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Million Dollar Challenge

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  • The 2015 Mazda Foundation Million Dollar Challenge raised an incredible $1.6 million!

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2016 Mazda Foundation Million Dollar Challenge

Date: October 15-21, 2016
Location: San Francisco to San Diego, CA


Learn why retired pro cyclist Christian Vande Velde and so many others call MDC a "bucket list" event.


The 620 mile journey down the California coastline from San Francisco to San Diego is a week filled with iconic scenery, epic mileage, and friendship. Every year, this journey delivers a life-changing experience for all participants. This event is unique in the world of cycling; it builds a community of riders with a deep and lasting appreciation for life- and for those who overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges to live life to the fullest. Helping to raise $1 million dollars to help challenged athletes is deeply satisfying. But it is the journey that will change your life forever.


The Mazda Foundation Million Dollar Challenge has earned a reputation as one of the premier cycling events in the country where individuals can use their passion for cycling to make a difference in the lives of others. Thanks to our event participants, sponsors, donors, and volunteers, CAF is able to enable physically challenged athletes to find success in sports - and in life. MDC riders not only change gears, but change lives along the roads of California, and around the world.


  • MDC combines world class service from a team of ride support professionals with first-class accommodations, fabulous meals and amenities
  • Participation includes a comprehensive 20-week training program, including group rides (San Diego, CA)
  • Each rider will be outfitted with MDC and CAF-branded cycling apparel including team jerseys, a vest and accessories
  • The challenge and reward continues upon arrival in San Diego with tickets to the Celebration of Abilities dinner and the opportunity to ride a final bike stage at CAF's San Diego Triathlon Challenge (SDTC) in La Jolla, CA 

It was one of the most rewarding weeks of cycling I have ever experienced. It was amazing to ride for a cause that helps change the lives of so many athletes, and gives them the chance to enjoy what we do every day. In the end, I think I left the most inspired of all.

— Christian Vande Velde, Garmin-Transitions