Geyserville, CA - Ross's Epic Hill Climb, a benefit road race for injured Sonoma County cyclist Ross Dillon, enters its third year on June 6th, 2009. Organized by Bike Monkey, this event promises to provide an excellent scenic and athletic experience with an ever-growing roster of amateur and professional road cyclists from across California. The racecourse follows the gorgeously steep Pine Flat Road from the Alexander Valley town of Geyserville to its terminus at the edge of the Geysers geothermal area, a total elevation gain of 3800 feet in 18 miles.
The 2008 Ross' Epic saw a new course record of 59 minutes, 9 seconds, a time that will be on the mind of all this year's racers as they labor up the mountainside. Spectators are encouraged to attend, taking in broad roadside panoramas as they watch these cyclists slug it out towards a new record.
"There's nothing like racing your bike in Sonoma County," says Carlos Perez, the organizer behind Ross's Epic Hill Climb and publisher of Bike Monkey Magazine. "We should all be grateful for every beautiful mile we get. It only makes sense to try give something back to those who aren't able to race anymore."
Seven years ago, while riding his bicycle in a wide shoulder, a young Ross Dillon was struck from behind by an inattentive driver. In that one moment, Ross's life, and the lives of his family and friends, were changed forever. His story is one of amazing courage, resilience, and the very stubborn love of a family unwilling to give up on a journey toward recovery. Proceeds from entry fees will go towards caregiving and recovery costs incurred by the Dillon family.
Cyclists wishing to compete in this event can enter online at www.bikemonkey.net. All categories and age classes are welcomed, including junior racers. Lunch will be included in race entry fees.