August 11, 2006 (Ottawa, ON) – Serono-Cyclelogik Racing is pleased to announce that the local cycling team will be participating in this year’s Rona MS tours in both Ottawa and Toronto.
“We receive a lot of support from the community and were looking for a way to return that support. The Multiple Sclerosis Society has long been affiliated with cycling through the Tour and our athletes, both male and female ranging in age from 17 to 50 years old really represent the age group when most people are diagnosed with the disease. It’s a worthy cause, and a natural fit.” said team manager, David Gazsi.
The Serono-Cyclelogik Racing Team is a provincial trade team based in Ottawa that aims to develop and deliver a complete competitive cycling program, through racing, race organization, rider development, and community involvement.
The team’s two title sponsors are both proud to be working together to support finding a cure for MS. Well-known local cycling store, Cyclelogik, has been a longstanding supporter of the Ottawa tour.
“The MS Tour in Ottawa has always been a key focus or our community support. We’re very pleased to have not only the store participating this year but also, through our team’s new relationship with Serono, to have the team giving its support to the Tour,” said Ian Fraser, owner of Cyclelogik.
As the manufacturer of Rebif, the leading treatment for relapsing MS in Canada, Serono is committing considerable research efforts to find even more effective treatments for MS, and, through biotechnology, bring greater hope to people suffering from this debilitating disease.
“Supporting the pursuit of personal and athletic achievement along with a healthy and active lifestyle dovetails perfectly with our goals as a company,” notes Bernard Fortier, National Training Manager for Serono. “We are proud to have our cycling team support the series of MS Tours in both Ottawa and Toronto, and its something we’re hopeful of building on in the future,” he added.
This year’s Ottawa-Kemptville tour takes place August 12-13 and has a fundraising goal of $375,000. The Toronto tour is a one-day event, taking place September 10th and has a fundraising goal of $175,000. Tours are scheduled throughout Ontario and the rest of the country. To learn more about the MS Tour or sponsor a rider, visit www.mssociety.ca.
For more information:
Serono Cyclelogik Racing
613 262 3825