Many a cyclist has pedaled by Manhattan Beach Pier on a sun-washed afternoon, pausing briefly to savor the sight of the waves and beach lovers enjoying the sand.
That cycle-based pause grows considerably longer each year, on one special spring day, and for some excellent causes. It's Skechers Tour de Pier we speak of, and while the Sunday, May 15 event doesn't involve bikes that can roll down The Strand, it does include 350 stationary bikes, all placed upon the pier, and some 1,500 cyclists.
"Ride in Place, Move Charity Forward" is the memorable tagline of the to-do.
What will all of those bikes, and the riders upon them, and their friends cheering them on, and the people donating from afar be doing, in addition to the hardworking organizers? Supporting cancer research through a day of awareness and fundraising and, of course, stationary pedaling.
Riders and their supporters are giving the love, and money, to the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, the Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach, and the Uncle Kory Foundation.
Two 4-themed things to note: This is the fourth outing for the pedal-centered philanthropic fundraiser, and 2015 attendance hit about 4,000 people. (A third "for" thing is this, of course: This is all for a very important cause.)
All 4,000 people in attendance aren't all on the stationary bikes, of course. They're there to root for a friend, hear some live tunes, attend the Health & Fitness Expo, or visit the Cardio Kids Fun Zone with their tots.
What to do, where to go and what to see
It's a sunshiny day, in more ways than the beams that Manhattan Beach Pier'll bask in, once any May Gray burns off. To support the riders, get involved, or find out the details on heading to the beach for a special give-back gathering, pedal this way.