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rideATAXIA Blog

In January 2007, rideAtaxia was born when Kyle Bryant and his father began their 2,500 mile, 60 day cycling journey from San Diego to Memphis, TN to raise awareness and funds for FA research. Now functioning as a program of the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA), rideATAXIA offers single day, challenging and family fun bike rides at locations all across the USA. From firsthand accounts of Kyle’s inaugural journey to the most recent news about our annual bike rides, the evolution of rideAtaxia is chronicled in this blog.


rideATAXIA Atlanta 2016

At 9 am on the morning of May 15, 2016, a large crowd gathered at the trailhead at Fowler Park in Cumming, Georgia. Onlookers stared: why were all these adults riding tricycles? By the end of the day they would take home some inspirational stories about the rare disease Friedreich’s ataxia, and the people who wouldn’t give up without a fight. This was rideATAXIA Atlanta.

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rideATAXIA Dallas 2016

RADallas20161Saturday, April 9, 2016 began a cool, cloudy morning in Denton, TX. The University of North Texas was home to rideATAXIA Dallas, and I began the day some 25 miles north of the cyclists starting point at the 50 m rest stop. Adjacent to the shores of Lake Ray Roberts, my family and I (at least part of my family), along with Outback steakhouse assembled our hospitality tents. Outback cranked up the heavy-duty portable grill to cook steak and chicken for the riders. My family coordinated drinks and energy-packed snacks. I became “rest stop greeter”, a job that I love, and did my best to spread FA awareness with the riders. (Click HERE to see the routes riders followed through Denton.)

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It's All About the FAmily

The below article was originally published in the Winter 2015/2016 edition of the FARA Advocate.

rA Team CrizzyrideATAXIA belongs to the whole FA community and their supporters. The success lies in numerous families and their communities planning, recruiting, fundraising, volunteering, and cycling. The 2015 rideATAXIA program welcomed over 2,000 participants, including representatives from 93 FA families, who raised more than $750,000 in support of FARA’s mission to treat and cure FA.

There are a number of contributing factors to a successful ride program. First, our generous sponsors, in particular our National Presenting Sponsor, Outback Steakhouse, make the ride possible. Outback Steakhouse, joined by Carrabba’s Italian Grill and Bonefish Grill in some locations, prepares an unparalleled post ride meal that sets rideATAXIA apart from other area rides. In addition to working with some incredible sponsors, rideATAXIA is honored to work with many dedicated FA families who help us execute each ride. 

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rideATAXIA Chicago 2015

rideATAXIA Chicago took place in Channahon Central Park in Channahon, Illinois on July 19, 2015. July provides some tough weather (HOT!) for an outdoor physical event, but we had 370 riders and 20 teams. This was the fourth annual event and, in my opinion, has grown leaps and bounds! As of today, we raised over $72,000 and counting (I met my fundraising goal!). I am so honored to be a part of this event, it is so well organized and very empowering. rideATAXIA gives people with FA the opportunity to participate in an able-bodied ride in a safe and supportive event with people that understand the condition while educating everyone else! 

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Ataxian Athlete Initiative Announces 2015 Recipients


The Ataxian Athlete Initiative (AAI) provides adaptive cycling equipment to people with any type of ataxia who have demonstrated the desire to stay active and healthy despite their disabilities. This year, the AAI was sponsored by our partners at Catrike, The FA Project, The Texas Irish Foundation, and a contribution in memory of Gladys Lacativo.

FARA is pleased to announce the 2015 AAI grant recipients: Lee Bailey of Melbourne Australia, Marcos Alfonso Garcia Campo of Barcelona, Spain, Mandy Davis of Clinton, MO, Tiffany Gambill of Bridgewater, MA., Sean Mazeres of Woodland, CA, Kimberly Welch of Bridgeville, PA, and Billie Wells of Southfield, MI.

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