Tour de Tryptophan to Benefit Boy

  • By Neal Rogers
  • Published Nov. 23, 2010
  • Updated Oct. 11, 2012 at 5:00 PM EDT

Tyler and Steve Blick

Southern Californian mountain bikers looking to burn off extra Thanksgiving calories will descend on the popular Fullerton Loop on Friday for “Le Tour de Tryptophan,” a 24-hour ride benefitting Tyler Blick, a five year old battling leukemia.

Tyler’s father, Steve Blick, is the sports marketing manager for Oakley. On July 13, Tyler was diagnosed with leukemia.

Since then, several prominent cycling industry figures have stepped up to raise awareness for Blick’s fight, including Mark Cavendish, who dedicated his final Tour de France stage win on the Champs Elyseses to Tyler. Americans Taylor Phinney and former USA Today cycling writer Sal Ruibal also have been vocal in their support.

Held from noon Friday through noon Saturday, Le Tour de Tryptophan is not a race, but will have a competitive element as riders attempt to outdistance each other’s number of laps completed.

Organizers will sell T-shirts and hooded sweatshirts, with proceeds benefitting the I Ride with Tyler Blick Campaign.

For more information email Steve Boehmke.


Neal Rogers

Neal Rogers served as Editor in Chief of Velo magazine and from 2011-2015. He is also a Presenter at Global Cycling Network. An interest in all things rock 'n' roll led him into music journalism while attending UC Santa Cruz, on the central coast of California. After several post-grad years spent waiting tables, surfing, and mountain biking, he moved to San Francisco, working as a bike messenger, and at a software startup. He moved to Boulder, Colorado, in 2001, taking an editorial internship at VeloNews. He still hasn't left.

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