RAAM 2010 ~ Carbent HPV Raven


What a bike for Team Bent Up Cycles

See what they will be rolling in RAAM


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RAAM 2010 Media and Marketing Team

logoThe coverage should be dynamic and exciting. Read about the RAAM and RAW 2010 Media and Marketing team here.

RAAM 2010 ~ One Month Away, 06/08/2010


We edge ever closer to maybe the most exciting RAAM yet. Team Bent Up Cycles races for the first time. There is a Catrike Trike in the Race. See my team profiles via Quick Links. 


Team FARA update ~ Big Cat steps up!

Team FARAlogo Kyle Bryant will ride a Catrike 700 in 2010 RAAM. Big Cat Human Powered Vehicles, LLC is supporting Kyle and Friedreich’s Ataxia Team. Mark Egeland is also going to help raise dollars for ride Ataxia as well. My readers likely recognize the name Kyle Bryant, Team FARA, or Friedreich’s Ataxia. I published articles on them in early April 2010 as I profiled RAAM participants. Now, we get to follow Kyle on one of our favorite trikes. It also happens to be the model trike I ride—a CT700.

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Related Threads:

BROL & Catrike

RAAM 2010 ~ Meet Team FARA

logoToday, we meet  Kyle Bryant and his team of  extraordinary cyclists. I trust you are familiar with Friedreich’s ataxia and that you may have watched the video that I posted yesterday and read about the challenges Team FARA [Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance] face because they suffer from Friedreich’s ataxia and they are in the Race Across America.


Kyle Bryant, Mike Mellott, Sean Baumstark, & John Lockwood

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Kyle Bryant, the FARA team leader, has a special website [Ride Ataxia] with more about him and his fight against FA. [the text below is from the home page of the Ride Ataxia Website]

Kyle Bryant was diagnosed with Friedreich’s ataxia, a rare, life shortening disease that affects muscle control and coordination. As a young athlete this meant loosing many of the activities he enjoyed but the one activity he would not give up was cycling. In 2007, riding his recumbent tricycle, Kyle created Ride Ataxia with a 60-day, 2,500 mile bicycle ride from San Diego, CA to Memphis, TN. The goal of the ride was to educate the public, enable research through funding, and empower others through inspiration and motivation. 3,300 miles and $800,000 in research funds later, the spirit of Ride Ataxia is stronger that ever and is now the marquis fundraising event for the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance. Today Ride Ataxia offers challenging and family friendly rides all across the country.

Kyle’s AtaxianVideo

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Thanks to BROL’s doah for starting this thread which brought Kyle Bryant and his teammates to my attention. I hope the article here give more awareness of Friedreich’s ataxia and what these cyclist are doing to meet the challenge. The best to them in their quest and in their fight with Friedreich’s ataxia. Tail winds to you all…

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RAAM 2010 ~ Team FARA

logoTomorrow, I will profile  Kyle Bryant and other members of  this extraordinary 4-person team. What is extraordinary about Team FARA—their will, their tenacity, given their challenges.

FARA is an acronym for Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance. The team member suffer from the disease Friedreich’s ataxia , yet they will compete in the 2010 Race Across America. For anyone not familiar with this race, please note this:

The Race Across America is one of the most respected and longest running annual endurance events holding legendary stature the world over. It is one of the pinnacles of sporting accomplishment, globally seen as the highest rung of the endurance sports ladder. Since 1982, RAAM has a rich and storied history standing as a monument to human endeavors.

The Race Across America is an event so staggering that merely to finish is, for most, the accomplishment of a lifetime. RAAM inspires everyone that it touches. A monumental race contested with the utmost of sportsmanship and zeal. Truly, RAAM is larger than life. A breeding ground for champions, a testing ground for elite riders and a shining example of the strength of human spirit.

I want you to learn more about Friedreich’s ataxia and Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance before I introduce you to Kyle and his team. Please watch this video. Thanks! –jim

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RAAM 2010 ~ Team Profile ~ Timothy M Woudenberg’s Crew Member, Dennis Cook [Driver]

  RAAM 2010

bacchetta_corsaMeet another BROL Member [ B-Savage ~ Dennis Cook] who is crewing for Timothy. He is Tim’s RV driver. This is RAAM #4 for him—twice before for Tim and ’08 for John Schlitter.

Loadingupbythemotel  Dennis says: [This was RAAM 2007]

This is my job. Keeping things together in the RV. This was the final packing before leaving Oceanside.

More on Dennis:

Bike model(s) you own: Bianchi, Bacchetta Giro 26
Biography: Retired, done some travelling and now settled down in the north woods.
Location: Central Lower Michigan
Interests: Bike, chess, archery, deer hunter
Occupation: Retired and loving it.

Signature: Keep smiling!

Team: Timothy M Woudenberg ~ Category: Solo ~ Racer Number: 398 BROL Thread: RAAM 2010 Team Profiles

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