Perimeter Bicycling Event News
El Tour Honoring Brendan Lyons and Lorena Evans
TUCSON, Ariz. – Richard J. DeBernardis, president and
executive director of Perimeter Bicycling, announced today the 2014 Dedication Recipients as BRENDAN LYONS & LORENA EVANS –firefighter and registered nurse, bicycle accident survivors; pedaling safety awareness through Look! Save a Life / Arizona.
This year’s honorees embody the theme of El Tour … Ride to be Unified. “We are impressed by Brendan’s and Lorena’s willingness to look out for others and work toward better safety solutions for both cyclists and drivers,” said DeBernardis, “as well as their desire to advocate for sharing the road.”
Both avid cyclists, Lyons and Evans feel compelled to share their story, utilizing this “near fatal” experience to awaken all users of our public byways.
Brendan Lyons and Lorena Evans have both responded to and treated fellow cyclists, who’ve been struck by inattentive motorists. Unfortunately, they are also both survivors, having been on the receiving end of their own “near fatal” collision while out for a ride on Lorena’s Birthday, training for the 31st El Tour de Tucson in 2013. While riding in a dedicated bike lane, they were struck from behind by a motorist traveling approximately 45mph. Lorena and Brendan were transported to Southern Arizona’s Level-1 Trauma Facility, both receiving very serious injuries.
Brendan has always looked up to those – who at their best, make a difference helping those at their worst. Even in the first grade, he knew his life-long dream was to become a firefighter. Like so many others, Brendan looked to bicycling as a means for weight loss. He found that cycling would become much more than a workout – yet a gratifying and healthy lifestyle. A career, structure Firefighter/EMT for Rural/Metro Fire Department, Lyons responded all-too-often to motor vehicle collisions resulting from distracted driving. He found himself compelled to speak out in an effort to keep others safe.
Recognized and well established as an ER Nurse, Lorena is employed by Northwest Medical Center. She is currently attending graduate school, studying to further her career as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Always setting goals of pushing herself, Evans took up bicycling and participated in her first El Tour de Tucson in 2012.
Brendan’s desire to keep others safe, has become much more than a passion with an immediate, urgent demand for action. Both feel compelled to share their story, utilizing this “near fatal” incident to awaken all users of our public byways through LOOK! Save a Life.
Special Olympics, in its first year as title sponsor and primary beneficiary, is the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, and will help usher in a new era for El Tour. Now in its 32nd year, El Tour expects more than 9,000 riders for the 2014 event scheduled for Nov. 22, 2014. Casino Del Sol Resort, is continuing for the third year as El Tour’s presenting sponsor.
Cyclists will raise funds for a large number of charities – thirty-five – in 2014: American Parkinson Disease Association, ARSOBO, Arts-Express, AYUDA – American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad, Ben’s Bells Project, Boys & Girls Club, Cakes for Causes, Donate Life Arizona, Impact of Southern Arizona, Easter Seals Blake Foundation, Grey 2K USA Education Fund, Habitat for Humanity, Integrative Touch for Kids, International Rett Syndrome Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, La Frontera Arizona, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Lions Club International – Cycle for Sight, Look! Save a Life / Arizona, Make Way for Books, myTeam Triumph, Platelet Disorder Foundation, Rotary International – Polio Plus, Shyann Kindness Project, Special Olympics, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, The Haven, Tucson Jewish Community Center, Tu Nidito Children & Family Services, Twilight Wish Foundation, Uphill Into The Wind, Water for People, World Care, Wright Flight, Young Life Tucson
El Tour Super Week, includes a 2-day Sanofi El Tour Bicycle, Fitness & Health EXPO, El Tour Safety and Security Meetings, a Rusing, Lopez & Lizardi El Tour Dedication Dinner at Casino Del Sol Resort and an 8-dayIndoor El Tour program.
Ride day begins with the 104-mile Main Event followed by the 75-Mile El Tour, the Intuit 55-Mile El Tour, the Sanofi 40-Mile El Tour and the El Tour Fun Ride presented by McDonald’s. Kids activities, music, a Michelob ULTRA Garden, food, massages and an on-going Grand Cycling Awards Ceremony round out the day.
The event is also supported by Alvernon Optical, Amain.com, Arizona Daily Star, ASARCO, AZ1DMAT, Bohac Consulting Services , Casino Del Sol Resort, CITI, City of Tucson, City of Tucson Water, CP Graphics, Community Partnership of Southern Arizona (CPSA), Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, Cushman & Wakefield/Picor Commercial Real Estate Services, Dakotapro.biz, Dark Horse Media, Desert Mountain Insurance Services, Diamond Ventures, Doctor Bob Studios, Downtown Tucson Partnership, ESPN Tucson, GABA, GEICO, Genesis OB/GYN, P.C., Golden Eagle / Michelob / Anheuser, Greg Macuilla Family, Harkins Theatres, HSL Properties, Hudbay, Intuit, Journal Broadcast Group – KGUN9, Kola’s LLC, Madden Media, MarathonFoto, McDonalds, McMahon’s Prime Steakhouse, MCT Lean, Old Pueblo Grille, Pactimo , Performance Bicycle , Pima County, Rio West, Rusing Lopez & Lizardi, Sanofi, Special Olympics, Tail Winds, TAZ Entertainment, The University of Arizona Medical Center, Tri Sports, Tucson Subaru, Tucson Amateur Radio Council, Ventana Medical Systems, Visit Tucson, WD-40, WSC Sports.
