X Games champion fights cancer with Bike for Life event

Jamie Bestwick knows what it’s like to fight for something you’re passionate about – he does have a mantle full of X Games gold medals, after all.

But this weekend, he’ll fight for something else – the opportunity to help local families stricken by cancer.

On Sunday, August 28, at Tussey Mountain, the first ever Bike for Life, sponsored by Bestwick, will take place. The day’s events include a 62-mile road ride through Centre County, two Mountain bike rides on Tuessey Mountain – one seven miles, the other 15 – and activities for children and families.

Tickets prices range from $20 to $50 depending on what activities you wish to participate in. Proceeds will benefit Penn State’s Coaches vs. Cancer and Centre Volunteers in Medicine.

Participants can register at 8 a.m. at Tussey Mountain on the day of the event, but they are encouraged to register early online. The 62-mile ride will begin at 9 and the mountain bike rides will begin at 10.

Biking not your thing? No problem! The Tussey Mountain Fun Center, featuring go-carts, mini-golf, batting cages and half-pipe, will be open, and Pure Cane Sugar and My Hero Zero will perform at the Tussey Mountain Amphitheater during the afternoon.

Bestwick was inspired to create the event after seeing friends and family members battle cancer.

“Together we can all do our part to ensure that local families suffering from this terrible disease are not forced to choose between their bills and care for their loved ones,” he said. “We need to provide support, emotionally and financially, and show these families that they are not in it alone.”

-Erin

UPDATE: Due to rain, Bike for Life has been rescheduled for Oct. 22!

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