Cubs Spring Training 2011 Charity Bicycle Ride Mesa Arizona

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The Chicago Cubs and SRAM Corporation will team up to host a spring training ride 3-11-2011 in Mesa, Ariz., to raise money for World Bicycle Relief and Chicago Cubs Charities.

The 50-mile ride will begin at 6 a.m. at HoHoKam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., home of the Cubs spring training facility, and will conclude at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., where the Cubs will take on the Chicago White Sox at 1:05 p.m.

The aim of the ride is to raise funding, awareness and support for World Bicycle Relief (WBR) and Chicago Cubs Charities. Chicago White Sox Charities will also be beneficiaries.

This is the third ride organized by the Chicago Cubs and SRAM Corporation. An inaugural ride took place from Higher Gear in Wilmette to Wrigley Field in May. On September 11, 2010, more than 175 cyclists made the 100-mile ride from Wrigley Field to Milwaukee's Miller Park and raised $125,000 for Chicago Cubs Charities, half of which went to World Bicycle Relief and half of which benefited additional non-profit organizations in Chicago and the Brewers Foundation.

"Our 100-mile ride last September was an overwhelming success," said Todd Ricketts, board member of both the Chicago Cubs and WBR. "This spring training ride is a great opportunity for all of us to support World Bicycle Relief and do some training of our own for the next century ride in August. The White Sox have also been a great help working with us to make this Arizona ride possible."

World Bicycle Relief was founded by bicycle industry leaders SRAM Corporation and Trek Bicycle Corporation in 2005 with the mission to provide access to independence and livelihood through the power of bicycles to impoverished communities around the world.

"For most people, riding a bicycle is primarily recreational, or an environmentally friendly alternative to a car or taxi," said F.K. Day, SRAM executive vice president and president of World Bicycle Relief. "But in the developing world, a bicycle can mean the difference between getting to school, getting essential medical care or making a living."

Registration for the ride in Arizona is underway and there are 200 entry spots available. Cost of registration is $300. The registration fee covers a donation to Chicago Cubs Charities, ride support, aid stations, lunch, a riding jersey, an event T-shirt, a WBR gift bag, a ticket to the game, transportation to HoHoKam Stadium after the game and entry into the standard raffle.

Participants who raise more than $1,000 will be entered into the premium prize raffle.

To register for the ride, start your fundraising campaign or for more information, please visit www.worldbicyclerelief.org.

World Bicycle Relief

People in underdeveloped regions of the world are suffering every day due to lack of access to health care, education and economic development opportunities. Bicycles are simple, sustainable and appropriate technology to support people in developing nations and disaster recovery.

The mission of World Bicycle Relief is to provide access to independence and livelihood through The Power of Bicycles.

Examples of what a bicycle can do to leverage human ability:

* Bicycles increase carrying capacity, five times as much as compared to walking

* Bicycles increase the distance a person can travel by four times compared to walking

* Bicycles save time, approximately three hours for every 10 miles traveled compared to walking

We accomplish our mission by:

* Working with suppliers to improve bicycle design while ensuring all changes are culturally appropriate

* Enhancing distribution with local sourcing, manufacturing and assembly as much as possible

* Partnering with existing NGO, government and community-based organizations

* Training field mechanics in maintenance and repair while strengthening the existing supply of spare parts

* Measuring and evaluating the impact of bicycles and communicating the results to improve programs and increase awareness


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