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CANARY CHALLENGE 2014

September 27, 2014

Canary Challenge 2014

FUNDRAISING AS OF SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 AT 8:00PM: $1,026,657

09 26 2014 fundraising

COUNTDOWN: TODAY!

Click here to download the 2014 Rider’s Guide

This guide contains important information regarding ride bib/packet pick-up, event day rules, parking, start times, village map, and much, much more. Please read it carefully

SUGGESTED START TIMES

  • 100-MILE: start at the Village 6:00am-7:30am
  • 75-MILE: start at the Village 6:30am-7:30am
  • 75-KM: start at the Village 6:30am-9:00am
  • 50-KM: start at the Village 6:30am-9:00am
  • 5-KM: start at the Village 9:00am-11:00am

Riders should be sure to start their respective rides in order to finish the day at 5:00pm. We have a hard cutoff at 5:00pm for all riders with certain cut off times throughout the routes. We suggest you start early and target your finish time to be 3:00pm in order to enjoy the festivities in the HP Village in Palo Alto after the ride! The Village closes at 5:00pm.

The ride starts at HP Headquarters at 3000 Hanover St, Palo Alto.

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Commemorative Yellow Ride Bib

Our top 75 fundraisers will be recognized with a commemorativScreen Shot 2014-09-27 at 5.37.46 AMe yellow ride bib to wear during the Canary Challenge.

Top Teams and Individuals

 

Packet Pick up

Each rider must pick up a pre-registration packet before they can participate in the ride. The packet includes your ride bib and wrist band, which is required for event participation. In order to pick up your packet, you must have reached your fundraising minimum. If you have not reached your minimum, you must settle the difference before participating either by check or credit card.

Packet Pick up on Saturday, September 27

Participants may pick up their packets at the Canary Challenge on September 27th, but we strongly encourage riders to pick it up earlier to avoid lines and to get an early start on the longer routes. Visit the registration area in the village to pick up your packet on September 27th.

Pro Start Times

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2014 Rider Incentives

Below are our incentives for reaching fundraising goals.

Fundraising Inventives

 

2014 Event Jersey Sponsored by Pactimopactimo

 

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  • New start/finish location our new partner, Hewlett-Packard, at their headquarters in Palo Alto, located at 3000 Hanover St, Palo Alto.
  • Bigger and better Village at the finish line, with live music, great food, entertainment, and more!
  • New rest stop added at the Pulgas Water Temple with music. All routes over 5k will pass this stop on their ride.
  • Monthly training rides with Team Vanderkitten and Menlo Bike Club. Check the TRAINING tab on the top of this page to learn more. The next training ride is on August 30 at 8:30am and meets at Woodside Elementary. Click here for full event details.
  • Training sessions with the Menlo Bike Club, including an online training program. Visit the TRAINING tab on the top of this page for detailed training information.
  • Family friendly 5k is back! Whether you want ride, run, walk, or dance across the finish line, the fun 5k is back for all ages!
  • Special benefits for those who register as a team. Click here to join a team or start a new team.

Canary Challenge Partners with Beeline Bikes

Beeline Bikes, a mobile bicycle repair, has become the official mechanical support for the Canary Challenge. Beeline Bikes will provide the mechanical support in the Canary Challenge Village and will have mechanics at the Pulgas Water Temple rest stop on Canada Road.

Beeline Bikes, a mobile repair business out of San Carlos, operates several trucks, which contain a full bike shop inside. Beeline Bikes is offering a special introductory rate for Canary Challenge riders.

  • Canary Challenge riders can use code “Canary2014” and get $10 off a Full Tune-up (normally $79.99, plus parts.)
  • If you have more than one bike for service, you can get the $67.99 multi-bike price, plus $10 off.

Beeline Bike’s business model is simple: Bring the bike shop to the customer and take pride in servicing any and all bikes. Beeline Bikes Technicians are employee owners and are among the best bicycle mechanics around. Beeline Bikes maintains bicycles for individuals, neighborhoods, and corporations.For more information on Beeline Bikes, please visit www.BeelineBikes.com

2013 Canary Challenge Cyclists Raised $800,000+

THANK YOU 2013 CYCLISTS, SPONSORS, VOLUNTEERS, DONORS!

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2013 Ride Photos

1379790_10151997785179892_726819968_nWhat a beautiful day it was on Saturday, September 28, 2013. With 800 cyclists and 120 volunteers, Canary Challenge raised over $800,000. Donations  directly benefit Stanford Cancer Institute and the Canary Center at Stanford for Cancer Early Detection. We enjoyed perfect California fall weather, sunny and warm but not too hot. You can see photos on our Facebook page. Professional photos that were taken on all of the routes can be found here.

