Cyclists from the United States and around the world are making their way through Pratt as they compete in the trans continental Race Across America. This 3,000 mile race from California to Maryland tests the worlds best bicycle riders against all types of weather extremes and terrain.

It’s a challenge like no other. Ride a bicycle over 3,000 miles, cross the United States in a race that tests the limits of human endurance. Race Across America riders are currently making their way across Kansas and through Pratt on their long journey. Pratt is just over halfway in the race with halfway just east of Cullison.

There are several age groups for both men and women solo riders as well as several categories for 2-person, 4-person and 8-person male and female teams.

Pratt is Time Station 26 on the route and has been a time station for many years. Riders do not have to stop at the time station but members of their support team can check in for them.

Riders can stop if they choose or continue riding across the Kansas prairie. Support crews can be seen at the Walmart parking lot with RAAM identification on their vehicles including the name and number of their rider.

The race begins in Oceanside, Calif. and ends just outside Annapolis, Md. after a distance of 3,082.32 miles.Leading the solo male under 50 division is Christoph Strasser of Austria, who was making his way through Indiana on June 18 having raced over 2,340.16 miles in 5 days, 20 hours, 2 minutes.

He left Oceanside on June 12 and his estimated time of arrival in Maryland is 9:08 Eastern Time on Wednesday, June 20 having covered 3,082.32 miles in just over 8 days.

American Michael Conti is in fourth place in the under 50 division racing 1,778.76 miles in 5 days, 22 hours, 7 minutes.

Another American, Joseph Lawhorn, also in the under 50 division,went through Pratt on June 18 having covered 1,543.21 miles in 5 days, 19 hours, 3 minutes.

Strasser, Conti and Lawhorn are racing in the Solo Male (under 50) division.

Leading the women is Nicole Reist of Switzerland who has traveled 1,950 miles in 5 day, 22 hours, 44 minutes. Americans Seana Hogan (5 days, 19 hours, 56 minutes) and Kathy Roche-Wallace (5 days, 22 hours, 33 minutes,) both racing in the solo female 50-59 division had both traveled 1,511.10 miles in their respective times.

The best riders from around the world take part in RAAM. Countries represented in this year’s race are:

Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Monaco, Russian Federation, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the U.S.

In the team events, racers come from Austria, Brazil, France, Denmark, Ireland, Germany, United Kingdom and the U. S.

For information about RAAM, visit www.raceacrossamerica.org. For racer information, click on Racers then Race Roster. For results, rider location and time station information, click on Race Coverage then Results. Much other information is avail- able on the site.

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