1st Indian to Finish Race Across America

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Srinivas Gokulnath of Maharashtra created history by becoming the first Indian to complete the 4,900-km Race Across America (RAAM) in solo category.

Considered to be the toughest cycle race in the world, he cycled for eleven days, 18 hours and 45 minutes.

The Race Across America, or RAAM, is an ultramarathon bicycle race across the United States that started in 1982 as the Great American Bike Race.

In length the RAAM is comparable to the Tour de France, but the races differ to a great extent.

However, in the Race Across America, the direction has always been from the west coast to the east coast of the United States, approximately 3,000 miles (4,800 km), making it a transcontinental event.

More importantly, the race has no stages, i.e., it is in principle a nonstop event from start to finish, with the fastest competitors needing slightly over a week to complete the course.

By contrast, the Tour de France features a different route each year (alternating between clockwise and counterclockwise circuits around France) and is about 2,300 miles long; the distance is divided into individual daily stages spread over the course of about 3 weeks and contested at much higher speeds.

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