In the spirit of Lance Armstrong and fighting for a cure, GSF Foundation – Irvine’s own cycling team, the “Foundation Flyers,” met bright and early on Sunday, May 31st to undertake a cycling Tour de Cure – Ship to Shore ride in Long Beach. The panoramic bike ride began at Queen Mary and followed through to the spectacular bridges in the Los Angeles Harbor, including the Vincent Thomas and Gerald Desmond bridges. Racing for the American Diabetes Association, the team tackled the hills of San Pedro and Palos Verdes for the benefit of diabetes research.
A monumental occasion for the American Diabetes Association, it was the first time the bridges were closed to auto traffic in 20 years. The 11 members of the GSF cycling team and 1,500 other cyclists pedaled their way to a great victory. The Flyers covered in a grueling five hours a combined 520 miles. Each member also climbed a total of 3,800 vertical feet before returning to the Queen Mary for a well-deserved rest. “The GSF Foundation Flyers would like to thank you for your support and contributions to their efforts,” says Bill Sanderson, team captain. “Combined, the team raised over $4,000 for diabetes research. More than 23 million Americans are challenged by diabetes today and we are hoping that they are one step closer in finding a cure.”
The 11-member team included Bill Sanderson, GSF Irvine Foundation Chair; Steve Pearson, Daum Real Estate, Greg May, Grubb & Ellis; Lori Mayes, GSFF Volunteer; Gus Valdespino, Big Brothers/Big Sisters; Tom Robertson, GSFF Volunteer; Mickey Hamer, GSFF Volunteer; Joe Soran, GSFF Volunteer and Lisa Gottlieb, GSFF Volunteer.