The Race Across the West (RAW) is one of the world’s top RAAM Qualifying events. Riding from Oceanside, California to Durango, Colorado, participants cross the Coast Range, Imperial Dunes, Monument Valley and finish in the San Juan Range of SW Colorado.
RAW is held alongside RAAM, following the RAAM route to Durango. Crucially, it crosses the “death zone” – the hostile terrain of the Mojave Desert, where temperatures are well in excess of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. This is one of the most feared parts of RAAM and therefore makes RAW the ideal RAAM preparation event for both the racer and crew.
- Distance: 860 miles
- Climb: Over 40,000ft
- Time for completion: 81 hours