Team Innovation: Africa - Races Across America

Team Innovation: Africa came together to raise awareness and donations for the Innovation: Africa charity by racing our bicycles in the Race Across America, RAAM.

We'll be doing RAAM in an entirely new way, from our minimal crew, to our unique rider rotations. We want to show that RAAM is something that can be done competitively on a reasonable budget. Our team members have a history of doing great things in unique ways, and we're looking forward to embarking on our biggest challenge yet.

The Race

Race Across America - RAAM - the world's toughest bike race

Route

RAAM Route

Profile

RAAM Profile

The Team

Racers

Our racers have been doing this cycling thing for quite a while and have been planning on doing RAAM for over 5 years. Along the way, they have twice set the course record for the Hoodoo 500, won the Furnace Creek 508 relay, and won the California Team Time Trial multiple times.

Kurt Broadhag

Kurt Broadhag

  • 43 years old from LA, CA
  • Father of 1
  • Category 2 Road Cyclist
  • Strengths: Big, long pulls
  • Multiple Gold Medals at Master's Track Nationals
  • Multiple California Team Time Trial Championships
Chris DeMarchi

Chris DeMarchi

  • 43 year old from Chino, CA
  • Married, father of 2
  • Category 1 Road Cyclist
  • Strengths: Breaking away
  • 7-time National Champion
Andre Gonzalez

Andre Gonzalez

  • 41 years old from Lehi, UT
  • Married, father of 3
  • Category 2 Road Cyclist
  • Strengths: Road Racing
  • Multiple course records at Hoodoo 500 Relay
  • Member of winning team at Furnace Creek 508
Tony Restuccia

Tony Restuccia

  • 37 years old from Topanga, CA
  • Married, father of 1
  • Category 1 Road Cyclist
  • Strengths: Preparation
  • Multiple course records at Hoodoo 500 Relay
  • Member of winning team at Furnace Creek 508
  • Multiple California Team Time Trial Championships

Crew

The team wouldn't get anywhere without our amazing crew, comprised of some top-level athletes who could probably win RAAM by themselves, but are nice enough to lend a hand. Given the non-stop nature of the race, we had put together a crew that can handle just about anything, and do it with a smile.

Levi Cress

Levi Cress

  • From Lehi, UT
  • Crewed for both record setting teams at Hoodoo 500. Drove the entire way
  • Lived in South Africa and Botswana for 2 years doing missionary work
  • Strength: Uses turn signals
  • Dad to a very cheeky English Bulldog
Rick Denman

Rick Denman

  • From Topanga, CA
  • Crewed for his dad's RAAM team and met his future wife
  • Track racing specialist including European 6-day racing circuit
  • Two-time US Olympic Festival head cycling coach
  • Cycling cinematographer for "American Flyers" and "Quicksilver"
  • Known for finding the best new way to do everything.
Teresa Gonzalez

Teresa Gonzalez

  • From Lehi, UT
  • Hands-down, best support person ever
  • Category 2 Road Cyclist
  • Crewed for winning teams at Hoodoo 500 and Furnace Creek 508
  • First female winner of Pat Tillman award at the Vegas Challenge
Ken Kramer

Ken Kramer

  • Crewed for winning team at Furnace Creek 508
  • Multiple Vegas Challenges
Phil Kramer

Phil Kramer

  • Member of winning team at Furnace Creek 508
  • Multiple Vegas Challenges

Our Sponsors

The following groups are helping to make this happen:

innovation: agrica logo

Innovation: Africa - Title Sponsor

Innovation: Africa is a non-profit organization that brings solar and agricultural technologies to rural African villages.

Since their founding in 2008, they have completed 68 solar and agricultural projects in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi and Uganda. Using solar technology, they provide schools and medical clinics with solar power to offer evening study, adult education, well-lit nighttime medical care and refrigeration for lifesaving medicines and vaccines. Their solar powered water pumps provide over 20,000 liters of clean water a day, and their drip irrigation systems provide a source of food and income for farmers and their families. Over 480,000 people have been impacted by their projects, and more than 300,000 children have received properly stored vaccinations for the first time stored in their solar powered refrigerators.

Watch a video from the field to get a better understanding of their amazing work.

Ice Custom Sportswear

ICE Custom Sportswear - Clothing Sponsor

We chose ICE Custom Sportswear for their dedication to providing the highest quality athletic apparel. ICE was founded by Armin Rahm, a competitive cyclist for nearly 40 years, who has a true understanding of what a cyclist needs.

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Send us an email and we'll gladly talk about how we can help you through logo placement, traditional media, and social media.

Contact

For more information on our team, charity, and fundraising efforts contact us at info@iaraam.com