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Training and fundraising for Pedal the Cause bike ride

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - There's plenty of time to start training for the epic Pedal the Cause bike ride to Julian at the end of October. It raises money for cancer research, and the KFMB Stations are the media sponsors for the event. On Wednesday, News 8 caught up with organizers at Torrey Pines.

This is the first year Pedal the Cause is taking place in San Diego, and it offers a variety of courses for any level of riding.

"Anybody of any level of fitness can compete in the event," coach Heather Fuhr said.

Fuhr is also a five-time Ironman winner.

"I don't think anybody should shy away from it and be afraid. There's a distance of a race for everybody, so that's the beauty of it," she said. laid out this year's ride course from La Jolla to Julian and back. Participants sleep over on Saturday night in Julian at a tent city with food, drink and entertainment.

"Rockola is going to be playing a live concert and everybody's going to get to bed early and get going the next morning to roll back to town," partner Paul Huddle said.

Huddle also laid out single day rides of 25 or 50 miles for those who don't want to ride all the way to Julian.

One-hundred percent of the proceeds stay in San Diego to benefit cancer research at the Salk Institute, the Sanford-Burnham Institute and the UCSD Moores Cancer Center.

"The challenge of riding up a hill is nothing compared to what people who have cancer face when they take on the treatment and their families, so we feel like its appropriate," Huddle said.

Just go online to join Team KFMB and ride with Cookie "Chainsaw" Randolph from the DSC, 760 AM talk radio's Mike Slater and Pat Nevin, general manager and vice president of the KFMB Stations.

You'll also find online training programs and training ride schedules.

"Training for Pedal the Cause is a lot easier than most people realize, it's simply getting on the bike two to three times a week," partner Roch Frey said. "over a one- to two-month period, you going to be fit enough to do the ride out to Julian and back."

The Pedal the Cause epic bike ride takes place the weekend of October 26-27.

On Thursday, volunteers at CBS 8 will be taking donations over the phone all morning long.

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