Duke Cancer Institute executive director Michael B. Kastan, MD, PhD, and Duke University Cycling Team coach Ben Turits are saddling up to serve as team captains for Team Duke Cancer Institute in the 2018 Victory Ride, hosted by The V Foundation for Cancer Research and sponsored in part by Duke Cancer Institute.
"The V Foundation was built on the dream that cancer can be defeated," said Kastan. "The foundation, in partnership with Duke, Wake Forest and UNC, recently launched the Victory Ride to Cure Cancer, a fundraising bike ride to help make that dream come true. We are pleased to partner with The V Foundation in the quest to fund cancer research."
The Victory Ride takes place on Saturday, May 19, 2018. There are four different routes from which to choose. There are also opportunities for supporters to volunteer. For those who cannot attend the event, there are opportunities to participate as a virtual rider. The majority of the funds raised by the Victory Ride will be awarded to the three comprehensive cancer centers located in North Carolina.
Turits, who has been racing since he was 13 years old, is the coach of the Duke University Cycling Team. He raced as a Junior from 1997 to 1999 for the Jamis Mountainbike Team. In 2002 Turits raced in Europe for Eric Gibeaux’s elite amateur team based in Tours, a university town between France's Cher and Loire rivers. Turits graduated from Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Arts degreee in Environmental Science. He is also a graduate of the Therapeutic Massage program at Wake Tech. He is currently a USAC Level 2 coach and a licensed massage therapist.
The V Foundation created a special discount code for Duke Cancer Institute cyclists. The code will activate on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Register before 11:55 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 27, and use discount code DCI to sign up for just $35. This is the lowest price of the season and a more than 60 percent discount off the event-day registration fee of $90.
For more information about the Victory Ride, visit thevictoryride.org or connect with @TheVictoryRide on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. To sign on to ride with Michael Kastan and Ben Turits or to give, go to Team Duke Cancer Institute.
Since this article was published, colorectal cancer survivor, DCI supporter, and avid cyclist Ryan Switzer has joined Kastan and Turits as a third co-captain. Read more about Switzer's journey and the many ways he's giving back.