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'Cure on Wheels' riders fill up Tampa Bay roadways

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Bicycle enthusiasts from all over the Bay area began lining up early Sunday at Flatwoods Park. Bicycle enthusiasts from all over the Bay area began lining up early Sunday at Flatwoods Park.
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

The 6th Annual Cure on Wheels Bike Challenge took place Sunday morning in and around Tampa’s Flatwoods Park.

The event featured rides for bicycle enthusiasts of all fitness levels from beginner to expert.

Among the courses was a seven-mile fun ride on park grounds, a 25-mile ‘Tour de Moffitt,’ a 62-mile ‘Metric Century’ ride and a 100-mile trek through the hills of Pasco County.

Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor was the Grand Marshal for the fundraiser and gave a brief pep talk to all participants just prior to the 9 a.m. start.

All proceeds from Sunday’s event will benefit cancer treatment and research at Moffitt Cancer Center and All Children’s Hospital. In the weeks leading up to the challenge Cure on Wheels riders solicited contributions and cycling gear from businesses in the Bay area.

"The Cure on Wheels riders experienced a Tour de France-like atmosphere as they finish their rides with food, fun and live entertainment for all," said event organizer and cancer survivor Richard Spayde. "Everyone is sure to be inspired by what can be accomplished when we pull together to fight cancer."

The Metric Century event included a contingent of riders from the Tampa Bay Lightning. The captain of the Lightning team was former Stanley Cup Champion and the team’s current Vice President for Business Development, Dave Andreychuk.

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