Team Sunshine takes on Race Across America
Racing in memory of Sweet Sally Sunshine
Team Sunshine and Race Across America (RAAM)
Team Sunshine met the great Matt Kabel in the
Brooklyn Triathlon Club many years ago, and like so many people, we got
to know Sally and the Kabel family throughout their inspirational
fight. We are racing
in memory of Sally Kabel, who was diagnosed with Infant Mixed Lineage
(MLL) ALL Leukemia at 10 months of age and battled the disease for two
years. Although she beat cancer, the harsh treatment she
underwent contributed to a decline in her health and she passed away in
September 2018. Our fundraising efforts are in support of all families who fight this disease.
Team Sunshine Cyclists and Crew
Scott Bartos, Racer
Scott’s love of endurance sports was triggered in 2006 when he thru-hiked the Appalachian trail in 133 days – mainly to prove a point and beat his brother Myles’ time from his own 1995 thru-hike. The sibling rivalry didn’t stop there, but now the two have joined forces on Team Sunshine. Beyond a brotherly feud, that thru-hike led Scott to other endurance sports, primarily triathlon and cycling, culminating in a successful 2017 Minnesota RAAM Challenge (which his brother hasn’t done, by the way).
While the Minnesota event planted the idea for attempting the whole RAAM enchilada, Scott’s true inspiration for the race comes from Sweet Sally Sunshine, the entire Kabel Family, and their fight against childhood cancer. He is proud to anchor Team Sunshine and lead fundraising efforts for Arms Wide Open.
Born and raised in rural New Jersey, Scott has called Brooklyn home for some time. He works in medical device sales managing a team of people promoting cutting-edge diabetes technology called Dexcom CGM.
Myles Bartos Jr., Racer
Myles grew up in northwest New Jersey in a small town with one blinking traffic light and a dairy farm as a neighbor (and eventually his first real employer). Most of his time was spent playing army, riding his BMX bike, and fighting with his brother Scott, who idolizes him and follows in his footsteps as best he can.
The Boy Scouts ignited Myles love of the outdoors and backpacking, culminating with a successful thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 1995, where his family record stood until Scott couldn’t resist beating his time in 2006. Myles moved to other endurance sports, from mountain biking to road cycling (his bike always goes with him when traveling for work), and eventually triathlon.
When Scott asked him to join forces for RAAM 2020, he didn’t hesitate, and he’s moved beyond belief to support Arms Wide Open and pay tribute to the family of Sally Kabel.
Myles is a federal on-scene coordinator for USEPA, which involves responding to hazmat and oil spills and directing the cleanups to protect the public. He lives Bucks County, Pa. on a hobby farm with his wife, DD, soon to be 7-year old daughter Myla, and dog Allie, along with various cats, bees, chickens, and very watchful red-tailed hawks.
Ben Kessel, Racer
Brooklyn bred, Ben was a sporty kid all through college, where he played lacrosse. Ben stumbled across the multisport world in his mid-20s, eagerly pursuing swimming, cycling, and running, and ultimately triathlon. An Ironman full-distance triathlon finisher, Ben recently represented the United States at the 2019 ITU World Championships and 70.3 World Championships.
Aside from general fitness and human biology nerdiness, Ben is a music geek with a particular devotion to traditional country-folk and punk rock. He plays the banjo with some skill but throws it even better; he’s the two-time reigning champ of the Brooklyn Folk Festival Banjo Toss.
Professionally, Ben holds a ton of strength & conditioning and coaching certifications, and is the owner of Priority Fitness, a Brooklyn-based boutique fitness and training studio. Ben’s friendship with tri-club teammate Matt Kabel drew him into the short but beautiful life of Matt and his wife’s daughter, known to all as Sally Sunshine. He is honored to represent her on Team Sunshine, and to raise funds for Arms Wide Open.
Tim Dowse, Racer
Tim loved bikes from an early age, and raced mountain bikes during his high school years in Minnesota. Along with bikes, he also ran on the cross-country team, setting Tim up for 2/3 of triathlon and for a love of the outdoors. And mud. He fondly remembers his very first mountain bike: A Gary Fisher Hookoo e Koo.
Fast forward to 2011. Living in Brooklyn and fed up with his unhealthy lifestyle and weight gain, Tim turned to triathlon to get back in shape and curb the cookie addiction. He has since completed several dozen triathlons, including a number of Ironman events, most recently Ironman Arizona where he shattered his goal of finishing in under 11 hours. Tim is always up for the next adventure, and is looking forward to his first RAAM, and to getting back to his cycling roots.
A lifelong art lover (favorite artist: J.M.W. Turner), Tim works as an art handler at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art by day and teaches woodworking classes in the evenings.
Christine Frietchen, Crew Chief
Christine really has a problem saying ‘no’ and was helpless to resist an opportunity as epic as RAAM. Also, she has always wanted to drive across the United States at 19 mph in a recreational vehicle. Her love of classic disco and show tunes will surely keep Team Sunshine entertained, or at least encourage them to ride faster to escape yet another Donna Summer medley.
Christine is an accomplished triathlete, with a couple of Ironmans under her belt. She is also a USAT and RRCA certified race director and a USA Triathlon certified race official. A writer and editor by trade, she has written for The New York Times, Consumer Reports, Forbes, USA Triathlon magazine, and Triathlete magazine among others. Additional useful RAAM skills include tailoring, glassblowing, gardening, and an uncanny ability to talk pretty much anyone into doing pretty much anything.
She came to know Matt Kabel and his family through Brooklyn Tri Club and has raced wearing a yellow tutu in Sally’s honor. The tutus may or may not make a RAAM 2020 appearance.