Race Across America 2013 (draft) Definitions Divisions Time Rules Procedures Table of Contents

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RAAM - Race Divisions

Race Divisions are a combination of the following:

  • Racer Category

  • Age

  • Gender

  • Bike Type

For example: Solo 50-59 Male is different from Solo Under 50 Male, etc.
Racer Categories are:

  • Solo Racers – one Racer racing the entire distance

  • 2-Person Team – two Racers sharing the entire distance

  • 4-Person Team – up to four Racers sharing the entire distance

  • 8-Person Team –five to eight Racers sharing the entire distance

Tandems are considered one ‘Racer’ in this context. One tandem would be in the Solo Tandem category, two tandems would be in the 2-Person Tandem Team category, etc.
Age Categories are as follows:

  • Under 50

  • 50-59

  • 60-69

  • 70-74

  • 75+

Racing Age is the age each Racer will turn during the calendar year of the race (year of race minus birth year).

Solos: Age is the racing age of the Racer.

Teams: Age is the average racing age of all Team members. This applies to 2-person and 4-person teams. There are no age categories for 8-Person Teams.
Gender Categories are as follows:

  • Men

  • Women

  • Mixed - indicates there is at least one male and one female member. This applies to 2-person and 4-person teams. Tandem teams must have an equal (50/50) number of males to females. There are no gender categories for 8-Person Teams.

Bike Type Categories are as follows:

  • Upright Single

  • Tandem

  • Recumbents

  • Human Powered Vehicles (HPV)(includes faired recumbents)

All members of a Team must ride the same bike type; no mixing bike types. RAAM has no fixed gear division. Fixed gear competitors must race in the appropriate Solo or Team divisions.

Open Division

The Open Division is a limited division for Racer combinations beyond those listed above (such as a tandem trike relay team). Invitations to participate in the Open Division are at the discretion of the Race Director and Race Management. A Racer or Team may petition the Race Director for inclusion in the Open Division. The circumstances must bring a unique perspective on the race and generally fall within the infrastructure currently in place.

Consideration will be given to Racers in the Open Division for an earlier start. All Racers in the Open Division must be finished by the standard cut-off time. No racer will be considered an official finisher after the standard cut-off.
An additional fee may be required for Racers or Teams in the Open Division depending on resources necessary to accommodate their entry.
Racers in the Open Division are not eligible for plaques, prize money or records. There is no placing of Racers in the Open Division.
Qualifying – Solos

Racers wishing to compete in the Solo or Tandem Categories must first qualify in accordance with the Qualification Rules as defined on the RAAM website: www.raceacrossamerica.org

Alternatively, if a racer feels qualified to enter Solo RAAM not having raced any of the RAAM Qualifiers, or having raced a RAAM Qualifier but failing to achieve the standard, the racer may petition the RAAM Race Director. The petition may take the form of a simple letter addressing the reasons why the racer feels qualified. An athletic resume must be attached. The petition may be submitted by conventional mail or e-mail.
Qualifying – Teams

There are no qualifying requirements for teams. However, we strongly recommend at least one crew member or racer attend one of our Crew Seminars. And we recommend Teams race a RAAM Qualifier prior to RAAM.

RAAM - Time, Checkpoints and Finishing Status

Race Time

RAAM travels across 4 time zones. During the Race the official time for reporting and tracking racers will ALWAYS be that of the US Eastern Time Zone, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) in military time.

Start Times

Start times listed are Pacific Daylight Time which is local time in Oceanside, CA.

  • Tuesday, June 11, 2013 12:00pm (Noon) – All Solo Racers

  • Saturday, June 15, 2013 12:00pm (Noon) – All Teams.

Add 3 hours for Race Time/Eastern Daylight Time.
Time Allowance

Every Race Division has a time allowance; racers must finish within the allowed time to be considered an official RAAM Finisher or official Team RAAM Finisher. As RAAM has a staggered start each racer’s or team’s time allowance begins from their assigned start.

Solo Men – 288 hours (12 days)

Solo Men 60+ – 309 hours (12 days 21 hours)

Solo Women – 309 hours (12 days 21 hours)

Teams – 216 hours (9 days)

Time allowance extensions may be given for Open Division and for racers in older age brackets. If you are concerned about finishing within the allowed time, please consult with the Race Director for possible consideration.

