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'World's Toughest Bike Race' Kicks Off From Oceanside, CA

10 Jun, 2013


Solo Racers and Teams Gather in Oceanside from Over 15 Countries Around The World

Race Across America (RAAM) Powered by Trane, the world's toughest endurance bicycle race, is celebrating its 32nd year with an official press conference hosted by Trane in Oceanside, Calif. on June 10. The conference precedes the departure of 41 solo racers, who will begin their 3,000 mile coast-to-coast race ending in Annapolis, Md. on June 11th. They will be followed by 35 teams who depart from the Oceanside start line on June 15th.

"We are proud to be the host city for RAAM's start.  With our outdoor healthy lifestyle and myriad of active sports and recreation, it's an ideal fit for Oceanside's personality. Our beautiful beaches and historic pier provide a spectacular backdrop for this major endurance race that brings athletes from all over the world to our small beach community," said Leslee Gaul, CEO of Visit Oceanside.

To commemorate its 100th anniversary, Trane, a brand of Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) has aligned its reputation for unstoppable reliability with the world's most unstoppable athletes by becoming the official sponsor of the 2013 Race Across America. Trane will be powering the Race Across America (RAAM), Race Across the West (RAAW) and the RAAM Challenge Series for 2013 in addition to presenting the "Riding The Line" video series produced by RAAM. Trane's partnership with Race Across America is a very exciting announcement and one that will be bring greater exposure to both international brands.

About RAAM: RAAM and SOUL EVENTS are world leaders in the sport of endurance bicycle racing. The team is responsible for the Race Across America (RAAM), the world's premier ultra-endurance bicycle race, a 3000-mile coast-to-coast race across the USA, as well as the Race Across the West (RAW), an 860-mile race across the Western US, the RAAM Cycling Challenge Series, and the 6-12-24 Hour Endurance Time Trail World Championships. In addition, they offer seminars on endurance bicycle racing and sanction endurance races worldwide. For information, go to www.raceacrossamerica.org

About Trane, a brand of Ingersoll Rand: Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands-including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Schlage®, Thermo King® and Trane® -work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; secure homes and commercial properties; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. Trane solutions optimize indoor environments with a broad portfolio of energy efficient heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, building and contracting services, parts support and advanced control. Ingersoll Rand is a $14 billion global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. For more information, visit ingersollrand.com or trane.com.

About 125 Years of Oceanside: Founded on July 3, 1888, Oceanside is located along the beautiful Southern California coastline and considered the gateway city between metropolitan San Diego and Los Angeles. A classic Southern California beach town, Oceanside enjoys a rich history as an ideal place to stay and experience California's casual spirit. The city boasts a number of important historical and cultural attractions such as Mission San Luis Rey (The King of Missions), California's longest wooden pier, vintage 101 Café, 1920's era Robert's Cottages, Top Gun House, California Surf Museum and the Oceanside Museum of Art. The city has served as a film location for dozens of Hollywood productions and was once the preferred getaway of many of Hollywood's elite. Bordering Camp Pendleton to the north, Oceanside has long enjoyed a strong relationship with the U.S. military and a deep commitment to the men and women serving the nation. Today, with 3.5 miles of sandy beach, a quaint New England-style harbor and a stellar year-round climate, Oceanside is a highly sought after location for enjoying active pursuits including surfing, kayaking, boating, fishing, bike-riding, skydiving and more. www.visitoceanside.org

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