World Bicycle Relief (WBR) has rallied a star-studded group of that have committed to raising funds for its Cape Epic Challenge fundraiser held in conjunction with the 8th edition of Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike Stage Race held March 27 to April 3 in South Africa.
UCI World Downhill Mountain Bike Champion Tracy Moseley will race for the cause along with Anka Martin. Olympic Mountain Bike gold medalist Bart Brentjens joins his Trek-Milka teammates Jeroen Boelen, Jukka Vastaranta and Jelmer Pietersma. Andy Ording, founder of Zipp Speed Weaponry is registered to ride his first Cape Epic event along with Todd Winget.
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The group will ride in an effort to raise US$150,000 that will provide bicycles for 10 schools, approximately 1,000 children of which 70 percent are girls, in Zambia as part of the Bicycles for Education Empowerment Program (BEEP). An anonymous organization will match up to $75,000 raised upon the conclusion of the race.
“We are fortunate enough to have an eclectic all-star roster racing in support of this fundraiser,” said Rebecca Much of the World Bicycle Relief. “It is incredibly important for WBR to have cycling icons such as Tracy Moseley, Bart Brentjens, and Andy Ording participating in these types of fundraisers. They have all been globally recognized for their individual contributions to cycling history and we are honored to have people at their level of success helping us to spread the message of WBR alongside their cycling endeavors.”
To help raise funds, World Bicycle Relief also put together a list of lucrative raffle prizes that are available to win for those who donate $25 and $134 for a package of six raffle tickets. Prizes include a World Bicycle Relief transport bike, Trek 8500 mountain bike, Zipp 101 wheelset, SRAM XO drivetrain, Camelbak M.U.L.E. and L.U.X.E. prize packs, Tracey Moseley fan pack, Adidas Eyeware and a Lazer Helium helmet.
“For the elite athletes such as Tracy, Anka, Bart, Jeroen, Jukka, and Jelmer it is fantastic to see them dedicate their time in helping us gather the resources and attention so that we can collectively create change,” said Much. “For industry icons such as Zipp founder Andy Ording and Todd Winget, it is great to see the type of passion he brings to the table in organizing an army of athletes to tackle this Epic race for more than solely the personal challenge.”
The Absa Cape Epic is run over a 707km off-road course, which is spread over eight-day event. Riders will take on more than 1,600 metres of climbing over some of the most magnificent mountain passes in South Africa.