Josh and Abby Lipschutz and Chris Brewer

Founder and host Harold Asher and fellow founders Bill Schwartz, Mickey Allweiss and Doug Thornton

Founder and host Carol Asher and honorary survivor chairs Mike and Kim Sport

Bill Burke and Michele Bivona

New Orleans cycling enthusiasts put on their best spandex Saturday, April 12, for Tour de Lis, a charity bike ride to raise funds for cancer prevention and treatment.

The “Healin’ through Wheelin’” event led cyclists on a 9-mile Lakefront route around Lakeshore Drive. The Tour de Lis attracted 500 cyclists and trial cyclists from around the country. While the main ride took place from 8 a.m. to noon, Tour de Lis also included individual time trials from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The individual time trials even took place on a portion of the 2009 Ironman course.

Kim and Mike Sport served as honorary Survivor chairs. Event founders include Carol and Harold Asher – who hosted the pictured Founders Party at their home on Friday, April 11 – Doug Thornton, Mickey Allweiss and Bill Schwartz.

Overall the event raised over $165,000, vastly surpassing their $100,000 goal. Top sponsors included Ochsner, Peoples Health and the Health Care Authority. Event Beneficiaries included The Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans, the Lance Armstrong Foundation and Planet Cancer.