Prominent Cyclist Commits To Ride For The Future Of Cancer Research
George Hincapie is looking forward to making LOWVELO a destination ride.
Seasoned cyclist George Hincapie has raced on cycling’s largest stage – the Tour de France – 17 times. Now he’s riding for more than a medal – he’s riding for a cure.
Hincapie will ride the 100-mile route in Hollings Cancer Center’s inaugural LOWVELO bike ride on Nov. 2 in Charleston, South Carolina. The fundraising event, featuring a 25-, 50- and 100-mile route, will raise money for Hollings Cancer Center with 100 percent of rider-raised donations impacting the future of cancer research, a fact Hincapie appreciates.
“Everyone has been affected by cancer in some way, whether they’ve been diagnosed with it or they know someone who has,” he says. “In addition, I love an excuse to ride in the Lowcountry. It’s such a beautiful area, and I appreciate any reason to support a ride in my home state.”
Hincapie’s passion for cycling started when he was young, his talent and love of racing growing early on. He turned his passion into a career, winning 10 junior national titles and two world medals before moving up to the professional ranks. Over the next two decades of his career, he reigned victorious in a record 17 Ronde van Vlaanderen races and brought home a second-place finish at the Paris-Roubaix, the best finish of any American. He also won three U.S. National Road Race championships. This isn’t the first time Hincapie has shown his support for Hollings Cancer Center. Hincapie led the Jerry Zucker Ride for Hope on Nov. 11, 2018.
“I — just like most people — have watched friends and family battle all types of cancer. I appreciate the Hollings Cancer Center’s comprehensive approach to the disease,” Hincapie says. “I truly believe we can make a dent in this battle by helping raise funds for research and awareness.”
Riding on the Century route, Hincapie will cycle from Riverfront Park, over the iconic Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, through Mount Pleasant, Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms, and around the historic, wildlife-filled Francis Marion National Park before crossing the finish line at Shipyard Park.
“I always enjoy meeting people and learning about them during the ride,” he says. “I look forward to helping the ride grow to become a nationally recognized event.”