The Race Across America (RAAM) is considered one of the toughest endurance events in the world.
RAAM—the Race Across America—is a bicycle race like no other. It’s nothing like its more famous cousin, the Tour de France. RAAM is much crazier, more gothic, and even savage. Once the gun goes off on the Pacific Coast, the clock doesn’t stop, so if you sleep, you lose. The first rider to complete the prescribed 3,000-mile route—nine days later at the Atlantic—is the victor. Most racers manage two or three hours of sleep each day while the leaders get by on an hour and a half—or less. Sleep deprivation leads them to hallucinate, often for hours on end. This epic race is the most brutal organized sporting event you’ve never heard of and one of the best kept secrets in the sports world. Contestants have died, been maimed, and spiraled down into the nightmarish realm of the mad. Half of them don’t finish. In fact, only 200 racers have ever made it to the end. Outside magazine calls it “the toughest test of endurance in the world,” and one winner who also climbed the world’s highest mountain said, “Everest is more dangerous but RAAM is harder.”
Hell on Two Wheels takes readers inside a harrowing, 3,000-mile long ultra-distance cycling race and follows a handful of courageous athletes who test themselves, each other, and the limits of human endurance.
Hell on Two Wheels is a thrilling and remarkably detailed account of their ups and downs, triumphs and tragedies. This is more than just a race—it's a monster, a crucible, an unforgettable allegory about the human experience of pain, joy, and self-discovery.
Amy Snyder is a marathon cyclist, three-time Ironman finisher, and retired management consultant. She lives in La Jolla, California, and recently wrote Hell on Two Wheels, a book about a 3,000-mile nonstop bike race Outside Magazine called the toughest test of endurance in the world. Learn more about her book at www.hellontwowheelsbook.com.
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