The cycling in Southern California is fabulous – extremely diverse. The topography is the most varied of any cycling event we know - avocado orchards and orange groves, the ridges and valleys of the Coast Range, the Anza-Borrego Desert – and the weather is beautiful this time of year.
Date; Saturday, May 7, 2016
The RAAM SoCal Cycling Challenge offers two distances - 200 and 400-miles. The RAAM route figures prominently in the event – both distances use portions of the RAAM route. Both the 200 and 400-mile races start/finish at Mance Buchanon Park in Oceanside.
The 200-mile racers head up Olive Hill Road through Fallbrook, across the Coast Range through the rugged back country east of Camp Pendleton and down to Temecula. Here they head back into the Coast Range to Valley Center. From there they head up and over Palomar and down to Lake Henshaw. They continue east to San Felipe Road and down into the Anza-Borrego Desert. They begin the return trip by climbing Banner Grade and continuing to Santa Ysabel.
The 400-mile riders head to Valley Center and over Mt. Palomar to Lake Henshaw. They follow the RAAM route across the Coast Range and down “the glass elevator” to Borrego Springs. From here they head out to Salton City, around the north side of the Salton Sea down to Brawley and out through the Algodones Dunes to Glamis, where they turn around and head back through Brawley, up Banner Grade and down into Santa Ysabel.
Both the 200 and 400-mile riders head north out of San Ysabel following the same return route – Mesa Grande to Lake Henshaw, down to Cole Grade and through Valley Center back to Mance Buchanon Park.
The 200-mile course is the toughest “double century” in America. The 400-mile course follows significant portions of the current and past RAAM routes. Nearly 150 miles of the 400-mile course are below sea level. Racers get the RAAM experience, but without the intense summer desert heat. This is our toughest RAAM Challenge Series event - are you up for the Challenge?
NOTE: There are no additional fees added on when you register
Standard Pricing: Feb. 29 - Apr. 24, 2016
Late Pricing: Apr. 25 - May 1, 2016
What is included in your entry fee:
All racers will receive detailed route information (printed cue sheets, GPS is available through the website), live results (time splits) and statistics through RaceResult.com, race signage for your support vehicle (race numbers and Caution Bicycles Ahead decal), in addition to an event T-shirt & other swag, a lunch ticket for each racer and 2 additional for crew (more may be purchased at the event). All official finishers will receive a custom medal and official jersey. All official 400-mile finishers will be RAAM Qualified.
What you will need to race:
Functional front and rear lights (+spare batteries), reflective tape appropriately placed on you bicycle(s) (see Endurance Racing Primer). Reflective clothing (vest and anklets, recommended), if you are racing without a support crew. Support vehicles must have amber flashing roof lights & reflective DOT triangle (we will have some available for rent on a first come, first serve basis), operable four-way flashers & turn signals, proper insurance.
*ALL RACERS and/or CREW must attend the race meeting on Friday evening.