Think you’re tough? Ride 528 miles; 46,415 of climbing; in 48 hours or less. Race Across Oregon.

by Eric Shalit on July 18, 2012

My friend Kevin Van Dyke says Race Across Oregon is billed as the toughest qualifier for the toughest bicycle race in the world (RAAM). He knows because he’s done it before and will be racing again this weekend.

So, you rode through the winter, put in the miles, conquered a few hills, rode even when it wasn’t fun, just so you could do this.

But the big question remains, “can you do it?”

One way to find out.

Race Across Oregon 2012 will be held July 21-22, 2012

Be at the Best Western Hood River ready to pedal at 5AM.

Be ready to ride 538 miles

Be ready to climb 45,283 ft

Be ready to complete this in 48 hours or less.

bring your own support.

be prepared to ride rain/shine/thunderstorms/dark

no drafting

know the route, and expect that you will be dropped.

no cry babies.

A finisher’s jersey for those who succeed.

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Kevin August 19, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Well, I got my answer. A convergence of several issues spelled doom to me at mile 378. I had 13 hours left to ride 160 miles and just couldn’t get it done. They tell me that there is only one thing worse than DNF (did not finish) and that is DNS (did not start) but it still stings to be so close yet so far away.


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