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Team FARA Blog

Team FARA members are running, walking, biking and swimming for FA research around the world.

While they are geographically dispersed, Team FARA is united with the same goal: to draw attention to FA through acts of physical endurance and to support the advancement of FA research towards treatments and a cure for FA.


I ride the Catrike 700; reputably the fastest non-custom trike out there.  The 700 is very aerodynamic, very light and it has that huge 700c wheel in the back for high speed power.  Plus it just looks cool:

The one difficulty (and this is true of amost all trikes) is that there are a couple parts that you can't find in a regular bike shop, specifically the 16" wheels up front.  Now this is no huge deal, it is just not as easy as going down to the bike shop and picking up a fresh set of tires and tubes.  It takes a little foresight, shopping (which is actually fun when you're shopping for bike parts) and planning.

Hitch Rider

Trike transport is not easy.  A trike is large and it has 3 wheels!

We need to transport two trikes on RAAM.  One trike will be on the roof of the van for use if the primary trike fails and one trike needs to be easily accessible for constant on and off during riding shifts.

So I emailed the guys at Hitch Rider to see if they could help us out and they said they'd donate one of their single trike tilting racks for our adventure!  The rack is being shipped to my place right now!  Thanks Hitch Rider!

TeamFARA on Good Day Sacramento

TeamFARA on Good Day Sacramento

Mike Mellott and Sean Baumstark were able to interview with Mark S. Allen this morning on Sacramento's premiere morning show, Good Day Sacramento. Upon learning the story about TeamFARA and RAAM, Allen said "we want to champion your cause."

Mark S. Allen and his crew at Good Day Sacramento gave us an incredible opportunity this morning to share with tens of thousands of viewers about Ride Ataxia NorCal, RAAM, and The Ataxian documentary currently being produced by Kevin Schlanser.

Party to Pardee, WIldflower, & Hincapie

The weeks seem to be flying by right now! When we started this journey to RAAM it seemed like it was so far way. Not anymore...with only 6 weeks between now and the starting line, the rubber is meeting the road. Nerves are starting to set in, last minute details are causing a little stress, and the training is more and more vital to a successful finish.

At the beginning of the month the team was able to ride together for a metric century in the Party to Pardee ride not too far from Sacramento. We did the Pardee ride one week after our 24-hour training ride.

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