While the individual team members have been training on their own, we started our weekly team training runs last weekend.  It was great to start putting in the miles on the bike alongside teammates.  It helps us build camaraderie and collectively push our cycling limits.  This weekend we have a 24 hour relay ride planned to begin to get a feel of riding around the clock and the kinds of things we’ll need from our support crew.

Team FARA on the RAAM Website:
We are honored to have our Team FARA photos and the cyclists’ bios posted on the Race Across America site.  To view the profile please click here. 

Team FARA in RAAM Documentary:
We are also excited to be working with film maker Kevin Schlanser to capture the Race Across America journey on film and bring awareness to Friedreich’s ataxia research.  Kevin has already started filming the team as we prepare for our cross country journey.  To view the documentary trailer please visit:



Bring on the race!



Hi Folks,

We are currently gearing up for a 24 hour Training ride which will go on this weekend.  We will begin to work out some of the kinks and get an idea of what we are dealing with.

We also now have a team of 12 crew members who we could not be more excited about.  More details soon and we are looking for at least one more crew member so if you're interested please read How YOU Can Help and then send me an email at

In the mean time please check out the trailer for our team's documentary.  The filmmaker, Kevin Schlanser will be travelling with us to capture all the drama, humor and optimism on this journey.  A little more info at

The Ataxian - Trailer #1 from Kevin Schlanser on Vimeo.


In Memory of Jack Baumstark

Dear Team FARA Supporters,

Last week we received the unfortunate news that Jack Baumstark (father of teammate Sean, strong team supporter, all around great person) lost his battle with cancer.

A note from Sean (3/11/2010): "My Hero, my Dad, Jack, went home to be with the Lord this morning shortly after 2am. There is such a pain that is unexplainable. I am forever grateful for the past year of time and relational growth between my dad and I. My family and I appreciate all the support we've received from loved ones during his battle with cancer. His life-celebration will be held 10am Friday March 19, 1st Assembly of God of Fairfield 2207 Union Ave., Fairfield. Reception immediately following."

To leave a note of support for Sean please visit his facebook page: Sean Baumstark 

Jack, you will be missed!



Hi everybody. I did a couple promotional gigs this week including a radio interview with a station here in Sacramento. The 20 minute clip will air this weekend but you can read a little bit here: Ride On

By the way...check out our new promo pack designed by the talented Crystal Wade ( Team FARA Promo. Crystal makes us look good!