The first 930 miles of RAAM, traversing some of the most beautiful country in the west, leaving the beach in Oceanside, climbing the Coastal Range and the dropping into the scorching desert. After crossing the deserts of California and Arizona, racers begin a gradual climb into the mountains surrounding Flagstaff, AZ and eventually into the Rocky Mountains. The race finishes on the Animas River in the cycling mecca of Durango, CO. The RAW is a qualifying event for RAAM.
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