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After This Cyclist Was Diagnosed With an Incurable Disease, He Started a Charity Ride to Fund Research

After This Cyclist Was Diagnosed With an Incurable Disease, He Started a Charity Ride to Fund Research

Name: Glenn Frommer Age: 60 Hometown: Vail, Colorado Occupation: RideForPKD Founder / Milkbox Partners CEO Time Cycling: 30 years as a roadie Reason for Cycling:…

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Name: Glenn Frommer
Age: 60
Hometown: Vail, Colorado
Occupation: RideForPKD Founder / Milkbox Partners CEO
Time Cycling: 30 years as a roadie
Reason for Cycling: I started cycling for fitness and quickly realized that it fulfilled my desire for the 3 Cs— cardiovascular , camaraderie (group rides), and caffeine (at our mid-ride stops!) and it’s a great way to see the world. Thirty years later it has kept me fit, allowed me to meet great friends, taken me to beautiful spots around the world, and given me the chance to help the polycystic kidney disease (or PKD) community by creating RideForPKD .

In the early 90s, I moved to Southern California and bought a hardtail Gary Fisher mountain bike . My new friends out there convinced me that I didn’t need suspension, which my butt quickly realized was bad advice—for trail and around-town riding. Around that time, a friend of mine was doing a ride from Newport Beach to San Diego to support multiple sclerosis, so I decided to join and was hooked by the inherent beauty of cycling the Pacific Coast Highway.

A few years later I moved for work to London and met a group of cyclists who do the L’Etape de Tour, which each year opens up one mountain stage of the Tour de France for 8,000 amateur riders to test themselves against the likes of Alpe D’Huez, Col du Tourmalet, Mont Ventoux, and other classic stages. So I agreed to train and join them. I was […]

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