On June 16-28, 2020, with support from Wagner Roofing, acclaimed cycling journalist, Rupert Guinness, will attempt to complete the 3,000-mile Race Across America (RAAM) – The World’s Toughest Bicycle Race virtually from a stationary cycling trainer located remotely in Sydney, Australia. In order to complete the event, Guinness will need to pedal his stationary bike for 20 hours per day, for 12 days straight. You read that right…
Originally coordinated to begin in Oceanside, CA, and end here in Annapolis, MD, the 2020 Race Across America was forced to change formats this year due to the global Coronaviris pandemic. But that didn’t deter Rupert Guinness and his goal of raising awareness for mental health. So the focus shifted to recreate the event virtually, now dubbed the Virtual Race Across America (VRAAM).
Read more about Rupert’s journey and plans for the race in VeloNews.
With a deep-rooted connection to the competitive sport of cycling, Wagner Roofing will continue to sponsor Guinness and his efforts to raise awareness for mental health. “During these challenging times, mental health is more relevant than ever, and any awareness we can bring to the multitude of issues surrounding it is of great benefit,” explains Wagner Roofing President, Dean Jagusch. “The premise of the VRAAM Mental Miles is focused on the positive effects on one’s mental health during and following physical exercise, such as riding a bike. The same can be said about cardiovascular conditioning during the current threat of the Coronavirus. Combine those two major stress points amidst this current global pandemic, and committing to 1 hour of riding per day across the 12 days of the event, from the safety of your own home, feels like a great cause to be a part of.”
Participate in VRAAM from your Home
Through the virtual event design, RAAM race organizers looked for a way to engage fans and fellow cycling enthusiasts with this year’s virtual race. In response, they have developed a platform where fans and riders can also participate from virtual trainers in the comfort of their own homes.
- VRAAM (Race Across America)– 3000 miles (4828 km) in 12 days
- VRAW (Race Across the West) – 925 Miles (1488 km) in 12 days
- The60 – 1-hour rides over each of the 12 days
Participant information can be found here
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