BEND, Ore. (VN)_ Racing `cross at the U.S. national championships this week is about a lot more than pain and glory between the course tape. A number of non-profit organizations – and their supporting riders – are hoping to make big gains in Bend, Oregon.
World Bicycle Relief – All Weekend
Racing ’Cross For A Cause is a joint effort between WBR, Visit Bend and a number of elite riders, including Alex Candelario, Georgia Gould, Tim Johnson, Jeremy Powers, Todd Wells.
The mission of World Bicycle Relief is “to provide access to independence and livelihood through the power of bicycles,” and activities in Bend will support the organization’s work in Zambia, Africa. Barron’s Magazine this week named WBR to its list of most effective charities.
Supporters can show their support for WBR by purchasing a red bracelet for $5, visiting any of the riders’ personal fundraising web pages, or attending the WebCyclery Movie Night at the Tower Theater for a screening of Where Are You Go, which follows the travels of three men as they embark on a race across Africa from Cairo to Capetown.
Movie night starts at 7:00 p.m. and tickets are $10.
Keep a Breast Foundation – Friday 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Breast of Bend at the Midtown Ballroom is a gala event supporting the Keep a Breast Foundation’s mission “to help eradicate breast cancer by exposing young people to methods of prevention, early detection and support.”
According to a press release, the event will be a “night of fashion, art, music, bikes and boobs at the Midtown Ballroom in Bend Oregon.” Attendees can take part in an auction and raffle and enjoy live music and a winter fashion show featuring Ryan Trebon and Adam Craig, among other elite riders.
Tickets are $8 at the door.
Bend’s Community BikeShed – All Weekend
The Community BikeShed, a program of the Bend Community Center, is offering neutral trainers for warm-ups and bike washing at the race venue all weekend. The program provides low-income and homeless citizens in Central Oregon with refurbished donated bicycles.
Donations are accepted but not required to take advantage of the BikeShed’s services at nationals.