Amgen's Breakaway From Cancer Elite Masters Cycling team will once again be riding each stage of the upcoming Amgen Tour of California, America's greatest race. The team hits each stage route before the pro peloton to promote awareness for Amgen's Breakaway from Cancer© initiative. Breakaway from Cancer® is a complimentary component to Amgen's sponsorship of the Amgen Tour of California to increase awareness of the important resources available to cancer patients.
"This is always a very special week for our team and we look forward to the challenge", says team member Malcolm Hill. "Most of us have some direct connection to someone affected by cancer. Raising awareness to Breakaway From Cancer and the resources it provides to those in the fight is an important commitment for our team. We encourage our masters racing community to join us on one or more stages." This year's race includes almost 550 miles and 45,000 of vertical in the first five stages alone. There is also a finish atop Mount Diablo and a crossing of the Golden Gate Bridge.
At select finish cities, the team will take part in the Breakaway Mile, a special walk to honor cancer survivors worldwide. The walk includes local Breakaway From Cancer Champions who have made a difference in their community and have inspired others. The Champions will be joined by their support team members, including care givers, family members and healthcare professionals who support their fight against cancer.
Team members participating in some or all of the 2013 edition of the Breakaway Challenge rides include Thurlow Rogers, Richard Meeker, Keith Ketterer, Malcolm Hill, Roy Knickman, Brett Clair, Robb Mesecher, Bert Glennon, Steve Klasna and Wayne Stetina. The BFC team will also be joined by Ambassador team member Neil Shirley for the first two stages.