Floyd Landis to Compete at Teva Mountain Games in Vail, June 2-3
World-class Cyclist Raises Funds for Prostate Cancer Research
April 12, 2007 (Vail, Colo.) â€“ Just eight months after undergoing major hip surgery, 2006 Tour de France winner Floyd Landis has accepted an invitation to compete in the Teva Mountain Games presented by VolkswagenÂ®, June 2-3. Organizers announced today that Landis will compete as a member of Team Athletes for a Cure in the GNCÂ® Ultimate Mountain Challenge, a two-day competition consisting of four separate races - road biking, kayaking, trail running and mountain biking.
Landis will join a team that includes world-class kayaker Tao Berman and accomplished trail runner Simon Gutierrez, to raise money for prostate cancer research through Athletes for a Cure, a program of the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
â€œI am honored to be invited to take part in the Teva Mountain Games for such an important cause,â€ remarks Landis. â€œI am excited to put my new hip to the test racing in the Rockies and this is a wonderful opportunity to raise money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation at the same time. Knowing their goal is to find better treatments and a cure for prostate cancer should make this cause important to everyone.â€
The GNCÂ® Ultimate Mountain Challenge will test pro and amateur athletes in four demanding competitions over two days. The event consists of the Nature ValleyÂ® Mountain Bike Cross Country Championship race and the Downriver Kayak Sprint on Saturday, June 2. On Sunday, the Challenge will continue with the CytomaxÂ® 10K Trail Running Championship and the TrekÂ® Road Bike Hill Climb. The individuals and the teams with the best combined results after the four events will be crowned the ultimate mountain man, woman and team.
â€œWe're extremely excited to have Floyd join the field with some of the best adventure athletes in the world at the Teva Mountain Games,â€ states Joel Heath of Untraditional Marketing, organizers of the event. â€œI am especially pleased that Floyd will be helping to raise dollars for such a great cause as the Prostate Cancer Foundation through its Athletes for a Cure program.â€
As part of Team Athletes for a Cure, Landis will compete in the TrekÂ® Road Bike Hill Climb and the Nature ValleyÂ® Mountain Bike Cross Country Championship. Landis' results in the two cycling races will be combined with Berman's in the kayak race and Gutierrez's in the trail run.
The TrekÂ® Road Bike Hill Climb takes place in a time-trial format that travels over nine miles up Vail Pass and gains more than 1,400 feet in elevation. The course follows the original Coors Classic Hill Climb ridden by legendary riders such as Greg LeMond and Bernard Hinault in the late 1980's. The course record of 26:33:43 still belongs to Giro d'Italia champion Andy Hampsten, set during the 1987 Coors Classic.
The Nature ValleyÂ® Mountain Bike Cross Country Championship will take place on the front-side of Vail Mountain on a classic Colorado singletrack course. Last year, top ranked US rider Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski won the men's pro race.
About the Mountain Games
Untraditional Marketing, Inc. produces the country's largest adventure sports festival, the Teva Mountain Games presented by Volkswagen in Vail, Colorado. Now in its sixth year, the Teva Mountain Games features 20 different amateur and professional competitions including kayaking, rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, road biking, trail running and fly-fishing. The event also features outdoor film and photography contests, the annual Everest Awards, an interactive expo and demo area, live music and parties for both athletes and spectators alike. For more information, contact Joel Heath at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.tevamountaingames.com.
About Athletes for a Cure
Athletes for a Cure is a fundraising and awareness program to assist individual athletes in their quest to raise money for better treatments and a cure for prostate cancer. Every dollar raised from the program goes directly to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, the world's largest philanthropic source of support for prostate cancer research. The online program provides athletes with multiple tools to create a home in the racing and fundraising community. Registered participants can upload photos, personal stories and race information on their own page; set donation goals; send emails to their friends and family through the â€œFriends Asking Friendsâ€ network; and watch as their donations climb. For more information, visit www.athletesforacure.org.