Monday, May 28, 2012

Al Maxey Leads Team Fauquier in Tour de Cure

Al Maxey
The Tour de Cure for diabetes research was the first bike race Al Maxey participated in two years ago, so it holds special meaning for him. This year he decided to share the experience with 20 or so new friends.

He recruited and is helping to train fellow biking enthusiasts for the 107.5-mile 2012 Tour de Cure on June 3. The event will include about 1,700 bikers; it winds from Reston to Purcellville, then to Fauquier and back to Reston, and will take six to eight hours to complete.

Fauquier Health is sponsoring the team by providing team uniforms, and the Wellness Center donated time in its exercise and cycling studio so the team could ride during the winter months.

At least one member of Team Fauquier is a marathon runner, some have already cycled in races, and several have never trained before. Maxey is using his expertise as a personal trainer to make sure everyone is ready for the rigors of a 100-mile ride. At a recent training session at the center, Team Fauquier members chatted about what distances they’d logged that week while they warmed up with a few easy miles. As the music got louder and faster and the riders pushed themselves, there was less talking and more sweating.

Maxey said, “The Wellness Center has been unbelievably supportive, and some of our team members have joined the center as a result. It’s been great.”

The website for the team is

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