Roads in the Alpharetta and Milton area will be filled with more bicycles than normal on Saturday morning as the Young Survival Coalition holds its Tour de Pink to raise funds and awareness for those diagnosed with breast cancer.
The day begins and ends at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park on Saturday, Sept. 29, starting at 7:30 a.m. Look for the distinctive pink Tour de Pink signs that dot the various routes through the area.
Tour De Pink will allow participants to ride from 1 to 100 miles from short family rides and a survivor loop to professionally designed routes intended for advanced cyclists. (Cyclists will know the longest routes by their other names – Metric Centure (62 miles) and Century (100 miles).
All skill levels are being supported with mechanical and logistical services, including route mapes, cue sheets and fully outfitted rest stops.
For those who would like to participate but do not bike, there will be a 5K Course for walkers and runners.
The Young Survival Coaltion works with survivors, caregivers and the medical, research, advocacy and legislative communities to increase the quality and quantity of life for women diagnosed with breast cancer ages 40 and under.
The 2011 Tour de Pink saw 1,000 participants and raised almost $300,000 for YSC Atlanta. This year will be bigger, including an expo area showcasing local services, vendors, food, entertainment and family fun.
A MINI Cooper will be raffled with each $50 donation equaling one chance to win the car. The winner does not have to be present to win.
“We are proud and excited to host Tour de Pink for the second year in a row and welcome bikers, runners, walkers and spectators to join in on an event that instills hope in women, says Janet Rodgers, President and CEO of the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Cyclists had to raise a minimum of $125 to ride, plus a registration fee. (Registration is open until 7 p.m. today, with a $40 charge. On Saturday, the registration fee rises to $50.)
By raising funds, cyclists can earn gifts, starting with a Tour de Pink water bottle with $250 of donations, going up with a jersey, a blanket and a rolling cooler until reaching $2,000 in funds raised, which gets the coveted Oakley Sunglasses.