Race Across America (RAAM) is one the most respected and longest running endurance sports events in the world. RAAM is seen as a pinnacle of athletic achievement not only in cycling circles but the greater sporting community as well.
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 1994 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. The 2011 race will be the 30th edition of RAAM.
There is no other race in the world like RAAM. The Race inspires every one who has been a part of it – racer, crew, staff and fans alike. RAAM is the true test of speed, endurance, strength and camaraderie, the ideal combination of work and fun! There is no race that matches the distance, terrain and weather, no other event that tests a team’s spirit from beginning to end.
Light & Motion will be sponsoring two Teams for this event, Live Forever and Team River Riders. Check out our blogs regularly to hear their complete stories and to see daily updates and photos from each team as they trek across America.
To see more about our teams in detail see
Team Live Forever: www.teamdonatelife.com
Team River Riders: www.raamriverriders.com
We’re revving up for this weekend’s 24 Hours of EROCK, Colorado’s only Front Range 24 hour race.
If you’re racing and still in need of lights, we’ll have a booth set up to let you rent lights for the ride. We will be renting Seca 900s, the Seca 700s, Seca 400s and the feather-weight Stella 200. To reserve lights please contact us at email@example.com.
In honor of that initial ride, Galpin is using bikes to raise awareness for her nonprofit that does extensive work to empower women and children in Afghanistan, Mountain2Mountain. She’s doing so with the Panjshir Tour, a bike ride hosted on October 8, 2011 in cities across the United States.
You can even get in touch to host your own tour!
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This course will be challenging in all aspects of ability. You will need to have technical skills, you will need to feel comfortable at high speeds, AND you will need to bring your fitness! This race is meant to be a super fun downhill, but long enough that you wish you had an extra lung. Go as fast or as slow as you want but Pro’s remember you are going to be fighting for the CASH!
This race is open to Pro/Cat.1/Cat.2/Cat.3 with 19 different classes. Pro men and women as well as Cat.1 racers will be in the Mega DH course from top to bottom. Cat.2 and Cat.3 racers your start will be at the Mega DH start, however you will race on a different course than the Cat.1 and Pro riders. Your course was designed for your level of racer.
All proceeds will go to both the Tara Llanes Road to Recovery and the Christopher Reeve-Irvine Research Center. The Tara Llanes Road to Recovery Fund was initially started to help Tara after her career ending crash that left her paralyzed from the waist down. To hear more about Tara’s story see: http://www.racefortara.com/about.htm
National Bike Month is wrapping up, and as we move into June, there’s plenty to celebrate in the bike safety world.
USA Today highlighted some of the great moves that states are making to improve the safety of their cyclists.
Here are a few:
- Delaware’s Legislature unanimously passed a “Walkable, Bikeable Delaware” resolution designed to create networks of sidewalks and bike paths throughout the state.
- Georgia became the 19th state to enact a three-foot zone as the minimum safe passing distance for motorists overtaking cyclists.
- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat, ordered the state to start tracking “dooring” collisions, which occur when motorists carelessly open doors and cyclists crash into them.
Good on all of you!
“It is about 7.5 miles long and over 1,000 feet of climbing per lap. On this course you are typically grinding up a steep long climb, or flying down one. This course has about the same climbing as Moab, but in half the distance.”
Join the 17th annual Vermont 50 MT Bike or Ultra Run to ride or run 50 miles of beautiful, but challenging, Vermont back roads and trails. Held in late September, the Vermont 50 has become a favorite race for ultra-runners and mt. bikers alike. The mt. bikers love the technical single-track and challenging climbs. The runners love the back trails and open vistas. And everybody loves the great fall foliage, camaraderie among runners and mt. bikers, abundant aid stations, and the great party at the finish line.
Light & Motion will be there to offer race participants a chance to demo lights 15% off on all of the multi-sport lights for runners and cyclists. Chad Denning, from the AMP’D & Granite AR Team will be there to answer questions about the performance of the Light & Motion lights. Chad knows! He has tested his lights at multiple expedition events!
