Updated: Sep 18, 2018
(JUNE 15, 2018 Oceanside, California) Rahsaan Bahati is no stranger to taking on goals that other cyclists might deem impossible. From his unlikely beginnings as a teenage racer growing up in Compton, California, to the top of the podium as a 10-time National Champion, “impossible” doesn’t seem to be a word in the 36-year-old crit master’s vocabulary.
As a fund raiser for the Bahati Foundation, Bahati will embark on his toughest race yet: the 2018 Race Across America (RAAM), a nine-day, 3,000-mile trek from coastal California to Maryland with more than 170,000 feet of climbing. What led this accomplished sprinter to one of the toughest ultra-endurance events in the world, and what will it take to overcome the challenges he’ll face on the road?
Bicycling Magazine Interview with Rahsaan:
Bicycling: As a multi-time national champion, you’re primarily known within the cycling community as a track and criterium specialist. What drew you to an ultra-endurance race like RAAM?
Rahsaan Bahati: It was pure naiveness when I first committed. I said yes to a friend to something and I didn’t really know what I was saying yes to. But the big picture is that we are doing it for three charities, one of which is mine [the Bahati Foundation].
Read the entire interview with Rahsaan: https://www.bicycling.com/rides/a21071896/rahsaan-bahati-raam-interview/