My father's breath was literally taken away by ALS in 2005. I am raising money for the ALS Association in support of research to cure ALS, and competing in triathlons for Team Blazeman to increase ALS awareness. Please donate to the cause.
ALS Association Donation
When donating to the ALS Association, under the Gift Information section please be sure to:
1) Select "Research" for "Designate Gift"
2) Select "Yes, this is an honor or memorial gift"
3) Fill-in "Honoree First Name" and "Honoree Last Name" with my father's name, John Simmons
4) Fill-in "Recipient email addresses" with "firstname.lastname@example.org" so that I am notified of your donation.
Thank you for your support!
Team Blazeman Triathlons
My daugther and I compete in triathlons under the banner of Team Blazeman. The Team races in memory of Jon Blais (1971-2007) who finished the grueling World Championship Ford Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii as an ALS patient, and in doing so brought world-wide attention to the disease. The Blazeman Foundation raises money and funds biomedical research to find a cure for ALS.
CBS Sports coverage of Jon "Blazeman" Blais (1971-2007) completing the 2005 Ford Ironman World Championship in Hawaii as an ALS patient.
Mom and Pop 'Blazeman'
Webmaster meeting Jon Blais' parents at the Amica Ironman 70.3 race expo in Providence, Rhode Island.
Webmaster competing as a Blazeman Warrior and rolling across finish line at the 2010 Nation's Triathlon.
Webmaster's Vintage Peugeot Triathlon Rig
Craigslist Ad Photo
Restored Driveside View
Restored Front View
Restored Rear View
This 1986 Peugeot Triathlon bicycle was purchased in Rochester, NY through a Craigslist advertisement. The seller acquired the pug from a friend or acquaintance who unsuccessfully tried an upgrade, apparently with little knowledge of bicycles. Unfortunately, during the upgrade attempt, many parts were lost or misplaced (i.e., pedals, chain, brake levers, shift levers, bottom bracket cable guide, a brake pad, a brake cable fixing bolt, integrated seatpost saddle rail clamp, and crankarm bolts), and the original rear friction shifting derailleur had been replaced with an incompatible Shimano SIS model. The 'upgrader' also tried to pry the crankset off; which was probably the cause of a dink in the downtube. Other than that, the frame was in remarkedly good shape, with few chips and little rust. Also, the bottom bracket and hubs were packed with Phil Wood's Waterproof Grease. I suspect the original owner took very good care of the bicycle. The pug has now been accurately restored to its original glory with vintage used and NOS parts, and the addition of a Selle Italia re-issued Turbo saddle, Sona Fabrications bottle cage container, Italian Veloflex tires, and my Silca frame pump from the early 1980s. I replaced the original Helicomatic 14-17-19-21-24 freewheel with 13-15-17-20-24-28 configuration. I also removed all rust with oxalic acid wraps and touched-up the frame with custom-blended PPG acrylic/enamel paint. To make the bicycle more aerodynamic, I attached Cane Creek speed bars to the original handlebars, and now race this bicycle in sprint triathlons.
Webmaster christening his 1986 Peugeot Triathlon Bicycle
at the 2010 Tobay Triathlon on Long Island, NY.
On the ALS Battlefield
2007 Ford Timberman 70.3 Half-Ironman Triathlon
2009 Amica Rhode Island 70.3 Half-Ironman Tri
2010 Runner's Edge Tobay Triathlon
2010 Nation's Triathlon, Washington, D.C.
2011 Smith Point Triathlon
2012 Riverhead Rocks Triathlon
2013 Presque Isle Triathlon
First place female & second overall finisher with pro Karen Smyers.