Amgen’s Breakaway From Cancer Masters Cycling team will once again be riding each stage of the upcoming Amgen Tour of California, America’s greatest race, May 11th through the 18th. Team riders hit each stage route before the pro peloton to promote awareness for Amgen’s Breakaway From Cancer initiative. Breakaway From Cancer is an important component to Amgen’s sponsorship of the Amgen Tour of California. The initiative represents a partnership between Amgen and four nonprofit organizations dedicated to empowering patients with education, resources and hope, wherever they may be in the cancer care continuum.
“The BFC Challenge is a special week for our team”, says team member Malcolm Hill. “All of us have a direct connection to someone who has been 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 throughout the state to join us on one or more stages.”
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This year the rides include over 700 miles and 45,000 feet of climbing. At select finish cities, the team also takes part in the Breakaway Mile, a special walk to honor the millions of cancer survivors worldwide. The walk includes local Breakaway From Cancer Champions who have made a difference in their community and have inspired others.
Team riders participating in the 2014 edition of the Breakaway Challenge rides include Thurlow Rogers, Malcolm Hill, Roy Knickman, Brett Clair, Robb Mesecher, Steve Klasna, John Slover, Matt Skelton, Rich Cimadoro, Bert Clemmons and Mike Frias. Team ambassadors Wayne Stetina, Neal Shirley and special guest riders also plan to participate.