The crazy Race Across America bicycle race from coast to coast has been won again by an Austrian. Severin Zotter takes over from serial winner Christoph Strasser.
The Race Across America 2015 (RAAM 2015) just ended with another winner from Austria. The small Alp country dominates this crazy long distance bicycle race since years. Severin Zotter won the race taking over from fellow Austrian Christoph Strasser who has won the past two races across America.
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33-year-old Severin Zotter won the race with a time of 8 days 8 hours and 17 minutes. The endurance race requires that athletes basically sleep on their bicycles or don't sleep at all if they want to win. This means they are basically not sleeping for over a week. The distance Severin Zotter (official site) rode in the over 8 days has been 3,004 miles. As of writing this report no other competitor has reached the finishing line in the Race Across America 2015.
American David Haase is currently ranked second with still 200 miles to go at the RAAM leaderboard. Why Austrians are able to win the Race Across America is a mystery, maybe its the fabulous Austrian wine.
In the female category Swiss Isabelle Pulver is in the lead but she has still over 500 miles to go to reach the finish.
RAAM has a rich and storied history. In 1982 four individuals raced from the Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles to the Empire State Building in New York City. Covered by national television, the race captivated the public’s imagination. Teams were added in 1992 and quickly became the most popular and fastest growing segment of the race. Relay team racing made the event accessible to any reasonably fit cyclist.
Race Across America is one continual stage, similar to a time trial. Once the clock starts it does not stop until the finish line. RAAM is about 30% longer than the Tour de France.