A local cycling club and the Sentinels of Freedom have teamed up to bring a fun and challenging event to the San Ramon Valley that will benefit our veterans.
The Veterans Victory Velo (V3) Bike Ride to be held Sept. 22 and beginning and ending in San Ramon will benefit the Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation, which supports severely wounded Veterans as they work to gain self-sufficiency.
San Ramon resident Michael Woodburn, a cyclist and member of the C4Racing group, has been working with the Sentinels to plan the four bike routes as well as train with fellow cyclists for the event. He says he is encouraging the group to sign up for the event and get sponsors. His personal goal is to raise $500 to $1,000.
Woodburn says cycling has always been a part of his life, as he grew up building stingray bikes, racing and being a part of a team.
"Cycling is addictive," he adds. "It's a great outlet. It's fun, healthy and competitive." C4Racing.org has about 70 members, says Woodburn.
"The reason we, as a team of local cyclists, ride for such a great cause is simple," he says. "Injured veterans, both men and women, have put their lives on the line for our country, families, communities and freedom. Frankly, it (participating in the event) is the least we can do (for them). We're doing what we love and in a small way giving back to those who have sacrificed so much on our behalf."
The V3 will begin and end at the Sentinels of Freedom parking lot, 2678 Bishop Drive in San Ramon with registration beginning at 6 a.m.
There will be four routes to choose from for the novice to the more experienced cyclist. A 100-mile century ride begins at 7 a.m. and climbs up Mt. Diablo and down into Clayton through Morgan Territory, the Livermore Valley, Sunol and back to San Ramon. The 60-mile ride begins at 9 a.m. and takes the cyclists through the towns of Danville, Alamo and Walnut Creek, through Clayton, up the backside of Mt. Diablo and into Morgan Territory before returning to San Ramon.
A more moderate 30-mile ride begins at 10 a.m. and takes riders through residential areas of San Ramon, Alamo and Danville.
There is also a 15-mile family ride that begins at 11 a.m. on level terrain to Alamo and back with stops along the route for refreshments and a break.
Maps of all the routes, registration information and more details are available at www.veteransvictoryvelo.com. Anyone can register to be a part of the event or sponsor a cyclist. To help by sponsoring a member of the C4Racing group, contact Cameron Birky at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or visit www.C4Racing.org.
Corporate sponsors include Blue Star Moms, Carl's Jr., Bishop Ranch, Alamo Capital and San Ramon Regional Medical Center.
The C4Racing group regularly meets Thursday evenings for a ride up Mt. Diablo and each Sunday morning for a 50- to 65-mile trek around the valley. They also participate in about 10 races per year.
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