The Award-Winning Tour de Pier Outdoor Cycling Event Returns To Manhattan Beach Pier On Sunday, May 18 - WSFX - FOX Wilmington, NC

The Award-Winning Tour de Pier Outdoor Cycling Event Returns To Manhattan Beach Pier On Sunday, May 18

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Hundreds of Stationary Cyclists Take the Sport of Indoor Cycling to Southern California's South Bay Shores to Aid Cancer Charities; Olympians Kerri Walsh Jennings, Tony Cruz, Eric Fonoimoana and Other Celebrity Athletes are Scheduled to Ride

LOS ANGELES, April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The award-winning 2nd Annual Tour de Pier pedals its way back to Southern California's beautiful South Bay shores on Sunday, May 18 at the Manhattan Beach Pier from 9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m. The stationary cycling event benefits three cancer charities: the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research; Cancer Support Community and the Livestrong Foundation.

The Tour de Pier brings one of the hottest indoor fitness activities – stationary cycling – to the gorgeous outdoors. Participants will be overlooking the Manhattan Beach Pier and riding in place while taking in a Southern California iconic ocean view. The South Bay's best instructors and celebrity guests will spin riders through a four-hour session with energizing music and loads of excitement.

Celebrity guests scheduled to ride are: Kerri Walsh Jennings, 3-time Olympic Gold Medal Beach Volleyball; Tony Cruz, Olympic Cyclist; Eric Fonoimoana, Olympic Gold Medal Beach Volleyball; Craig Hummer, 7-time US Ocean Ironman Champion and Alex Gray, Professional Surfer.

"We are excited to return for another banner year," said Heath Gregory, co-founder, Tour de Pier. "The enormous success of our inaugural event last year exceeded our expectations and tremendously helped the participating charities which was the ultimate goal."

In addition to cycling, there will be Health & Fitness Expo, a Kids Fun Zone with games and activities as well as entertainment.

HOW IT WORKS: Participants register to ride a bike for a four-hour session. They can either share the bike with team members or ride individually. Registration fee per rider is $125. Each bike team must raise a minimum of $500. Registration fees will count towards the $500. Deadline to register is by May 4. For more information and to register, please visit

Founded in 1997, the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing pancreatic cancer research, and providing information, resources, and support to pancreatic cancer patients and their families. For more information, visit

The Livestrong Foundation provides support to guide people through the cancer experience, bring them together to fight cancer and work for a world in which the fight is no longer necessary. For more information, visit  

The Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach offers a free program for cancer patients, their families and loved-ones. Their goal is to help as many cancer patients as possible recover from the physical and emotional effects of cancer to the greatest extent possible. Their psychological support and educational programs are designed to address the loss of control, hopelessness and social isolation that cancer patients and their families often experience.

For more information, visit

Jon Hirshberg, who started the first LA Cancer Challenge after the loss of his father Ron in 1997, came across the idea of doing a spin bike fundraiser after learning about an event that raised over $3 million in one day at cycling studios across the country. He approached his friend and long-time cycling enthusiast, Heath Gregory, about the idea of putting on a one-day event in their hometown of Manhattan Beach, CA. Coincidentally, Gregory had participated in a similar event produced by Livestrong in Barcelona during the 2009 Tour de France and vividly remembered hundreds of riders moving in unison all for a common cause. With the Hirshberg Foundation on board to produce the event and a team of board members eager to participate, planning for the Tour de Pier began. 

After months of preparation, the Inaugural Tour de Pier was held in May 2013 at the iconic Manhattan Beach Pier and raised over $339,000 for local charities. With the unprecedented projected success of the Tour de Pier, the City of Manhattan Beach granted approval for the following year within three days of the event.

In March 2014, the City of Manhattan Beach Parks & Recreation Department won a prestigious award for Outstanding Special Event for the Tour De Pier, presented by the State of California Association of Parks and Recreation Commissioners. Competing against other cities throughout California, Tour De Pier was recognized as an event that significantly contributes to the overall betterment of the community. For more information, please visit

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