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X-Games Champion Jamie Bestwick to Host 'Bike for Life' at Tussey Mountain

by on August 22, 2011 1:39 AM

Biker Jamie Bestwick has won eight X-Games BMX Vert gold medals. But he hopes his biggest victory will be in the fight against cancer.

Bestwick has traveled the world the past 15 years competing against the best action sports competitors anywhere, most recently at the X-Games in Los Angeles in July.

But Bestwick’s home – and heart – are in State College.

And it’s that feeling that has motivated Betswick to create the inaugural Bestwick Foundation “Bike For Life,” set for Sunday at Tussey Mountain in Boalsburg.

“Bike For Life” is a daylong event that features charity bike rides and a number of events. All proceeds support two major central-Pennsylvania charities -- Penn State’s Coaches vs. Cancer and Centre Volunteers in Medicine.

“This cause is close to my heart,” said Bestwick. “I lost both sets of grandparents to cancer in England and I’ve seen friends locally in State College suffering through cancer treatment. Through my foundation I aim to raise money for families receiving cancer treatment in the Centre Region.”


The inaugural “Bike For Life” event will include a full day of activities. Participants may choose to do a road ride or one of two mountain rides or take part in the Family Fun Ride.

There will be post-ride musical entertainment, food, Tussey Mountain Fun Center amusements and a professional BMX half-pipe demonstration.

Bestwick will be joined by such fellow cycling stars as Olympic gold medalist Marty Nothstein, downhill masters world championship silver medalist Lars Tribus, national dual slalom mountain bike champion and star of MTV's Nitro Circus Jim DeChamp, free riding legend Aaron Chase and two-time North American trials champion Jeff Lenosky.


On-site registration for the event will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday at Tussey Mountain. Participants are encouraged to pre-register on-line right here.

Registration for the metric century (62-mile) road ride and the mountain bike rides is $50 per person and includes on-course support, post-event food, drink and entertainment at Tussey Mountain. The ride begins at 9 a.m. Teams of six riders or more can register at a discount of $40 per person.

The mountain bike rides will begin at 10 a.m. at Tussey Mountain and will take riders on either a seven-mile or 15-mile route through Rothrock State Forest along the ridges and valleys of Tussey Mountain and Bear Meadows.

Both rides will be led by guides, clearly marked and have support and hydration stations along the route.

The Family Fun Ride pass costs $25 for two adults and three children (10 and under). Non-riders may register for a Tussey Mountain event pass for $20 (kids under 10 are free). Event passes include all food and entertainment at Tussey.

The event is sponsored by Monster, Toyota, Go Pro, Tony Hawk, Power Bar, Freeze Thaw Cycles, Tussey Mountain, Forever Broadcasting and Catering With Style.

Event passes for non-riders will be on sale at Tussey Mountain from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tussey Mountain Fun Center, featuring go-carts, mini-golf, batting cages and half-pipe, is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Local favorites Pure Cane Sugar will perform at the Tussey Mountain Amphitheater from noon to 2 p.m., followed by My Hero Zero from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Penn State Coaches vs. Cancer has raised nearly $2 million in the last 15 years to fight cancer and help support those affected by the disease. It has grown from an annual golf tournament started in the summer of 1996 to a year-round schedule of events, which includes the Spikes Fest, CVC 5k Fun Run/Walk, the Coaches vs. Cancer Celebrity Golf Tournament, Microbrewers Expo and the CVC Reverse Car Drawing on Sept. 22.

Much of the money raised goes directly to assist those affected by the disease in the Centre Region through the Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund (BCAF). Funds are also donated directly to the American Cancer Society. The American Cancer Society is the largest non-profit funder of cancer research, with more than $30 million in research taking place in Pennsylvania each year, including three research grants totaling more than $2.1 million at Penn State University.

To get involved in any of Penn State Coaches vs. Cancer’s events or become a sponsor or volunteer, click here or call (814) 330-3337.

Centre Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM) makes a difference for local residents without health insurance. CVIM is a free clinic serving Centre County residents through the medical clinic; the dental clinic; the pharmacy offering free prescription medications to those that can not afford medication; and through Case Management services, which acts as a conduit to services offered through other human service organizations.  

CVIM is supported almost wholly from private donations. To get involved with CVIM, click here.

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