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Verge-MAC series fights cancer

The Verge MAC series continues this weekend with Saturday’s Guys Racing Club/Colonial Subaru VW Cyclo-crossand Sundays Evo-Cross in memory of Todd Ebersole in New Hope, Pennsylvania. This weekend's events are the only two races on the Verge MAC circuit that have not elected to gain UCI status. Because of this, the races will be arguably more important to racers seeking the overall Verge MAC championships because there are fewer "guest stars" to siphon off points from the regular cast.

Both races have elected to donate a portion of the proceeds to benefit PanCAN, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. The connection between the race and the cause is personal. When Todd Ebersole, brother of race promoter Tammy Ebersole, perished from pancreatic cancer, his family learned that proportionally less money is given to pancreatic cancer research than other, more well-known, forms of the disease. "It is such a brutal form of the disease," says Ebersole. "We hope that donating money helps, but we also hope that at least one person walks away from the race with an increased awareness of PanCAN and the fact that research funding on this particular form of cancer is not up to par with others. It's all about awareness."

For information about both races, including schedule, directions and pre-registration information, see www.BikeReg.com and click on the "Verge MAC" icon. For more information about PanCAN, visit www.pancan.org.

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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 cycling from the community and 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 men's and women's races including Spring Classics, Grand Tours, World Championships and Olympic Games, and writes and edits news and features. As the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten also coordinates and oversees the global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.