Now you can experience training camp like the pro riders from the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis. Join Rory Sutherland, new team director Gord Fraser and the rest of the Team for two training rides, sit with the VIPs at the Team presentation and banquet, enjoy a hotel room paid for by the Team, and more. Best of all, you’ll be helping children with healthcare needs at the same time.
Here’s how it works
From now until January 31 February 8, 2010, make a donation to the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation. The two highest donors will be special guests of the team Saturday, February 13, and Sunday, February 14, the final two days of Team training camp in Scottsdale, Arizona.
What you get
You get the full VIP treatment. The package includes:
- Two nights at the Radisson – McDowell Ranch Resort/Casino
- Group rides with the Team Saturday and Sunday morning
- Use and keep one Team kit, including one long and short-sleeve jersey, one set of bib, gloves and socks,and more
- Team apparel package (T-shirt and podiumcap )
- VIP seating and acknowledgement at the official Team presentation and banquet, hosted by Dave Towle, a renowned cycling personality
- Continental breakfast both mornings
Cost and arrangements for transportation to and from the team event venues is the responsibility of the award recipients. Extra nights of accommodation at the hotel, and incidental fees including telephone, room service, amenity and facility charges are the responsibility of the award recipients. The award recipients are responsible for bringing their own bicycle and riding equipment in order to join the team rides.
If you can’t experience the entire Training Camp, you can still attend the official Team Presentation and Banquet in Scottsdale, Arizona onthe evening of Saturday, February 13. The Team will be making a limited number of tickets available to the public for a tax-deductible $175 donation to the UHCCF. The entire evening is a fundraising event for the Foundation.
Meet Team riders and staff, and enjoy an inspiring and informative evening hosted by veteran cycling announcer and personality Dave Towle. Your ticket not only includes dinner and the formal Team presentation, but also speeches by Sister Madonna Buder and Dr. George Brooks, as well as a silent auction that includes Team equipment and rides in the Team car at the Tours of California and Missouri.
But don’t wait. Less than 100 tickets will be available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets must be purchased by January 31 February 8, 2010. As an added bonus, your $175 Banquet ticket also includes participation in the fully-supported, two-hour group ride with the Team’s riders Sunday morning.
About the UHCCF
The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity that strives to enhance either the clinical condition or quality of life of children who have health care needs not fully covered by their commercial health benefit plan. UHCCF provides medical grants of up to $5,000 for costs associated with medical services and equipment. UHCCF’s funding is provided by contributions from individuals, corporations and UnitedHealth Group employees. Donations to help provide assistance are deeply appreciated. To donate or learn more, please visit http://www.uhccf.org/contribute_procyclingteam.html
Donate online directly to the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation.
If you would prefer to make an offline donation, send a check payable to the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation and mail it to:
UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation
Attn: Contribution – Pro Cycling Team
PO BOX 41
Minneapolis, MN 55440
Featured Banquet Speakers
Sister Madonna Buder, who will be 80 in July, is a Roman Catholic nun from Spokane, Washington. However, she is best known as an avid triathlete who has completed over 325 triathlons, including 36 Ironman distances. On, August 30, 2009, Sister Madonna completed Ironman Canada in a time of 16:54:30, becoming the oldest female to complete the Ironman distance – at 79 years old. She intends to be back this year to be the first 80-year-old woman to finish an Ironman.
Dr. George Brooks is a professor of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on Exercise Physiology and Metabolism, more specifically how the human body uses lactate, fatty acids, carbohydrates and amino acids.
One of the questions being studied in Dr. Brooks’ lab is the role lactic acid plays in the human body during exercise. A working hypothesis to come from his research is the Lactate Shuttle, a mechanism that allows muscles to utilize lactate as fuel when muscles use up its normal source of fuel.