Qualifying for RAAM
All SOLO racers must qualify to race RAAM. Teams are NOT required to qualify for RAAM. Following are the ways in which a solo racer may qualify for RAAM:
▪ Completing 2- or 4-person Team RAAM.
▪ Completing a “RAAM Style” RAAM Qualifying Race (RAAM Qualifier or RQ). Generally, a “RAAM Style” event is one which is of longer distance (at least 350 miles), on public roads, non-drafting and with follow vehicle(s) and support crew.
▪ Completing a Time Trial RAAM Qualifier (RQ) Generally, a Time Trial event is non-drafting and run on public roads. Since Time Trial events do not involve follow vehicles, racers qualifying by completing a Time Trial RQ will be required to attend a RAAM sponsored Seminar or have crewed for a solo RAAM attempt.
▪ Completing the PAC Tour Elite Tour.
▪ Racers may petition RAAM to compete in RAAM if they have not met the above standards but feel other accomplishments qualify them to race solo RAAM. Acceptance will be determined by RAAM management and the RAAM management’s decision will be final.
▪ At least one rider on a tandem must have qualified for solo RAAM pursuant to these qualification guidelines.
RAAM Qualification Standards
▪ Racers must average 10.5 mph in a “RAAM Style” RQ or finish the event within the event’s official cut-off time, which ever is faster.
▪ Currently, there are ten 24-hour RAAM Qualifiers. Using these ten events we created four categories of difficulty based largely on feet per mile of climbing. We established RQ Standards for each event based on these categories.
Following are the RQ Standards for each of the ten 24-hour RQs:
0 – 25 feet/mile – RQ Standard: Men 400 miles/Women 370 miles
• Mid-Atlantic (Washington, NC) – 6.9 feet/mile
• Bessie’s Creek 24 (Brookshire, TX) – 9.1 feet/mile
• Sebring 24-Hour (Sebring, FL) – 10.2 feet/mile
• 6-12- 24 Hour WTTC (Borrego Springs, CA) – 18.9 feet/mile
• IL24TE (Urim, Israel) – 24.1 feet/mile
25-50 feet/mile – RQ Standards: Men 380 miles/Women 350 miles
• Revolve24 - Bend Motorsports Park (Adelaide, Australia) – 32 feet/mile
• Xtreme Melfar 24-Hour Cycling Challenge (Middelfart, Denmark) – 35.1 feet/mile
• Texas Time Trials 24-Hour (Glen Rose, TX) – 47.7 feet/mile
• Pace Bend 24-Hour (Austin, TX) – 50 feet/mile
50-75 feet/mile – RQ Standards: Men 360 miles/Women 335 miles
No races at present
75-100 feet/mile – RQ Standards: Men 340 miles/Women 315 miles
• Revolve24 - Brands Hatch (London, UK) – 88 feet/mile
The RQ Standard for 60+ men is the same as for women for each of the ten events.
Some of these events are run on a single loop and others a combination of 2 or 3 loops. To calculate elevation gain for the multi-loop events, we weighted each loop based on the estimated number of circuits of the loop and/or time spent on each loop. These vary depending upon event rules. We used the best available information.
In addition, racers achieving the qualifying standard for a “24-hour” Time Trial RQ must attend a RAAM sponsored Seminar or have crewed for a solo RAAM attempt.
If a racer believes an official has made a decision that violates event rules, was unfair to the racer and/or effected racer’s qualifying for RAAM, racer may appeal to the event race owner/director. RAAM will not intercede on behalf of the racer or event race owner/director. Their decision(s) are final with respect to their events.
Achieving the RAAM qualifying standard in a particular RQ is not an indicator of one’s preparedness for RAAM. Race conditions, terrain and other factors may vary widely. Moreover, there is a significant “scale-up” from the RQs to RAAM itself. Many of the problems encountered on RAAM never have a chance to manifest themselves in an RQ. Racers who pick what may seem to be the “easiest” RQ are not necessarily doing themselves any favors. Accordingly, racers are encouraged to race more than one RQ event. In general, the more experience one has, the greater the chance of a successful RAAM finish.
Achieving RAAM Qualified Status
Racers achieving RAAM Qualified status by completing 2- or 4-person Team RAAM need not notify RAAM of their results.
Racers achieving RAAM Qualified status through a RAAM-Style RQ, Time Trial RQ or the PACTour Eltie Tour need not notify RAAM of their results. RAAM-sanctioned RQs are required to submit the race results following completion of the event.
RAAM qualification is good for two years following the year of qualification.
All official solo and solo tandem RAAM finishers are qualified for life.
Awards for Achieving RAAM Qualification
Racers achieving RAAM Qualified status will receive a certificate and a letter of invitation to race RAAM. Plaques evidencing the achievement of RAAM Qualified status will be made available for purchase at year end.
For further information please contact:
Rick Boethling, Executive Director