Australian finishes first, while Indian third in ‘world’s toughest’ cycle race

The race is about 30 per cent longer than the Tour de France and its route crosses twelve states in the US.

Australian 54-year-old multi-sport athlete  Allan Jefferson from Queensland won the Solo Male (50-59) Race Across America (RAAM).

Allan, who is a rescue helicopter crewman, cycled 20 hours a day and finished the 4,889 km race in 10 days and 15 minutes.

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Allan Jefferson (Facebook)

Surprisingly, India’s ultra-cyclist Kabir Rachure also achieved a podium finish at RAAM in the Solo Male (under-50) category. He finished the 4,889 km competition in 11 days, 11 hours and 25 minutes.

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Kabir, who is from Maharashtra, is an advocate at the Bombay High Court and has now become the first Indian to do so in what is known as the world’s toughest cycle race.

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Route of RAAM 2022 (RAAM)

RAAM has been running for four decades and covers terrain from desert to mountain ranges thus challenging the athletes.

Technically, the race is about 30 per cent longer than the Tour de France and route of RAAM crosses 12 states from California to Maryland, while climbing 55,000 metres.