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RAAM SoCal Challenge - Saturday

 

Last updated 5/9/2016 at 10:47am

Described as their toughest RAAM Challenge Series event, the RAAM SoCal Cycling Challenge will be heading through Borrego this Sat. May. 7.

Split in to two races, the 400 mile riders will be heading to Valley Center and over Mt. Palomar to Lake Henshaw. They then follow the RAAM route across the Coast Range and down "the glass elevator" to Borrego Springs. From here they will be heading out to Salton City, around the north side of the Salton Sea down to Brawley and out through the Algodones Dunes to Glamis, where they then turn around and head back through Brawley, up Banner Grade and down into Santa Ysabel.

The 200-mile racers head up Olive Hill Road through Fallbrook, across the Coast Range through the rugged back country east of Camp Pendleton and down to Temecula. Here they head back into the Coast Range to Valley Center. From there they will head up and over Palomar and down to Lake Henshaw before continuing east to San Felipe Road and down into the Anza-Borrego Desert. They then begin the return trip by climbing Banner Grade and continuing to Santa Ysabel.

The 200-mile course is the toughest "double century" in America.

There will be plenty of opportunity to see the racers as they head through Borrego.

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