Annual cycling event to help cancer patients to be held in Birmingham, March 23

Magic City Cycliad, a community cycling event, will be held March 23 in Birmingham to benefit cancer patients at the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB.

The Deep South Cancer Foundation will hold its signature fundraising event, the fifth annual Magic City Cycliad, at The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital, on Saturday, March 23, to benefit the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB.

The Magic City Cycliad will offer an easy 10-mile Brunch Crawl, which provides a unique way to sample great food at Babalu Tapas and Tacos, Freddy’s Wine Bar, and Tropicaleo as well as visit with other local nonprofits. There will be three other ride options (30, 64 and 100 miles), a post-ride meal and a celebration at the Cycliad Village, across from The Kirklin Clinic.

Cycliad is an innovative cycling event without a registration cost and fundraising minimum. Motivated by the belief that cancer is complicated but helping is not, the DSCF works to remove all barriers to participate in helping those battling cancer. Fundraising is not mandatory, but all participants are encouraged to try to see how easy it is to make a difference. Through the generosity of its corporate sponsors, 100 percent of rider-raised dollars go directly to benefit innovative cancer research and patient support services at the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB.

“Unfortunately, cancer touches so many people; but we can make a tremendous impact by joining together and helping each other,” said Michael Birrer, M.D., Ph.D., director of the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB. “We simply couldn’t conduct critical research and develop new treatments that can be brought safely and quickly to our patients without the support of our community.”

The hope is that cyclists and non-cyclists alike will participate in the Magic City Cycliad community event. Non-cyclists can participate by volunteering at the event, attending and cheering on the riders, or making a donation. The public is welcome throughout the day. 

“Last year, riders came from more than 13 states in support of the event, and we are excited by the opportunity to grow the Magic City Cycliad this year,” said Drew Read, executive director of DSCF. “We all know someone who has been impacted by cancer, so whether they ride or volunteer, anyone can be a part of making a difference.”  

Events include:

  • 6 a.m.-           100-, 64- and 30-mile Check-in
  • 7:30 a.m.       100-, 64- and 30-mile Lineup
  • 7:45 a.m.       100-, 64- and 30-mile Wave Start
  • 8:30 a.m.       10-mile Check-in
  • 9:45 a.m.       10-mile Lineup
  • 10 a.m.           10-mile Start
  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Party at Cycliad Village at The Kirklin Clinic

For detailed information and to register and/or volunteer, please visit or email