The Amgen People's Coast Classic Announces 2011 Cycling Route along the Oregon Coast September 11 - 16, 2011

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The Amgen People's Coast Classic Charity Bicycle Tour along the Oregon Coast announces official 2011 Route. This premier cycling event, benefiting the Arthritis Foundation, has been enhanced for 2011 to showcase the many pristine communities along the The People's Coast and encourage stops in Seaside, Cannon Beach, Pacific City, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Newport, Yachats, Florence, Reedsport, North Bend, Gold Beach, Brookings and more.

Organizers of The Amgen People’s Coast Classic benefit cycling tour announce the official release of the 2011 route along the Oregon Coast. This second year event has taken participant feedback to a new level and added key components to the 2011 tour.

The tour, slated to start at The Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria, Oregon at 8:00 am on Sunday, September 11, 2011 will follow along the official Oregon Coast Cycling Route for six days, ending in Brookings, Oregon on Friday, September 16, 2011. The 2011 ride will also include two day and four day options for those wishing to participate in just a portion of the ride.

For a fundraising commitment of $2,500 per person, or $10,000 for a team of five, riders will receive round-trip transportation to and from the ride to Portland, OR; all hot breakfasts, five gourmet dinners, full mechanical support enroute, support vehicle services, baggage transport, accommodation arrangements and more. Tai Lee, Director of Corporate Development is most pleased to announce, “The 2011 Amgen People’s Coast Classic will be designed around an exciting stay in Newport, including private distillery and brewery tours at Rogue Ales, the opportunity to ride the route with John Maier, Brewmaster at Rogue Ales, a fish fry and party on the beach in Newport and a once in a lifetime opportunity to sleep with the sharks at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Even more exciting says Lee, “We also have the opportunity for our riders to order a brand new Co-Motion Bicycle at a preferred price and have it delivered to the starting line in Astoria, full with a professional bike fitting.” These unprecedented inclusions in a fundraising bicycle event will prove our commitment to being the first choice for the discerning cyclist.

Organizers are also delighted to showcase the many pristine communities along the The People's Coast and encourage stops in Seaside, Cannon Beach, Pacific City, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Newport, Yachats, Florence, Reedsport, North Bend, Gold Beach, Brookings and more. The Seaside stop on September 11 will be during the annual Hot Rod Car show and include complimentary admission to the Seaside Aquarium, arranged by a local rider and lead fundraiser, Julie Jesse.

The Pacific Northwest Chapter of The Arthritis Foundation also uses this ride as an opportunity for the “Arthritis Road Show”, bringing premier physicians, experts and bone density analysts into the communities of Astoria, Tillamook, Newport, Yachats, North Bend and Port Orford, which are all seriously underserved in these areas. “This community outreach offers local residents an opportunity to speak directly with educators and physicians about their concerns” states Lee.

Sponsors include Amgen, The Oregon Coast Visitors Association, DuVine Adventures, Columbia Sportswear, Rogue Ales, Co-Motion Cycles, Rebound Orthopedics, PrimalWear, The Bicycle Paper, F.C. Bloxom Company Produce, Cairncross & Hemplemann Attorneys at Law, Bike Newport, Swift Industries, Co-Motion Cycles, Dave’s Killer Bread, The Mill Casino and Pop Chips.

For more information visit http://www.thepeoplescoastclassic.org/ or contact Tai Lee at tlee(at)arthritis(dot)org.

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