So, just who are these lycra clad men racing cross-country on two wheels? They share many common traits – determination, discipline and dedication. But, it’s their personal motivation that separates them from the rest of the crowd.
RAAM Rider Biographies
For Nicholas Martire, cycling is second nature. From the age of 12, he was inspired by the first North American riders in the Tour de France, Greg LeMond and Steve Bauer. It was the launching point for his love of cycling – one that has fueled him through a 1996 bike trip from Vancouver to Montreal, GranFondo races, cyclocross and a number of charity events. More recently, Nicholas has taken part in the Ride to Conquer Cancer, a 250-km ride from Montreal to Quebec City.
At 40 years old, training for RAAM has imposed a high level of discipline on Nicholas’ life and daily work. The once-in-a-lifetime experience motivates him to achieve his goal of completing this challenging race.
Though joining the cycling scene only 5 years ago, David Schwartz has already completed 16 half marathons, three full marathons and two half Ironman triathlons since 2003. Having developed a passion for endurance sports, his goals are now set on the Race Across America. In 2011, David organized the ALDO Group’s first team to participate in the Ride to Conquer Cancer, leading them as captain each year and raising more than $480,000 to date.
As the Chief Financial Officer, as well as a husband and father of three, David knows the meaning of discipline and uses it to stay motivated while training. He understands the critical importance of planning, being physically prepared and coordinating with support crew in order to ensure success.
Cycling has always been an extension of who Jonathan Frankel is. Bringing with him 15 years of road cycling and 20 years of mountain biking experience, and having biked in many locations across North America and Europe, he is motivated now, more than ever, to conquer the Race Across America.
Only having been part of the ALDO Group for four years, Jonathan is now Vice President of its wholesale division, ALDO Product Services. His bond with fellow teammates in the office, coupled with their passion for cycling, have encouraged him to take this natural next challenge. To date, he has cycled to raise over $15,000 for charity.
Excited and privileged to share the RAAM experience with the people who inspire him both in work and in sport, Jean-Pierre Genereux is ready to embark on what he calls the most demanding race he has ever encountered. His cycling background includes various triathlons and duathlons, as well as GrandFondo events.
Given his long work hours and the commitment to his profession as both architect and Vice President, Jean-Pierre has acquired a higher level of discipline when it comes to balancing his athletic training with family and work life. Most of it is done prior to 6 a.m. or after 9 p.m. Above all, Jean-Pierre wants to inspire his two children to always aim at surpassing themselves in whatever they set out to do.