Photo:Richard Berkowitz raised more than $35,000 for the Dolphins Cycling Challenge last year.
Going the distance: Florida executives share their passion for cycling
Richard A. Berkowitz, 63
CEO / Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants;
Chairman / Provenance Wealth Advisors
Twenty-five years ago, Richard Berkowitz rode in the Pan Mass Challenge, a 192-mile bike ride that raises money for cancer research at the Dana- Farber Institute in Boston. “I’ve raised more than $600,000 for the Pan Mass over the years,” he says. “When the Miami Dolphins started a similar ride in 2010, I was asked to be a member of the founding board. It has been gratifying to help build the Dolphins Cycling Challenge over the last four years. The event has raised nearly $7 million for the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.”
To commemorate his 60th birthday, Berkowitz and a group of friends rode 600 miles in six days from Montreal to provincetown on the outer tip of Cape Cod. “It was an extraordinary experience, and when I crossed the finish line, I was shocked that I wanted to do more.”
Dream ride: “I bought my dream bike 14 years ago — a custom titanium Merlin.”
Friends and family: “My wife participates in the Dolphins Cycling Challenge, and I enjoy riding with friends in south Florida. In 2013, my 15-year-old daughter, Hannah, rode with me in both the Pan Mass Challenge and the Dolphins Cycling Challenge for the first time. She has already committed to ride again this summer.”
Lonny Anger, 43
President / Miami-Fort Lauderdale Clear Channel Media + Entertainment
After two knee surgeries a few years ago, Lonny Anger started cycling to get in a low-impact cardio workout that was fun and challenging. “Add in the changing elements such as wind and rain, and you have yourself a new adventure each ride,” he says.
His rides: Specialized road bike and a Jamis mountain bike
Anne Bramman, 46
Senior vice president, CFO / Carnival Cruise Lines
“My husband rode when we first started dating many years ago and decided to get back into the sport by signing up for his first century ride,” says Anne Bramman, of how she got her start cycling. “I decided to join him in the training, bought my first bike and got hooked.” She got into long-distance cycling five years ago.
The need for speed: “I love the challenge of cycling, the feel of speed on the bike and, of course, the endorphin high. Being on the bike is also my time to disconnect from work and think.”
Her rides: “Last year, as a reward to myself, I bought my dream bike, a fully loaded BMC TMR01. It’s incredibly smooth, aerodynamic and fast. I smile every time I ride it.”
Traditions: “Every August, my husband and I ride a century ride in Texas called Hotter’N Hell Hundred. It’s our challenge ride, with 13,000 crazy riders like us.”
Hayden Dempsey, 46
Shareholder, lobbyist / Greenberg Traurig; Chair / Florida Government & Policy Law Practice
Hayden Dempsey decided to start competing in Ironman races because he wanted to accomplish something he considered to be physically impossible for him. “The idea of riding 112 miles and then running a marathon was unimaginable,” he says. “It still seems crazy.” Today he continues to pursue long-distance racing because it forces him to set measurable goals and push himself beyond his comfort zone. “I’ve made many friends through cycling and deepened existing friendships,” he says.
There’s no place like home: “Tallahassee has to be the best city in Florida for longdistance cycling,” Dempsey says. “I can literally leave my house and go on any number of 100-plus mile rides that run through the hills of Georgia, past lighthouses on the coast or beneath miles of canopy trees, all without hitting a single traffic light.”
What’s in the garage: A Cervelo P3 tri bike, a Trek Madone 3.1 road bike, and a Specialized mountain bike. “My current wish list is the new Cervelo P5 or Argon 18 E-118,” Dempsey says, “but don’t tell my wife.”