Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Member Spotlight: Jeff and Rhoda Hein

Our names are Jeff and Rhoda Hein. We are lifelong San Diegans and cyclists. We currently live in Tehachapi California were we get as many as four seasons in a single day! Yes, that makes riding a challenge sometimes.  We have long climbs that end with 20% plus grades to head winds up to 60 mph gusts. We are moving back to San Diego this fall and we want to be as active in the biking community as possible. We crew for RAAM (Rhoda will race in the 2014 RAAM) She has also re-found her love for track biking and will compete in the masters state and nationals in the pursuit and time trial. I have been riding for about 30 years. I was hoping to become a master's racer, but I was severely injured overseas breaking my neck. I was told I would never ride again...but I am slowly making my come back and I hope to compete in the pursuit and time trials on the track myself. Rhoda and I have just started a nonprofit organization, "Cycling for Social Justice."   We will be raising money those who have no voice in the world. This ranges from animal rights to our current group: the National Association for the Mentally Ill. Rhoda has a passion for both the mentally ill and the families of the mentally ill as she has had to live and manage my life as upon coming back from the war on terror I was diagnosed with PTSD and bipolar disorder. We believe we can make a difference one pedal stroke at a time and we look forward to being a part of  the San Diego Bike Coalition and making San Diego a bike-friendly city.

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