American inspiration. Ultra-cycling was born in 1982 on the other side of the Atlantic with the creation of Race Across America considered the toughest cycling race in the World. Competitors cross the continent from West to East covering 5,000 km. Currently, the record is held by Austrian Christopher Strasser in less than 8 days! Other ultra-distance races have been created since, but not in France.

This anomaly has now been fixed. Race Across France is the first ultra-cycling race in the country where the Tour de France was born. To pay tribute to its American big sister and create a bridge of friendship between our two countries, Race Across France invites cyclists to take on a fabulous 2,600 km challenge, set in locations honouring the memory of the most important hours of our common History.

The race starts on the Mediterranean beaches, a tribute to our allies’ landings in Provence. The circuit then goes through the Alps and many cols among the highest landmarks of cycling races. A huge challenge and a fabulous journey to reach the finish line in Le Touquet, an exhilarating high point for all competitors, particularly those from foreign countries.

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The Founder

In 2015, Arnaud set off on the terrible and fascinating Race Across America (RAAM), a 4,833 kilometre race, from one coast to the other, only accessible to an extra-ordinary elite and requiring physical and mental preparation of Herculean dimensions. To this day, Arnaud is the fastest French cyclist of this race. He spoke of this adventure, his struggles, his doubts, the details which made all the difference, how he explored the limits of stamina. Thus was born the idea of Race Across France: a will to share experiences with other enthusiasts as well as a desire to reveal all the beauties of France to ultra- cyclists from all around the World.

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