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2. The Race Across America is just what it promises: The self-proclaimed "World's Toughest Bike Race" spans the whole danged country, sea to shining sea, making it two times longer than the Tour de France. (This year's race kicks off June 17 in Oceanside, California, and ends in Annapolis, Maryland.) But in this case, size isn't really the issue. The toughest part is the timing. Unlike the Tour, which is broken down into daily stage races, RAAM is a nonstop blur: Once the timer starts at the beginning, the clock doesn't stop until racers cross the finish line. There's a 12-day time limit, too, so bunking up for the night to recover is not really an option. If we didn't already convince you, this will:

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