The Special Olympics 32nd El Tour de Tucson presented by Casino del Sol Resort will be held Saturday, November 22 and brings in more than 18,000 visitors from across the country and around the world and contributes an estimated $50 – $70 million to the Pima County / Tucson area economy year-round including $16 – $20 million on ride weekend alone.
Perimeter Bicycling’s Newest Event: Viva Bike Vegas!
Perimeter Bicycling to Produce the Event
LAS VEGAS (June 19, 2014) – Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Inc. recently reached agreement with the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) to take over the production and coordination of the 2014 Viva Bike Vegas.
Viva Bike Vegas is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, and will travel the perimeter of the Las VegasValley. The ride has gained national attention because it has been held on the Saturday after InterBike, the largest bicycle trade show in North America with more than 100,000 cycling enthusiasts.
Cyclists will be able to ride any one of three distances: 101, 62 and 25 miles or participate in the Fun Ride of 10, 5 or 1/4-mile.
The century (101 miles) will start and finish at the Discovery Children’s Museum, with the remote starts (62 and 25-milers) finishing there as well. Exact locations for the remote starts will be announced soon. Start times for 101, 62, and 25-miles at 6 a.m.; Fun Rides at 8am. A one day bicycle expo and packet pick-up will be Friday, Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at The Linq, the newest property of Caesars Entertainment.
“The ride has many great advantages for the city, the surrounding area, local charities and all of its participants,” said Richard J. DeBernardis, president and founder of Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Inc. “We are incredibly delighted to be a part of Viva Bike Vegas. It is an extraordinary cycling event for the Las Vegas community.”
Perimeter Bicycling has developed collaborative partnerships with the RTC, city of Henderson, city of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) to help support and promote the ride.
“We are excited that Perimeter Bicycling Association of America has decided to produce Viva Bike Vegas this year,” said Tina Quigley, general manager of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada. “It’s a great cycling event that helps increase awareness about bicycling as a viable transportation alternative and also promotes Las Vegas as a premiere destination for an amazing outdoor experience.”
One of Perimeter Bicycling’s major goals is to raise money for local non-profit organizations. To date, the nonprofits selected to receive proceeds from Viva Bike Vegas include: Discovery Children’s Museum, Easter Seals Nevada, League of American Bicyclists (LAB) and Safe Nest. Organizers hope to raise anywhere from $25,000 to $50,000 for the event’s first year, with an estimated 1,700 cyclists. It is expected that other nonprofits will be added in the coming weeks.
About Perimeter Bicycling
Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax exempt organization responsible for the production and promotion of five major bicycling events – El Tour de Tucson, El Tour de Mesa/Phoenix, Cochise County Cycling Classic, Viva Bike Vegas and Indoor El Tour – as well as an annual fall and spring Bicycle, Fitness & Health Expo, El Tour Adventure Walk/Run, and El Tour Fun Rides. Perimeter Bicycling also supports and promotes El Tour de Mt. Fuji and El Tour de Kusatsu, held annually in Japan. All events are modeled after Perimeter’s concept of cycling in pursuit of wellness.
For more information on Perimeter Bicycling please call 520-745-2033, visit www.perimeterbicycling.com,
Cochise County Cycling Classic
Event Date: Saturday, October 11
Distances: 165, 95, 47 and new 27-miles
Ride some of the most scenic roads in southeastern Arizona. We’re introducing a new 27-mile route that is suitable for riders of all abilities. The rides tour through peaceful ranch land with sweeping views of the distant Swisshelm and Perilla Mountains. The longer routes go through the classic towns of Bisbee and Tombstone as they circle the Dragoon Mountains.
The start/finish will remain at the Cochise County Fairgrounds with the Fiesta adjacent to the finish line so everyone can celebrate together and welcome the riders home. Entertainment, food vendors and beer garden are all part of the festivities. A variety of overnight accommodations are available including camping at the charming fairgrounds.
El Tour speedsters ~ Come earn your platinum designation!
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Mexican Cycling Team
Friday, September 5th, 2014
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Cochise Go Getters!
Friday, September 5th, 2014
Women’s first-place finisher Jessica Walker is always on the go as cycling drives her; men’s place finisher Horn returns to ride after car accident and illness Jessica Walker essica Walker had borrowed a bike and was just several weekends into … Continue reading