UPMC Cycling Performance Racing Team
Formed in 2004, the UPMC Cycling Performance Team consists primarily of Master (age 40 and older) and Junior (under 18) cyclists. In conjunction with co-sponsor ProBikes™, the team's mission is to serve as ambassadors to the sport and the local athletic community. As trained expert cyclists, the team has also spawned numerous USA Cycling National Masters, Junior, and Senior racing champions.
Aside from racing and training, the team is active in the community through several annual events and charitable activities. They provide outreach to the disabled, and assist with Habitat for Humanity’s Kids Triathlon in Pittsburgh’s North and South Parks each year. The team also participates annually in the Race to Anyplace to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Tandem Cycling with Visually Impaired Young Adults
For the past three years, the team has reached out to those who are not typically able to enjoy the thrill of cycling. Summer camp members from the Blind & Visual Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh joined the team on short tandem rides in a local park. For many of these young adults, it was the first time they had even been on a bike; some with sheer joy, others with mild apprehension. The team plans to return for both summer camp sessions this year and will provide an evening of rides for these deserving youth.
Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon and EQT 10 Miler
Since the Pittsburgh Marathon was revived in 2009, race director Patrice Matamoros and course director Gary Brown have enlisted the assistance of the team to marshal the race, ensuring that the course is safe for all runners. They pay close attention to course hazards, and provide dedicated support for the elite runners. Other duties include calling in race reports, and performing pre and post-race course sweeps.
In 2010, the team was instrumental in assisting police officers and course officials with diverting the race when a suspicious package was found near the finish line area. Outside of the race, team members are often called upon to assist with course measurements, by riding in directions that cars cannot travel to accurately measure the course.
In November 2013, the team marshaled the inaugural EQT 10 Miler, and will be back at the front of the 2014 Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon on May 4th.
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