LB 31-mile bike tour to benefit Miller Children’s Hospital

<strong>Memorial Medical Center Foundation President Jim Normandin, Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster and Long Beach City Manager Pat West ride bikes to work Monday morning in honor of National Bike Month.</strong>

City of Long Beach Bicycle Ambassador/US Olympian Tony Cruz, Long Beach City Manager Pat West, Memorial Medical Center Foundation President Jim Normandin and others joined Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster in a “Bike to Work” ride Monday morning to promote the 2011 Tour of Long Beach.
“We’re celebrating May as ‘National Bike Month’ and our upcoming Tour of Long Beach by biking to work today,” Foster said. “The Tour is going to be a great event that takes riders through our best bike routes along the beach, parks and the two rivers. I encourage people to join me on the May 14 ride that is not only fun, but it’s for a good cause.”
Proceeds from the Tour of Long Beach will benefit Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach. The Tour invites amateur cyclists and bicycle enthusiasts of all skill levels to ride on a 31-mile open course along bike paths throughout the city. Registration is still open.
“It was last year’s event that made me into a cycling enthusiast,” Foster said. “I bought my bike for the first Tour of Long Beach and since then, I’ve made it a point to ride at least 100 miles every week.”
This year, Foster will ride the Tour of Long Beach course twice as part of the Metric Century Ride. The mayor also has a team called the Mayor’s Mighty Milers  that any riders can join.
The bike tour is part of the Long Beach Bike Festival, which will take place Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 in downtown Long Beach at the Pike at Rainbow Harbor. The festival is free to the public and will include bike stunts and competitions, outdoor bike-related movies, live music, activities for kids, bike safety information and a vendor fair.

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