Team PH – Looking back on the first year in pictures
On March 8, 2012 the four racers of Team PHenomenal Hope met together for the first time and talked about this crazy idea called RAAM over post-workout Mexican food. We soon grew to 6 with our amazing crew chiefs, and since then, it has truly been an adventure with this core of Team PH. We have had a blast discovering a way to use our passion for cycling to help raise PH awareness! And now as we gear up for our next event and as Winter Training winds down and LOTS of riding and racing gear up, we figured it was a good time to share the year’s highlights in pictures.
With special thanks to all those who joined with Team PHenomenal Hope to help launch our team. We could not have done this without the support of PHA, UPMC, Primal, Cycling Fusion, and our year one sponsors, training partners, and supporters. And we certainly could not have started this without all the individuals who have sweated, donated, spread the word, and supported us in the first year of Team PH! We appreciate you.
First Team Meeting, March 8, 2012 over at Patron
We’re all in.
Talking RAAM at UPMC (the iPad is everywhere)
Team at PHA Conference with Joseph and Kathleen, fellow cycling enthusiasts
Meeting Phillipa and her Mum at PHA Conference
We had the best dinner ever with Joy, who embodies her name
PHA Fashion Show was a lot of fun
The team got up before the crack of dawn to volunteer at the Pittsburgh Triathlon
PG and Stacie supported the Violet Rippy IPF walk with Mama George
Ryanne, Stacie, and Ryanne’s dad made an epic 750 mile trip
On the trail in Pittsburgh
And led a group of amazing women back from DC to Pittsburgh
The team walked PHor a cure on a gorgeous day in August with our dear friend, Merle
Ryanne and Stacie competed in the 24-hour race at 7-Springs
November brought great weather for training on the hills of Pittsburgh
And Ryanne and Stacie rode the Dirty Dozen
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl proclaimed November PH Awareness Month
And we worked out with friends at Cycling Fusion and Pro Bikes to raise funds for research
The most special event that month was our first live webcast at Cycling Fusion about pulmonary rehabilitation for PH. Deb and Shawn from UPMC Pulmonary Rehabilitation led us in a workout with with amazing people living with PH.
On a beautiful day in November we participated in filming for a WPXI news piece about pulmonary hypertension
Hanging out in the sunshine
From right to left: PG, AM, Stacie, Greta, Kate, Ryanne
January brought us together weekly at Winter Training
One of the highlights was working out with Sally Edwards
Ryanne did a little cross training with Sally
And we all took a new take on team building
The team met Don Metz, record-holder in the RAAM 4-man relay team
Team does cardiopulmonary exercise testing to check baseline VO2 max and ventilatory threshold
Many thanks to Bobby and Bill for their time and expertise
And through it all we remember for whom we are riding
Because at the end of the day, this is what it’s all about, isn’t it?
Team PHenomenal Hope on a sunny day in March, looking forward to the next year