Sunday, February 16, 2014

Dinner, DJ, & Fun-Filled Night to Fight Cancer

Please mark your calendars for March 7, 2014, 7pm and go to the Fort Lee Recreation Center in Fort Lee, New Jersey for a special dinner event.

We need everyone who reads this to come out and help raise awareness and funds for 17-year-old Brianna Piccinich Monico who is currently in a Fight against Ewing Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer that afflicts adolescents.

The $75 donation will go a long way in helping her family cover medical expenses, and you'll have the opportunity to help someone who has her whole life ahead of her. You'll enjoy a wonderful meal, music, and make a big difference in this teen's life. See you there!

If you can't make it to the event, please go to her fundraising page and make your $75 donation. Thank you!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Have A Heart This Valentine's Day 4 Brianna

If you have children, you know how difficult life can be when they suffer in any way, shape, or form. That's why we're asking everyone who spends a little something for their loved ones this Valentine's Day to have a heart for Brianna Piccinich Monico.

Brianna is a 17-year-old Fort Lee High School junior. She was diagnosed in December with Ewing Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer that mostly inflicts children and adolescents.

Between chemotherapy and life's everyday challenges, Brianna has a long road ahead. But you can make it easier with a donation to cover her treatments and ease the financial burden on her family during these tough economic times. You'll also help raise awareness for those rare disease affecting millions of children worldwide.

So when shop for flowers, box of chocolates or any Valentine's gifts, remember Brianna. She's the one with a great smile and her whole life ahead of her.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Score a Superbowl Touchdown For Brianna

Once you've put the finishing touches on your superbowl party and you're waiting for the big game to start, why not make a donation to Brianna Piccinich Monico, a 17-year-old Fort Lee High School junior tackling cancer?

Brianna's cancer is Ewing's sarcoma, a malignant (cancerous) bone tumor that according to, affects children. It is a cancerous tumor that grows in bones or soft tissue near bones and usually affects adolescents.

Named after Dr. James Ewing, the American pathologist who identified the cancer in the 1920s, it can develop anywhere in the body, but most commonly affects the arms, legs, ribs, spinal column, and pelvis.

Treatment for Ewing sarcoma involves a combination of chemotherapy, surgery, and/or radiation. With early diagnosis and proper treatment, many kids who develop it have a good chance of recovery.

You can give Brianna a fighting chance at recovery by making a donation now. By making a donation, you're also showing others that neighbors look out for one another. That's what "community" is all about.

So come on Fort Lee and beyond, be an MVP and make a donation today. Maybe you couldn't go to the Superbowl, or your team didn't win, but at least you made a difference in Brianna's life. And there's no greater win in the world than the gift of life!

Friday, January 31, 2014

One Goal Down, 8,000 More to Go!

We want to thank everyone who made a donation in the last two days. We raised $1,196!!! That exceeds our $1,000 Gran Fondo New York Town Challenge goal, but we have the bigger goal of $15,000.

We're currently at $6,977 which means we have $8,023 more to raise. Don't slow down. If you made a donation, tell a friend.

Let's get this done for Brianna Piccinich Monico and her family.

Go #TeamBrianna! Donate here:

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Join the GFNY Town Challenge for Cancer Fighter Brianna Piccinich

I'm back for my third Gran Fondo NY (GFNY) and second 100-mile cycling Town Challenge, which will commence May 18, from the George Washington Bridge to Bear Mountain and back to Fort Lee.

As I continue working as Marketing Director for Strictly Bicycles, an official bike shop of GFNY in Fort Lee, NJ, I set a goal on January 1 to train everyday and raise more than $1,000 for Brianna Piccinich, a 17-year-old junior in Fort Lee High School who was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma in December 2013.

Ewing’s sarcoma is a primary bone cancer that affects mainly children and adolescents. Brianna is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment and like many battling cancer, everyday is a
“great challenge”.

I have a 13-year old son and I can’t imagine how difficult it must be for the Piccinich family and Brianna to deal with cancer in addition to life’s everyday challenges. If my training over the next four months and 100-mile race in May encourages everyone in our community to give something, we’ll make life a lot easier for this vibrant teenager.

As of today, Brianna's supporters have raised $5,781 of the $15,000 goal according to her fundraising page. I hope you will help me and the Piccinich family meet and exceed that goal.

So join me on this life changing journey as I run, cycle, (and eventually swim) into shape to take on the best gran fondo - Gran Fondo NY! (watch video)

Reach into your hearts and make a donation of any size because there is no way to measure the blessings in return. If you're interested in making a corporate donation on behalf of your company, school or organization, please contact me via the email below.

