Europa Sales Rep Goes for 24 Hours of Booty
24 Hours of Booty article posted at www.europasports.com/flextime
by David W. Brown
July 5th, 2005
The fourth annual 24 Hours of Booty is the one and only 24-hour road cycling charity event in the country! Running July 29-30th, this unique and fun event is fully supported on a traffic-free, gently rolling loop — the “BOOTY LOOP” — situated in the beautiful Myers Park neighborhood just outside Charlotte, North Carolina’s Center City. 24 Hours of Booty is a fundraiser for the Brain Tumor Fund for the Carolinas, a local non-profit that is establishing Charlotte as the premier brain cancer research and treatment facility in the country; and the Lance Armstrong Foundation, which is dedicated to enhancing the lives of those living with, through, and beyond cancer.
Europa Sales Rep Nick Lacaria signed up to participate in 24 Hours of Booty to be a personal test of endurance. He is going to attempt to go the full 24 hours without stopping. After signing-up for 24 Hours of Booty, Nick found out he had an even stronger reason to succeed in this endeavor- Jamelle Barnes of Raleigh, NC, a close friend of the family’s, past away on June 14th after a very courageous and long battle with cancer. “This is dedicated to her. May she still ride with the living in our hearts and our minds forever,” Nick pledges.
Nick isn’t new to endurance tests. Nick learned all about pushing your body to unheard of limits during his four and a half years in the Navy as a Rescue Swimmer. He is a founding member of the South Charlotte Triathlon Club, and he recently ranked 4th in SC in Clydesdale Division in the Palmetto State Triathlon Series, run by Set-Up, Inc. Nick has also completed his first half iron distance triathlon earlier this year, and while his work schedule keeps him very busy, he still finds time to train for his second in October with plans on racing Ironman next year.
Nick uses various products Europa carries in training for endurance tests. “Fizogen Epovar has really added an edge. I also use ISS Research’s Super Vitamin Pack, Klein-Becker USA Oxydrene, and to quench my thirst, I drink Cytosports Cytomax.”
Q: Nick, how much did you raise for the cause?
Nick: I raised $2130; the event has raised nearly $250,000 this year.
Q: How’d the planned biking for the entire 24 hours go?
Nick: It went well, however I underestimated my nutritional needs and had trouble around 9 am [14 hours], at which time I abandoned due to severe abdominal upset. The spirit was willing, the body not so much.
Q: What was going through your mind?
Nick: You have all of these quiet moments while you’re riding by yourself. I kept finding myself thinking about the cause we were riding for- Cancer research. I was thinking of all those people having to endure Chemo Therapy and it was driving me on, because I was riding for them. In those quiet moments, it is easy to focus on what’s really important in life. It’s quite humbling.
Congratulations Nick! Here’s hoping many people benefit from you and your fellow riders’ commitment!