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Race Amber Neben to the summit of Formentor, Stelvio and Ventoux to raise funds for No Kid Hungry

Amber Neben (Team USA) after winning the gold medal in the women's elite individual time trial event as part of the 2016 UCI Road World Championships
Amber Neben (Team USA) after winning the gold medal in the women's elite individual time trial event as part of the 2016 UCI Road World Championships (Image credit: Getty Images)

If you think you can beat Amber Neben to the summit of Cap de Formentor, Stelvio Pass or Mont Ventoux, now is your chance to find out. The former world champion has partnered with the virtual platform RGT Cycling to create The 3 Summit Challenge from April 24-26 that will help raise funds for No Kid Hungry during the coronavirus pandemic.

"In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, I know we are all watching and wishing we could do something tangible to help on a bigger level.  With schools closed nationwide, millions of children have lost the school meals they depend on.  Join our challenge and help raise funds for needy kids," read a statement on the event website.

"In lieu of a race entry fee for the 3 Summit Challenge, please consider donating to No Kid Hungry.  They partner directly with food banks in our own areas, turning every $1 donated into 10 meals for hungry children."

Visit the No Kid Hungry page to make a donation. The event has already reached nearly $1,000 of its $5,000 target.

The first race of the 3 Summit Challenge begins on April 24 with a climb to the top of Cap de Formentor, one of the toughest ascents in Mallorca, Spain. The virtual race then heads to northern Italy on April 25 for the climb to the summit of Stelvio Pass. The three-summit race will end on April 26 in northern France on the summit of Mont Ventoux.

The 3 Summit Challenge will be an omnium format and so participants can complete any or all three ascents. The event will also feature daily podiums and overall winners based on lowest total placements. 

All you need to do is sign up for a free RGT Premium Account to be able to compete in The 3 Summit Challenge. However, it is limited to 200 participants, and so registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The 3 Summit Challenge will also be live streamed and recorded by RGT for viewing.

The 3 Summit Challenge

Friday, April 24: Cap de Formentor, 2:00pm PDT / 5:00pm EDT

Saturday, April 25: Passo dello Stelvio, 8:00am PDT / 11:00am EDT

Sunday, April 26: Mont Ventoux, 8:00am PDT / 11:00am EDT

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Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in bike racing from the grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all cycling disciplines, edits news and writes features. Currently the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten coordinates global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.