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George Hincapie

If you are looking a truly memorable experience this New Year’s Eve, make plans to join world-renowned cyclist George Hincapie and other cycling enthusiasts for one of several events hosted as part of “A Ride for Life,” benefiting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita.

Supported by the City of Santa Clarita and produced by Icon Event Management, A Ride for Life will kick off at Central Park.  Event opportunities include a 30 Mile Ride, 60 Mile Ride, 100 Mile Ride, a Kids 5K Ride, and a Family 5K Walk.  Park activities also include a large expo and post-ride feast.  The event offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to ride with Hincapie, who is a five-time Olympian and 16-time Tour de France veteran.  In fact, he is the only teammate to have played a pivotal role in all seven Lance Armstrong victories and he and Lance are the only riders in the history of the sport to win the Tour de France seven times.

The City of Santa Clarita proudly supports cycling and has played host to the Amgen Tour of California four years since the event began.  A Ride for Life provides a great opportunity for local and regional cyclists to enjoy the area’s abundant trails and terrain while riding with one of the world’s best cyclists.

“A Ride for Life is an exciting chance for cyclists of all levels to ride with Mr. Hincapie – one of the world’s best cyclists.  We take great pride in offering our community unique events and believe there’s no better way to start the New Year than with a healthy, community driven event like A Ride for Life,” said Mayor Marsha McLean.

Residents have ample time to sign up for A Ride for Life events, which were designed with the novice and CAT 1 cyclist in mind.

Event opportunities include:

– 30-Mile Ride, $65/per person

– 60-Mile Ride, $95/per person

– 100-Mile Ride, $125/per person

– 5K Kids Bike & Family 5K Walk for all ages, $15/per person (includes T-Shirt and finishers medal)

The 30, 60, and 90 mile rides are timed and provide an iconic day of riding and an opportunity to meet George Hincapie.  Rider support for these three rides includes aid stations every 25 miles, medical support on the ride course, sag wagons and technical support all day.  Registration fees for all three events includes: a commemorative T-shirt, swag bags from sponsors, and access to a large expo and food and beer garden.

Those interested in participating in A Ride for Life must register online at arideforlife.com.  Maps, guided video tours of the race routes, and information about relay and VIP packages are also available online.  A percentage of the net proceeds from the event will be donated to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley.

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