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Why I ride. Where I ride. What I ride.

This is a blog post by Hamid Parvizian. His cousin Cameron has autism.

And here I am again, at the Houston Intercontinental Airport, waiting to board my plane to DC, where I will embark on my second annual ride in the “Bike to the Beach” Century Rides, benefiting Autism Speaks and autism Awareness. Waiting to board my plane, I reflect on my cousin, Cameron. Cameron fights autism everyday. But this bike ride is not just about Cameron. As I watched hundreds of thousands of people pass the many gates, I remembered that one out of every one-hundred and ten persons passing by the gates is affected with autism or will have a child born with autism. We have to find a cure.  There is no compromising. This is why I’m here, boarding this plane, biking this distance.

And as I heard my flight called to board on the airport speakers, I knew I was on my way to making a difference in Cameron’s life and the lives of all families struggling with autism. My will and drive to push through this 108 mile ride pales in comparison to the millions of families trying to raise a child suffering with autism. And that’s when it hit me. My will to train hard and prepare for this ride all year was born from my inspiration – Cameron and all children with autism have inspired me to push myself to higher limits of physical fitness and accomplishment in my life. As a result of their bravery to fight autism everyday of their lives, I simply have no excuse not to demand the most from myself. I am now participating in Bike-to-the-Beach, scheduled to compete for my first Ironman in Florida in November, and then Ironman Texas in May.

Because of Cameron, I am inspired to reach my goal of not only finishing each race, but also achieving a personal record in time. I’ve been inspired before by Cameron, so inspired in fact that I was able to compete in my first half Ironman only months after starting training. I was also the winner of a Cervelo P3 tri-bike from tri-bike transports. My friend Andrew Torres with Torres Chop Shop spent 2 months and donating his time to designing and painting the bike converting into an ‘Autism Awareness Bike.’ I have been overwhelmed by the number of people who have contacted me after seeing the pictures he was posting of the bike in progress. I am excited to be able ride this bike in my upcoming races and hope that it will help continue to raise awareness for autism.

  1. July 29, 2011 at 1:32 pm | #1

    Thank you Hamid for your support and desire to ride for autism and to raise awareness on behalf of the millions of people effected by autism THANK YOU!! I have a 13 year old son with autism and the struggles of everyday can be a battle and a blessing you are truely and insperation. Keep on riding your bike is awesome!!

  2. Debbie Vill
    August 5, 2011 at 2:37 pm | #2

    Thank You also Hamid. I agree, my 10 year old nephew is also effected by autism. He reminds us everyday to look past and see the silver lining. He struggles everyday with different challenges, some small, some large but just like you he pushes through.. He gets that drive and energy from my sister/his mother.. He is not an athlete but my sister and brother in law try to teach him and reinforce the benefits about being healthy and physically fit. It reinforces him to at least try. You are truly an inspiration for your cousin and for all. Thanks for what you do bringing awareness. God Bless and I LOVE THE BIKE.

  3. Bernadette
    August 6, 2011 at 7:10 am | #3

    HAmid, as the parent of a 13 year old with Autism….i thank you…..

  4. September 3, 2011 at 10:28 pm | #4

    Thanks for inspiring me to “take the ride”. I am especially fond of biking and i want to see through that every activity is a healthy one and brings forth fitness. This one is one of my favorites. Thanks for this nice post!

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