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Watch: Bahati Foundation team wins The Race Across America to help kids

Watch: Bahati Foundation team wins The Race Across America to help kids

This story originally appeared on our sister site, PelotonMagazine.com . Rahsaan Bahati and three teammates—James Cowan, Alex Isaly and Rudy Napolitano—rode their custom Giant Trinity…

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This story originally appeared on our sister site, PelotonMagazine.com .

Rahsaan Bahati and three teammates—James Cowan, Alex Isaly and Rudy Napolitano—rode their custom Giant Trinity bikes across the country in June. The decades-old Race Across America or RAAM is sort of a gritty outlier event that tends to get lost in the normal news flow of classics, grand tours and a burgeoning gravel event calendar. RAAM is a crazy concept. Teams and solo riders navigate roads from Oceanside, California, to Annapolis, Maryland, in an attempt to either just finish or take the victory. It features some 60,000 feet of climbing in the 3,000-mile route.

This year was different. Rahsaan and team and crew were riding to raise $50,000 to help Los Angeles families recover from tragic events and to teach the kids left behind about financial literacy and transform their tragedy into a lifelong source of income and learning. The team partnered with the Los Angeles Police Department’s South Bureau Homicide Division to identify families in need. The Bahati Foundation has worked with 20,000 students in 30 schools in and around Los Angeles and helped more than 5,000 young cyclists through their programs. This RAAM adventure was their latest to utilize cycling to facilitate change.

First, they created their four-man team, Thin Energy, and set out from Oceanside with a mission: to get to Annapolis safely and raise money along the way. Here’s how American cycling legend Rahsaan Bahati described what happened—starting on June 14, 2021. (Photo: Annemarie Hennes) THE HISTORY… […]

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