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).

What is VRAAM?

The Virtual Race Across America – VRAAM is the world's largest virtual ultra cycling event based on the toughest ultra cycling race in the world – The Race Across America. To be held from 16 – 28 June, and with three levels of participation, register your interest to ensure you get all info over the coming weeks before entries open. Register here: bit.ly/VRAAM🎥 by Nothin'ButShorts International's Anthony GordonThanks as always to my partners:SBS Australia, Trek Bicycle, Revolve24, G Brothers Mercedes-Benz Sydney Australia, Entoure, Zoom, Suunto, Marko Baloh ultra-cyclist, Wagner Roofing Company, Terrano Systems, Albion Cycles, Rudy Project Australia, Crossing the Line Sport, SRAM, Koda Nutrition, prism.bike, Lets Go Motorhomes, Tourxoz

Posted by Rupert Guinness on Monday, April 27, 2020

Read more about Rupert’s journey and plans for the race in VeloNews.

Support is everything

I’ve been thinking a lot about our Race Across America support team in recent days, as I continue my preparation for the big race within the understandable social distancing and health protocols in place (and amidst the uncertainty over when RAAM will be held as the world situation ever changes).This is a behind-the-scenes video about one element in one sport event (produced by Anthony Gordon, my crew chief who has covered RAAM three times in his profession as an adventure and life videographer). But in this time of need for communities to unite, I hope the positive spirit you see of those who are working together in this video provides some lift into the power of positive spirit. We will all need it in the coming months. Take care!Thanks to my partners who continue to support me:Wagner Roofing Company, Marko Baloh ultra-cyclist, @Trek Bicycles Australia, Terrano Systems, Albion Cycles, Rudy Project Australia, SRAM, Crossing the Line Sport 🎥 by Nothin'ButShorts International's Anthony Gordon

Posted by Rupert Guinness on Monday, March 23, 2020

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.

From the official VRAAM release: Thanks to FULGAZ and their virtual platform, riders and fans worldwide can ride or watch VRAAM without leaving home. There is an event for every level of cyclist.

  1. VRAAM (Race Across America)– 3000 miles (4828 km) in 12 days
  2. VRAW (Race Across the West) – 925 Miles (1488 km) in 12 days
  3. The60 – 1-hour rides over each of the 12 days

More info…

Participant information can be found here
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