Alex Oden named Dedication Recipient of the 29th Cochise Classic

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016


TUCSON, Ariz. (Sept. 13, 2016) – Richard J. DeBernardis, founder and president of Perimeter Bicycling, is pleased to announce that the Cenpatico Integrated Care Cochise County Cycling Classic presented by Canyon Vista Medical Center will honor Alex Oden – Cyclist, Environmentalist and Cancer Survivor.

As someone who has made significant contributions to bicycling, he will be honored at the pre-ride pasta dinner & dedication ceremony.  The Expo, which includes packet pick-up, late registration and the pre-ride party, will be held at the Cochise County Fairgrounds on Friday, Oct. 7 from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.  The 2016 Cochise Classic will be held on Oct. 8 with the start and finish for all distances at the Cochise County Fairgrounds on Leslie Canyon Road in Douglas.  This year’s event will feature the 165, 95, 47 and 27-mile distances using the same route as 2015.

“The ride has many great advantages for the City of Douglas, the surrounding area, local charities and all of its participants,” said DeBernardis. It is an extraordinary cycling event for the Douglas community.”

Support is needed for the Cochise Classic Youth Cycling Program, a 12-week cycling training program for at-risk children and youth in Cochise County, ages 11-18 who are enrolled in public, private, or home school. The children are preparing to ride in the 27-mile Cochise Classic. For most of these children, it will be their first organized bicycle ride and finishing it will be quite an accomplishment. Donate here:

The 2016 Cochise Classic in Douglas benefits Douglas ARC, whose mission is to support and involve people with developmental disabilities within the Douglas community.  Their ultimate goal is to place people in jobs in the community. Douglas ARC has a long collaborative history with the ride – this is their 29th year. Since its inception, the Cochise Classic has raised more than $225,000 for Douglas ARC, the Arthritis Foundation, and Rancho Feliz.

For added enjoyment on ride day consider the Binational Art Walk (Placita Park downtown G Ave) 5-9 p.m.

Cenpatico Integrated Care, focused on improving the health of our community, returns as title sponsor for the second year. Also back for a second year as presenting sponsor is Canyon Vista Medical Center, serving residents in Sierra Vista, Fort Huachuca,Cochise County and surrounding communities.

The 2016 Cochise Classic receives additional support and cooperation from Advanced Call Center Technologies, Best Western – Douglas, Cochise County Fairgrounds, Consulado de Carrera de Mexico en Douglas,, Dann Niegocki, Douglas Dispatch;  Douglas Police,  Kola’s LLC, KDAP 96.5 FM,  Pactimo, printCPG, PuroClean, Southwest Gas, Tail Winds, The Avenue Bed and Breakfast, Perimeter Bicycling, US Customs and Border Protection, and

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Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization responsible for the production of four major cycling events in Arizona, including the Cochise County Cycling Classic.

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