The King Connection:
The King Connection – Well-known bicycle racers Robbie & Teddy King (from Brentwood, NH) were early and strong supporters of the Krempels King of the Road Challenge and continue in being instrumental to its success. Their father, Ted, a respected surgeon and stroke survivor, is a very active member of the Krempels Center community. There is a strong King family connection to the Center.
Robbie has cut back on his professional racing but still rides regularly and will participate in the Challenge. Father Ted is excited about the Challenge and its support of Krempels Center and plans to ride the 10 Mile route. Teddy continues to enjoy professional racing success and currently rides for Team Liquigas-Cannondale.
Teddy will be racing all over Europe (and in the Tour of California!) in the 2011 season; he has highest hopes of being available to participate in the Krempels ride but, as he is active in blogging and social media, will definitely keep a hand in the event. Teddy will keep us informed as the season progresses: keep an eye on "Where's Teddy" section on our web site. For more on Teddy’s adventures see www.iamtedking.com and www.teamliquigascannondale.com or his live Twitter-feed at www.twitter.com/iamtedking
A 2001 graduate of Exeter High School, Teddy King caught the cycling bug after watching brother Robbie win the 2003 collegiate national championships. Earning All-American status while racing for Middlebury College, Teddy rose through New England's elite amateur ranks and onto the American U-23 national team, based in cycling crazed Belgium.
That was followed by three years of domestic professional racing, the first two of which with Robbie as a teammate. With a growing list of top results, Teddy made the leap to the European peloton in 2009 as a member of the Cervelo TestTeam.
2012 marks his second year with the European powerhouse team Liquigas-Cannondale. Teddy has competed in the world's biggest races including the Giro d'Italia, Paris-Nice, the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, and the World Championships. As the consummate domestique, Teddy has dutifully served teammates who have won world championships as well as all three grand tours.
Yeehaw bike racing!
Growing up in an active family in Brentwood, NH, Robbie participated in all kinds of sports and recreation. A lifetime of athletic mediocrity came to a speedy end the moment he joined the Holderness high school's cycling team.
Robbie's ensuing undefeated rookie season crystallized his love of the sport. At Colorado College he won national collegiate championship titles in both junior and senior years.
His dad's major stroke at the tail end of his senior year drove home the point that you have one chance to chase your dreams. Those dreams led him from coast to coast for most of the following decade racing on several teams as an elite amateur, then as a professional with the Priority Health then Rite Aid teams. Four of those years were spent with brother, teammate, confidant, and friend, Ted. Now racing as a category 1 for the Boston Bicycle School, he enjoys the balance of passing the torch and tearing races to shreds.
Ted King (SR)
Ted King, an orthopaedic and hand surgeon, practiced with Access Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics in Exeter, NH, for 25 years until experiencing a right hemisphere stroke at home while in bed. He was treated with intravenous TPA (clot buster) at Exeter Hospital within the critical three hours of onset. Now an active member of the Krempels Center in Portsmouth, Ted is married and the father of Robbie and Teddy.
He is a visiting lecturer at UNH School of Health Sciences in the Occupational Therapy Department.
Physically active, Ted walks in his neighborhood daily and rides an adaptive recumbent bicycle in good weather. His pre-stroke passion for competitive sailboat racing is undiminished; he participates in the US National Disabled Sailing Championship on Long Island Sound, with a goal of participating in the 2012 London Paralympics as a member of the US disabled sailing team. Ted is completing a memoir of his experiences titled, “The Road to Hana: My Journey of Recovery”.