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The event starts/finishes at Lake Rebecca Park Reserve, 20 miles west of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.  Minnesota, the Land of 10,000 Lakes, is farm country.

 

The area west of the Twin Cities Metro Area, with quiet roads through gently rolling farmland, has become a favorite of the cycling community.  The area is home to several triathlons.  Summer in Minnesota is beautiful.  Temps are 75-85 F – perfect riding weather.

 

The 200 and 400-mile routes are large concentric loops, sharing the first 12 miles and the last 47 miles.  Both loops feature flat to gently rolling farmland.  Lakes and rivers are common features.  The topography was shaped by the great continental ice sheets.  All of the climbing is associated with glacial moraines and river valleys.

 

The 200-mile course may be the flattest double century in America – 201 miles with only 5,745’ of climbing.  Riders cross the Mississippi River, follow the St. Croix River, a National Scenic Byway, cross the Mississippi once more and then the Minnesota River before finishing at Lake Rebecca.

 

The 400-mile course is the flattest road RAAM Qualifier in the RQ System – 386 miles with only 12,126’ of climbing.  Riders cross the Mississippi, follow the St. Croix National Scenic Byway, cross into Wisconsin, follow the Great River Road south along the eastern shore of Lake Pepin, cross the Mississippi back into Minnesota, and then the Minnesota River on their way back to the finish.  This is the only RAAM Qualifier in the Upper Midwest 5-state area (MN, WI, IA, SD, ND).

 

Both the 200 and 400-mile courses are perfect for beginning to intermediate level ultra-racers.

Courses

200 Route Map

400 Cue Sheet

400 Route Map

200 Cue Sheet

400 Rules

200 Rules

General Information

What to Bring:

August is a great time of year to be riding in Minnesota.  The later half of August should see clear skies with warm days and cool nights.  We don’t expect rain, but you never know.

 

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.

 

2017 Race Roster

Schedule

Friday, August 4, 2017

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM - Check-in and Rider Packet Pick Up at Lake Rebecca 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 for 400-mile racers*

 

Saturday, August 5, 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, August 6, 2017

9:00 AM - Special Needs Bags available for pick-up at Lake Rebecca 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. 15 - May 5, 2017

Standard Pricing: May 6 - July 16, 2017

Late Pricing: July 17 - July 26, 2017

 

- There is no day of registration

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

 

What’s Included:

 

200-mile Racers – Live racer tracking through TrackLeaders, live results (time splits) through RaceResult.com, detailed route information (printed cue sheets and GPS files are available), bib numbers, T-shirt, and a lunch on Sunday.  All Official Finishers will receive a custom medal and jersey.

 

400-mile Racers - Live racer tracking through TrackLeaders, live results (time splits) through RaceResult.com, detailed route information (printed cue sheets and GPS files are available), race signage for your vehicle (includes race numbers and Caution Bicycles Ahead decal -1 set for solo racers and 2 sets for team racers),T-shirt, and a lunch on Sunday.  All Official Finishers will receive a custom medal and jersey.

 

*Note: additional vehicle signage may be purchased through the registration process

 

What you will need to race:

 

200-mile Racers – Functional front and rear lights (+spare batteries).  And, we highly recommend some reflective clothing and/or reflective tape on your bicycle. 200-mile racers do not need to attend the crew meeting on Friday.

 

400-mile Racers – Functional front and rear lights (+ spare batteries), reflective tape on your bicycle (wheels, cranks, forks and seat stays). Crew must have reflective vests and/or ankle/wrist bands.  Support vehicles must have amber flashing roof lights and a reflective DOT slow moving vehicle triangle, operable four-way flashers and turn signals on the vehicles and proper insurance.

*Note: we have amber lights and triangles for rent through the registration process and will have some at check-in. If they are not reserved in advance through the registration process, it will be first come, first served.

 

**Note: All 400-mile racers/crew must attend the Mandatory Crew meeting Friday evening at 5pm.

 

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

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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. 15 - May 5, 2017

Standard Pricing: May 6 - July 16, 2017

Late Pricing: July 17 - July 26, 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.