The Virtual Race Across America Kicks Off Today


Race Across AMerica (RAAM), the World’s Toughest Bicycle Race since 1982, will be held in a virtual format in 2020 and will be kicking off today with the VRAAM: The World’s First – And Largest – Virtual Ultra-Cycling. The VRAM will run from  June 16-28, 2020. 

Designed to capture the sweat and interest of real athletes in a virtual environment, VRAAM will be staged from 16-28 June 2020.
 
The emergence of VRAAM came as a result of the 2020 edition of the Race Across America being cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was independently created in Australia by Anthony Gordon, Sally Heginbotham and David Fell (Revolve24 Australia) for the purpose of a creative message of positivity to the global cycling community.
 
The message is: inspiring global awareness of the benefits of exercise in improving mental health. Research by Associate Professor Simon Rosenbaum (University of New South Wales) shows that exercising for 60 minutes a week can reduce depression by 17 per cent.
 
Without leaving home, riders worldwide can watch or enter VRAAM. There is an “event” for every level of cyclist.
 
1. VRAAM – 3,000 miles (4,828kms)
2. VRAW (Race Across the West) – 925 miles (1,488kms)
3. the60 – 1 hour rides held over each of the 12 days
 
All ride distances will be stunning road segments, predominantly in North America. They will not be the actual RAAM course. All distances quoted are approximate.

Fans can follow the  riders progress on the leaderboard with the following links:

 VRAAM dot-watching and leaderboard
 
 VRAW dot-watching and leaderboard