Going the distance with IBM Analytics


The Race Across America (RAAM) is a bicycle race like no other. Called “the toughest test of endurance in the world” by Outside magazine, RAAM spans North America, starting at the Pacific Ocean and ending at the Atlantic Ocean. Finishers will spend eight to ten sleep-deprived days and nights on the road under conditions both extreme and unpredictable.

But like any endeavor, successful execution begins with a plan, thoughtful preparation and execution that adapts to changing circumstances. IBM has teamed up with ultracyclist Dave Haase to provide the insight and foresight he and his crew will need to prepare for and execute his perfect race. Haase described his grueling race schedule at the IBM Vision 2015 conference: “The whole race is 3,000 miles long. I’m racing pretty much nonstop. So the game plan is to race 30 hours without any sleep, stop for two hours and sleep, and then continue that same pace.”

Learn more about how IBM is helping ultracyclist Dave Haase win RAAM 2015: a 3,000 mile race across the United States.


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