The Tyler Hamilton Foundation will be the charity beneficiary of the upcoming Austin, TX, hill climb event, the 3rd Annual "Rio" King of Jester. Hamilton is challenging cyclists across the USA to participate and record their best times in the March 5th race. Hamilton will travel to Austin later in 2006 to take on the hill, trying to better the top 10 riders who will also be invited back to race.
"THF is honoured to be chosen as the beneficiary of this fun event and I personally look forward to racing against the winners," Hamilton said. "I welcome the challenge and appreciate the generosity of all involved. This is another example of how the sport of cycling can make a difference in the lives of others. We believe in the power of cycling to heal and the power of cyclists to help."
The "Rio" King of Jester challenges runners, cyclists, and many others to take on Jester Blvd, Austin's steepest hill. The King and Queen of Jester will be crowned based on the results of the time trial - a half mile climb that is over 20% grade. There are divisions for cyclists, runners, and alternate human power (like in-line skates and unicycles). And at the bottom of the hill, there will be a huge party with music, food, and product demos.