“I want to compliment you and your team on a spectacular event… I do a century or two every year, but the Canary Challenge put every other ride I have ever done to shame. The organization was top notch, the facilities flawless, the perks ample, and the food was outstanding! Your team should know they are putting on the best bicycling event in Northern California. We’ll be back next year with a whole company team.” ~ Thomas Goetz

Event Beneficiary: The Canary Center at Stanford for Early Cancer Detection

Donations  benefit the Canary Center at Stanford for Cancer Early Detection. The Canary Center at Stanford is a world-class facility dedicated to cancer early detection research programs. The mission of the center is to foster research leading to the development of blood tests and molecular imaging approaches to detect and localize early cancers. The center is the first in the world to integrate research on both in vivo and in vitrodiagnostics to deliver these tests, by housing state-of-the-art core facilities and collaborative research programs in molecular imaging, proteomics, chemistry, and bioinformatics.

For more on the Canary Center at Stanford, visit http://www.canaryfoundation.org/

Event Producer: Canary Foundation

Canary Foundation is the world’s first non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated solely to the funding, discovery, and development of tests for early cancer detection. Canary Foundation is dedicated to delivering early detection tests for solid cancer tumors within the next 10 years

Learn more about Canary Foundation, visit www.canaryfoundation.org.

Get in your last training with Liza Rachetto on Sept. 15 at 10am Woodside Town Hall

September 14, 2012

This 3-hour clinic will help prepare you to train for the up coming CanaryChallenge.com ride. The clinic will have a ratio of 5 riders to one elite level coach. This clinic we will cover skills for experienced riders and the newcomers the fundamentals. You will learn about balance and weight distribution and how that affects your ability to ride your bike safely and confidently. We will include basic drills such as emergency stops, and how to look behind you while holding your line, how tosteer, and counter-steer. You’ll learn draft theory and basic paceline, beginning with partner work and progressing to more complex group riding skills.

Minimum of 8 Participants- Max of 12

Cost $95: Cash or checks payable to “Liza Coaching”
To Register: Email lrachetto@gmail.com with name, riding experience and skills you wish to work on
What to Bring: Your bike, helmet, warm and cold weather clothes, 2 fullwater bottles, energy food and a great attitude!

Contacts:

Liza Rachetto-208.631.7212
Professional Cyclist for Primal/Mapmyride Women’s Team
Jonathan Coulter- 650.690.6133
Director of Vanderkitten Pro Womens Racing
*both are cycling and strength instructors at Integratefitness.com

Pros Riding in the Canary Challenge

September 7, 2012

Former US National Champion, 2x Olympian, and Stanford Med grad, Dr. Christine Thorburn

Christine Thorburn, a former US National Champion, 2x Olympian, and Stanford Medical graduate will ride in the Canary Challenge 2012. She raced for the Webcor Builder’s Women’s Professional Cycling team and won the women’s individual time trial at the U.S. Cycling Federation national championships. She is currently practicing rheumatology medicine in California.

Univest Grand Prix Champion, Ted Huang

Ted Huang was a dominant force in Bay Area racing since 1992 and has emerged as a rider for the biggest races by placing in the top 25 at every edition of the San Francisco Grand Prix. Huang then padded this reputation by winning the 2003 Univest Grand Prix a week later. Huang raced for the Webcor Builders Men’s cycling team and currently works at Webcor as a project manager for systems integration projects.

Six-time Canadian National Champion, Linda Jackson

Linda Jackson, a former professional bicycle road racer is a six-time Canadian national champion. She competed at the 1996 Summer Olympics and won a silver medal in the 1994 road race. Currently, Jackson serves as the Director Sportif of the Team TIBCO elite women’s cycling team.

Dutchtown Classic Champion, Central Coast Circuit Races Champion, Jennifer Reither

Jennifer Reither, a pro cyclist from Scotts Valley, CA joined the Vanderkitten team in 2009. Reither led the Vanderkitten-Focus to their 11th win of the season by taking out the final leg of the Tour de Grove MOPRO Series in Missouri this past May. Reither won her division in the 2012 Central Coast Cyclocross Series.

Fast and Furious Criterium Champion, Tour of New Zealand U23 Champion, Emily Collins

Emily Collins, from New Zealand, is also a pro cyclist on the Vanderkitten – Focus team. She counts winning the U23 jersey at the Tour of New Zealand as her best result so far, and in 2011, she finished fifth overall in her national tour. She won the Safeway Pleasanton Fast and Furious Criterion, a new event raced in California.

Junior winner of the 2010 Nevada City Classic, Silver medalist, Eamon Lucas

Eamon Lucas is among the top American U23 riders that trains out of USA Cycling’s home base in Izegem, Belgium. In 2011 he placed 1st in the Panoche Valley Road Race and placed 3rd in the USA National Time trial Championships.

