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Moab Skinny Tire Festival 2007
 
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Date: 2/14/2007
Moab Skinny Tire Festival 2007
 

Moab Skinny Tire Festival 
Moab's Annual Lance Armstrong Foundation benefit ride through the red rock wonderland including Dead Horse Point State Park. Guest Speakers include Marty Jemison, LAF President Doug Ulman, and Chris Brewer. Vendor expo, silent auctions, demo bikes... details

Tour de France Competitor Joins Lance Armstrong Foundation President at Moab Skinny Tire Festival
Mark your calendars for the weekend of March 2-5, Moab UT will play host to an incredible road cycling event. The Moab Skinny Tire Festival affords once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to ride through world famous Arches National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park and the Colorado River corridor.


Picture yourself riding through Arches National Monument with this group of riders from the 2006 Skinny Tire Festival.

This spectacular geographical terrain has attracted two-time Tour de France competitor and Lance Armstrong co-racer for the U.S. Postal team Marty Jemison as a guest speaker. Benefiting from the impressive fund raising efforts of this Festival is the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF). President Doug Ulman will be attending along with LAF’s Grassroots Events Coordinator Chris Brewer.

“In the world of cycling, Moab is legendary.” Chris says, “As a long time rider it has been on my life’s checklist of places to ride. Now I will not only be riding in Moab at a great Festival, but I will also be helping in the fight against cancer, and it just doesn’t get any better than that.” Doug Ulman agrees. “It brings people around an amazing event in a very special place,” he states. “A little bit of money combined with visibility can make a big difference in the fight against cancer, and this Festival helps to make that happen.”

The Festival has gained national recognition for providing four days of world-class cycling routes for every skill level, and establishing Moab as a premiere road cycling destination. “In terms of the road riding, the landscape is pretty spectacular,” says Bill Strickland, Bicycling Magazine’s editor. Versus TV (formally OLN) commentator and Tour de France veteran Bob Roll agrees. “The scenery is gorgeous. I have ridden road bikes down there quite a bit and I can highly recommend it.” Chris Carmichael, Lance Armstrong’s personal coach, tells riders to “prepare to have your breath taken away around every corner”.

But perhaps Natalie Seeboth of the LAF captures the event best when she says, “The true magic is the experience they create for participants. The awe-inspiring beauty of the Moab region, epic cycling routes and the purpose of promoting cancer survivorship leave each rider with a deeply personal experience that remains long after the course has closed.”


Riding through Arches National Park past the
"Three Gossips" at the Skinny Tire Festival

“This Festival is a testimonial to the grassroots spirit,” Chris Brewer adds, “much like how the LAF started with a couple of hundred riders for the ‘Race for the Roses’ which is now the very successful LIVESTRONG Challenge Series, Moab Skinny Tire Festival is tracking right along those lines. We look forward to working with them and riding with them long into the future.”

Ride with the Guest Speakers
Dave Shields returns to Moab

The unwavering focus on fund raising for research has created a special event for those who have been touched by cancer. Putting purpose to their cycling, many survivors come to help raise awareness and education, including LAF’s president Doug Ulman. A three-time cancer survivor and founder of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, Doug’s unique journey provides for an inspirational guest speaker. Participants will have the rare treat to ride shoulder to shoulder with all of the speakers, including best-selling author David Shields (The Race and The Tour) who will return to what he calls his “favorite event of the year”. Dave is currently writing the autobiography of Saul Raisin "Raisin Hell" and will be coming to Moab after appearing at the Expo areas at the Tour of California.


Moab, "Open roads and smiles."

A limited participant ride through Arches National Park offers an excellent opportunity to see the highest concentration of natural arch formations in the world. An alternate Monday ride with surprise guests has been established for those full festival registrants signing up after the Arches ride filled. The popular Uphill Time Trial sponsored by Poison Spider Bicycles is back with a mass start and friendly riding competition past the famous Slickrock mountain bike trailhead. Rounding out the off-bike attractions is a full vendor expo, bike and wheel demos, surprise guests, silent auctions, massages and social events.

Registration is limited and closes early so riders are encouraged to visit www.SkinnyTireFestival.com to ensure their spot or call (435) 259-2698. For more information on the Lance Armstrong Foundation please visit www.LiveStrong.org 

Events - Guest Speakers, Expo, Bike Demos
Among those attending will be cycling icons including Marty Jemison, two time Tour de France competitor and co-racer with Lance Armstrong for the Postal team. Best-selling author David Shields (The Race and The Tour) will return to what he calls his, “favorite event of the year”. Industry leaders for cancer research will also be on hand, including executives from the Lance Armstrong Foundation such as Chris Brewer of the LAF will join with cancer survivor Doug Ulman from the Ulman Cancer Fund. Rounding out the off-bike attractions is a full vendor expo, bike demos, silent auctions, massages and social events.

Special treats for this year include private rides for a rare and intimate experience with these industry icons, surprise guests and a limited participant ride through Arches National Park. This world renowned Park provides an excellent opportunity to see the highest concentration of natural arch formations in the entire world and is extremely popular.

Lance Armstron Foundation Fundraiser
Founded by an unwavering passion of the event organizers, the Festival has raised over $400,000 for the LAF. The combination of an inspiration cause, breath taking scenery, world-class cycling routes for all skill levels and resources for cancer education
Registration is limited and closes early and riders are encouraged to visit www.SkinnyTireFestival.com  to ensure their spot or call (435) 259-2698. For more information on the Lance Armstrong Foundation please visit www.LiveStrong.org

Mark Your Calendars – March 2-5th is the MOAB SKINNY TIRE FESTIVAL in Moab Utah! Four spectacular days of fully supported rides through a red rock wonderland including Dead Horse Point State Park and along the Colorado River Corridor. Vendor expo, silent auctions, demo bikes and industry icons! BUT HURRY – this Lance Armstrong Foundation benefit ride has limited registration -Don’t miss the most spectacular cycling tour of the year, - REGISTER NOW!!

Where does the Lance Armstrong Foundation go from Here

LIVESTRONG Day
LIVESTRONG Day is the Lance Armstrong Foundation's (LAF) grassroots advocacy initiative to unify people affected by cancer and to raise awareness about cancer survivorship issues on a national level and in local communities across the country. LIVESTRONG Day 2007 will occur on Wednesday, May 16.
More info: www.livestrong.org

 
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