World Bicycle Relief, a non-profit providing access to independence and livelihood through the power of bicycles, has partnered with a majority of the nation’s top Cyclo-cross racers and Visit Bend to organize activities in the name of philanthropy alongside the Cyclo-cross National Championships in Bend, OR December 10-12th, 2010. The weekend will incorporate a cycling specific initiative to raise awareness for the organization’s work in Zambia, “Racing Cross for a Cause”, as well as involvement with two key events in the Bend Community: the Cross Culture Art Walk and WebCyclery Movie Night.
Racing Cross for a Cause is led by successful professional road cyclist, Alex Candelario who has dedicated his cyclo-cross season to World Bicycle Relief, racing under the non-profit’s banner. The impressive list of riders Racing Cross for a Cause along with Candelario includes current US National Cyclo-cross Champion Tim Johnson as well as Jeremy Powers, Georgia Gould, Todd Wells, Jamey Driscoll, Kaitlin Antonneau, Ryan Trebon, Amy Dombroski, and Chris Horner among others (full roster below). Each of the riders will sport a red World Bicycle Relief wristband in the spirit of Racing Cross for a Cause as they enter the most important race of the Cyclo-cross season. The red World Bicycle Relief wristbands will be available to the public at the Cyclo-cross National Championship race venue in exchange for a $5 minimum donation to World Bicycle Relief.
Each Pro level athlete Racing Cross for a Cause has an individual fundraising page where fans and supporters can designate their wristband donations in support of their favorite rider as they compete to see who can raise the most funds for World Bicycle Relief. Racing Cross for a Cause is open to riders who want to join the team and host their own fundraising page. Dave Towle, cycling’s premier announcer, will lend additional support to World Bicycle Relief throughout the Cyclo-cross National Championships by spreading the word about Racing Cross for a Cause during the lulls in racing action.
Outside of the National Cyclo-Cross Championships, World Bicycle Relief will participate in the Cross Culture Art Walk on Friday, Dec 10th. The FootZone in downtown Bend will display 3 of co-founder Leah Missbach Day’s photographs of Noreen, a World Bicycle Relief student recipient. The display also features a “53lbs of love” genuine World Bicycle Relief bike, to demonstrate the unique design, tailored for African terrain. The Cross Culture Art Walk will run from 5-9pm with displays in local businesses along main streets of Downtown Bend and the Old Mill District.
Finally, Saturday, Dec 11th, World Bicycle Relief will be in attendance for WebCyclery’s Movie Night at the Tower Theater. The feature film, Where Are You Go, follows the travels of three men as they embark on a race across Africa from Cairo to Capetown. The movie will be followed by a panel discussion led by Dave Towle with Where Are You Go’s filmmakers Brian Vernor and Benny Zenga along with special guests of World Bicycle Relief. Advance tickets for the film can be purchased at WebCyclery.com.
This promises to be an exciting weekend in Bend, OR for World Bicycle Relief and Racing Cross for a Cause, Come enjoy the festivities and help support the power of bicycles!
World Bicycle Relief: www.worldbicyclerelief.org
Racing Cross for a Cause: http://grassroots.kintera.org/active/racingcross4acause
Twitter: Powerof Bicycles http://twitter.com/#!/PowerOfBicycles
Racing Cross for a Cause Pro Roster
- Alex Candelario
- Tim Johnson
- Jeremy Powers
- Jamey Driscoll
- Kaitlin Antonneau
- Todd Wells
- Jesse Anthony
- Georgia Gould
- Amy Dombroski
- Troy Wells
- Brady Kappius
- Amanda Miller
- Arielle Filiberti
- Chris Horner
- Megan Elliot
- Ryan Trebon
- Barry Wicks
- The CLIF BAR Development Team