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How a Palo Alto ultracyclist risked his health and family ties to find a cure for cancer

How a Palo Alto ultracyclist risked his health and family ties to find a cure for cancer

News John Tarlton’s efforts to raise money for cancer research through Race Across America are documented in ‘Until the Wheels Come Off’ John Tarlton receives…

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News John Tarlton’s efforts to raise money for cancer research through Race Across America are documented in ‘Until the Wheels Come Off’

John Tarlton receives physical therapy during Race Across America. Courtesy Team Tarlton. John Tarlton, 50, is curled up on the asphalt of a suburban parking lot, his head suspended by a bandage since the muscles in his neck have failed. Having crossed the country from California to Maryland on his bicycle, 2,800 miles in 10 days, Tarlton has less than 48 hours left to complete what might be the world’s most demanding cycling race.

A support crew lowers Tarlton’s bruised body into an impromptu ice bath made out of a white cooler. The shock of the frigid water is their last resort to keep him alert and limit the amount of times he falls asleep while riding and involuntarily swerves into the path of speeding vehicles. Tarlton’s wife, Jenny Dearborn, embraces their children and weeps, knowing that other riders have already dropped out due to internal bleeding and collisions with towering semi-trucks.

Tarlton set out on this journey to raise funds for cancer research, but will his obsession with curing the disease that stole away his sister and mother result in debilitating injury and place insurmountable stress on his family?

A Palo Alto father of three and CEO of his family’s eponymous real estate company, Tarlton has donated money to cancer research, but these contributions are not enough. Instead, Tarlton bears the Stanford Cancer Institute’s logo across his chest […]

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