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Tour of Paso, Cancer Support Community, California Central Coast, Niner Wine Estates

The 8th Annual Tour of Paso, taking place on Saturday, March 12 and benefiting the Cancer Support Community, will start and end at Niner Estates. Courtesy photo

Bike ride on Saturday, Mar. 12, will raise funds for locals touched by cancer

–As the countdown begins for the 8th Annual Tour of Paso Founder’s Team Challenge, sign-ups are still underway. Proceeds from the bike ride, taking place on March 12, directly benefit the Cancer Support Community – California Central Coast, a non-profit organization that offers programs and services to local cancer patients, survivors, and their families free of charge.

Tour of Paso, Cancer Support Community, California Central Coast, Niner Wine Estates

The 2016 Tour of Paso ride, benefiting the Cancer Support Community, will take riders through the scenic Paso Robles wine country on their choice of a 4, 26, or 50-mile ride. Courtesy photo

“We have many individuals and teams that have already signed up for the Tour of Paso and we would like to encourage more riders to join us for this event,” said CSCCCC Program Director Michelle Ogle. “And if you’re not a bike rider, we have a new virtual rider option or please consider purchasing a lunch ticket and coming out to help us celebrate at the finish line. We look forward to a fun day of raising funds for a great cause.”

All skill levels, from beginners to advanced, have their choice of three routes – 50, 26 and 4-miles – through the scenic Paso Robles wine country region, all starting and ending at Niner Wine Estates off Highway 46 West. An awards ceremony, team photo ops, and a barbecue lunch by Jeffry’s Catering featuring tri-tip and chicken breast sliders, grilled veggies, gourmet brownies and more will take place at the finish line party.

Don’t own a bike? Not a problem – Mike Milby with Paso Bike Tours is offering free rentals for the first 25 riders requesting a bike for the Tour of Paso; call him at (805) 440-5085 for more info.

“This is my way of supporting The Cancer Support Community and giving those that may not own a bike a chance to participate,” said Milby, chairperson for the 2016 Tour of Paso and CSCCCC board member. “We have all been touched by cancer in one way or another, whether we have had our own diagnosis or have a friend or family member that is a cancer patient or survivor. At the Cancer Support Community, we provide support and programming free of charge and all of the funds raised stay in our Central Coast community to benefit local patients and their families.”

Pre-register today at www.cscslo.org/tourofpaso and pay just $60; registration goes up to $70 on March 6. Riders are required to raise or donate a minimum of $200 – ask 20 friends to donate $10 apiece and that goal has been met. Raise more and be eligible for a variety of prizes donated by local businesses. New this year – the opportunity to participate as a “virtual rider,” raise funds, and receive a Tour of Paso commemorative t-shirt.

Tour of Paso, Cancer Support Community, California Central Coast, Voler

The 2016 Tour of Paso takes place March 12. Riders and those that want to support the riders are encouraged to order a jersey at www.voler.com/browse/collections/details/li/TourofPaso; a portion of the proceeds from jersey sales directly benefit The Cancer Support Community – California Central Coast. Courtesy photo

Individual and business sponsorship opportunities are still available – various levels will receive merchandise such as t-shirts and wine, as well as name recognition, logo placement and more. Colorful event jerseys, great for riders and non-riders alike, are available online from Voler at www.voler.com/browse/collections/details/li/TourofPaso; the company is donating a percentage of jersey proceeds to CSCCCC programming.

Several local businesses and organizations have formed teams for the Founder’s Team Challenge including Best Bike Zone, Paso Bike Tours, IQMS, Peachy Canyon Winery, and the defending champions, Team Rainbow. Milby said a challenge has been issued to all SLO County businesses to form teams and help raise funds that will ensure continued free programming and services for local families.

Volunteers for the 2016 Tour of Paso are still needed; for more information, email miche422@gmail.com, call (805) 238-4411 or stop by the new Cancer Support Community location at 1051 Las Tablas Road, Suite E in Templeton Monday through Thursday. For more information on participating in the 2016 Tour of Paso or to register, visit www.cscslo.org/tourofpaso.

The mission of the Cancer Support Community-California Central Coast is to help those affected by cancer and their loved ones enhance their health and well-being by providing a professional program of emotional support as well as education in order to learn vital skills that will enable them regain control, reduce isolation and restore hope regardless of the stage of disease. Fundraisers such as the Tour of Paso, private donations, and sponsors enable CSC to continue its work with the local community.

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News staff of the Paso Robles Daily News wrote and edited this story from local contributors and press releases. Scott Brennan is the publisher of this newspaper and founder of Access Publishing. Connect with him on , Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, or follow his blog. He can be reached at scott@pasoroblesdailynews.com.

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