Kyle Bryant is an athlete, keynote speaker and director of the bicycle ride fundraiser, rideATAXIA as a staff member of the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA). rideATAXIA currently has 5 locations in the US and has raised over $3 million for FA research since 2007. Despite his diagnosis of Friedreich’s ataxia (FA – a genetic, progressively debilitating, life-shortning, neuromuscular disease) at the age of 17, Kyle has completed numerous long distance bike rides including “The World’s Toughest Bike Race”, Race Across America (RAAM) in 2010 as part of 4 man Team FARA.
Kyle was diagnosed with FA at age seventeen and found that as the disease progressed he had to give up the sports so interwoven in his life growing up in Northern California; sports such as golf, baseball, basketball and football. When Kyle’s FA had progressed to a point where it became unsafe for him to continue riding his bike, he put a stop to the loss of the activity he cherished. He took back control, purchased a recumbent trike, and resumed his riding with passion.
Kyle started small with an initial ride of 7 miles. However, fueled with passion to push the limits and do more with his life Kyle built up to a century ride (100 mi in a day) within 4 months of his first ride. Upon completion of his first century he decided that the sky was the limit.
In 2007 Kyle founded rideATAXIA with a 2,500 mile 59 day ride from San Diego, CA to Memphis TN. The goal of the ride was to raise awareness and much-needed research funds for FA, a disease that has no treatment, no cure, no hope…until now.
Kyle and rideATAXIA did not stop in Memphis. Kyle’s cycling feats include Sacramento to Las Vegas, NV, Portland, OR to Seattle, WA, and Race Across America (RAAM) in which his 4 man team finished the 3,000 mile race in 8 days, 8 hours, and 14 minutes.
With his trike as the vehicle of change, Kyle took his hopeless situation of no treatment, no cure, no hope and turned it into an opportunity to do something great for himself and many others. Ride Ataxia Started out as a family bike ride and is now a nation wide movement that has raised over $3 million for research.