Feb 9, 2017 – Pedaling for Parkinson’s and the Davis Phinney Foundation’s Victory Crew ® are teaming up to ride at RAGBRAI, July 23-29, 2017. This teamwork celebrates the significant work both organizations have done in the past as well as their ongoing commitment to helping people with Parkinson’s today and every day. This will be the 15th year Pedaling for Parkinson’s has ridden across the state of Iowa and the Foundation’s first.
RAGBRAI is the Des Moines “Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa,” and the ride is celebrating its 45th year as the largest multi-day cycling event in the world.
The team will include approximately 75 riders on the week-long, 411 mile ride. “We’re excited to once again partner with our friends at the Davis Phinney Foundation,” said Dr. Jay Alberts, captain of the Pedaling for Parkinson’s team. “While Davis’ history in professional cycling is legendary, more importantly, he’s a living example of what it truly means to live well with Parkinson’s.”
RAGBRAI is known for showcasing the amazing hospitality of Iowa’s communities as well as a unique opportunity to ride with 10,000 – 20,000 riders for a week. The team will ride to raise funds for the important work of both organizations.
About Dr. Alberts
In 2003, Dr. Alberts rode RAGBRAI on a tandem bicycle with Cathy, a person with Parkinson’s. After riding together, he noticed a significant improvement in her physical abilities. This groundbreaking observation had a dramatic impact on the estimated 1.5M people in the United States living with Parkinson’s. Dr. Alberts’ ensuing research was published in 2009, and reversed the former practice of prescribing rest for Parkinson’s instead of physical activity.
About the Davis Phinney Foundation
The Davis Phinney Foundation’s mission is to help people live well with Parkinson’s today. The Foundation creates programs that provide the information, tools and inspiration that benefit people with Parkinson’s, their families and care partners throughout North America and the world. Each year, the Foundation funds innovative research aimed at identifying factors, including exercise and other lifestyle choices that have a measurable, positive impact on quality of life. Recognizing the importance of Dr. Alberts’ work, the Davis Phinney Foundation has funded his research in 2010 and 2015.
If you are interested in riding with the team, please contact Chris Brewer at firstname.lastname@example.org.