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Pez Baby Week Continues!

It’s official: Baby Week here at Pez is underway, as our Philly-man Dave Berson and wife Rita weighed in with a bouncing baby boy of their own, only days after Pez’s baby Alessa headed out the competition. Dave found time between feedings to scribe us the details…

The selection committee for the 2008 World Championships in Verona, Italy has been looking for a sprinter to lead the US Team on the pure sprinters circuit. While I was hoping for a climber like me (laugh, chuckle) at 20.5 inches long and with a birth weight of 8 lbs, 15.75 ounces, a star sprinter was born with Henry Gene Berson. He has a naturally high haematocrit level of 58. I’ve applied for and been told that a UCI exemption has been granted.

How it all started…
My wife Rita and I took a trip to Paris for Valentines day, 2005, and with a $75 hot chocolate (real molten and rich stuff) and basket of chips from the Hotel Crillon, we decided to “work on” having a baby. I viewed the Tour in 99 with Velo Sport Vacations that went to the Crillon on the final day to view the finish and hang with the big wigs for a while. I had to go back and share it with Rita. We were looking for Lance but didn’t see him. Still, it was the best hot chocolate I ever had.

Ahh Paris – city of romance… and where with the right amounts of chocolate and champagne – lives begin.

Last year’s winter was cold back in Philly so without a Computrainer we “cross trained” together and started working on our goal for the season:

Season Goal
Primary Objective: Deliver a healthy baby via natural childbirth. (Rita is tough!)

Main Event: The first two weeks of the Tour went well with no significant drama. The dash for the line on the Champs Elysees was a different story.
The attacks started coming, launched every four minutes, so we made our move towards the front of the pack. Much like the Canadian DS we heard about recently, my role was to provide logistical and moral support to help my rider, eh-my wife, achieve our season’s objective.

The birth center had us transfer to the “related” hospital after 12 hours of back and forth attacks. A prime of Pitocin, of course won by my wife, didn’t help either but after 20+ hours the objective was achieved. My wife was a trooper and I love her.


Both Green and Pez jerseys were awarded.

The newest addition to the PEZ 2024 World’s Junior team – Henry Gene Berson.

Baby, Mom, and Dad are all doing great.

• Dave, Rita and Henry can be reached at [email protected] with words of advice, sympathy, and future training schedules.

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