Team PH – Looking back on the first year in pictures

March 16,2013

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 women back from DC to 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

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