Changing the world, two wheels at a time
August 15, 2011
ASPEN – Area bicyclists and bike shops have teamed up to create the local chapter – B4H Aspen Roaring Fork – with the intention of collecting 450 bikes to send to Africa. In addition, the group is working to raise $15,000 to send the container of bikes to their new owners.
Area residents are invited to help the cause by donating used bikes at participating bike shops and by supporting an Aug. 24 fundraiser at Belly Up Aspen.
The local effort will empower recipients of the bikes by providing improved mobility and access to food and water, employment, health care, education and more, according to Mark Stevens, who is spearheading the valleywide effort.
The goal, he said, is changing the world – two wheels at a time.
The Aug. 24 fundraiser, following the finish of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge stage in Aspen, takes place from 6-9 p.m. at Belly Up and features cycling celebrities Paul Sherwen and Phil Liggett, announcers for TV network Versus during the Tour de France, as well as for the Pro Cycling Challenge and other professional cycling events.
Sherwen, who is from Uganda, will talk about the importance of bikes for the people of the Karamoja, a remote area of the country.
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Sherwen and Liggett will also share stories from their extensive experience as pro bike racers and network announcers. Sherwen competed in the Tour in 1982 and 1984 and Liggett has commentated for 13 Olympics and 38 runnings of the Tour. Guests will have a chance to meet both men, as well as other special guests.
A variety of foods featuring local ingredients will be offered and a drink ticket is included with each ticket purchased. The event also features a silent auction.
Tickets ($80 in advance, $90 on Aug. 24) are available at the Belly Up – http://www.bellyupaspen.com or at 544-9800.
Those who wish to donate a bike should drop it off at participating shops during normal business hours. Receipts for tax-deductible donations will be available from the shops.
Participating shops are: Aspen Velo Bicycles and Ute City Cycles in Aspen, Ajax Bike and Sports in Carbondale only, Basalt Bike and Ski in Basalt, and Canyon Bikes (at the Hotel Colorado), Mountain Sports Outlet and Sunlight Ski and Bike Shop, all in Glenwood Springs.