Posted by: ugleepen | September 20, 2014

14th Annual Arthritis Foundation California Coast Classic Bicycle Tour

14th Annual California Classic Bicycle Tour for Arthritis FoundatinThe 14th annual California Classic Bicycle Tour fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation is currently under way.

More than 200 cyclists have raised almost $1 million for year’s event. “We’re thrilled that funds raised from this year’s Classic will push us over the $13 million mark,” said Manny Loya, chief executive officer of the Arthritis Foundation’s Pacific Region.

The scenic California Coast Classic Bike Tour covers 525 miles along the coast on Highway 1. It The Bicycle began on September 13, 2014, in San Francisco and ends on Saturday,  September 20 in Los Angeles after an eight-day ride

A host of industry companies have rallied in support, including, for the first time, two electric HaiBikes from Currie Technologies. Two riders will use the e-bikes to help them finish the 525-mile ride.

Amgen is the lead sponsor for the Classic. Amgen, the world’s largest biotechnology firm, is headquartered  in Thousand Oaks, CA,

The “CCC”, as it is affectionately known, “…is a full-service ride which provides the framework for one of the most incredible experiences of a lifetime,” states Loya. Beginners to experienced cyclists enjoy the coastline’s famous wineries, lighthouses and beaches.

The California Coast Classic benefits the Arthritis Foundation by raising funds needed to find a cure for arthritis. Money raised provides educational resources for adults and children, scholarships for the national Juvenile Arthritis Conference, kids camps and more.

The Classic is the largest single fund raising event in the nation for the Arthritis Foundation.  Almost 53 million people, including 300,000 children, live with the pain and disability of arthritis.

Many of the cyclists on the tour suffer from arthritis or are riding for friends or family members affected by the disease.



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