Sep 18, 2009
Posted by MJR
Kelly Benefit Strategies rider and winner of the 2009 Vuelta del Uruguay, Scott Zwizanski will host a benefit ride for World Bicycle Relief from the shop Saturday, September 26th. We’ll roll out at 8:00AM. The plan is to do a road loop somewhere on/around Mt Tam that will finish before noon (because Woody needs to open the shop).
Scott’s charity of choice, World Bicycle Relief has a mission to provide simple, sustainable transportation as an essential element in disaster assistance and poverty relief. Founded by SRAM and Trek in 2005 as a response to the need for transportation in the wake of the Tsunami in Southeast Asia, World Bicycle Relief has been embraced by a wide range of cyclists and others that hope to make the use of a bicycle for sustainable transportation possible.
World Bicycle Relief is headed up by FK Day of SRAM and has made tens of thousands of bikes available in developing economies. We’ve worked with a number of programs in Africa and World Bicycle Relief is by far the largest and most effective. Last year 81% of their total revenue went to direct program costs and they train one bicycle mechanic for every 50 bicycles distributed—so the bikes they have in the field aren’t sidelined due to a simple mechanical like a flat tire.
Scott and his KBS teammates are raising money to donate to World Bicycle Relief and, as part of their donation, they will make a trip to Zambia where they can help the cause and see first-hand what the needs are in that part of the world.
Please join us for the ride. If you can make a donation, great. If you can’t then just enjoy pedaling with a good group.
If you have a minute, check out the WBR program.