Ben Dodge, the Bicycle Lawyer and RAW
Ultra cyclist and bicycle crash attorney Ben Dodge, will be racing in the 9th annual Race Across the West (RAW) beginning June 14th, 2016. For 9 years RAW has attracted ultra cyclists from around the globe to take on the finest and most challenging terrain the Western United States has to offer. The race begins in Oceanside, California and follows the first 928 miles of the Race Across America (RAAM) route, winding through four states and concluding in Durango, Colorado. RAW boasts an incredible, total accumulated elevation gain of 50,000+ feet.
Ben, hailing from Gilbert Arizona, is no stranger to endurance events. He is an Ironman Competitor of 8 times, a Navy Seal Kokoro camp graduate, and founder of Bike Accident Attorneys Racing Team. His solo attempt at this race will be his longest endurance event to date, with a cut off time of 92 consecutive hours. With little to no sleep he will race against seasoned pro cyclists from all over Europe and the USA. Last year only a small handful of cyclists actually completed the entirety of Race Across the West. It is one of the most challenging bicycle races in the world!
RAW takes place in the scorching heat of June and will test the athletes to the very core. Ben will race West to East from the sandy beaches of Oceanside, over the Sierra Mountains and into the sun baked Mojave and Sonoran deserts, eventually ending up on the Animas River nestled in the Rocky Mountain town of Durango.
Ben has been training for months now, routinely setting his alarm to wake up between 2:30am-3:30am in order to squeeze in his daily rides before work. Some of his training has taken him all over the State of Arizona. A few of his favorite rides include cycling from Gilbert AZ to Tucson AZ then continuing to ascend up to the Mt. Lemon Summit (175 miles); Congress AZ to Prescott AZ and back around (110 miles); Gilbert AZ to Globe AZ and back (135 miles), and of course what appears to be a Strava record of 10x up to the T.V. towers of South Mountain Regional Park in Phoenix AZ in a single ride (114 miles).
When asked why he’s competing in this year’s Race Across the West, Ben answered: “A few of my close friends and my wife understand why I’m doing this. But to most people, even other cyclists, I seem crazy. Maybe I am crazy – but to be honest, from my perspective it seems ‘crazy’ not to do it. I’m pumped for this. I can’t wait to toe the line with these cyclists”.
Ben is extremely excited to participate in Race Across the West this year. He hopes his efforts will bring more awareness to cycling safety and cycling advocacy, through his law firm Bike Accident Attorneys, PLC. He represents cyclists throughout Arizona and assists in cases throughout the entire United States.
Follow Ben With Live GPS Tracking + Photos, Videos, and more
- Live tracking, leader board, and news links are all centrally located here: http://www.ridefarther.com/
- Live tracking: direct link is here: http://raceacrossamerica.org/live-tracking.html
- Photos & Video: BAA Racing Team FB Page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/BikeAccidentAttys/
- Photos & Video: Personal FB Page, https://www.facebook.com/ben.dodge.31
- Photos & Video: Law Firm FB Page, https://www.facebook.com/BikeAccidentAttorneys/
- Race resources: The main website for RAW may also contain some information regarding news, links, etc., http://www.raceacrossthewest.org/index.html
- Race resources: The website with links to the RAW blog, etc. is here, http://old.bikeaccidentattorneys.com/race-across-the-west-raw
- Race Resources: Official Race Across the West website and tracking information, http://www.raceacrossthewest.org/index.html.
THANK YOU! A Small Tribute to Those Who Have Made All of This Possible. Love you all.
There are so many who have helped me prepare for this epic journey. Many friends and family will be cheering for me from home and watching a blinking dot for 4 days. I wanted to thank everyone for their incredible support and encouragement. While it is impossible to name everyone, I’ll name a few of my “frequent flyer” types that always seem to be there.
My forever friend. First and foremost I am eternally grateful to my wife (Sonja) who somehow puts up with me and my craziness. I have been told by lots of my friends I must not be easy to be married too due to my adventure seeking mentality – which ultimately leads to a bit of an eccentric and unpredictable lifestyle. Sonja gets me. She knows what drives me. She loves me in spite of my flaws and terrible ideas. She supports my dreams and allows me to pursue adventure. I definitely “married up” when I met her. Without her by my side this RAW attempt would never have been possible.
My son, William is one of my main driving forces. For those who know my little family they know how special he is and how difficult it is for us to even have children. His physical challenges drive me to be a better father, a better husband, and a better person. I strive to live a life where I can leave him a legacy to lean on when his life gets tough. I want him to know he can do hard things. I want him to see that ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary tasks.
