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“It’s go time!!” ClearedJobs.Net sponsors *Train of Pain* bicycle team; Team Kicks off annual Train of Pain Ride today, May 18

Posted by Kathleen Smith

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The core of our Train of Pain bike team consists of military members — all from two Special Operations groups:

  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) …and…
  • Naval Special Warfare (NSW or SEAL)

The remaining members of the team are made up of older and former athletes that still want to belong to a group or good cause like our very own Carter Goodnough, Director of Sales.

Train roots

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The Train of Pain team has been around for about 10-years and had its birth as a Masters Road and Track racing team which competed throughout California and Arizona. It transitioned to a more social club, with a little racing to justify the cool outfits, about three years ago. Currently, the team’s now up to just over 70 members, primarily located in San Diego and Orange County, California. Team member, however, really spans the country with small numbers in Washington and Oregon, New York, Texas, Virginia and Florida. One of the benefits of the team’s Navy association is that it tends to travel from state to state – so like a good virus, we spread out.

Team mission

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Our mission, though never truly defined, is to develop a competitive atmosphere for aging athletes while providing a positive and visible image to the public for Navy Special Operations, the Wounded Warrior Foundation and team sponsors.

2 major events

This bike team has two major events each year:

Train of Pain bike trip
The first is the annual Train of Pain bike trip. Now in its third year, the team sees this third go round as its best year yet. The team will roll out of San Francisco with 24-riders and 3-support drivers for a roughly 500-mile trek through some of Northern California’s most picturesque venues. It will head north to Bodega Bay — famous for Alfred Hitchcock’s perennial classic “The Birds” — where the group will spend two days before heading toward Santa Rosa. After another two-night stay, the team turns back south to San Francisco.

Annual fundraising and awareness ride for Wounded Warrior Foundation
The Train of Pain bike team will launch what is hoped to be an annual fundraising and awareness ride for the EOD Wounded Warrior Foundation. For this first year, the bike ride will kick off with a 2-day trip from Pt. Mugu Naval Air Station heading south to San Diego. Leveraging off past years of organizing experience, the hope is to provide a safe, fun and challenging event for both active duty and civilian riders. Team riders will be challenged to ride roughly a hundred miles a day while raising some money for an outstanding foundation that provides much needed financial support to our returning heroes and their families.

Preparation for the Train of Pain

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To prepare for this year’s Train of Pain, which starts today, the bike team has participated in the annual Kiwanis’ Alpine Challenge, an annual charity ride held in East County San Diego. The Canari Navy / ClearedJobs.Net team is a regular participant each year, utilizing the event as a springboard for the Train of Pain trip. Members of the team participating in the Alpine Challenge were:

  • Steve Burke
  • John Meyers
  • Mike Peterson
  • Scott Waterman
  • Gene Rathgeber
  • Kevin Childre
  • ..and our very own Carter Goodnough!

The Alpine Challenge, now in it’s 9th year, raises funds for the Alpine Challenge Scholarship Fund and the Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego. Because the events committee and ride day personnel are all volunteers, 100 percent of the proceeds end up supporting these fine programs.

Attracting riders from throughout the country, the Alpine Challenge hosted over 600 participants this year and raised more than $150K to date.

The riders for the Alpine Challenge had a choice of two distances:

  • the Descanso ride at 60 miles…
  • …or the Pine Valley Ride at 72 miles

Designed for serious bicycle enthusiasts, Alpine is located in the rural foothills just 30 miles East of San Diego. A scenic mountain town where crowds are non-existent, and the entire route was well supported. Both rides were extremely hilly, with nearly 7000 feet of climbing, beautiful blue skies and the fun of a stiff head wind for the final 15-miles home.

Keeping up with the team as they ride

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Want to follow this bike team along its journey? Why not check out their Train of Pain bike team blog at http://www.trainofpain.blogspot.com.

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Train of Pain on Twitter

You can also keep up with the team via their newly launched twitter page at http://www.twitter.com/trainofpain

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This entry was posted on Monday, May 18, 2009 10:46 am

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