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    Why no Randonneur Across America (RAAM)?

    I like seeing videos about RAAM and reading about it. Made me think:

    Was wondering why there isn't a Rando Across America ride?
    Seems like Randonneurs could easily qualify, and would be interested in this.

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    That's sorta what this is:

    http://www.transambikerace.com/

    One has to keep in mind that true-blue, formal randonneuring in the USA is done through RUSA, with the general blessings of the ACP, which still focuses on on what randonneuring is/has been in France for the last 100 and something years. And since they don't ride across America in France.....

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    Probably because nobody wants to deal with the logistics of putting something like that together. I'm not sure how many people you'd actually get who'd be interested in something like that anyway. Really if you want to ride across the US you can be a tourist, race in RAAM or do something like a pac tour. No need for a 5kbrevet. I don't know, maybe someone will make it a popular?
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    It'd be kind of a bummer to get 4,900k into a 5,000k brevet and miss a control.
    There's a Pony Express Perm that's 3,079k long. Been ridden one time, in 13 days, which is about 234k per day. That doesn't sound too bad.
    Maybe if there was a big rush of enthusiasm for that one, people would be working on longer ones.

    One limitation is that if you work entirely off maps in making a route, you'll wind up with some sucky sections where the road is rougher than you realized or isn't paved or who knows what. So it helps to be familiar with the roads or go test-drive them first. And not many people are familiar with cross-country routes, or want to test-drive them.
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    It's an intriguing idea. Some randonneurs are certainly tough enough to actually do it. RAAM is very expensive. The main issue for RUSA would be the authenticating of the time limits per control. There are established routes from BikeAmerica. It should be done in small teams for safety.

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    PacTour Elite is pretty close to what you are looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lungimsam View Post
    I like seeing videos about RAAM and reading about it. Made me think:

    Was wondering why there isn't a Rando Across America ride?
    Seems like Randonneurs could easily qualify, and would be interested in this.
    Wow, 4800 km! Assuming a control every 220 km (just a guess), that's 22 control stations spread across 3000 miles. Does RAAM have a monitoring system of similar scale?

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    That is a lot of miles to travel.
    2013 Felt 960 MTB 1755.6 miles
    2014 Felt Z5 carbon 301.7 miles

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    Why not go for this:

    Pan-American Highway - Wikipedia

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    There's really nothing preventing anyone from riding the RAAM route (highly documented) as a permanent. It would be like riding one of the "Diagonals" in France. Read the rules and ride across America accordingly. I'm also surprised no one has set up a "Raid Sierran" or "Raid Rocky Mtn" along the lines of the Raid Pyrenean (the historic coast-to-coast traverse thru the Pyrenees according to the guidelines laid out in the 1950s by the Cyclo Club Bearnaise (i.e. you must complete the ride between 1st June - 30th September, within a 100-hour time-frame and have a pass-book - known as a 'carnet' - stamped by cafe owners at key points along the ride).

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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
    One limitation is that if you work entirely off maps in making a route, you'll wind up with some sucky sections where the road is rougher than you realized or isn't paved or who knows what. So it helps to be familiar with the roads or go test-drive them first. And not many people are familiar with cross-country routes, or want to test-drive them.
    Reminds me of the time we were doing a brevet and one of the roads was gone. Not closed, gone. And we had used the road 3 weeks earlier on another ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gl98115 View Post
    Reminds me of the time we were doing a brevet and one of the roads was gone. Not closed, gone. And we had used the road 3 weeks earlier on another ride.
    Before I started randonneuring, I once did a ride around Lake Ray Hubbard, about 55 miles. I mapped out the route using internet maps.
    I got over there to one place, and came to a Tee. Where the map showed a road, there was a gate. I think it's this location here, the map STILL shows a through road here!
    https://maps.google.com/maps?q=rockw...97.34,,0,10.54
    Then I got down to another spot, and a bridge was out. Out, as in, been missing several years with no plans to rebuild it. Internet maps showed the road going across. But it just didn't. At least that's been fixed on the maps now, though. That cost me about 3 extra miles, as I recall.
    https://maps.google.com/maps?q=rockw...359.93,,0,1.75
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