My Coach. Of course, I couldn’t have done this without Anna Sparks. My coach, my friend, my mentor. She believes in me, and has helped me reach new heights. She has challenged me and kicked my butt on more than one occasion! Her training, experience, and insights as a coach are beyond tremendous and have been extremely helpful and necessary. However, her friendship and support are priceless. Thank you champ. I’ll be taking you with me out there every pedal stroke. http://www.sparkssystems.net/
My awesome and selfless crew. Thank you for your sacrifices away from your family and employment to suffer along side me. The crew is really unbelievable. They will also lack sleep, work days on end without any real breaks, and of course have to deal with my sorry rear end. You guys inspire me. Thanks for your friendship and willingness to crew. Thanks Dave, Sonja, Bob, Joel, Rob, Anna, and Spencer! http://raceacrossthewest.org/race-roster.html
My Teammates. Not sure how we really formed a cycling team almost 2 years ago now. But somehow we did and there are 65+ members on our team now. They have been a huge support showing up to do some seriously stupid long rides at all hours of the day and night. A few just show up at my house to lend a hand in what ever I am doing to get ready for a team function. They encourage me and drive me to be a better person and a better cyclist. I learn something new from each of them every time I am around them. Love the team. Love the friendships. You guys & gals rock! #BAAracing http://old.bikeaccidentattorneys.com/official-team-page/
Diana Kinsfather. My A+ nutritionist. She provided some seriously important support and education along the way illuminating for me my dietary weaknesses and strengths. She has helped me fine tune a nutrition strategy that works, and works really well. Forever grateful for her time, effort and energy spent on my behalf. Love her feisty nature and her passion for what she does. If I had a question about a product or food she would be all over it with insane research and facts that I would never have cared to even look up. Love her dedication to her passion. Love her showing me all about the rice cakes… feed zone portables baby! Thank you Dianna! https://www.facebook.com/kinsfathernutrition/
My recovery center – Cerulean. My introduction to Cerulean was through a teammate (Thanks Darric & Brandi!). I’ll never forget my tour of the facility they gave me almost 6 weeks ago. They showed me everything they had, all their cards on the table with every single high tech piece of equipment you can possibly imagine to help an athlete recover. I sampled the cryo chamber and to be honest I was a bit freaked out. -220 degree temperatures in your underwear is a bit scary no matter who you are. lol. I quickly became a fan. After discussing the wide variety of treatments (they call them modalities) you can get as an athlete over there and how beneficial they would be for me as a cyclist, the founder Fabrice, was struck with my desire to attempt this race (RAW). He emailed me the next day and we began working together to increase my preparation and fitness for this epic race. I have been blessed with the opportunity to visist Cerulean 3x a week. Each time I go I get to try the cryo chamber, the hyporbaric pod, Normatech recovery boots, IHT, and the ENG3 NanoVi treatments. I have also used the altitude room and have been tested 2x with their sick metabolic testing equipment to determine thresholds, VO2 max, and a billion other things. In short, Cerulean’s sponsorship of me as an athlete has proved to provide an added boost of confidence as well as physiological increases to recovery and fitness that are simply undeniable. Thank you Fabrice and the whole team at Cerulean! https://www.livecerulean.com/
ENG3 Corp. and the NanoVi. This little gem helps reduce lactate stress in your muscles by 14% in just a 15 minute treatment! A favorite by athletes at Cerulean, the company learned about this race from Fabrice and offered to provide me with a unit to use at home before the race, during the race (best ever) at any resting point, and after the race. The cellular repair is amazing. As impressed as I am with this device and the effects of it, I am so impressed withe people behind it who were so kind and gracious to reach out to me and give me a boost for this race. Thank you Rowena and ENG3! You guys amaze me. http://eng3corp.com/
My Bike Fitting Experts at Cyclologic. Paraic and Barry are simply the best. Check out this article to learn more about their high tech fit studio. Beyond making every fine tuned adjustment for me for this journey, it is common for Paraic to check in on me at all hours of the night to see how the latest adjustments are holding up and if anything has changed. He knows his stuff inside and out and always adapts with my crazy suggestions or desires. Love this bike fit studio and the friendships gained from them. They have enriched my life and provided confidence and encouragement on top of their already excellent bike fitting services. Thanks guys at Cyclologic for going the extra mile! Plus it is always good to learn new slang in my own language… you guys crack me up something fierce. lol http://www.cyclologic.com/fit/
My local bike shop Two Wheel Jones. Of course, where would I turn for help in ordering parts, tune ups, or even buying my bikes to begin with? TWJ Gilbert of course. Thanks Larry and the crew at TWJ Gilbert for the super sweet Focus bikes and excellent mechanic skills on my bikes. Super sweet adaptions to the bikes and some custom gearing. Love our friendship and the race ready prep provided. Will be epic and likely “mechanical problem” free due to your help. http://twowheeljones.com/
Arizona bicycle crash and bicycle accident lawyer Ben Dodge
A bicycle crash is not always an accident. If you, or someone you know were injured in a bicycle crash or accident caused by a road hazard or dangerous road condition, hire a personal injury attorney who is experienced and has a successful track record. Ben Dodge, a licensed bicycle accident lawyer in Arizona, has dedicated his entire firm to one purpose: representing cyclists. Bicycle accident cases are the only cases Bike Accident Attorneys, PLC handles. Home based out of the great state of Arizona, Ben can still help cyclists in the entire United States. Ben also founded Bike Accident Attorneys Network, a national network of attorneys who focus on representing cyclists. Ben can find you help anywhere in the country.
