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Biking Along The California Coast For Charity

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FOX 11 Engineer Randy Evans is riding in the Arthritis Foundation California Coast Classic for the fifth year. The bicycle tour is a scenic bike ride offering a fabulous 8 day, 525 mile tour from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The tour is a full-service ride which provides the framework for one of the most incredible experiences of a lifetime. Offering something for both the beginner and the experienced rider, each cyclist will enjoy one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world as they meander alongside famous wineries, majestic lighthouses and the quiet beaches.

The California Coast Classic Bicycle Tour benefits the Arthritis Foundation by raising vital funds that enable the Foundation to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control, and cure of arthritis and related diseases. The funds raised also provide educational resources to help adults, parents and children manage their arthritis through community-based services to make life with arthritis easier.

Randy's tour began on September 28th and goes through October 5th finishing at Palisades Charter High School. Check out Randy's photos as he captures his experience on the road through photos.

 


 

From Randy Evans:

This is the fifth year in a row riding this ride and each year has been different. The first year was a goal to see if I could actually ride the distance. The ride along the coast was appealing and daunting. Having many people in an organized group with full support was reasonable. The fundraising was harder than the training.  The next year I rode for a different reason. I found a rider that was afraid of the traffic on the long climbing day from Big Sur. Providing help made the last two climbs go quicker by taking my attention away from the difficulty of the climb itself. The rider was a young lady with arthritis and I felt if she could do it then so could I. 

The next two years were about learning to be more fit as I rode with a group that showed me how to ride and take advantage of momentum to lessen the effort on the hills. I also learned to train harder in preparation for the next year.  

This year has had the best weather of all five rides. Best temperature, winds and sky have combined to make this a record ride.  Throughout the entire experience the best part is the sense of community among the 200 plus riders. Because the ride is well advertised in enthusiast magazines the draw is international. I have met riders from Jamaica, the UK, Iran, Israel, and New Zealand to name a few.

We have had riders from all over the east and west coast of the US. I even met a rider two years ago from my own hometown in New Mexico and he even knew my across the street neighbors!  The family feel is one of the reasons I ride. Knowing that thanks to the sponsor support all money raised by the riders goes to the cause. The support expenses are covered by the sponsors. 

The ride is an end goal to a year's worth of training. The fitness benefits are great. The comraderie is welcoming, but seeing the kids with arthritis look up and say thanks for letting them go to a camp like others do is the reason I ride. I am so thankful my own kids are healthy and I appreciate my own health more.

SOME FINAL THOUGHTS:

There was one unicycle and one tandem. Four whales and three condors. One marriage proposal and an acceptance! 525 miles and some unforgettable scenery and memories of old and new friends. If it is possible that any of you are interested in riding in 2014, please visit  http://afcabikeclassic.kintera.org


RELATED LINKS:

2013 California Coast Classic Bicycle Tour

Randy's Arthritis Foundation Donation Page

Closing Ceremony Information at Palisades Charter High School in Los Angeles

 

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