RAAM - Peter Oyler's Quest to Finish Unfinished Business

Many within the BCC have experienced the WattsUp Facility and interacted with Peter Oyler, one of the partner's in the busines. This June, Peter will embark on his third attempt at the Race Across America (RAAM)—a journey to conquer some unfinished business and continue his support for his charity partner: The Jack Project (http://www.thejackproject.org/). To achieve his goal, Peter has planned on personally funding the costs of this race, which will run $35,000 to $40,000. But I want to help him by pulling together supporters to help defray about $20,000 of those costs (he still keeps his butt and money in the game).

As a highly accomplished endurance athlete—13x Ironman and multiple endurance cycling events including RAW & Furnace Creek 508—he is one of the few Canadians to finish the world’s toughest endurance race—RAAM. In 2007, Peter finished eighth at RAAM, a tremendous accomplishment for this Toronto-born cyclist. In 2009, Peter was on the bike for 1,576 miles before he had to abandon the race. In 2013, he plans to return to RAAM to take care of this unfinished business.

As avid cyclists, we all know what it’s like to dig deep to chase down a wheel on our Sunday rides, and we’ve all felt the throbbing of our thighs as we climb yet another hill. Peter knows that pain and much more. Committing to ride 3,000 miles while climbing 100,000+ vertical feet takes tremendous preparation, internal fortitude, supreme fitness and a high tolerance for that pain. Over the next three months, Peter’s focus will be on finishing preparing his body and, perhaps most importantly, his mind to conquer RAAM for a second time—erasing that DNF of 2009.

But getting to the finish line costs money. And although Peter is prepared to commit his own funds to get this done, I want to help him raise some of the $35,000 to $40,000 required to successfully complete RAAM.

By calling out to the BCC, I am hoping there are club mates who are interested in supporting this effort to conquer RAAM. There are several levels of support we are looking for. You will find the information at www.peteroylerraam.com
One of the interesting ways that we are trying to support him is on his climbs. We have profiled two of the climbs that he will ride (better him than me!) and providing the opportunity to sponsor segments of the climbs (you can find this at the bottom of the giving page).

We are looking for 10 People who are very likely avid cyclists and want to support this tremendous athlete get to the finish line in the world's toughest bike race. The funding provided by these 10 People takes some of the pressure off Peter so he can focus on his main objective: training to overcome the huge challenges he’ll face on the bike at RAAM. This “P10 group”, much like the Spidertech powered by C10 team (sponsorship from 10 Canadian corporations), will be recognized on his jersey—P10 Powers Peter Oyler (you can see the full cycling kit on the website - Peter's is all white, supporters get black inlays for the shorts - more modesty)). Ten individuals, dedicated to the sport of cycling will be instrumental in delivering Peter to the finish line. With your support, Peter Oyler will prove that a cyclist can deliver inhuman results—clean!

What do you get for your $1,250.00 of financial support of Peter’s assault on RAAM?

* A signed limited-edition cycling kit from Biemme—the same one Peter will be riding in every day of RAAM (Peter’s is all white, sponsors have white and black bib shorts).
* WattsUp Cycling offers lactate testing for each supporter—this gives keen riders an understanding of their power profile and lactate thresholds.
* A cocktails and canapés evening for Peter (May 24, 2013) to talk about the planning//training and introduce the team that will get him to the finish line
* We will host a post RAAM follow-up evening at WattsUp with everyone coming in on their bikes and we will replicate one part of the ride that was painful and have Peter talk us through it.
* One post-RAAM outdoor ride with Peter and the team.
* A commemorative pictorial book (with some commentary of the race) signed by Peter.
* Ongoing updates from Peter and the team on his progress leading up and during the race.

In addition to the P10 level of support, we’ve created additional giving opportunities:

$650.00 – “Motor Pacing” level
* A limited-edition cycling kit from Biemme—the same one Peter will be riding in every day of RAAM.
* A cocktails and canapés evening for Peter (May 24, 2013) to talk about the planning/training and introduce the team that will get him to the finish line
* A commemorative pictorial book (with some commentary) of the race signed by Peter.

$125.00 – “Big Ring” level
* A cocktails and canapés evening (May 24, 2013) for Peter to talk about the planning//training and introduce the team that will get him to the finish line
* A commemorative pictorial book (with some commentary) of the race signed by Peter.

Of course, every little bit helps, so if you cannot support Peter at these levels, please feel free to give what you can and become part of his “Peloton”

To contribute to Peter’s effort, please go to his website at www.peteroylerraam.com where you will find updates on his progress, add your well wishes and you will also find the “Support” button. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Many thanks in advance. Even if you can't support Peter financially, please support him with words of encouragement.

Feel free to email through the site if you have any questions.

QB

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Comment by DY on April 8, 2013 at 9:04am

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