– Press Releases From The Tour Of Hope Organziers And Trip Sponsor Trek Travel –
Bristol-Myers Squibb and Lance Armstrong Partner in Unprecedented Tour of Hope™ to Raise Awareness of Cancer Research
WASHINGTON, DC (July 3, 2003)—Cancer survivor and Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong is partnering with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company for an unprecedented week-long, 3,000 mile journey across the country from October 11 – 18, called the Tour of Hope™. Lance will lead 20 cyclists touched by cancer to inspire and inform the public about the importance of
Armstrong is seeking 20 riders in the cancer community- -survivors, physicians, nurses, caregivers, researchers or loved ones–to join the Tour of Hope team. Riders must possess the cycling ability, physical endurance, and passionate commitment to supporting cancer research. As they spin across America, team members will share their cancer experiences and encourage people to make the Cancer Promise, a personal commitment to learn about cancer and the vital importance of cancer research.
In addition, the Tour of Hope needs 1,500 cyclists to participate in cancer research fundraising rides of 62.5 miles/100k in Los Angeles, to kick off the Tour of Hope, and a 35- to 45- mile ride in Washington, D.C. to welcome the cross-country riders as they conclude their journey. The Los Angeles ride takes place on Sat., Oct. 11 and the Washington, D.C. ride is on Sat., Oct. 18. All funds raised will benefit the Lance Armstrong Foundation and cancer research community programs. Visit www.tourofhope.org for more information and registration.
Cancer is a disease that touches nearly everyone. Three out of every four American families will have at least one family member diagnosed with cancer. For decades, scientists have been searching for answers to unlock the mysteries of the disease. Today, more than 400 potential new treatments are waiting to be studied. However, the search for a cure is being
slowed due to the less than five percent of adults who know cancer research studies are a treatment option and participate in them.
To learn more about the Tour of Hope™, apply for a spot on the Tour of Hope™ Team, make the Cancer Promise, and read the first chapter of Lance’s new book, visit www.tourofhope.org.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Oncology is dedicated to the discovery, development and exhaustive exploration of innovative cancer fighting therapies that extend and enhance the lives of patients living with cancer. More than 40 years ago, Bristol-Myers Squibb built a unified
vision for the future of cancer treatment. With expertise, dedication, and resolve, that vision led to the development of a diverse global portfolio of anti-cancer therapies that are today’s cornerstone of care.
Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global pharmaceutical and related health care products company whose mission is to extend and enhance human life.
Marlene Petter, Threshold Sports
– Press Release From Trek Travel –
Trek Travel Supports Bristol-Myers Squibb “Tour of Hope” (October 11 – October 18, 2003)
Trek Travel LLC, a subsidiary of the Trek Bicycle Corporation, is gearing up to be a part of the first ever Bristol-Myers Squibb Tour of Hope, a heroic 7-day cycling event led by Lance Armstrong, dedicated to raising money for cancer research and increased cancer awareness. All proceeds from the event will go to the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) to further cancer research.
Trek Travel was chosen by Bristol-Myers Squibb Tour of Hope, to provide all logistical and rider support during this weeklong ride. 26 chosen riders, all who have been touched by cancer in some way, and approximately 50 support crew will ride and work around the clock to complete the epic 3,200-mile cross-country ride in just 7 days.
This ambitious event, to begin in Los Angeles on October 11, 2003 brings together survivors and others that have been touched by cancer, along with a host of researchers, physicians, media, and a support crew working around the clock to keep this event moving to its epic conclusion at the Ellipse in Washington, D.C., on October 18, 2003.
For the past 4 months, Trek Travel has been an integral part of the Tour of Hope. Tim Staton, Trip Logistics Manager, Director Sean Harrington, and many other Trek Travel staff, have dedicated weeks researching, designing, and organizing the infinite details necessary to ensure that each piece of this ever-important puzzle fit together seamlessly, and without incident.
It’s what Trek Travel does best—plan, design, and run luxury cycling tours worldwide. With a focus on guest service, safety, and luxury trip design, Trek Travel was chosen to provide the route support for the 26 cyclists selected to participate in the Bristol-Myers Squibb Tour of Hope.
With a roster of 22 experienced guides to man the “rider envelope” each of the impressive athletes is in good hands. Trek Travel guides are skilled in first aid, driving safety, rider support, and helping riders, and guests, have the ultimate riding experience—whether pedaling through Provence in luxury, or riding cross country for a cure.
The Trek Travel crew consists of 3 trip managers, 4 team guides, each assigned to one of the four 6- and 7-rider teams, and 15-20 caravan support drivers, who will alternate drive segments to allot for sleep, eating, and a quick stretch of the legs. Rider teams will complete a total of 54 segments from LA to DC; that’s 54 hotels that Trek Travel has reserved along the way for riders to rest, barely long enough to get back on their bikes for the next 3 hour, or 60 mile segment. Each rider will be given 2 segments to complete each day, with a total of 9 hours for rest between stages.
Along with the Trek Travel staff, there will be many other support crew willing to lend a hand. 4 soigneurs, 3 physicians specializing in emergency medicine, 3 Bontrager mechanics, and 4 coaches from Carmichael Training Systems (CTS) will be at the ready to assist when necessary. An 11-person cooking crew will be on hand to prepare homemade, and nutritious, meals along the way.
To learn more about how you can be a part of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Tour of Hope, and to sign the Cancer Promise, log on to www.tourofhope.org. To learn more about Trek Travel’s involvement in the Bristol-Myers Squibb Tour of Hope, and to learn more about their many luxury cycling destinations, visit their website at www.trektravel.com, or contact a Trek Travel Trip Consultant at 866.464.8735.