RAW (The Race Across the West)
"The World's Toughest Bicycle Race," the Race Across America, (RAAM), is an ultra-endurance bicycle race which spans the width of the continental U.S.A and attracts cyclists from all over North America, Europe and Australia. A shorter version of RAAM, called the Race Across the West (RAW) was introduced in 2008.
This is a race unlike other well-known road races, like the Tour de France. RAW is not a stage race. RAW is a single stage. Once the clock starts in Oceanside, California, it doesn't stop until the racer reaches the finish line in Durango, Colorado. RAW is the second longest endurance cycling race in the United States. The race is essentially a time trial - a race against the clock, sometimes referred to as the race of truth. Unlike the Tour de France, solo racers are not allowed to draft or take shelter from the wind.