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The event starts/finishes at Mance Buchanon Park in Oceanside.  Both routes utilize portions of the RAAM route and both climb Mt. Palomar.

 

The SoCal Challenge has the most varied geography of any ultra-event in the world.  Steep mountains, valleys and desert.  The weather is generally very good:  60-80 F temps on the coast with orange groves and avocado orchards; 50-70 F in the mountains with oaks and pines; and 80-100 F in the desert with ocotillo, cholla, yucca and other cactus.

 

The 200 and 400-mile races are large irregular intersecting loops, sharing the first 8 miles and the last 83 miles.  Both loops start on the coast, cross the Coast Range, descend into the Desert, and cross back over the Coast Range to finish.

 

The 200-mile route is very difficult – 203 miles with 18,531’ of climbing.  California has a well-developed ultra-racing culture with over two-dozen established double centuries, more than all other states combined.  Only 2 of those doubles are comparable to the RAAM SoCal Challenge double.

 

The 400-mile route is difficult – 402 miles with 20,462’ of climbing.  Riders cross the Coast Range, descend Montezuma Grade (Glass Elevator) through Borrego Springs, around the south side of the Salton Sea, descending to nearly 200‘ below sea level.  They continue out to the Imperial Dunes where they turn around, climb back over the Coast Range via Banner Grade and return to the finish.  The 400-mile race is great training for RAAM as it utilizes portions of the RAAM route and takes place roughly a month before RAAM.

 

Both the 200 and 400-mile courses are challenging.  They are the most difficult in the RAAM Challenge Series - best suited to intermediate to advanced level ultra-racers.

 

The RAAM SoCal Challenge is accessible from all major metropolitan markets in the southwest – only a couple hours from San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, a half-day from Phoenix, Tucson and Las Vegas, and a day from the Bay Area, Reno and Salt Lake City.

 

Courses

200 Route Map

400 Cue Sheet

400 Route Map

200 Cue Sheet

400 Rules

200 Rules

General Information

What to Bring:

April in Southern California should be beautiful.  The rainy season is over – we should see clear skies, warm days and cool nights.  The hills should be green – flowers in bloom.  Remember, as the song says, “It never rains in Southern California.”  That will almost certainly be the case, but you never know - always be prepared for wide ranging conditions.

 

Clothing:

Always remember your normal cycling gear (shorts, jersey, socks, shoes, gloves and helmet).  And, while the weather is normally very nice, it’s always a good idea to come prepared for cooler weather and/or rain (base layer, vest and/or jacket, knee warmers).

 

Additional items: 

Sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, cellphone, water bottle(s), pump (or CO2 cartridge), patches, tire levers, spare tube(s), basic bike tools.

 

Host Hotels (Say you are racing RAAM for discounts):

RAMADA INN

1440 Mission Ave

Oceanside, CA

(760) 967-4100

2017 Race Roster

2016 Live Tracking

La Quinta Inn

937 North Coast Highway

Oceanside, CA  92054

(760)450-0730

 

Courtyard San Diego Oceanside

3501 Seagate Way

Oceanside, CA  9205

Book Online Now

 

Schedule

Friday, May 12, 2017

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM - Check-in and Rider Packet Pick Up at Mance Buchanon Park

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM - Inspections for 400-mile racers

                                         - Optional Specials Needs Bag drop-off for 200 mile racers

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM - MANDATORY racer meeting*

 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

5:00 AM - 400-mile racers start

5:00 AM - Light Inspections for 200-mile racers

6:00 AM - 200-mile racers start

11:00 PM - 200-mile course closes

 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

9:00 AM - Special Needs Bags available for pick-up at Mance Buchanon Park

1:00 PM - 400-mile course closes

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM - 200 and 400-mile post-event lunch (pizza, beer & soft drinks provided!)

 

*NOTE: Mandatory Meeting will cover safety rules, route changes, map handouts, and more. Racers who miss the meeting will not be allowed to start.

 

 

Registration

Register Now 400

Register Now 200

2017 Entry Fees - RAAM 200

Early

Standard

Late

Solo

$165

$185

$215

$260

$295

$340

Tandem

Early Bird Pricing: Dec. 1 - Feb. 26, 2017

Standard Pricing: Feb. 27 - Apr. 23, 2017

Late Pricing: Apr. 24 - May 3, 2017

 

- There is no day of registration

- No refunds of entry fees, events will occur rain or shine.

 

What is included in your entry fee:

All racers will receive detailed route information (printed cue sheets,  GPS is available through the website),  live results (time splits) and statistics through RaceResult.com, race signage for your support vehicle (race numbers and Caution Bicycles Ahead decal), in addition to an event T-shirt & other swag, a lunch ticket for each racer and 2 additional for crew (more may be purchased at the event).  All official finishers will receive a custom medal and official jersey.  All official 400-mile finishers will be RAAM Qualified.

 

What you will need to race:

Functional front and rear lights (+spare batteries), reflective tape appropriately placed on you bicycle(s) (see Endurance Racing Primer).  Reflective clothing (vest and anklets, recommended), if you are racing without a support crew.  Support vehicles must have amber flashing roof lights & reflective DOT triangle (we will have some available for rent on a first come, first serve basis), operable four-way flashers & turn signals, proper insurance.

 

ALL RACERS and/or CREW must attend the race meeting on Friday evening.

2017 Entry Fees - RAAM 400

Early

Standard

Late

Solo

$295

$330

$385

$345

$380

$435

$470

$750

$530

$900

$615

$1050

Solo Randonneur*

2 - Person Team**

4 - Person Team**

*Randonneuring - Self Supported Racing

** Same Price for Tandem / 2-Tandem Team

 

2016 Results

2015 Results

Results

The RAAM Cycling Challenge is a multi-event series offering the best ultra-cycling, in the best cycling destinations in America.

 Race Information Please Contact:

Rick at rick@raceacrossamerica.org

Copyright © 2016 RAAM Challenge Series, All Right Reserved.

RAAM PO Box 19590 Boulder, Colorado 80308

Register Now 200

2017 Entry Fees - RAAM 200

Early

Standard

Late

Solo

$165

$185

$215

$260

$295

$340

Tandem

Register Now 400

Early Bird Pricing: Dec. 1 - Feb. 26, 2017

Standard Pricing: Feb. 27 - Apr. 23, 2017

Late Pricing: Apr. 24 - May 3, 2017

 

- There is no day of registration

- No refunds of entry fees, events will occur rain or shine.

 

What is included in your entry fee:

All racers will receive detailed route information (printed cue sheets,  GPS is available through the website),  live results (time splits) and statistics through RaceResult.com, race signage for your support vehicle (race numbers and Caution Bicycles Ahead decal), in addition to an event T-shirt & other swag, a lunch ticket for each racer and 2 additional for crew (more may be purchased at the event).  All official finishers will receive a custom medal and official jersey.  All official 400-mile finishers will be RAAM Qualified.

 

What you will need to race:

Functional front and rear lights (+spare batteries), reflective tape appropriately placed on you bicycle(s) (see Endurance Racing Primer).  Reflective clothing (vest and anklets, recommended), if you are racing without a support crew.  Support vehicles must have amber flashing roof lights & reflective DOT triangle (we will have some available for rent on a first come, first serve basis), operable four-way flashers & turn signals, proper insurance.

 

ALL RACERS and/or CREW must attend the race meeting on Friday evening.