Indian Man to Compete in World’s Toughest Cycling Race
Sumit Patil has a nerve of steal and you would need that to compete in world’s toughest cycling race, RAAM. Sumit Patil is a 28 year old endurance cyclist from Mumbai & is the third Indian to qualify for the world’s toughest cycling race – RAAM (Race Across America).
Born and bought up in an Indian middle class family. He belongs to Alibag – a town in Maharashtra’s Raigad District. Sumit moved to Mumbai in 2001 to fulfill his childhood ambition of joining the Indian Army, under the guidance of Capt. Suresh Vanjari. A Master’s in Physics, Sumit is also a fine marksman, a Mountaineer, an Avid Trekker, a Landscape Photographer , a Musician, an Astronomer, a Marathoner and an Ultra Cyclist suggest his biography on his website.
In March 2013, Sumit became the third Indian to qualify for the Race Across America on 24th March 2013. He did so by completing Ultra BOB, a 601 km Ultra Marathon Cycling Association world championship event in 30 hours 52 minutes. The race starts on June 10th , Summit is competing under Male Solo category (Under 50) which will have 22 more riders. You can watch the live coverage of this race on RaceFarther.
Sumit has participated in several events across India had has won multiple recognition. While Globeracers ULTRABOB was qualifier for him, he also did Desert 500 Race in 22 Hrs 08 min and got third position in open category.
Race Across America (RAAM) is one the most respected and longest running endurance sports events in the world. RAAM is seen as a pinnacle of athletic achievement not only in cycling circles but the greater sporting community as well.
RAAM is not limited to professional cyclists. RAAM is open to professional and amateur athletes alike. While solo racers must qualify to compete, anyone may organize a team and race.
Racers must traverse 3000 miles across 12 states and climb over 170,000 vertical feet. Team racers have a maximum of nine days and most finish in about seven and a half days. Teams will ride 350-500 miles a day, racing non-stop. Solo racers have a maximum of 12 days to complete the race, with the fastest finishing in just over eight days. Solo racers will ride 250-350 miles a day, balancing speed and the need for sleep.
The average solo finish rate over the 32-year history of the Race was 60.92%, in year 2013 the average was 64.10% of the solo field finishing.
RAAM continued to expand its reputation as a global event. In 2013, of the 39 Solo participants, 11 (28%) were from the USA, while 28 (72%) came from outside the USA. This year 13 countries were represented in the Solo race field – Austria (7), Canada (3), Colombia (1), Denmark (3), Germany (2), Italy (2), Korea (1), New Zealand (1), Russia (1), Slovenia (1), Switzerland (2), UK (4) and USA (11).
Stay tuned, we will continue to cover Sumit Patil’s journey in RAAM and bring you live updates when available.