Shem Flitton

Shem Flitton

I’m an editor and journalist who loves the outdoors. I also love cycling and pushing myself in endurance events. I have ridden double centuries, run marathons and an ultramarathon, participated in overnight relays, and even took 25 hours to “everest,” riding my bike 188 miles up and down the same four-mile hill until I had climbed as much elevation as the world’s tallest mountain. I live near Highway 89 in Utah. My wife and I have been married for 25 years and have five children. Someday, I’d like to participate on a relay team for the Race Across America. When I’m not cycling, I volunteer with the Timpanogos Emergency Response Team.

Kelly McPherson

I am a health teacher at Copper Hills High School in West Jordan. I love riding my bike and have spent the last 20 years riding and racing anything and everything from iron distance triathlons to countless centuries and double centuries to shorter distance road races and crits. I have goals for a solo Salt to Saint and RAAM. I have been married for 30 years and have 5 children, 1 grandson and one grandbaby on the way. When I am not on my bike or in my classroom, I love spending time with my family, digging in my garden, baking, making elaborate quilts or caring for my chickens. I am also a frequent contributing writer for Cycling Utah. Too many people in my life have been affected by cancer. It sucks and it is time to stop it. I am excited to do what I can to help.

Ben Voymas

Ben Voymas

I also live just along the course that we are planning on riding in north Ogden UT. I am an avid cyclist with many great trips under my belt, including a 5 day climbing camp in the Santa Monica mountains, 5 double centuries and a nearly uncountable amount of 100 mile days. Eventually, I would like to ride my bike across the country, I’ll have a better idea about if I can make it when this ride complete. I have often used my rides to raise money for various causes including breast cancer and ALS research. When Shem told me about this ride and the cause it is supporting, it was impossible to say no.

In the News

Check out stories about us and our plans to ride 89!

July 2021 ” Border to Border Bicycle Ride to Raise Funds for Cancer Treatment and Research,” US Route 89 Appreciation Society Newsletter

August 2021 “Biking from Canada to Mexico to Fight Cancer,” Davis County Journal See page 8

Aug. 5, 2021 “How Cycling Helps Him Manage CPTSD From His Abusive Childhood,” Bicycling Magazine

April 29, 2022, “Riding Highway 89 to Benefit Cancer Research,” Cycling Utah