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Mazda Foundation Million Dollar Challenge

  • Christian Vande Velde will be chairman of the 2014 ride. Here's a video explaining why he's invovled with the MDC.
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2014 Mazda Foundation Million Dollar Challenge

Date: October 11-17, 2014
Location: San Francisco to San Diego, CA

Retired pro cyclist Christian Vande Velde announced as MDC Chairman


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 in select cities such as San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco
  • Each rider will be outfitted daily 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