Please SHARE her Facebook page to raise awareness and receive alerts on fundraising events.

To learn more about Brianna Piccinich's progress and my training, follow and share this blog and Facebook page for future posts.

See you on the road!

Max Almenas  

Monday, January 13, 2014

Best Seller WHEELMEN On Sale Now @Strictly Bicycles

Vanessa O’Connell, an award-winning reporter at The Wall Street Journal and co-author of "Wheelmen: Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever", held an informal book signing at Strictly Bicycles on Sunday, Dec 22. We now have several signed copies for sale at the store and online.

This *New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Amazon bestseller, which she co-wrote with Reed Albergotti, is the first book to go beyond the scathing headlines and reports by the media on the Lance Armstrong doping controversies. In May 2010, Albergotti uncovered emails sent to cycling officials and sponsors by a former teammate of Lance Armstrong’s that revealed the complex doping program on the U.S. Postal Service cycling team.

He broke the news about the shocking emails in a story, which he wrote with his colleague O’Connell, that sent shockwaves around the sports world and led to a two-year federal investigation. Albergotti and O’Connell received a National Headliner Award and a New York Press Club award for their coverage of the doping scandal.
Here are just some excerpts from Wheelmen:

The Doping Culture among Cyclists

By the early ‘90s, doping culture had already become quite advanced among the European teams.

• Recombinant erythropoietin (EPO), a synthetic version of a natural hormone in the body that causes bone marrow to produce red blood cells, was even more powerful than the anabolic steroids that had become commonplace in athletics in the 1970s and 1980s, and injectable vials of EPO were ubiquitous in pro cycling in the ‘90s (pg 62, 200)

• Blood boosting was a way of increasing the body’s supply of red blood cells by way of transfusion and with no chance of detection (except for eye witnesses). Riders would lay down face-up on the floor of the tour bus, parked in the middle of nowhere, while the team doctors hung chilled transfusion bags from overhead luggage racks so that gravity could help the blood ease its way into their veins. 500 cc of blood (the equivalent of two cups) would be withdrawn from each rider, then re-infused a few weeks later during a race (pgs 30-32, 62). 

Co-Author Vanessa O'Connell
  Doping and Armstrong

• Lance began using low-octane doping products and human growth hormone around 1993, when he became the youngest American to win a stage of the Tour de France (pg 63).

• In 1995, Armstrong soon started complaining to his teammates that they’d done so poorly because they were competing with riders who were pumped to the gills with EPO (pg 69).

• In October 1996, at a hospital with friends and family at the start of his cancer treatment, he openly confessed to having taken performance-enhancing drugs, listing EPO, testosterone, growth hormone, cortisone, and steroids (pg 86).

• Armstrong kept his EPO in the butter compartment of his refrigerator, so he code-named it butter. If the French police came knocking and wanted to search the house, presumably, Armstrong or his wife at the time, Kristin Armstrong, could warn each other to throw out the “butter.” (pg 104)

• Armstrong figured out, shrewdly, that most Americans put a lot of stock in the effectiveness of drug testing, so all he had to do was to cite the hundreds of times he had been tested, and people would believe he was clean (pg 316).

To read the entire compelling story, pick up your book at Strictly Bicycles now or order online. O'Connell signed the remaining copies before she left. If you're still looking for that last minute gift for a cyclist or triathlete, pick up yours before the 24th!

Anyone who purchases a signed copy of Wheelmen at Strictly Bicycles can return for the signature of co-author Reed Albergotti in February when both authors visit the shop for a more formal presentation. (hold on to your receipts)

To learn more, go to the official Wheelmen website and the Wheelmen Facebook page.

*AWARDS/DISTINCTIONS: New York Times Bestseller (#13 e-book, #18 e-book/print combined), The Wall Street Journal Bestseller (#4 hardcover business), Indie Bestseller (#13, hardcover nonfiction). One of the 100 books chosen as's Best Books of 2013.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Product Reviews & more inspiring stories from HT in 2014!

Happy New Year from the Human Triumph! This year promises to be packed with insightful product reviews, inspiring stories and highlights on this year's triathlons, gran fondos, and other events.

The next story will showcase the incredible adventures of Paul Mandala, an avid cyclist and triathlete who is currently on trek to Argentina after cycling from Alaska during his Pan American Bicycle Tour.

Check back soon for the in-depth story and images from his incredible journey.