Considered to be the most important and popular race held on U.S. soil, the 2009 Amgen Tour of California will once again bring together a world-class field of cyclists and teams from multiple nations including Lance Armstrong and the Amgen Tour of California’s two-time defending champion Levi Leipheimer’s team, Astana. Armstrong’s highly anticipated return to competitive professional cycling for the 2009 season, after a three-year hiatus, began in January and the Amgen Tour of California will be his first U.S. race of the season.
CANIDAE Pet Foods will join Armstrong in supporting the race’s record of promoting cancer awareness and research by conducting the CANIDAE Amgen Road Bike Raffle with half of the proceeds going to the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation to fund canine cancer research, and the other half to Armstrong’s Livestrong Cancer Awareness Foundation.
The Grand Prize Winner of the CANIDAE Amgen Road Bike Raffle will receive a Felt Z35 Road Bike (estimated value $2,199.00) at a drawing to be held on Saturday, February 21, 2009 in Pasadena, California at Stage 7 of the tour. Felt is the official bike supplier to the Garmin/Slipstream Pro Cycling Team including last year’s Tour de France fourth place finisher and Amgen Tour of California runner-up, Christian Vande Velde.
The winner can choose their bike size and does not need to be present to win. Tickets for the CANIDAE Road Bike Raffle will cost $2.00 for one or $5.00 for three and will be available in person at the CANIDAE Amgen Tour of California Lifestyle Festival at five of the eight stages that comprise the tour, in addition to the prologue that begins the event in Sacramento on Saturday, February 14, 2009. A Felt Z35 Road Bike will be on display and tickets will be available at the CANIDAE Amgen Tour of California booth for the Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Paso Robles, Solvang and Pasadena stages. The Amgen Lifestyle Festival area is located near the finish line at each Finishing City.
Part of the CANIDAE Mission Statement to promote Responsible Pet Ownership includes proper medical care and support for pets with health issues such as cancer. Nothing is more central to the core values of CANIDAE than the health, happiness and well being of pets.
In addition to selling raffle tickets benefiting the cause of fighting cancer in people and pets, CANIDAE Pet Foods will hand out samples and coupons. CANIDAE pet foods for dogs and cats adhere to the highest standards of excellence for product quality, palatability, and customer satisfaction. Formulated for the long-term health of pets, these all natural holistic pet foods use only the finest high quality ingredients available — proudly raised and grown in the United States. CANIDAE stands behind the guaranteed analysis of each and every one of its products and invites cycling fans to discover for themselves and their pets the healthful benefits of its pet foods.