Pan-Mass Challenge and DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co. Continue Their Ride Together in 2015
NEEDHAM, Mass. April 8, 2015 – The Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) is pleased to announce that DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co. will continue to be the PMC’s official bike tour sponsor for the fourth consecutive year.
The 36th PMC, set for Aug. 1 and 2, is the largest single athletic fundraising event in the country. Since 1980, the PMC has raised $455 million for the Jimmy Fund, which supports adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI). In 2014, more than 5,500 cyclists raised a record $41 million for DFCI – 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar going directly to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
“I have been a DuVine ‘devotee’ for over 5 years,” says Billy Starr, PMC Founder and Executive Director. “They run first-class bicycle vacations and their product dovetails nicely with my own belief system about life on a bike being life-enhancing. Andy and his team bring that same passion to their work and play. When PMCers have time in their lives for a bicycle vacation – or to train for the PMC in a different location – they will find DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co. an inspired holiday. Their being the official bike tour company of the PMC is perfect synergy.”
As the official bike tour operator of the PMC, DuVine is supporting the event in many ways. At the PMC’s hub site at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) in Bourne, Mass., which serves as both a starting and finish line, cyclists will have the opportunity to recharge their bodies, and be treated to wine and cheese, in the DuVine Après Vélo Lounge. The company also operates an annual bike tour exclusively for PMC riders. This year’s group will be exploring Spain’s Costa Brava from September 19-24, 2015.
DuVine, the global leader in premier bicycle vacations, is known for providing their travelers with unparalleled service and unforgettable boutique experiences. As a proud supporter of the PMC, DuVine strives to provide the riders of this event with the same care and attention they would for their guests on tour.
“I am always inspired by the dedication and spirit of the PMC riders,” says Andy Levine, DuVine President and Founder, and 7-time PMC participant. “The time and effort these riders put into helping the PMC achieve its cancer-fighting mission is incredible. My team and I are honored to be able to give back to these riders and support the Pan-Mass Challenge organization.”
About the Pan-Mass Challenge
The Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) is an annual bike-a-thon that today raised more money for charity than any other single athletic fundraising event in the world. The PMC was founded in 1980 by Billy Starr, who remains the event’s executive director, an annual cyclist, and a fundraiser. The PMC has since raised $455 million for adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund. The event donates 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar directly to the cause. The PMC generates more than 50 percent of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue and is Dana-Farber’s single largest contributor. The PMC has successfully melded support from committed cyclists, volunteers, corporate sponsors and individual contributors. All are essential to the PMC's goal and model: to attain maximum fundraising efficiency while increasing its annual gift. The PMC’s hope and aspiration is to provide Dana-Farber's doctors and researchers with the necessary resources to discover cures for all cancers. For more information on the Pan-Mass Challenge, log onto www.pmc.org
About DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co.
DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co. is the only global bike tour company that does one thing – bike tours. Since 1996, DuVine has been channeling this focus into designing and guiding the world’s most inspired bicycle vacations. Travelers wanting to intimately connect to a destination know that nothing beats experiencing the world by bike. DuVine takes this a step further by opening doors to one-of-a-kind local experiences and embracing the spontaneous nature of travel. Unparalleled service, exquisite meals and stunning boutique accommodations complete DuVine’s unforgettable experiences that once enjoyed, will forever change the way one travels. Visit duvine.com to learn more.