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

Good Luck, Bad Luck: It's All the Same
By Carol Hyman
June 28, 2011

June 24, 4:30 p.m.; near Gettysburg, Pa.: I'm curious about how things are going for other teams. How many flats have they had? And I don't mean bicycle tire flats. We had not one, not two, but three flats on our follow vans. And while that was awful, they managed to have happy endings. The first blew near a tire store, so just like that we got a new tire. The second two happened at the same time. Sandra has AAA and the guy came and while he was supposed to only change a tire, he fixed them and we were on our way.

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My Competitor, My Friend
By Carol Hyman
June 27, 2011

June 23, afternoon; Somewhere in Indiana: Wednesday had been a tough day for the team, but it ended pretty well with the guys closing in on some other racers. There had been a good-natured rivalry between Team4HIVHope and the Crank Addicts, a relay team of four very young men from Britain. A highlight for Steven was coming up to a stoplight with one of their team who must have been half his age. When the light changed, Steven took off and left him in the dust.

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I'm a Kitty; You're a Kitty
By Carol Hyman
June 23, 2011

June 22, 10 a.m.; Jefferson, Mo.: It's Wednesday and the morning greeted us with a flat tire on one of our vans. That along with sleep deprivation, sore muscles, cramped quarters and unannounced route changes have led to more than just a few frayed nerves.

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The Team4HIVHope Crew: Flexibility and Determination
By Carol Hyman
June 22, 2011

June 20, 11:36 a.m.; Somewhere near Durango, Colo.: There is no question that the racers have an incredibly tough, demanding job. Ride, eat, short rest and ride again.

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RAAM: Simple as a Rubik's Cube
By Carol Hyman
June 21, 2011

In some ways, the Race Across America is simple: an individual or a team rides as fast as they can from one coast to another. Easy, no?

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The Worldwide AIDS Crisis Hits Home, Too
By Carol Hyman
June 19, 2011

The team arrived in Oceanside today and several members had a chance to watch some of the solo riders begin their arduous journey to the East Coast. These solo riders are incredible: they will ride their bicycles for hours on end, day and night, taking short sleep breaks, vying for victory that gives the winner nothing more than a title.

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With a Little Help From TELUS
By Don Smith
June 11, 2011

I know that this is probably a bit of hypocritical statement to make for a person that writes about their life in a public blog but I am actually quite a private person. There are certain aspects of my life that I just prefer not to expose through this medium. However I sometimes feel compelled to be public about those personal topics if it means that the information could assist other people. Such is the case with the following article that has been written about me by my employer TELUS Communications. The spirit of the article is really to highlight how persons living with HIV can achieve many of their personal goals if they have access to treatment and support along the way. It is not meant to be interpreted as some grandiose personal statement, a "hey look at what I did". Rather I hope it shows that we all win when an employer embraces diversity and provides its team with tools/benefits that help them achieve both career and personal goals.

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How I -- and Team4HIVHope -- Got to the Race Across America
By Steven Berveling
June 10, 2011

I write this on the eve of getting on a plane from Sydney to LA, to do the final preparations for our Team4HIVHope. The Race Across America, starting on June 18, 2011. The Race will take about 7 days, non-stop (day and night). We climb approximately 100,000 feet during the Race. The Team will cover about 450-500 miles per day in relay format.

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Join Team4HIVHope as It Prepares to Compete in the 3,000-Mile Race Across America
By Carol Hyman
June 6, 2011

The Race Across America (RAAM), a bicycle race that some have called even tougher than the Tour de France, happens every June. This year, its 30th anniversary is also the 30th anniversary of the AIDS pandemic, and four men have formed a RAAM team -- Team4HIVHope, to show that with the right treatment, people living with HIV can do anything, including competing in RAAM.

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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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