The SoCal Interscholastic Cycling League has expanded its silent auction to include online bidding for those unable to attend its November 22 CycleFest 2008 in person.
Bidding began on November 17th, 2008 at 8 a.m., and ends at 8 a.m. on November 21, the day before the first annual CycleFest gala dinner, on Saturday, November 22nd at Ca Del Sol in Toluca Lake, California. Gary Fisher and road pro racer Tony Cruz will be in attendance. Since the auction is a major fundraiser for the SoCal League, everybody is encouraged to bid above the retail price of the goods on offer, in the same way that we sometimes get a gift in return for donating to public broadcasting television or radio.
The SoCal League's founding president, Quintin Easton, has high hopes for the online auction, which includes ballgame tickets, vacations, bicycles and bicycle components, clothing, eye-wear, artwork and photography, and even high-tech products.
"This is our first year and our first fundraiser, and with the support of our friends and families and their friends and families this auction can greatly help our league grow. Many of the items up for bid are useful to everyone, not just avid cyclists," says Easton.
Some items are currently listed, but more are arriving daily, so participants are advised to check back often to see what's new. Favourite items can be watched with email notifications of the latest bids.
Auction item highlights include a Turner 19-inch 5Spot, a Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Pro, a Trek 2008 Fuel EX 9.5, a Crankbrothers wheel set and pedals, several selections from Smith Optics, an eight-day cruise of the Mexican Riviera, tickets to UCLA and USC basketball games, a Fuji OBEY track bike, and a two-day getaway to Warner Springs Ranch.