Christoph Strasser of Austria set a new record in the men's individual category in the Race Across America (RAAM) Wednesday, finishing in a time of 7 days, 22 hours, and 11 minutes. With an overall average speed of 15.56 mph. VeloNews reports that his closest competitors finished several hours behind him.
Strasser is a two-time winner of the race and last year's runner-up, beat the previous speed mark of 15.4 mph set in 1986 by Pete Penseys. He also clocked in several hours earlier than Rob Kish's record time of 8 days, 3 hours which was set on a different course.
RAAM was first held in 1982 as the Great American Bike Race, and has since become one of the best-known ultra-endurance events in the world. Riders ride from the West Coast to the East Coast either alone or in teams. Unlike the Tour de France, RAAM has no stages, and riders compete continuously for days with little sleep. There have been two fatalities in the race's history, both involving vehicles.
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