Pikes Peak AMA First Pro Race for KcKiernan

DENVER POLICE OFFICER 'CRAVES HIS FIRST AMA PRO EVENT FOUNTAIN, Colo. - Brad McKiernan has a craving for motorcycles that goes beyond taking a weekend ride over the mountains. He likes to ride his motorcycle around 180 mph, which is why you...

DENVER POLICE OFFICER 'CRAVES HIS FIRST AMA PRO EVENT

FOUNTAIN, Colo. - Brad McKiernan has a craving for motorcycles that goes beyond taking a weekend ride over the mountains.

He likes to ride his motorcycle around 180 mph, which is why you won't find Brad cruising the streets of Denver on his Suzuki. You will, however, find Brad cruising the streets of Denver in a black-and-white Denver Police patrol car.

Brad, 31, an Illinois native who has lived in Denver since 1990, is in his fifth year as a Denver police officer. His beat is Park Hill where he is part of Denver's Neighborhood Police Officer program. He has expanded his commitment to the community to include his self-funded racing program.

He established himself as an aggressive, consistent rider in his second full season of racing at the expert level last year. He has won three open supersport races this year including one of which was televised on ESPN2. He finished third in the season standings.

Over Labor Day weekend, Brad will make the big jump to the premier motorcycle circuit in North America when he competes in the 750 Supersport and Formula Xtreme classes of the Cruise America AMA Superbikes presented by Suzuki from Sept. 4-6 at Pikes Peak International Raceway near Colorado Springs.

As tough a competitor as Brad is on the track, he's more dedicated to winning a bigger race.

Brad is president and founder of Colorado's CRAVE- Cops Racing Against Violence through Education - program.

CRAVE is a nonprofit organization by Sgt. Clarke Paris of the Las Vegas Police Department. CRAVE, under the direction of Sgt. Paris, a motorcycle drag racer, received the "The Most Important Program" award in 1997 from the American Motorcyclist Association.

As the first CRAVE motorcycle road racer, Brad is reaching an entirely new audience.

Brad's Suzuki GSXR 750 race bike is painted to resemble a police motorcycle, and his riding leathers also make it clear this racer is delivering a message.

"We discuss many of the issues that confront young people including drugs, gangs, alcohol, staying in school and bicycle safety,'' Brad said of his appearances at schools, auto shows, youth diversion programs, shopping malls and career days. "The race bike really breaks the ice."

The heart of Brad's CRAVE program will be the awarding of a scholarship to a high school graduate who demonstrates exemplary accomplishments through moral and ethical values.

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