LOMA LINDA, CA. - A new professional cycling team will be touring Loma Linda University Children's Hospital (LLUCH) two days before the Redlands Bicycle Classic (RBC) begins. The eight professional riders for Team Land Rover/Orbea, which benefits the Lance Armstrong Foundation, will be visiting the hospitalized children on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.
During their visit, the athletes will be handing out LIVESTRONG wristbands and other cycling paraphernalia. The children will even get an up-close view of the bikes. "Our children delight in this event and are always amazed at the light weight of these bikes. The opportunity to interact with the talented athletes who ride them, gives our children a much needed break from the circumstances of why they are with us," Says Zareh Sarrafian, administrator for LLUCH.
"Seeing these cyclists, some of the fittest athletes in the world, share their time and experiences with the patients at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital is inspiring," says Dan Rendler, director of the RBC. "The Redlands Bicycle Classic applauds and appreciates Team Land Rover/Orbea for their commitment to community outreach, which directly supports our core values of health and diversity."
Two days following their visit at LLUCH, the riders will take to their bikes and compete in the 25th Annual Redlands Bicycle Classic from March 26-29. The title sponsor of the race for the third consecutive year in a row is the PossAbilities program, a free community outreach program of Loma Linda University Medical Center East Campus. With its sponsorship, PossAbilities has successfully incorporated a hand cycle division into the race allowing the disabled to compete.