The Vermont 50 Mile course starts at Ascutney Mountain Resort in Brownsville, VT . For the first three miles racers will follow down a gentle downhill on gravel roads. After an easy road climb the course turns onto snowmobile – ATV trails, which it follows through gentle rolling terrain for the next 3 miles. Shortly after leaving the ATV trails, the real climbing and descending starts. The course will follow ATV and jeep trails, single track and roads through the top of the highest hill in Hartland, where racers will get an incredible view of Vermont and New Hampshire. From about mile 40 to mile 46.5, racers will have a nice snowmobile trail over rolling, mostly downhill terrain, before hooking onto the cross country ski trail system at Mt. Ascutney for the last 4 miles.
Interbike International Bicycle Expo is one of the largest bicycle trade shows in the global cycling community. Scheduled for 14th – 16th September, 2011 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center, Las Vegas. The expo showcases the best, most innovative, new bicycle products attracting a large number of visitors. Manufacturers, sellers, exporters and others associated in the bicycle industry are expected to be a part of the show.
Exhibits include off road vehicles, mountain bike, sports car, baby carriage, racing bmx, electrical appliances, bicycles and pedicabs, electric scooter, ride bicycles, sports facilities clothes, relevant supplementary, helmet, lock, security alerts product, sports supplement bag, security alerts product, complete bicycles, electrically powered bicycles, transmission parts & steering components, wheel parts, accessories, workshop equipment, sportswear, services etc.
Determination. Guts. Insanity. If you don’t have them, stop reading now. Leadville events aren’t for everyone. They’re for only the toughest athletes looking to challenge themselves — and impress the world. Set 13,000 feet up in the treacherous Colorado Rocky terrain, the strong may survive, but only a few will leave with their pride.
Get a taste of the high mountain conditions that make up the Leadville Trail 100. Held on a 17.6-mile track from Colorado Mountain College to Black Cloud Mine, the solo racer or team who compiles the most miles in a 24-hour period wins the their division and invaluable bragging rights. Solo riders can also get a chance to ride for the coveted silver or gold Leadville belt buckle. Giddy up.
Clips From the First Lap of Leadville
Do you want to ride the 24hr. course with confidence? Light & Motion will be at the 24 hrs. of Leadville with a full line of high-performance LED rental lights, a fully staffed charging station, and good spirits to cheer the racers on through the night!
Stop by Light & Motion’s bright orange booth to try the brightest, lightest, and most reliable lights! We will have the Seca 900, the Seca 700, Seca 400 and the feather-weight Stella 200 available for the race. All systems can be mounted either on the bar or the helmet and come with a rechargeable li-ion battery.
Our Light & Motion pro, Liz, will be there to answer questions and outfit you for confident night-time laps. Rentals for the 900s are $60, all others rent for $40 cash only. Additional 9-cell, 6-cell, and 3-cell batteries rent for $25, $20, and $15. Reservations can be made up until August 26th by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. After the 26th it will be “first come, first serve”.
Now, how about Real adventure?
We want to provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience to those intrepid souls who have the true spirit of adventure in their hearts, and who long to undertake a special journey that will leave their spirit changed forever.
Few rules, nothing sanitized…
You and your team set against a magnificent backdrop, where you can be a part of nature as well as just pass through it.
An expedition where the journey is at least as important as the race, and where all who commit to the challenge emerge as champions.
Over 6 days, co-ed teams of 4 will undertake a 500 – 700 km expedition over some of the most beautiful, epic, and challenging terrain on Earth in a unique format!
Racers will use map, compass and their own wits and skills to navigate their way over an unmarked route by mountain biking, rafting, paddling, trekking, orienteering, trail running, using fixed ropes, and maybe a few other surprises through the wild panhandle of northern Idaho.
Our goal is to provide racers with an ultimate racing experience that harkens back to the original spirit of “the Raid,” where racers must problem solve, route find and persevere over a true, unmarked wilderness expedition course that will challenge them to their limits, while providing them with a life-altering experience they will never forget!
For the true adventure racer we recommend the Solite 150. Just released this year, the Solite has already won several awards for its performance and versatility. With the adaptability to mount it on a bike, helmet, head strap, or use as a miner light it has the ability to withstand any adventure you can. Solite is completely waterproof, and weighing only 135 grams and pumping out 150 lumens, it is truly lighter and brighter than the competition.