The Amgen Tour of California kicked off yesterday. If you're unfamiliar with the cycling race, it's America's version of the Tour de France but on a smaller scale. Over an eight day period the world's top cycling teams will race on a course beginning in Nevada City and ending in Thousand Oaks, CA. What a lot of people don't know is that there is also another important bike race going on at the exact same time called the RIDE for LIVESTRONG.
The difference is that the RIDE for LIVESTRONG is a virtual cycling race that anyone can join — users create virtual bikes and dedicate their ride to a cancer survivor. Like the Amgen tour, the RIDE for LIVESTRONG riders compete with one another while riding through the California landscape, and along the way virtual onlookers — like yourself — can log in cheers for specific riders. In July at the Tour de France, Team Radio Shack (led by Lance Armstrong) will ride for the cancer survivors who received the most cheers during the virtual race. Most importantly, as the race meets specific goals, companies like Radio Shack and Trek bikes will contribute money towards the LIVESTRONG Foundation. The ultimate goal is to have 25,000 readers that will inspire 100,000 cheers. While the race is still 10,000 riders away from reaching the 25,000 mark, there are still 8 days left. Will you help join the cause?