posted by Kristi Benedict - June 6, 2014 - 11am EST
The Munga bills itself as the “toughest race on earth” which shouldn’t be taken lightly as its creator has raced in the Freedom Challenge (2300km across South Africa) and the Tour Divide (4418km along the Rockies from Canada to Mexico). He thought that races like these deserve more than a handshake at the end, that prize money should be given to the toughest athletes, the kind that complete these kinds of races not just 4 and 5 hour races. Enter the idea for the Munga: a 1000+km mountain bike race in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Teams of two compete for grand prize money of $750,000! All teams that make the 5 day cutoff are entered to win a random drawing of $100,000. Too good to be true? A bit, it costs $10,000 per team to enter.
The League of American Bicyclists has announced the winners of it’s Women Bike Mini Grant Program for 2014. The grants were created to support new and growing programs that engage young women in bicycling, encourage more moms to ride and advance female leadership in the bike movement.
Tell Orbeawhat you ride to overcome and be entered to win their second giveaway of a Team Novo Nordisk replica M50 complete bike.
There are less than three days left on the Indiegogo campaign for you to purchase your Wheely’s Bicycle Cafe franchise. Your Semi-Early Bird price includes a three-wheeled bicycle cafe, signage, branded cups and napkins, Wheely’s manual, and a life-time right to use your Wheely’s Bicycle Cafe in a designated geographical area with no franchise fees.
The Air Force Association Cycling Classic will be held this weekend, June 7-8, in Clarendon and Crystal City, VA. Online registration is closed, but spots will be available for purchase at packet pick-up. Kids’ races will be held both days, check the website for more info.
Nat Cobb, a board member of WildEarth Guardians, is riding the 2014 Tour Divide on June 13th. He is using his ride to raise money to protect and restore the wild wolf population of the Western US.
If you haven’t seen this data yet, it’s exciting – the first major academic study of protected bike lane use in the US has been published. People For Bikes‘ website has a link to the whole study and has written a Cliff’s Notes version of the results worth reading.