A Ride For Life: Soon To Be A New Year’s Eve Tradition
Here’s your chance to ride with a legend, and see how you stack up.
(Photo: Yuzuru Sunada)
Santa Clarita, CA is abuzz about the biggest cycling event in the area since the start of Stage 8 of the Amgen Tour of California last May. The inaugural edition of ‘A Ride For Life’ will take place on December 31st; and it promises to feature some of RBA‘s favorite country roads that, while challenging, will still allow the less-then-race-fit a pleasant ride. With 100, 60, and 30-mile ride options there’s a distance that should suit most everyone. Every rider will have a timing chip and receive a finishing time; and the 100 mile route will have a King (and Queen) of the Mountain and Sprint contest.
If the ride itself isn’t enticing enough, maybe the opportunity to meet and ride with one of America’s cycling greats, George Hincapie, will be. Big George will be out logging some last minute miles before heading off to Europe for his Spring Classics campaign. This could be your chance to see how you stack up against the 16-time Tour de France veteran!
A post ride family-friendly festival will include a tech expo and food area with a dozen food trucks, including Chipotle, Chick-fil-A, and Olive Garden, as well as a beer garden.
The organizer of ‘A Ride For Life’, Luther White stopped into the RBA offices to share his vision for this December 31st, and beyond.
RBA: What’s the background of ‘A Ride For Life’?
Luther: ‘A Ride For Life’ will be the first event my event management company has put on, so it’s been busy for us to make sure all the details are covered. But so far the local support from the City of Santa Clarita and local businesses has been amazing. Santa Clarita signed on for five years with us, as did George Hincapie, so this is just the starting point. George is the ultimate professional and someone we wanted to align ourselves with due to his selfless nature. The ride will also support two charities, the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley.
RBA: What is your goal for the ride over the next five years?
Luther: I want to see 10,000 riders rolling out of Santa Clarita on New Year’s Eve. Once the riders finish I want to have the event be a huge party, with a band and just an overall great time for everyone. Something like Levi’s GranFondo where it’s a destination event for people. They come to do the ride, but they hang out for a few days and enjoy the whole experience.
RBA: What other events do you have on tap for Santa Clarita?
Luther: I’m just about to announce the Mash Race Series. A few details still need to be worked out but it’s going to be a Grand Prix type mid-week race, starting the first week of February and going for 8 weeks. It’s a closed course on the roads and parking lot of the Six Flags theme park. The course will be lit, so it’s a great opportunity to get people out and off the trainer in the evenings before the time change.
Always a fan favorite, George Hincapie will be kept busy signing autographs post-ride.
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, benefitting 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.