We love watching bike races and love attending the Twilight Criterium in Athens, Georgia when we can. Even watching bike races on TV is exhilarating to me, especially the Race Across America (RAAM), which is known as the "World's Toughest Bicycle Race"! It's actually going on right now and you should check it out. They began on June 16th in Oceanside, California and will end on the 25th in Annapolis, Maryland. We watched it last year and my husband and I were absolutely amazed at the strength and persistence of the cyclists. I cannot imagine how much training and dedication it takes to train for something like that.
This year the Ohio CycleWorks bike team is participating in this year's RAAM and is sponsored by FedEx Custom Critical. A member of the Ohio CycleWorks bike team, Scott Garchar, has worked with FedEx Custom Critical for over a decade now and the team is participating in the 2012 Race Across America to help raise money for the Akron Children's Hospital! Along their journey, they are showcasing SenseAware, which is powered by FedEx.
What is SenseAware and FedEx Custom Critical?
FedEx Custom Critical specializes in the transport of high-value, time-critical freight. For these items they often use devices like SenseAware for customers who ship items requiring temperature-control and special, secure handling of the products. SenseAware is especially important to the Akron Children's Hospital because it can help safely deliver critical packages that can save the lives of the very children the Ohio CycleWorks team is riding to support!
SenseAware's amazing technology allows real-time date to be seen online, including location, temperature, barmetric pressure, humidity and even light sensitivity!
As a Mama of a son who has Neurofibromatosis, we spend a great deal of time at our children's hospital, so you can imagine just how many patients use the Akron Children's Hospital's pediatric services each year (over 600,000)! It is ranked as a Best Children's Hospital overall and has earned special rankings for its services and specialties.
Tracking The Team With SenseAware
I was able to try out SenseAware on the Ohio CycleWorks bike team since they are traveling with the device. Here's what was reported for today:
Friday, June 22, 2012
The SenseAware(SM) application provides near real-time data about the team’s journey. Here is a snapshot of today’s statistics as the team rides on past Cincinnati, OH.Location: Belpre, OH
Temperature: 92.4º F
Barometric Pressure: 989 mBar
Earlier this week the temperature was in the eighties, which I thought was hot. With humidity over 50% and temperatures over 90º F, I cannot even imagine how tough the ride was today. I'm sure today was slower than other days as heat and humidity can definitely effect energy rates. Let's hope for a cooler day tomorrow! Click here to keep up with the team and all of the day's statistics from the SenseAware device.
For more information about the Ohio CycleWorks Charities or to donate to their cause, visit their website at http://
I received compensation from FedEx for covering the use of SenseAware® technology during the 2012 Race Across America. My ideas and opinions relayed in this blog post and any related Twitter discussions are the my own and are not provided by FedEx or its affiliates and subsidiaries.