Sea to Stars set for Aug. 13
Endurance cyclists from around the world have a new race to add to their bucket list with registration now open for the 2011 Sea to Stars cycling expedition on Saturday, Aug. 13 – the hardest hill climb in the world.
Those up for this challenge will depart from the oceanfront Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows and cycle to the top of Mauna Kea riding a distance of around 49 miles and climbing to 9,300 ft elevation.
Mauna Kea earns the distinction of the world’s tallest mountain from the sea floor (30,000 ft tall), higher than Mount Everest which stands at 29,000 ft.
brian Butterworth, general manager of The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, said that the ecoconscious, independently-operated hotel is partnering with Hawaii Cycling Club to bring the global cycling community a thrilling race that only a select few have conquered before.
“With a steepness grade of more than 17 percent, Sea to Stars is the toughest and most exciting endurance race in the world. It’s definitely a unique way to experience the geographic diversity of the Big Island,” he said.
After the race, shuttle buses will transport cyclists from Mauna Kea Visitor Station back to the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows for an outdoor recovery beer garden party with a live band and BBQ.
An awards ceremony will recognize the overall male and female winners and a range of prizes will be up for grabs including a stay at Mauna Lani, Bontrager XXX Lite Carbon Climbing Wheels and top-of-the-line Rudy Project eyewear and helmets.
Sea to Stars will benefit non-profit organizations that protect, preserve and enhance the natural, cultural and recreational resources of Mauna Kea.
For more information and to register visit www.hawaiiseatothestars.com or www.active.com. To stay at The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, official host hotel of Sea to Stars, visit www.maunalani.com or call (800) 367-2323.