Craig Haydock

Ultra-endurance cyclist


After too many years of riding a desk and not riding my bike, I found myself overweight and out of shape. My wife gave me a weight loss challenge to loose 40 pounds... and I accepted. So, I dusted off my bike and started riding again. Within 3 months I had already lost over 20 pounds and somehow talked myself into participating in the first annual Ride Across Wisconsin (RAW). The 175 mile ride was a crazy adventure involving mechanical issues, a crash and 4 flat tires. Although there were some less than savory moments, after finishing, I quite frankly wanted more.

I completed my wife's weight loss challenge later that fall and felt like I needed to find a way to keep myeself in shape over the winter. So, I hired a coach, Davis Bentley, who not only cracked the proverbial whip to keep me in shape, but also guided me through my first year of cycle racing. After the race season, I participated in RAW a second time. Upon finishing, and this time without any of last years problems, I knew I wanted to concentrate on long rides. So, I coordinated with my coach and switch my focus to ultra-endurance cycling.

If you tell the typical pleasure cyclist you are looking for a +200 mile bike ride, they'll likely kringe just at the thought of such a thing. And, while RAW is certainly a long ride, I craved for an even greater challenge. I found several ultra-distance rides (thanks largely to the UltraMarathon Cycling Association), and it wasn't long into my search before I found what is argubly one of the most epic out there... the Race Across America (RAAM). A +3,000 mile, coast to coast bike ride, in 12 days. Less than 200 poeople have officially finished RAAM as a solo racer; so, to say it is challenging would be an understatement. I have several ultra-distance events that I would very much like to do, but my focus is now set... I will compete in RAAM.


This section highlights some of the key events on my calendar (Not all of which is cycling). Once I complete an event, I'll upload it to Strava and place a link below the event listing. The Strava activity should have any event pictures, highlights, or reflections. If you see a future event that shows "Registered" below the listing, that means I've already commited to participating in the event. If you see "Scheduled", then it's planned for but event registration may not yet be opened, or I just haven't gotten around to signing up yet. A status of "Tentative" indicates that I'm seriously considering doing the event, but it's not set in stone. I may still be working on logistics, funding, or just making sure it fits within my training schedule along with other events.

Please bear in mind, I'll occasionally do something off the cuff or spontanious. If I do, I'll try to add it to the event calendar if it's appropriate. Also, should you know of an event you think I should participate in, please feel free to contact me and tell me all about the event and why you think I should participate. There's plenty I'm sure that slip below my radar undetected, so even if you think it's a popular event I should know about, don't count on it. (I missed particpating in the Trek 100 this year afterall and part of that ride goes right in front of my house!)

2017 Events

2018 Events

+2019 Events


There are few sports which are "cheap" once you take them beyond just being a hobby and cycling is no exception. As an example of the costs involved with ultra-cycling, most sources will say that one should budget a minimum of $10,000 in order to do RAAM "on the cheap". This usually means: 1) everyone in the support crew is a volunteer, 2) Support And Gear (SAG) veichles are owned by someone on the support team and/or are otherwise donated, 3) no additonal gear is rented/purchased 4) everyone travels together and no airplane tickets or shipping are required, or individuals pay for their own tickets.

Considering this perfect scenerio rarely ever happens and the fact that the rider entry fee for RAAM by itself is $3,000, the realistic funding for RAAM tends to be upwards of $25,000 with some budgets going as high as $50,000. It should be noted though, the high end of the spectrum is usually reserved for either: international competetors who also have to buy costly airplane tickets and ship all their gear; or, for those who have to hire out a substantial portion of their support staff and rent most of their gear.

I've been making a go at ultra-cycling on my own so far, but I've been forced to make countless compromises along the way. Unfortunately, competing in RAAM and other ultra-endurance events is taking my cycling budget to an entirely new level and has put me at my breaking point for self sponsorship. I'm developing an outline for sponsorship levels and a better way to accept donations. In the mean time however, if you would like to sponsor/support me for RAAM or any of my other rides/races, please contact me.


Coming Soon

Donations Section

Coming Soon


Most of my previous rides/races have been either event supported, self supported, or supported by a friend or family member. And, while some of my upcoming events will fall into that same category, many of the longer/larger events will require an actual support crew at some level. RAAM in particular will require by far the largest support crew.

While not every event requries every position, in general, the following support crew positions will be needed: Crew Chief, Bike Mechanic, Navigator, Masseuse/Masseur, Cook/Nutrition Specialist, and Driver.

Depending on the event, some positions will need to be filled multiple times and most crew members will likely will pull double duty filling more than one position. RAAM being by far the longest and most demaning event, it is expected that the support crew will be comprised of between 8-12 crew members. If you would like to volunteer for any of these positions for any of my rides/races, please contact me.

Crew Positions

Crew Members