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Race Across America: Team4HIVHope Cycles to Raise Awareness and to Win

It IS About the Bike
By Carol Hyman
July 26, 2012

Last night, while in Washington, D.C., for the International AIDS Conference, I got to meet the staff and many fellow bloggers with And I felt like a slug. Not only am I not writing, but listening to these passionate , inspiring people, I thought, well, here I am, writing about cycling. And all I'm doing is writing about it. I'm not one of the racers.

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One More for the Road
By Carol Hyman
June 22, 2012

It is common knowledge that cyclists eat more than "normal" people. A cyclist doing a 50-mile ride on the weekend will put away quite a few calories.

But how about four cyclists riding 3,000 miles in less than a week, and their 11 crew members who are navigating, driving vans, fixing bikes and doing a whole host of tasks to keep those four racers going. And now imagine them living out of a recreational vehicle that would be close quarters for a family of four. And remember the RV has only a microwave oven, three burners and a refrigerator that could only be described as "cute."

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RAAM: A Race Like No Other
By Carol Hyman
June 20, 2012

RAAM is not like many other races. Most people who know anything about bicycle racing are familiar with the Tour de France. There is no question the Tour de France is difficult. Teams ride hundreds of miles, climb daunting hills and speed down treacherous mountainsides. Those things are also true of RAAM. But in many ways, that is where the similarity ends. Every day the Tour de France racers tackle another stage. In RAAM, it is basically one stage -- one very very long stage of 3,000 miles. At night the Tour de France racers retire to a hotel. The RAAM racers, when they get to sleep, climb into a bunk in an RV or curl up on the floor of a follow van. And they aren't getting 8 hours. Our four-man team is divided into two sub-teams, so while two are out racing for three or four hours, the other two are getting cleaned up, eating and trying to catch a few winks in the bumpy RV.

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This Year's Race: That Was Then, This Is Now
By Carol Hyman
June 1, 2012

As soon as last year's race ended, Steven and Jim knew that they would race again this year, and several of the crew members knew they would be returning as well.

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Boston Scientist Takes His Lab on the Road

May 23, 2012

The Race Across America (RAAM), which begins on June 16th in Oceanside, CA and ends in Annapolis, MD, has been called the toughest bicycle race in the world. But Patrick Autissier, a scientific researcher at Boston College and racer, has decided to add a scientific component to the physical challenge of RAAM.

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Meet the 2012 Team4HIVHope Racers
By Carol Hyman
December 2, 2011

Team4HIVHope will be returning to Race Across America after an eighth place finish in 2011, its rookie year, with bigger aspirations and two new team members.

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Reflections on the RAAM Adventure
By Don Smith
July 17, 2011

In my bio on the RAAM website I predicted that my RAAM experience would be as follows...

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Good Work Was Done
By Don Smith
July 6, 2011

There are many amazing and memorable moments that occur during an event like Race Across America. Some of those moments are very public, like posing for photos at the finish line or the cheering of spectators along the way. Other moments are very personal and far from the glare of spotlight; it is these moments that are most meaningful to myself when I reflect on my week with my team at RAAM. In particular, there was one very special chance meeting with a man that happened to me in middle America.

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What's Next for Team4HIVHope?
By Carol Hyman
July 5, 2011

Most of the crew and racers have returned home, though Steven and Marty are continuing a vacation in the States before returning to Australia. We're snug in our own beds with our dogs, cats and loved ones. We're catching up on a week's worth of sleep. We're massaging the aches and pains, and Cisco is seeing the dentist to deal with his teeth that got "pushed in" when he crashed in Gettysburg.

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We Finished the Race Across America!
By Steven Berveling
June 29, 2011

Team4HIVHope, the 4-person cycling team with 3 HIV+ racers and many of the crew members living with HIV, successfully completed the Race Across America. We took 6 days, 6 hours, 34 minutes to race from Oceanside, Calif., to Annapolis, Md., a distance of 3,000 miles.

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Race Across America: Team4HIV Hope Cycles to Raise Awareness and to Win


Team 4 HIV Hope

The Race Across America is a bicycle race in which cyclists ride 3,000 miles/4,800km from Oceanside, Calif., to Annapolis, Md., in June each year. There is about 110,000 feet of climbing involved. This year for relay teams begins on June 18.

RAAM is not a stage race such as the Tour de France. In RAAM, there is only one stage: start to finish. It is essentially a time trial, but a very long one! Challenges include heat, deserts, violent winds, thunderstorms, riding at night, sleep deprivation, muscle injuries and mental acuity. And for the HIV-positive riders, there are more health challenges. An HIV-trained nurse is part of their crew.

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