About Race Across the West (RAW)

What is RAW?
Race Across the West (RAW) is a shorter version of RAAM.  RAW travels the first 860 miles of the RAAM route and is a RAAM qualifying event.  RAW has a solo division as well as 2- and 4-Person relay team divisions.  It follows the same format and runs concurrently with RAAM.  RAW racers start the same day as the RAAM solo men, Wednesday June 15.

RAW is a Race of Truth

This is a Race. Unlike other well-known road races, like the Tour de France, RAW is not a stage race. RAW is a single stage. Once the clock starts in Oceanside, it doesn't stop until the racer reaches the finish line in Durango. RAW is the second longest endurance cycling race in the United States. The race is essentially a time trial - a race against the clock, sometimes referred to as the race of truth. Unlike the Tour de France, solo racers are not allowed to draft or take shelter from the wind. 
From www.raceacrossthewest.org