Amgen’s Breakaway From Cancer Masters Cycling team will once again be riding each stage of this year’s Amgen Tour of California, America’s Greatest Race. The team tackles each stage route before the pro peloton to promote awareness and raise donations for Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer® initiative partners. 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.
“Each of us have been deeply impacted by losing loved ones to cancer…a family member, spouse or very close friend”, says team member Malcolm Hill. “All of us understand the importance of services that each of the four BFC partners provide to those in need…. both the patients and their families. Our annual BFC Challenge campaign during the Amgen Tour of California and other awareness efforts throughout the year is the central purpose to the team’s overall objectives.”
Since 2008, members of the Amgen BFC Masters Team has completed 57 stages of the Amgen Tour of California, riding over 5,000 miles. The team pushed through the treacherous 2008 Stage 4 down Big Sur with high winds and driving rain, the infamous 2011 Stage 1 in Lake Tahoe that was cancelled due to heavy snow, and the scorching 124 mile Stage 3 in 2013 where temperatures topped out at 114 degrees at the Palm Springs finish climb.
From a race course perspective, this year’s BFC Challenge campaign will be the toughest yet. The eight stages will cover well over 700 miles and 60,000 feet of climbing.
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 inspiring others.
Photo by Kristy Morrow