Ben Dodge has represented and assisted bicycle accident victims across the entire united states. As an avid and competitive cyclist himself, Mr. Dodge currently participates in national and local cycling events all over the country. It isn’t uncommon to spot him in early morning hours out riding his bike. The day he fell in love with his job was the day he devoted himself completely to bicycle accident cases.
Ben represents cyclists injured in bicycle accidents, at the police station, with insurance companies, and in the courts. He advocates for the rights of all cyclists, not just his clients. He teaches the police about bike laws and bike safety, he educates drivers about the rules of the road, and he trains cyclists and clubs to ride more safely.
A consultation with experienced Arizona bicycle accident attorney Ben Dodge is free
In recent years there has been approximately 700 bicycle fatalities in the united states every single year. Approximately 2,000 bicycle accidents are reported in Arizona every year. approximately 30 fatal bicycle accidents are reported in Arizona every year. Bicycle fatalities are terrible and horrific tragedies that affect the lives of too many families and friends to count. Understanding your rights and obligations as a cyclist can bring clarity to your specific accident situation. It will always be in your best interest to be represented by an attorney who knows the bicycle laws and has a successful track record of winning bicycle accident cases. The negotiation tactics and strategies of winning a case are extremely important but should always take a back row seat to the litigation experience and knowledge of court room rules, local, state, and federal rules of civil procedure that can have significant impact on your bicycle accident case. It is wise to be represented by someone well versed in bicycle accident law, local and state bicycle ordinances, rules, regulations, policies, and laws. You should hire someone very familiar with negligence and tort law, civil procedure, and the rules of evidence as they all relate specifically to bicycle accident cases.
Ben dodge always offers a complimentary in person consultation to all local cyclists and a complimentary phone consultation to any cyclist injured in a bike accident. Typically the consultations are schedule from 30-60 minutes depending on the severity of the accident. You can expect to get answers to questions, clarity, information, and reassurance of your personal bike accident liability and potential for recovery. In your free consultation you can generally expect to discuss such topics as:
- your specific bike accident details, diagrams, and pictures from your perspective and then from the perspective of your bike accident attorney.
- the applicable local, state, and federal laws underlying your case.
- your cyclist’s rights, obligations, and any potential liability.
- the process, procedure (in and out of court), and the time frame required to conclude your case.
- the value of your case and what you might expect as compensation.
You can call Arizona bicycle lawyer Ben Dodge of bike accident attorneys, PLC at 1.855.663.3922. Mr. Dodge’s staff is standing and ready to accept your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every single day of the year. Ben will personally return your call within 24 hours. there is never an obligation for a complimentary consultation with Mr. dodge. His passion is in representing cyclists and his entire office stands ready to serve with kindness and patience.
Bike Accident Attorneys, PLC
Call Ben Dodge, the Bicycle Lawyer today at 1.855.663.3922. Reach him by fax at 1.800.958.8902.
Mr. Dodge can also be reached by email at email@example.com
His main Arizona offices are located at:
Mesa Arizona (home base office)
4824 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 124
Mesa, Arizona 85206
Phoenix Arizona office
2415 e. Camelback rd., suite 700
Phoenix, Arizona 85016
Tucson Arizona office
One South Church Avenue, 12th Floor
Tucson, Arizona 85701
Mr. Dodge represents cyclists in the entire state of Arizona including but not limited to mesa, phoenix, tucson, yuma, gilbert, peoria, glendale, scottsdale, ahwatukee, tempe, chandler, prescott, sedona, flagstaff, surprise, kingman, page, lake havasu city, payson, goodyear, buckeye, queen creek, paradise valley, show low, winslow, maricopa, nogales, globe, avondale, cave creek, fountain hills, apache junction, carefree, wickenburg, pinetop-lakeside, strawberry, anthem, safford, and more. Ben Dodge is currently involved with bicycle accident cases all over the country and can assist in representation in all 50 states.