As a tribute to top-ranked American cyclist George Hincapie, Icon Event Management announces A Ride For Life, a fun cycling and fitness event taking place Dec. 31. in Santa Clarita. Hincapie will participate in the event prior to leaving to Europe to start the final campaign of his professional career.
The fun ride is designed to be an enjoyable and challenging experience for both the novice rider through competitive cyclists. People new to cycling and simply want to come out to support these great charities, experience the lifestyle or get some exercise, the 30 mile ride option might be perfect. Those who desire more of a challenge can join the 60-mile course. Finally, for those looking to complete their first century (100-mile ride) as well as more experienced riders who may want to throw down with George, the longer distance is the ideal environment.
“We will have incredible support on the course, keeping our riders safe, fed and moving forward,” said ride organizer Luther White, owner of Icon Event Management.
“George Hincapie is an iconic figure in the world of cycling,” he added. “What a tremendous opportunity for an amateur cyclist to ride on his wheel.”
White said riders should be sure to utilize the aid stations to properly fuel throughout this event and take advantage of the support provided by expert bike technicians should they experience any mechanical difficulties. Technicians will perform basic roadside assistance such as tire and tube changes and mechanical adjustments. Riders need to remember, as a self-sustained event, it is their responsibility to make sure their bicycle is in good working order prior to this event.
“We have several challenge stages for the serious cyclists all taking place after the 60 mile marker including King of the Hill, Sprint Stage and overall Time,” White said. “We are expecting 3000 riders and registration has already begun to fill up. I hope participants register early, as we do not want to disappoint anyone.”
“You can tell the excitement surrounding an event when the volunteer registrations began the day we opened up the website,” he said.
Included in the day’s festivities is a kids’ 5k bike-Adult walk for those interested in supporting this great cause as a family. All ages are welcome, from infants to four legged friends. There will be food and activities available for everyone at the venue following the ride-walk. Entry fee for this event includes a T-shirt and finishers medal for the children.
A percentage of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the Boys and Girls Club of the Santa Clarita Valley. For more information visit www.arideforlife.com.