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Dave Haase, owner of Attitude Sports, an award-winning ultracyclist and a

Fond du Lac native, loves a good challenge.

 

Next up, he is returning to the challenge of the Race Across America.

RAAM is considere the world's toughest endurance bike race, with a route

stretching 3,000 miles from Oceanside, California, to Annapolis, Maryland.

This will be Dave's eighth time competing in RAAM. During his first

competition in 2004, he had to stop after completing 2,600 miles of the race

because he developed hyponatremia, a condition that occurs when a low

level of sodium is in the blood, typically caused by dehydration.

 

Despite that setback, he came back in 2005 to take fourth place and was

the top American finisher.

 

Dave's experience in both 2004 and 2005 was captured on film. Stephen Auerbach, an American filmmaker best known for his documentaries, captured his setback in 2004 in "Race Across America," shown on NBC Sports. In 2005, Auerbach's film "Bicycle Dreams" also featured Dave.

 

In 2015 and 2016, Dave also was the top American finisher, coming in second, each time.  It's a challenge to keep his body in good shape and to keep his mind sharp. On a daily basis, he gets up at 5 a.m. and rides his bike until 9 a.m., before working for 10 to 12 hours. He has to stick to a tough training schedule, especially in races such as RAAM.

Dave competes in national gravel road races, local road races, and national endurance races, but the people of Fond du Lac know that he is just as likely to join a group ride or organize a charity event as he is to be off competing each weekend.

He is also going to be the at Attitude Sports almost every day, ready to help a first time rider pick the best equipment for them or be just as excited as the kid buying his first bike.  Dave is a true advocate for cycling and wants everyone to be riding and having their best time doing it.

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