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Tour of Paso, Cancer Support Community, Niner Estates

The 9th Annual Tour of Paso, taking place on Saturday, March 25 and benefiting the Cancer Support Community, will start and end at Niner Estates. Courtesy photo

Bike ride on Saturday, March 25 to raise funds for locals touched by cancer

–As the countdown begins for the 9th Annual Tour of Paso Founder’s Team Challenge, sign-ups are still underway. Proceeds from the bike ride, taking place on Saturday, March 25, 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.

“This is one of our major events of the year specifically geared towards raising local dollars to help local cancer patients and their families with the psychosocial side of their cancer care,” said CSC Executive Director Shannon D’Acquisto. “The Tour of Paso helps us continue our programming throughout the year and provide all of our services free of charge. This is a winding ride through our wine country trails, with a chance to view the absolutely amazing scenery and gorgeous wildflowers that are set to bloom this year.”

Tour of Paso, Cancer Support Community

Riders of all skill levels, from beginners to advanced, have their choice of two routes – 50 and 26 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, live music, and gourmet catered lunch from the award-winning culinary team at Niner featuring roasted porchetta, creamy polenta, grilled vegetables, and more will take place at the finish line party. Family and friends interested in attending the after-party and gourmet lunch event may purchase $25 advance tickets.

Mike Milby of Paso Bike Tours is making it easy for those that may not own a bike to participate in the Tour of Paso by offering free rentals for the first 25 riders requesting a bike. “This is my way of supporting the Cancer Support Community and giving everyone a chance to participate,” said Milby. Call him at (805) 440-5085 for more info.

In his third year as chairman of the Tour of Paso as well as CSC board member, Milby said, “We have all been touched by cancer in one way or another, whether that be our own diagnosis or through friends, family, or extended family members. 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.”

Register today at www.tourofpaso.org for just $75. 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. For those unable to physically ride, take advantage of the opportunity to participate as a “virtual rider,” raise funds, receive a Tour of Paso commemorative t-shirt and lunch.

Tour of Paso, Cancer Support Community, Niner Estates, IQMS

The 2017 Tour of Paso ride, benefiting the Cancer Support Community, takes riders through the scenic Paso Robles wine country, such as these riders with IQMS, on their choice of a 26 or 50-mile ride. Courtesy photo

Individual and business sponsorship opportunities are still available – various levels will receive merchandise such as t-shirts and complimentary rider registration, as well as name recognition, logo placement and more. Colorful event jerseys, great for riders and non-riders alike, are available on the CSC website and at voler.com; Voler, a Grover Beach company, is donating a percentage of jersey proceeds to CSC programming.

Several local businesses and sponsors have formed teams for the Founder’s Team Challenge including IQMS, Paso Robles Ford, Manufactured Home Sales (MHS), Ninery Estates Winery, Twin Cities Community Hospital, Paso Bike Tours, Il Cortile, Peachy Canyon Winery, and the defending champions, Team Rainbow. Milby said a fun challenge has been issued to all SLO County businesses to form teams in a cooperative effort to help raise funds.

Volunteers for the 2017 Tour of Paso are needed; for more information, email events@cscslo.org, 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 2017 Tour of Paso or to register, visit www.tourofpaso.org.

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. With a motto of “So that no one faces cancer alone,’” CSC provides a professional program of emotional support as well as education in order for participants 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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About the author: Reporter Meagan Friberg

Meagan Friberg is a reporter for the Paso Robles Daily News and A-Town Daily News.