Team FSHD Cycling will participate as an 8 person relay team in the Race Across America beginning on June 17, 2017.
The team is racing to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for FSH Muscular Dystrophy (Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy or "FSHD"). They have a goal to raise $101,000 and 100% of proceeds are going to the FSH Society.
FSHD, a heritable disease, is among the most common forms of muscular dystrophy, affecting approximately 870,000 children and adults of both sexes worldwide. It can affect multiple generations and entire families. FSHD is characterized by the progressive loss of muscle strength. Muscle weakness typically starts at the face, shoulder girdle and upper arms, often progressing to the legs, torso and other muscles. The symptoms can develop at any age. This is a devastating disease that has no cure. With our participation in RAAM, we hope to raise awareness and raise funds for biomedical research that will benefit patients and families everywhere.
George Pollock Jr.
George is the founder of team FSHD Cycling and has committed to raise funds to help find a cure and to raise awareness of FSH Muscular Dystrophy, which he was diagnosed with ten years ago. He represented the University of Florida back in 1990 in the Collegiate National Cycling Championships. George raced for 15 more years after and has been riding for 28 years. He is the Chief Financial Officer of vXchnge, and resides near Tampa, Florida with his wife Jane. They have two children in college.
Brian is extremely excited for the opportunity to be racing on the FSHD Cycling team this year in the Race Across America. He also races for The Racerheads Sports and Leisure Club, which is celebrating its’ 36th year. He has been racing for 44 years. Brian currently lives in Palm Coast, Florida with his wife Nancy, who he is celebrating 30 years of marriage with, and his two daughters: Alison and Sarah.
Brian was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland and came to the United States after graduating from the University College Dublin in 1992. Brian began his banking and finance career in Chicago, and moved to Tampa, Florida in 2000 where he worked for Wall Street firms. He started running and cycling in 2007 and now rides about 8,000 miles per year. Currently, he is a VP with Citi, and lives with his wife Carmen, and their daughter Sofia.
Brian began his love for cycling at the age of 11 when he discovered BMX. For the next 15 years, he traveled through the United States chasing the NRC road racing calendar, racing the Belgian Kermesse Circuit, and two Olympic road trials. His mentor Eddie Boryseqicz, the coach of the 1984 Olympic Cycling team, helped Brian develop the methodology he passes on to his clients. Today, he takes joyful rides with his fiancée, Karin, and is incredibly excited to take the journey of RAAM.
Adam was born in 1957 and raised in Savanna-la-mar, Jamaica. He is thrilled to support his FSHD Cycling teammates by dragging down the team’s average speed during RAAM. He has two adult children and two grandchildren. The latter are guaranteed to stomp him on the bike in no time at all – awesome! He came to the USA and Rutgers Univ. in 1976. His schooling and years of work, 13 of which were practicing law, convinced him it’s way more fun to wear tight quasi-superhero costumes and ride as many places as possible the world over. He also looks forward to the inevitable - riding a tricycle.
Jerome is a big fan of European bicycle racing and spends his vacations doing cycling tours. He loves to ride mountain bikes and road bikes, and enjoys commuting to work and riding on the weekends. Jerome lived in France until he met his wife in 2006, and then decided to come to the sunny state of Florida. Currently, he works as a Massage Therapist specializing in accidental injuries rehabilitation.
Michael has been cycling since the mid-90s and rides 9000 miles per year on his bicycle. He loves taking challenging rides and climbing through the country. He looks forward to taking the adventurous challenge of RAAM alongside his team. Michael believes he is fortunate to do weekly routes on the mountains of Western North Carolina, where he lives with his wife Cora, son Timothy, and dog Lucy.
Jon was born and raised in Tampa and experienced biking for the first time at the age of three. He saw biking as his independence and did it all through elementary school and college. After, he put his bike away until his mid-twenties when a doctor advised him to start exercising since Jon’s cholesterol and weight had reached 300. He was then introduced to mountain biking and became hooked. Thirty years later, he says he appreciates the sport more than could be imagined, and owes his life to cycling.
Robert has been an active cyclist for many years, and has ridden every summer in the Pass Mass Challenge, a two day, 190 mile ride to raise money for cancer research and treatment. During the summer, he loves to ride laps around Central Park. He has been working in finance for more than 25 years and is currently the VP of Finance vXchnge. Robert lives with his wife Laurie, and has two adult sons: Henry and Andy.
Thomas Pat Rainey
Although Pat has limited experience with racing, he hopes that this event with influence him to give it a try and he looks forwards to being part of the support team. He is a teacher in Hillsborough county and has coached baseball for nearly 25 years. Currently, he’s an assistant coach at Newsome High School. He is happily married to his wife Marj, and has five children: three girls and two boys.
Olivier is a purchaser for an airline. He currently resides in Paris, France, but will be coming to support the FSHD Cycling team. He has two boys, ages twelve and six. He is looking forward to the opportunity to support the team and FSH Society.
Marshall is from Lithia, Florida, and was an active runner throughout law school before he discovered the sport of cycling in 2001 and adopted it as his exercise of choice. He has ridden in many centuries. When he is not practicing law with Burr and Forman, or keeping up with his wife and four children, you can find him on the backroads of eastern Hillsborough County, doing his best to maintain a 19 mph average speed.
Jane is an avid runner who has raced in dozens of marathons, half marathons, and 5k’s. She is looking forward to driving the RV across the country to support her husband and the FSHD Cycling team. Jane started her career as a Pediatric Intensive Care Nurse, and then retired in Lithia, Florida to raise her two children with George Pollock Jr.
George Pollock Sr
George is an avid outdoorsman and has coached youth sports for over 20 years between the 1960s and early 1980s. He is a retired business executive and has been married to Leah Pollock for 51 years. They have 3 sons: George Jr, Greg, and Glen. He is excited to be able to be a part of the crew and support his son, George Jr, in the Race Across America competition.
Greg is an avid outdoorsman and competitive shooter. Interestingly, he is also a licensed alligator trapper for the State of Florida. Greg is a 20 year veteran of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. He’s glad to be a part of the crew for the FSHD Cycling crew and loves to show his support for the team.
Emily is a senior at the University of Florida and will be attending graduate school in the fall. She was a competitive swimmer in high school, and this spring, she will be representing the University of Florida at the Collegiate Club National Swimming Championship. She is looking forward to helping her father participate in the Race Across America and raise funds for the FSH Society.
Hannah is very excited for this race! It has been her lifelong dream to travel across the country at 20 mph with her father and his spandex-wearing buds! Hannah was born and raised in Tampa, FL. She attended the University of Florida where she a received a degree in English (she reminds us that the E in STEM really stands for English). She is currently a paralegal at Citigroup with hopes of attending law school next fall. In her free time, she enjoys running, yoga, biking, hiking, going to the beach, swimming… basically anything outdoors!