Raisin to wed on the beach

Things are starting to look up again for Saul Raisin. Even though the former Crédit Agricole rider will probably never return to pro racing, Raisin announced that he is getting married on Saturday, December 1 to "the love of my life, Aleeza." The ceremony will be on the beach in Maui, Hawaii.

"What can I say? I am truly blessed! Now it is time to start my life over with the person I love the most and want to spend my life with," he wrote on his personal website. "Life always gets better! For every door that closes, a new and better one opens."

A very large door closed in his life last week when doctors found that he was still suffering from the after-effects of a life-threatening crash in April 2006 and could therefore not continue his profession. Nevertheless, the American made a remarkable recovery and was able to ride the time trial at the US Pro Championships this September. Still, the risk of crashing again when racing was deemed too high for him to pursue his career.

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