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Cancer bike tour rolls into town

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Photo by Tamie Meck Riders with The Ulman Cancer fund for Young Adults 4K for Cancer cross-country bike ride prepare to depart from Paonia Junior-Senior High School Monday morning on day 44 of a 70-day ride from Baltimore to San Francisco. Their motto: "C

Members of a coast-to-coast bike ride to raise support for cancer victims passed through Delta County over the weekend.

"Team San Francisco" is one of six teams of cyclists and runners traveling coast to coast this summer through the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults "4K for Cancer" ride. Riders range in age from 21-26. They come from throughout the United States, from Louisiana to Washington state. Each rider has a very close connection to the cancer community.

For the team, "Every mile matters" in their more than 2,000, 70-day trek from Baltimore to San Francisco. The have crossed Virginia, Tennessee, Missouri, and Kansas. In Colorado they tackled Trail Ridge Road, rode from Kremmling to Vail, and made it over McClure Pass. They stayed at Paonia High School Sunday night before riding Highway 65 over Grand Mesa to Grand Junction. Their tour continues this week to Moab and Green River, Utah.

Now in its 17th year, 4K for Cancer seeks to change lives by creating a community of support for young adults and their loved ones who have been affected by cancer. Through their efforts, the fund is able to provide free support services and resources for those young adults.

Alex Gomez, one of the team's two mechanics, rides for his mother and uncle. Each day begins with a dedication circle, when riders devote the day's ride ahead to a role model or role models, said Gomez. That person might be a friend or family member, or someone they met along the way who has a story to share about cancer. Each morning, riders write their role model on a leg or forearm with a Sharpie pen, a reminder throughout their long and often arduous days of the person or persons for whom they ride.

To read their stories, visit 4kforcancer.org.

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