Motorists on the North Coast should be careful of bicyclists on the road on Saturday as the seventh annual Audi Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle makes its way south on Highway 1 from Carmel starting at 7:30 a.m.
Bike riders also set out from Big Sur (8:30 a.m.) and Ragged Point (at 11 a.m.), headed for William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach in San Simeon.
Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, hero of the “miracle on the Hudson” in January 2009, now retired, and his wife, Lorraine, of Danville will be part of “Team Maria,” led by California first lady Maria Shriver, wife of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Shriver’s brother Anthony Kennedy Shriver founded Best Buddies International. The group has established a global volunteer movement to creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Following the 5-kilometer “Carl Lewis Challenge” led by the Olympic gold medalist on a route leading to San Simeon Point, participants gather at the Hearst Ranch for an evening barbecue and concert.
Nearly 1,500 people took part last year, raising close to $4 million in total donations. To register, participants pledge to raise amounts starting at $1,650.
Participants in previous events have included model Cindy Crawford, actors David Caruso and Rob Lowe. Schwarzenegger rode with Shriver and their four children from Cambria to San Simeon in 2007.
This year’s attendees are expected to include David Hasselhoff, Rob Lowe, Verne Troyer, Miss California USA Nicole Johnson, and musician Kenny G.