a shorter, but still very demanding event, consider the Race Across the West, or RAW, which covers the first ~1,000 miles of the same course, finishing in Durango, Colorado.