Six straight days of racing. Cyclists and crews working in harmony, and in frustration. Sleep is optional.
The Great American Bicycle Race began in 1982 when John Marino, John Howard, Michael Shermer, and Lon Halderman set out from the Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles and raced their way to the Empire State Building in New York City. Along the way, they traversed three major mountain ranges, captured the attention of the American public, and inspired a generation. Lon secured the event’s first title by completing the 3,000-mile trek in nine days, twenty hours, and two minutes.
Quickly renamed the Race Across America (RAAM), the event is now popular as a relay and allows for teams of two, four, or eight. The starting point has been moved to Oceanside, California and after traveling through twelve states and climbing 170,000 vertical feet, riders finish their journey in Annapolis, Maryland. There are no stages or scheduled breaks. Once the clock starts it does not stop. Teams must finish in nine days but the records are as low as five days and three hours. The 2018 edition will begin on Saturday, June 16 and Kurt Broadhag will be there with seven teammates and twelve crew members from Team Bemer. Their goal is to break the eight-person record and to raise $50,000 for children’s cancer research in the process.
This is not Kurt’s first rodeo. Two years ago he crossed the RAAM finish line with Phil Tintsman, Chris DeMarchi, and Tony Restuccia. That team recorded the top time in 2016, even outpacing the best eight-person team. Along that route, he also took a film crew which captured footage for the documentary, Four by 3000. On August 31, 2017, the movie was debuted at a fundraiser for the Young Survival Coalition – a group dedicated to addressing critical issues of young women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Four by 3000 will be released throughout the U.S. this year.
Kurt began racing bicycles competitively while in high school. On a family trip to Gettysburg, he met a couple riding their bikes across the country and his interest was instantly piqued. He went on to win 25 state championships and train as a junior cyclist at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York. Kurt has raised more than $260,000 for charity over the three years that he has competed in RAAM. This year’s beneficiary will be the Pablove Foundation, which invests in underfunded research and works to improve the lives of children living with cancer.
The custom Masi Evoluzione that Kurt rode in the record-setting 2016 RAAM is up for auction now with proceeds from the sale going directly to the Pablove Foundation. The auction ends on June 10th and shipping is included. Take home a part of the RAAM history! Follow along with Kurt and his eight-person team on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or on the RAAM live tracking site.