By Will Sites/Clarion News
JEFFERSON CITY – Riders in the annual coast-to-coast bicycle race known as Race Across America (RAAM) are rolling through central Missouri this week. Considered to be one of the toughest road races in North America, RAAM riders compete against each other in solo and teams trying to be the first to ride from Oceanside, Calif. to Annapolis, Md.
Riders from more than 35 countries attempt the 3,000-mile course each year. Successful bikers can complete the course in less than two weeks. On Tuesday, the Clarion’s drone photographed cyclist Philip Amhof as he pedaled along U.S. 50 in Gasconade County. Amhof, 39, of Switzerland, left California June 11, covering about 2,000 miles in a week and suffering desert heat, mountains, and severe weather.
RAAM began 36 years ago and has been a popular challenge for amateurs and professional bikers. Many raise money and awareness for charities.