The inspiring young Credit Agricole cyclist who crashed and fell into a coma during a race in Europe last year will be riding, but not competing on, the route of the Amgen Tour of California this year.
Doctors initially didn't hold much hope for Saul Raisin, but the 25-year-old from Dalton, Georgia, enthusiastically attacked his rehabilitation regimen and is back on the bike.
In addition riding the Tour of California to improve his conditioning for his re-entry into pro cycling later this year, Raisin will be promoting his Raisin Hope Charity Ride coming up March 31 in his hometown.
At his blog — Saul Raisin Racing, Raisin writes about his Tour of California exploits:
“I will be riding almost every stage before the riders come through… So I will be at the start and finish every day. Please come up to say hi and cheer me on…Being able to Ride the course is something that a short few months ago was Inconceivable. Dreams do come true… I am blessed.”
Also at his blog, he talks about his emotional return visit to Europe where he met the hospital staff that saved his life after the Circuit de la Sarthe bike race.
The Raisin Hope benefits the Shepherd Center, Camp Twin Lakes, The Brain Injury Association of Georgia, and the USA Cycling Develpment Foundation. It starts at Heritage Point Park in Dalton and features 15-, 35- and 50-mile bike rides.
You can register for the Raisin Hope ride at Sportsbaseonline.