THOUSANDS OF CYCLISTS "PEDAL TO GREATNESS" AT TIJUANA INNOVADORA

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Raúl Alcalá presides over event to promote bike riding

By Dennis Moore

Photos by Eric Regan

October 17, 2012 (Tijuana)--An estimated 3,000 cyclists took to Tijuana streets Tuesday evening “Pedaling Toward Greatness,” as part of Tijuana Innovadora.

The  20-kilometer ride capped a day at the conference focused on the medical industry.

The first Mexican cyclist to participate in the Tour de France, Raúl Alcalá Gallegos, presided over the start of the tour at Palacio Municipal.

Riders joined the tour along the way as the cyclists made their way through the streets.  Cinthya Rodriguez, a spokeswoman for the day´s sponsor, DJO Global, estimated that 3,000 riders from both sides of the border participated in the event.

The purpose of the tour was to encourage riding as a healthy activity, to reduce pollution and traffic congestion and encourage friendship.

Earlier in the day, Alcalá had been a speaker in the conference, urging the new generations, men and women of any age, to pedal from the heart in their life´s journey.

Other speakers included a panel of doctors who explored the promise of stem cells, particularly to treat heart disease, and a look at Tijuana´s leading role in bariatric medicine.

In an evening presentation, Sarah Reinertsen shared her story of how she overcame having her leg amputated as a child, eventually becoming an Ironman athlete.

Reinertsen explained how technological advancements in prosthetics changed her life, and she urged those in the audience who worked in the medical field to never stop innovating. 

The conference continues through Sunday at the Centro Cultural Tijuana. Details in www.TijuanaInnovadora.com