Ride Across Arizona is a 620-mile self-supported bikepacking event following the AZ Gravel Highway developed by AZ Gravel Rides. Is the Ride Across Arizona a race? No. Is it harder than a race? Most likely, that depends on you! Ride Across Arizona (RAAZ) is meant to be a long, hard unofficial ultra endurance cycling challenge to test your perseverance, self sufficiency and competence. The idea behind the Grand Depart type of start is to be able to have a like minded group of individuals on the route at the same time to boost camaraderie and safety. It’s that simple. Ride as far as you can as fast as you can and above all try to remain positive and have fun. The scenery is stunning and the length of the ride becomes the adventure.