Florida Cycling Challenge
Race Time Splits Live - HERE
November 1, 2014 – Daytona Beach, Florida
With old man winter setting in, come on down to the Sunshine State for a premier cycling festival with something for everyone – rides and races, expo and post-event party. This is going to be the season finale for the RAAM Challenge Series - meaning we are going to have a party!
*Finalized cue sheets will be given out at check in.
Best Western Aku Tiki Inn
2225 South Atlantic Avenue
Daytona Beach, FL 32118
386-252-9631 / 800-258-8454
Central Florida - spectacular beaches, Kennedy Space Center and Disney World. Daytona Beach is home to the Daytona 500 – the annual kick-off event for NASCAR. The one-time spring break party capital of the USA has been quietly re-making itself into the healthy outdoor sports capital of Florida. The Lake Country of Central Florida offers the best cycling in the state. When the weather starts to turn cold up north, this is where you want to be.
Races: Both the 200 and 400-mile races leave City Island Park and follow the same route as the 120-mile riders to DeLand. Both race routes head W out of DeLand into the Lake District of Central Florida. Both race routes skirt the southern edge of the Ocala National Forest before turning S and navigating through the hundreds of lakes to Sugarloaf Mountain. Sugarloaf is the highest point in Central Florida. After descending Sugarloaf the 200-mile racers head SE around the south side of Lake Apopka - the largest lake in Central Florida – and head back to Daytona Beach. After descending Sugarloaf, the 400-mile racers continue W through the Lake District, around the north side of the Green Swamp, to Weeki Wachee. There they head west across the south end of the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge to Pine Island on the Gulf Coast. From here, the racers head south through Weeki Wachee Preserve to Aripeka, and then back across the Florida Peninsula to the Atlantic Coast, Daytona Beach and the finish.
The 200 and 400-mile races are unsupported. There will be no Aid Stations. bike machanics or SAG support. Bikes and support vehicles will be inspected on Friday prior to the start on Saturday. 200-mile racers may ride randonneur style (without crew), but must notify the Race Director prior to the event. The 400-mile racers must have a support crew. All racers and crew must follow Modified RAAM Rules. There will be race officials to insure compliance with race rules.
The RAAM Florida Cycling Challenge is the last event of the year in the RAAM Challenge Series. This is a great way to end the cycling season. Don’t miss it - sign up now.
A portion of the proceeds from the Florida Cycling Challenge will be donated to non-profit organizations – to be announced.