What: Founded in 2010, the “Clark’s Corner Cycling Challenge,” (CCCC) is an annual cycling event/group ride held annually, starting in beautiful Ione, CA, and circling through Amador County. This year, “Tour of Spain” Cycling Champion Chris Horner, rode in the charity event — attracting record-breaking attendance of over 600 cyclists and spectators, and increasing funds raised for charity by over 66 percent. The event benefits three important charities: Interfaith Food Bank of Amador County, World Bicycle Relief, and
The Chevo Foundation.
Who: Kraig Clark, a northern California entrepreneur and philanthropist, founded the “Clark’s Corner Cycling Challenge” (CCCC), due in part to his strong roots and background growing up in the Amador County Foothills. Clark, an enthusiastic cyclist and Ironman competitor, began the CCCC to encourage tourism and economic development in the region, and advance opportunities for regional cyclists.
This year CCCC participants enjoyed the privilege of cycling with “Grand Tour” champion cyclist, and the 2013 “La Vuelta a España” (Tour of Spain) winner, Chris Horner. Considered one of the world’s greatest cyclists, Horner attended and spoke at a fundraising dinner at “Clark’s Corner” restaurant on Friday, October 11, 2013. And then on Saturday morning, October 12, 2013, Chris rode in the CCCC – allowing every CCCC participant to take a photo with the “Tour” legend during the ride!
Quote from Chris Horner: “I love riding in the ‘Clark’s Corner Cycling Challenge,’ and am happy to be back with the cyclists in Northern California. After the big win a few weeks ago at the ‘Tour of Spain,’ I was excited to be returning for a fun ride in Amador County, because Northern California has a very loyal and enthusiastic cycling community. But then I had the accident in the World Championships, was afraid I would have to miss the Clark’s Corner event. Luckily, I have been treated and resting, and felt strong enough to attend the Clark’s Corner Cycling Challenge for the fourth time. And it was great! I’m really glad I could make it”
Quote from Kraig Clark: I started the “Clark’s Corner Cycling Challenge,” because I like to ride, and because I wanted more people to come up and appreciate the gorgeous foothills of Amador County. But I’m also proud that the Cycling Challenge supports three important charities, as well as the local, Ione, California, economy. I am very happy that we increased both participation and our fundraising with this year’s event. We were lucky to have Chris Horner join us today. And we are looking forward to the next “Clark’s Corner Cycling Challenge”, October 11, 2014!”
Where: The Clark’s Corner Cycling Challenge launches from “Clark’s Corner,” 12 West Main Street
Ione, CA 95640. The CCCC provides all participants with beautiful 10-, 30-, and 50-mile courses to enjoy.
When: The “Clark’s Corner Cycling Challenge” Artisan Dinner and silent auction was Friday, October 11, 2013. The “Clark’s Corner Cycling Challenge” was Saturday, October 12, 2013.
Why: The Cycling Challenge was born out of Kraig Clark’s passion for the sport, and for the foothills of his youth; and it has evolved to become an anchor event for the rural communities of Amador County, the city of Ione, and for California, geography known for/by both sport and recreational cycling enthusiasts.
Charities: Interfaith Food Bank of Amador County (provides food to regional, socio-economically challenged families), World Bicycle Relief (providing bicycles to support relief, economic development, and educational opportunities in Africa), and The Chevo Foundation (funding research to eradicate Parkinson’s Disease).
For Further Information: Please check the website: www.clarkscornerione.com. Media inquiries or participate in the event: Drisha Leggitt (916) 206-2553 or Drisha.email@example.com.