US National Cycling Champion, John Novitsky

John has won three national level championships, and ten state level championships (both individual and team), a pair of top 10s at world championships, racing in masters/age group categories.

 

Over Two-Dozen Professional Race Victories, Liza Rachetto

Liza Rachetto raced as a Pro cyclist for Primal/MapMyRide Women’s Cycling Team. She has competed in the Hawaii Ironman World Championships and raced on an Italian Professional Cycling team. She is currently is a fitness coach, training athletes out of Palo Alto and Los Altos, California.

Director of Vanderkitten Women’s Team Athletics, Jonathan Coulter

Jonathan Coulter raced with the Australian Team Healthworks, the Italian Teams U.C. Bagnatica and Pragma Pubblicitta and the US Team Webcor Builders over a10 year period. He is currently the Director of Vanderkitten Women’s Team Athletics.

September 15th CANARY CHALLENGE CLINIC- RIDING SKILLS

September 6, 2012

10am Woodside Town Hall

This 3-hour clinic will help prepare you to train for the up coming CanaryChallenge.com ride. The clinic will have a ratio of 5 riders to one elite level coach. This clinic we will cover skills for experienced riders and the newcomers the fundamentals. You will learn about balance and weight distribution and how that affects your ability to ride your bike safely and confidently. We will include basic drills such as emergency stops, and how to look behind you while holding your line, how tosteer, and counter-steer. You’ll learn draft theory and basic paceline, beginning with partner work and progressing to more complex group riding skills.

Minimum of 8 Participants- Max of 12

Cost $95: Cash or checks payable to “Liza Coaching”
To Register: Email lrachetto@gmail.com with name, riding experience and skills you wish to work on
What to Bring: Your bike, helmet, warm and cold weather clothes, 2 fullwater bottles, energy food and a great attitude!

Contacts:

Liza Rachetto-208.631.7212
Professional Cyclist for Primal/Mapmyride Women’s Team
Jonathan Coulter- 650.690.6133
Director of Vanderkitten Pro Womens Racing
*both are cycling and strength instructors at Integratefitness.com

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New Training Opportunity

August 1, 2012

Beginners Cycling Clinic – Sunday Morning, August 12, 2012 9-11AM

This beginners’ specific 2-hour clinic will cover cornering, single arm drills, single braking, gearing, changing flats, equipment, out of saddle and more. If you’re just beginning to ride seriously (or not), this clinic is for you. Designed especially for Canary Challenge riders. Cost: $30.

Sign up at Integrate Performance Fitness.

Join the Canary Chicks!

July 12, 2012

They were one of the top fundraisers last year… and #1 in fun! Get ready to don a yellow boa and ride to raise funds for cancer research.

Join the Chicks and receive $25 off your registration fee (Use promo code 25OFF) Registration is already discounted to $75 until the end of July, so act now to register for only $50!

To learn more about the Canary Chicks, watch their video and find out why they’re involved.

To become a Canary Chick visit this page or search for “Canary Chicks” in the team listing.

Not interested in becoming a Chick? No worries! Create your own team or search other existing teams.

Beginners Cycling Clinic – Sunday Morning, June 17, 2012

June 5, 2012

This beginners’ specific 2-hour clinic will cover cornering, riding with other riders, single leg pedaling drills, single arm drills, braking, gearing, changing flats, equipment, out of saddle and more. If you’re just beginning to ride seriously (or not), this clinic is for you. Designed especially for Canary Challenge riders. Limited to 30 participants, so sign up now!

Cost: $30

Sign up at Integrate Performance Fitness http://www.integratefitness.com

Team OSIsoft and Ringers raise $25K in a single night

May 18, 2012

Bragging rights belong to Team OSIsoft and Ringers for raising $25K in a single night. Team captain Mike Dupuis organized a charity poker game and OSIsoft matched the winnings. Way to go OSIsoft and Ringers!

Create Team Jerseys with Voler

May 17, 2012

Here’s your chance to create team jerseys so you and your team members will stand out in the crowd of riders at the Canary Challenge. We are offering 15% off your semi custom order, but ask that the Canary Challenge logo is used somewhere on your jersey (front or back). Please make sure you include the Canary Challenge logo into your design somehow. Please click HERE to download the logo.

Step by step instructions can be found HERE and the source code you need to use in order to get your 15% off is 12CC15, WHICH WILL BE APPLIED TO THE CURRENT PRICES. This source code must be used at the time of the order to qualify for the discount. Jerseys take 4-6 to be produced so please plan accordingly.

Pricing can be found here.

GET STARTED: http://voler.com/Custom/semi/

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