"The autographed jerseys are a colorful reminder of all the support the patients are getting from around the world," says two-time US national masters champion John Novitsky, who visited the Stanford Cancer Center with Team Garmin-Cervélo riders Andrew Barker and Tom Scully. "We like to think of the jerseys as Tibetian prayer flags, each one representing a wish or prayer for the patients' recovery."
Other race jerseys have been donated by Thor Hushovd of Team Garmin-Cervélo, Canadian national road race champion Will Routley, Novitsky, and multiple other Olympians, national champions and Amgen Tour of California riders.
The Canary Century kicks off Saturday morning at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, where hundreds of amateur cyclists will join an all-star roster of cycling greats. In addition to the 100-mile ride the event features family-friendly options of 62 miles and 50 kilometers, all winding through redwood forests and along the scenic California coast.
More than $435,000 in donations have been pledged so far, with additional major donations expected. Sponsored by the Canary Foundation, all proceeds from the Canary Century will go to the Stanford Cancer Center and Stanford's Canary Center to benefit research into early detection of cancer. The Canary Foundation is covering 100 percent of the cost of holding the event, which means every cent raised will go to Stanford's cancer research and care.
Other notable cyclists participating in the event include:
* "Fast" Freddie Rodriguez, three-time US national champion, multi-time Tour de France veteran;
* Eric Wohlberg, 12-time Canadian national champion, three-time Olympian, gold medalist at Commonwealth and Pan Am Games;
* Joao Correia, former Cervelo Test Team pro racer, former Portuguese national road race champion;
* Dan Martin, former Canadian national champion, current Safeway pro team captain;
* John Novitsky, US national Senior Games time trial champion;
* Katherine and James Mattis, the only husband/wife pair to be US national pro/elite road race champions;
* Karen Brems, female world time trial champion, former US Olympian;
* Brooke Miller, three-time US national champion;
* Gina Kehr, five-time podium finisher at World Ironman Championships, current Stanford Triathlon Team coach.
Participants and top fund-raisers will receive prizes including a custom Canary Century ride kit from Castelli, as well as custom Canary-themed S3 and R5ca race bikes from Cervélo. Celebrity and pro riders will wear custom jerseys with the respective stripes honoring their accomplishments in the World, US, Portuguese and Canadian championships.
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