SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN)—Greg LeMond, the first American Tour de France winnerand three-time overall winner, will ride the September 17 Echelon Gran Fondo in Palo Alto.
LeMond is riding to raise awareness and funds for 1in6, a charity to help men who have hadunwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood live healthier, happier lives. As a founding board member, LeMond has worked tirelessly in his post-athletic career to bring awareness to1in6 and help those affected by abuse find solace.
“The Echelon Gran Fondo combines the two areas in life I’m most passionate about—physical wellness and helping abuse victims reconcile troubling experiences,” LeMond said. “I appreciatethe Echelon Fondo series for giving us the opportunity to use cycling as an awareness and charitable means. We’ll have a fantastic time in Palo Alto, a place that was instrumental in mysuccess as a cyclist.”
LeMond is riding the Palo Alto Echelon Gran Fondo as master of ceremonies and will completethe 60-mile course. Riders can choose 60, 80, or 95-mile distances, running through scenic PaloAlto while exploring natural areas and taking in the views from California’s legendary PacificCoast highway. Each Gran Fondo distance will start out at City Hall in Downtown Palo Alto at8:00 a.m. Participants opting not to ride the Gran Fondo can enter the Echelon Challenge, a walkathon around Palo Alto featuring live music and food from local restaurants. The same charitable options are available to Echelon Challenge participants.