Two Simple Ways to Reduce Your Prostate Cancer Risk in 2016

PCAP Founder Robert Warren Hess Why Losing 10 Pounds is One of My Key Anti-Cancer Goals for 2016 January is the month we all make New Year’s resolutions that are important to us. If you are a prostate cancer survivor, or a cancer survivor of any type, modifying your health habits can have a profound effect on your cancer outcome and your quality of life. American Cancer Society research shows that fully one third of all cancers are related to poor eating habits and lack of exercise. I started riding my bicycle again right after my treatment for prostate cancer in May 2003, and bicycling has been a key element of my personal cancer battle plan every since. Since my treatment in May of 2003, I have risen 27,318.28 miles, more than once around the world at the equator, and climbed almost 600,000 vertical feet. This equates to 1,238,428 calories burned, or 353.84 pounds of fat. The results? I dropped from 165 lb. to an almost optimal weight of 150 lb., felt better, slept better, and earned two Southern California state cycling championships in track riding at the velodrome. More importantly, my PSA stayed in the .02 – .06 range for that entire period. Bad Luck […] read more

2015 Mt. Baldy Hotter N’ Hell TT KOM and QOM Champions!

PCAP Founder Robert Warren Hess presents KOM jersey at Mt. Baldy time trial 2015 Edition of the Hotter N’ Hell Mt. Baldy Time Trial is in the Record Books Almost 70 riders competed in the 2015 Edition of Brad House’s Hotter N’ Hell time trial to the top of Mt. Baldy, and 13 riders walked away with King and Queen of the Mountain jerseys. Well done everyone!       Congratulations to all of these champions, and also to Lisa Ballantine, the day’s Lanterne Rouge winner, for her dogged determination in conquering Mt. Baldy! Allez! read more

Are You Ready to Ride? Join Us at The 2015 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo

Alpine Gran Fondo The Prostate Cancer Awareness Project is honored to be one of the non-profits that the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo closely works with to carry out its charitable mission. We invite you to join us at the 2015 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo in Harrisonburg, VA. This challenging and adventurous cycling event takes place on September 20, 2015. The route begins in Harrisonburg and covers 107 miles featuring over 11,000 feet of climbing and two dirt road mountain climbs – the toughest Gran Fondo in the United States! Registration is open at and will continue until September 7th or until field limits are reached. The Alpine Loop Gran Fondo has a route for everyone including two new ones this year. Now there are five routes to enjoy. Check out the details below: Valley View Challenge – 36 miles, 2200 ft elevation Mt Solon Metric Century – 100 kilometers (62 miles), 3700 ft elevation Shenandoah Mountain Adventure – 78 miles, 6400 ft elevation Shenandoah Mountain Century – 100(+) miles, 7800 ft elevation Alpine Loop – 108 miles, 11000 ft elevation If you are ready to ride and up to the challenge; we encourage you to join us at the 2015 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo. […] read more

4 Reasons to Start Cycling

Cycling Outside We, at the Prostate Cancer Awareness Project (PCAP) are exercise enthusiasts. We host and sponsor several events throughout the year to encourage fitness and healthy living. Robert Hess, PCAP founder and prostate cancer survivor, has ridden the distance around the world, 24,901.6 miles, in the 10 years since his cancer treatment. Those miles have been a key element in his prostate cancer recurrence prevention program. He enjoys cycling so much that he created the Around the World Cycling Challenge. But in the case you are not convinced about the health benefits of cycling. A recent post shares 4 reasons why you should put on your gear and get cycling! The post compares outdoor cycling to stationary cycling. It states that you will burn more fat and gain more energy. The post also shares how cycling makes you stronger and faster. Another benefit mentioned is that outside cycling allows you to clear your mind. Check out the entire post: 4 Reasons You Should Start Cycling. Rather you like indoor or outdoor cycling, we just encourage you to ride for better health! read more

9 Helpful Ways to Transition into Spring 2015 Cycling

Spring flowers I am fortunate to live in sunny California so the weather is fairly nice year round. For my cycling friends in other areas of this great country the spring probably could not get here soon enough! So this post is for you to help get back into the swing of outside cycling again. Coach John Hughes, author of Distance Cycling: Your complete guide for long-distance rides, provides 9 tips to help transition into Spring cycling in a recent post on Get a Bike Fit Tune Your Bike Cycling Using Specific Muscles Firing Exactly Right Improve Your Pedaling Economy Find Your Optimum Cadence Work On Your Spin Build Your Power Cycling Economy Upper Body Fatigue Ramp Up Slowly You can check out the entire post here. Do you have a routine that helps you transition? Let me know in the comments below. read more

The PCAP rides with George Hincapie!

Prostate Cancer Circle the World Cycling Jersey The Inaugural Malibu Gran Fondo Kicks Off Tomorrow By Robert Warren Hess Tomorrow I reduce the number of miles until I earn my Around the World Mileage Challenge Jersey by 90 miles, leaving me just 200 to go before I have covered 24,601.6l3 miles it takes to ride around the earth at the equator. [Click this link to see how You can earn one too!] Cycling is one of The PCAP’s major prostate cancer awareness programs and I try to get to as many rides as I can. Cycling is a great way to meet guys and gals and talk about the importance of annual prostate cancer testing in a relaxed, one-on-one basis. And, it’s a great way to reduce your prostate cancer risk. Who would have thought? And guess what! Big George Hincapie is riding with us! Very cool! I always drive my Honda Element with the prostate cancer awareness wrap. If you see it, please say hello. If you can tell me your two most recent PSA (prostate specific antigen) numbers you’ll score a free pair of very cool cycling socks. Enjoy your ride! read more

How I Rode Around the World for Prostate Cancer Awareness

Prostate Cancer Circle the World Cycling Jersey Diet, Exercise, and Cancer By Robert Warren Hess I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in December 2002, just a few weeks before my older sister succumbed to pancreatic cancer. As you might imagine, that was a very intense period of my life. Just like most people receiving a cancer diagnosis, I began an intense research program focused on what causes cancer, with a good dose of “why me?” thrown into the mix. I learned two things: 1) the medical community doesn’t really know the causes of cancer and (American Cancer Society) 2) there is a great deal of anecdotal research indicating that diet – poor eating habits – and lack of exercise are correlated with higher cancer rates (Prostate Cancer Foundation). So, being a good US Army alumnus, I looked around for things that I personally could do to reduce my risk of recurrence. I found that I personally can control just three cancer factors: 1) what I eat, 2) my exercise level, and 3) my mental outlook. What I Did I got back on my bicycle and in the last 10 years I have ridden over 23,000 miles. I went to a mostly vegetarian diet and dropped 20 lb., […] read more