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Sep 8, 2011 11:21 AM

2 Wheelin' in Tucson: Riding for a Cure

TUCSON - At first glance, these cyclists look like any other cyclists you may see on an early Saturday morning.

The difference? Their part of the Susan G. Komen "Riders for the Cure" group.

Jennifer Reinhart, one of the members, says giving back is extremely important to her.

"I'm an OB/GYN,and I see a lot of patients with breast cancer or who are ruling out breast cancer. My own mom passed away 12 years ago with breast cancer and I think the whole attitude about fitness and positive energy goes a really long way."

Another cyclist, Carl Colbert ,agrees.

"My aunt is a breast cancer survivor. My aunt had lumps removed a couple years ago. My other sisters mother in law passed away from breast cancer; so I said you know what, it's time to give back."

While the Susan G. Komen foundation is known for their walk and run events, this is the first year they are taking part in The El Tour De Tucson. The money raised will go toward helping the community pay for early detection and treatment of breast cancer.

Pam Kallio, the team coach, says the she's happy to be involved with such a wonderful group.

"Everyone knows somebody who has had breast cancer, so it's a great cause to be riding for."

Since Kallio is also a professional rider, and professional coach, she's helping the group learn how to stay hydrated, get the right amount of nutrition, and even find the perfect pair of riding shoes.

Robin Giles, who is new to two wheeling, says her motivation comes from her husband.

"Last year was my husbands 10th anniversary of his diagnoses from breast cancer."

And while she says learning to cycle hasn't been easy, the help from the group has made it all worth it.

"I'm having a lot of fun and the peoplel are really fantastic," Giles added.

For more information on Riders for the Cure, go to http://www.komensaz.org/get-involved/el-tour-de-tucson/

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