Amgen Tour of California and Ride 2 Recovery Announce New Partnership
America's Greatest Race to Support America's New Greatest GenerationDecember 12, 2012. The Amgen Tour of California has announced that it will partner with Ride 2 Recovery (R2R), a 501(c)3 Foundation whose mission is to improve the health and wellness of healing heroes from Iraq and Afghanistan through mental and physical rehabilitation programs that feature cycling as the core activity, by creating the new Amgen Tour of California Honor Ride Series.
Ride 2 Recovery created the Honor Ride Series of non-competitive rides to raise awareness and funding for its Ride 2 Recovery programs.
The new series will be called the Amgen Tour of California Honor Ride Series and will feature non-competitive rides throughout the United States covering 15 to 100 miles. Each event will also honor a fallen hero from the local community.
"We are excited to be working with AEG and the team of great people who have created the Amgen Tour of California," states John Wordin, founder and CEO of Ride 2 Recovery. "With the support of the Amgen Tour of California, AEG and other R2R partners, we will have the opportunity to build and expand the Foundation efforts and bring the great sport of cycling to even more of our healing heroes who have the opportunity to use cycling as a means of rehabilitation when they get home from serving our country."
Included in the ride series are two new events surrounding the Amgen Tour of California overall start and finish. On Sunday, May 12, 2013, the Escondido Amgen Tour of California Honor Ride will take place, allowing cyclists of all skill levels to ride through the official start line on a portion of the course before the professionals begin. The second Amgen Tour of California Honor Ride will take place on May 19 at the stage finish in Santa Rosa where Honor Ride cyclists will once again have the opportunity to experience a portion of the course.
"John Wordin and I have talked for several years about how we can work together to advance the awareness and visibility of the R2R mission," said Kristin Bachochin, executive director of the Amgen Tour of California and senior vice president of AEG Sports. "By partnering with them and designing the Honor Ride Series, we have found the perfect opportunity to accomplish R2R's mission. Furthermore, we hope the series will inspire the nation and show that the skill of cycling can be an integral part of a healthy lifestyle in addition to being a competitive sport."
The Amgen Tour of California is a prominent event on the international professional cycling calendar and holds a 2.HC ranking, the highest classification for non-World Tour events.
Each year the Amgen Tour of California draws global attention as one of the most anticipated cycling events of the year - one that attracts Olympic medalists, World Champions and top Tour de France competitors.
The Amgen Tour of California Honor Ride Series schedule features rides throughout the United States. A full list is attached and updates can be found at www.ride2recovery.com
About the Amgen Tour of CaliforniaThe largest cycling event in America, the 2012 Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race, presented by AEG that challenges the world's top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course from May 13-20, 2012. In a 2011 poll conducted by CyclingNews.com, the Amgen Tour of California was voted the fourth best race in the world, and the No. 1 race in America.
About Ride 2 RecoveryRide 2 Recovery is a program produced by the Fitness Challenge Foundation, a 501(c)3 to benefit mental and physical rehabilitation programs that feature cycling as the core activity. The funds raised by R2R support outdoor cycling programs and Spinning Recovery Labs at Military and VA locations around the U.S., as well as local rides for healing heroes, all aimed at helping injured veterans overcome obstacles they face as part of their rehabilitation. Funds also support the equipment donated to each healing hero participating in the events, including bikes that require modification due to injuries. Ride 2 Recovery supporters include UnitedHealthcare, Chevrolet, Raleigh Bicycles, United Airlines and the USO. For more information, visit ride2recovery.com.
About AEGAEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Anschutz Company, owns or controls a collection of companies including facilities such as STAPLES Center, The Home Depot Center, Sprint Center, The O2, NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE and Best Buy Theater Times Square; sports franchises including the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), two Major League Soccer franchises, two hockey franchises operated in Europe, management of privately held shares of the Los Angeles Lakers, the Bay to Breakers foot race and the Amgen Tour of California cycling road race; AEG Live, the organization's live-entertainment division, is a collection of companies dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance, touring and a variety of programming and multi-media production. For more information, visit AEG today at www.aegworldwide.com.
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Amgen Tour of California Honor Ride Series 2013 Schedule
|14-Apr||Ft. Worth/Dallas, TX|
|27-Apr||LASD, Agoura Hills|
|12-May||Escondido VIP Ride|
|19-May||Santa Rosa, CA|
|2-Jun||Virginia Beach, VA|
|27-Jul||Salt Lake / Park City|