Raffling for a cause
Ibis co-founder Nicol puts his bikes where his mouth is
By Matt Pacocha
Raffling for a worthy cause is smart fundraising, according to Ibis co-owner and front man Scot Nicol.
If the product is cool, the cause is solid and the tickets aren’t too expensive, then you can raise some good money. For example: Last year Ibis donated a Silk SL road bike to fatcyclist.com to support the webmaster’s fight against cancer. That bike brought in $37,500 for the LAF foundation through the Livestrong Challenge avenue.
At Sea Otter, Ibis is raffling another bike for another cause. This time Nicol is raising money for sustainable trail building in the town that put all-mountain racing on the map — Downieville, California. All of the raffle proceeds will go to the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship (SBTS), a mountain bike and trail building group.
The raffle was spurred by a drop in financial support by the U.S. Forest Service, Nicol said. (The Forest Service still plays a big role in SBTS, having helped the group secure hundreds of thousands of dollars in recent years. It is only a recent extension of the North Yuba Trail for which the Forest Service had to conclude direct funding.)
For the fundraiser, Nicol had mountain bike legend Brian Lopes pick his ideal Downieville parts kit to hang on a Mojo carbon frame, and that’s exactly what you get if you win. It’s a lightweight, durable mix of Shimano XTR components, Easton Havoc wheels and cockpit, suspension from Marzocchi with the Rocco coil over in the rear and RC3 Bomber up front. Other items include Hayes Stroker brakes and KS remote adjustable seatpost.
Raffle tickets are $5 and can be purchased at sierratrails.org. The fundraiser is running through April 27.