AT AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA’S STAGE 6 INDIVIDUAL TIME TRIAL
BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. May 11, 2015 – Long-time Big Bear resident and competitive athlete Tina Follet was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer in December 2014. Her courage and sheer determination to beat cancer is recognized at this year’s Amgen Tour of California Stage 6 Individual Time Trial in Big Bear Lake, Friday, May 15. Ms. Follett, who is an active mountain bike rider, will present the official Amgen Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider jersey for Stage 6 as part of the Amgen Tour of California’s Breakaway from Cancer® national initiative to increase awareness of important resources available to people affected by cancer – from prevention through survivorship. The jersey is awarded to the cyclist who best exemplifies the character of those engaged in the fight against cancer — courage, sacrifice, inspiration, determination and perseverance.
Tina Follett, who is currently undergoing Chemotherapy is grateful for her support team, which consists of her husband Patrick and the community of Big Bear Lake. “A Support system is everything,” said Tina Follett. “It’s like a pro cyclist. Without a support system it’s impossible to overcome this alone.”
Rick Bates, another local Big Bear resident, is a cancer survivor. Mr. Bates is being recognized for his courage to beat cancer nine years ago. He will shoot off the starting gun near the start ramp for both the Women’s Individual Time Trial and Men’s Individual Time Trial as an honorary salutation for all of those who are battling cancer or have overcome the ailment. Bates will also do an on-stage interview about his experience with cancer.
“In many ways I feel the experience with cancer has made me a better person, with more empathy towards others and grateful for what I have. It was a very positive life-changing event for me in many ways,” said Rick Bates.
“Amgen is truly honored to recognize Tina Follet, Rick Bates and many other cancer survivors during the Amgen Tour of California,” said Raymond C. Jordan, senior vice president of Corporate Affairs at Amgen. “Similar to the sport of cycling where it takes a team to achieve success, one person alone cannot beat cancer. Amgen is proud to be a part of the team to help empower patients with education, resources and hope through Breakaway from Cancer.”
Opening ceremonies for Amgen Tour of California’s Stage 6 Big Bear Lake Time Trial begin Friday, May 15 at 12:30 p.m., before the Men’s Individual Time Trial. The location is in Big Bear Village at Village Drive and Bartlett Road. Directly following the race, Tina Follet will present the official Amgen Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider jersey at the finish line at Pine Knot Marina Jetty, just steps from Big Bear Village. To learn more about the 2015 Amgen Tour of California Stage 6 Big Bear Lake Time Trial log ontowww.bigbeartimetrial.com or visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.