Million dollar challenge includes 600 miles

Garmin-Chipotle riders helping the cause

The Qualcomm Million Dollar Challenge (QMDC) is a 600-mile fundraising ride from San Francisco to San Diego, benefitting the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) - a unique organization that enables people with physical challenges to participate and compete in the sports the rest of us take for granted. Garmin-Chipotle riders Danny Pate and Timmy Duggan are riding with team president Matt Johnson, himself a former pro cyclist.

"It is the mission of CAF to provide opportunities and support to people with physical disabilities so they can pursue active lifestyles though physical fitness and competitive athletics," said executive director Virginia Tinley. "CAF believes that involvement in sports at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence, and enhances quality of life."

The ride began in Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco on October 18, with riders completing their journey seven days later in San Diego. The stops along the route include Santa Cruz, Big Sur, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica and Newport Beach.

Entry was limited to 100 cyclists who each raised US$10,000 for CAF and in return enjoy a fully supported ride including van support, mechanics and route guides.  Also included are hotel accommodations for seven nights, daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, massage, custom cycling apparel for each day of the ride, and more.  One of the most inspirational aspects of the seven-day event is riding alongside the many challenged athletes who participate.

For more information, visit www.challengedathletes.org

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