Intermediate Checkpoint and Time Cutoffs

Racers and Teams must reach two checkpoint Time Stations within the designated time to officially continue with the race. If Racers cannot reach these two checkpoints within the designated allowance, the chances of reaching the next checkpoint or the Finish are significantly diminished. These checkpoints are not equal distances apart.

These checkpoints are not intended to prevent any Racers from doing their best, but must exist to define the time during which Time Stations will be managed and race coverage is available by Race Officials and Headquarters Staff. Moreover, race organizers believe that RAAM must have criteria for defining the end of the race for each division. Additionally, these rules maintain the integrity of the accomplishment of official RAAM Finishers and official Team RAAM Finishers. Disqualification based on the failure to meet cutoff times is not punitive. Time cutoffs give all Racers something significant to work towards.
Checkpoint Times for Solo Men Racers



Start Plus X Hrs



Durango, CO

Start + 81 Hours

Friday, June 14, 2013, 12am (Midnight) EDT


Mississippi River

Start + 192 Hours

Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 3pm EDT


Mt. Airy, MD

Start + 283 Hours

Sunday, June 23, 2013, 10am EDT


City Dock, MD - Finish

Start + 288 Hours

Sunday, June 23, 2013, 3pm EDT

Checkpoint Times for Solo Women and Solo Men (60+) Racers



Start Plus X Hrs



Durango, CO

Start + 87 Hours

Saturday, June 15, 2013, 6am EDT


Mississippi River

Start + 206 Hours

Thursday, June 20, 2013, 5am EDT


Mt. Airy, MD

Start + 304 Hours

Monday, June 24, 2013, 7am EDT


City Dock, MD - Finish

Start + 309 Hours

Monday, June 24, 2013, 12pm (Noon) EDT

Checkpoint Times for Teams



Start Plus X Hrs



Durango, CO

Start + 61 Hours

Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 4am EDT


Mississippi River

Start + 144 Hours

Friday, June 21, 2013, 3pm EDT


Mt. Airy, MD

Start + 211 Hours

Monday, June 24, 2012, 10 am EDT


City Dock, MD - Finish

Start + 216 Hours

Monday, June 24, 2012, 3pm EDT

NOTE: The racing ends at the Ram’s Head Road House, you may not pass another team after this point in the Race. From that point to City Dock, the Race finish, the Race is in a parade zone. There is a fixed time that will be added to each team’s Ram’s Head time. Your cumulative time will determine your actual finish time and also be your official finishing status.
Time Extensions

If a Racer does not reach the indicated Time Station within the allowed time noted above, the Racer will be disqualified from the race. In the event a Racer is very close to cutoff times, the Race Management, in conjunction with Race Officials, may grant an extension of time taking into account all race circumstances.

Finishing Status

To be considered an official solo RAAM Finisher or an official Team RAAM Finisher, a racer must:

  • Finish within the time allowed for that division. The time allowed is the time at City Dock, MD (Ram’s Head time + added fixed parade time).

  • Still be eligible to race (not disqualified)

All others who cross the finish line beyond the time allowed have our full respect for their accomplishment; however, they will not be given a finish time and will be listed as DNF (did not finish).
Time Considerations

Cutoff times are based on the Racer’s actual starting time plus the time allowance.

Time accumulated via penalties is excluded from the time allowance and will be added on after the finish time is known. An official finish time may exceed the allowed time when penalties are added.

Sprints and Order

In the event of a sprint to the Finish or to a prime location, the front point of the front wheel of the lead Racer must cross the plane of the Finish line, as in traditional bicycle racing. If a pace line of Racers on the same Team are converging upon a Finish line, the front Racer determines the finishing order.


The Racer with the lowest accumulated time in each Race Division and an official RAAM Finisher or Team RAAM Finisher will be declared the winner of that Race Division. The lowest accumulated time WILL take into account penalties, credits and staggered start time.


Riders may continue riding after being disqualified, but upon such disqualification, they are not officially part of the race. Race Officials, Race Headquarters and Time Stations will not record the progress of these riders. Riders will be listed in the results for the last mileage they completed officially. If a rider continues riding, all RAAM logos and insignia must be removed from support vehicles.

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