Posts in the category Advocacy

Injured Veterans Set To Ride 360 Miles for the 2015 UnitedHealthcare Ride 2 Recovery Memorial Challenge

Memorial Day means a lot of things to a lot of people, but for Ride 2 Recovery it means the 2015 edition of the Memorial Challenge. Sponsored for the 6th year in a row by UnitedHealthcare, the 5 day 360 mile ride will take injured veterans from the Vice President’s Residence at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. and lead them to Virginia Beach, with the ride ending with a USO sponsored VIP concert on the 29th. 

For those unfamiliar with Ride 2 Recovery, the organization uses cycling as a way for injured veterans to find both mental and physical rehabilitation. Jonathan Dade mentions that “Cycling has been more therapeutic for me than seeing a psychologist. It’s a way of bringing you back to what you once were.” Along with organizing the rides and helping with training, Ride 2 Recovery also helps out with adaptive cycles that allow riders with some of the worst injuries to get on a bike and ride. Previously at Interbike we had a chance to check out Timothy Brown’s full suspension hand cycle (above), which kept the triple amputee rolling.

On Monday’s ride, 200 veterans will set off, but over the years Ride 2 Recovery has helped over 10,000 Vets restore hope and their sense of purpose. Ride 2 Recovery welcomes all of the communities along the route to come out and show their support as the riders make their way to Virginia Beach…


Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

Memorial Day Sales


  • FitWell Bicycle Company is Having A Sale – Through Friday the 29th, all bikes are 30% off MSRP and you won’t pay shipping. FitWell produces bicycles that offer a great fit, stability and value with a clean aesthetic for riders that just want to go out and ride. Visit to see the great deals no some cool bikes.
  • TWIN SIX // MEMORIAL DAY SALE – 16% off all orders under $66 and 26% Off all orders over $66. Sale ends on May 25th at midnight. Visit for the deals.


Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces



  • Ride of Silence – On May 20, 2015 at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Check with your local cycling groups to see if there will be a Ride of Silence in your town (there are rides in 49 states).

Bike Parks

  • Mammoth Mountain Bike Park Opens May 22nd – Mark your calendar, schedule your tune-up and grab your crew; the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park is set to open for the year on May 22. A number of improvements and events are on tap for the Mammoth Bike Park in 2015, including the USA Cycling Mountain Biking National Championships, which moves to Mammoth this July. Several trail extensions aimed at increasing the connectivity of Mammoth’s trail network are scheduled for completion this summer. Also new this year, the Bike Park Basecamp adjacent to the Gondola at Main Lodge will provide the perfect setting to gather after a ride. With outdoor seating, bike tuning stands, snacks and locally brewed beer available for purchase, it’s an ideal post-ride venue.

Benefit Rides

  • Fundraiser to Support the Wood River Bicycle Coalition – The Wood River Bike Coalition is a non-profit organization located in the Sun Valley, Idaho area. The area was hit hard by a fire two years ago that ruined more than 150 miles of trails in our area so through volunteer trails crews in the spring and early summer were able to log over 1500 volunteer hours last year rebuilding trails close to home. On Saturday August 1st, 2015 they’ll host the Sawtooth Century which has become their biggest fundrasier of the year. For more information on the WRBC visit

More news and a chance to win a trip to The Tour after the jump…


Phil Gaimon Bites into ATOC With Custom Diamondback Cookie Bike for UHCCF

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Admit it. Like a lot of us, you too probably ride so you can allow yourself a few more tacos, pizza, or beer. The concept of “earning your cookies” isn’t exclusive to the amateur ranks as even the pros are known to have their weaknesses. For Optum Pro KBS team rider Phil Gaimon, he is literally earning his cookies as the rider has outgrown an unhealthy, overweight childhood but still allows himself a sweet treat when his training warrants it.

As part of an initiative to promote healthy eating and an active lifestyle, Gaimon and the Optum Pro Cycling team presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies (KBS) have teamed up with UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) to create a one of a kind “milk and cookies” themed bike with the all new Diamondback Podium Equipe as the canvas. The bicycle will be raced by Gaimon at the Amgen Tour of California and then it will be donated to UHCCF for a charity aution to be held in the future… READ MORE ->

League of American Bicyclists Announces 2015 Bicycle Friendly State Ranking

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Today kicks off National Bike to Work Week. Whether you rode into the office for the first time or the 10,000th time, how your home state approaches bicycle infrastructure and advocacy can have a major impact on your commute. To honor those states who have been doing it right, the League of American Bicyclists has compiled the latest list of the best and the worst states to ride a bicycle.

Check out how your state measures up next…


Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

Mothers Day Ad

Mother’s Day

  • Culprit Bicycles is Having a Mother’s Day Sale – Culprit is offering their Arrow one and bullet for $1,900 USD plus shipping and handling. This is their steepest discount that they have ever offered to date. Visit Culprit’s Facebook Page for details.


  • Looking for a new Road Bike?  – Franco Bicycles wants to see more Repsol Balcom S bikes on the road. To that end, for the next two weeks, we’re offering a free Repsol Edition upgrade on any Balcom S complete bike. The Repsol offer ends May 20th. Check out their road bikes here.


  • Bell Built Grant – Eastern Region Voting Goes Live May 11th – Is your local trail one of the candidates to receive the grant from Bell Helmets? The project with the most votes will be awarded the grant on May 25th. Visit to place your vote.

More news after the break.


100Copies Raising Money for Red Cross Nepal Earthquake Relief


We’ve featured the work of artist Thomas Yang several times in the past as he has produced a handful of great looking, limited edition cycling-inspired art prints that manage to remain affordable. This time he sent us over a heads up of his most recent work titled Ride On, Nepal. The impetus behind it is the recent earthquake and resulting devastation in and around Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. He wanted to both make a tribute to those whose lives have been directly affected, and to help raise money to rebuild their lives. All proceeds from the sales of this series are being donated to the humanitarian relief efforts of the Red Cross Nepal Earthquake Relief.

Roll past the break for more preview images, pricing, and availability…


REI awards $100,000 to PeopleForBikes Green Lane Project


PRESS RELEASE: Boulder, CO (May 4, 2015) — Specialty outdoor retailer REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.) has awarded $100,000 to PeopleForBikes to expand its Green Lane Project. The Green Lane Project helps U.S. cities build better bike lanes to create safer streets and better communities. The Project is working with six focus cities for 2014-2016 – Atlanta, GA, Boston, MA, Denver, CO, Indianapolis, IN, Pittsburgh, PA and Seattle, WA – and is focused on protected bike lanes, which are on-street lanes separated from traffic by curbs, planters, parked cars or posts.

The REI award investment will be used to fund Green Lane Project grants in each of the six focus cities. The grants are designed to help the cities advance their protected bike lane infrastructure and build public support and ridership for low-stress networks. Grant recipients will engage their local REI store in the project and provide a clear plan for measuring success.

“Thanks to REI’s support, we will be able to demonstrate the many benefits that come to a city when it invests in safe, accessible places to ride,” said Martha Roskowski, PeopleForBikes vice president of local innovation. “These grants will help our focus cities become better places to live, work and play. ”

“At REI we believe an outdoor life is a life well lived. We believe in a future where people of all ages and abilities feel safe while riding a bike for fun, fitness or transportation, “said Marc Berejka, REI’s Director of Community and Government Affairs. “We are proud to support PeopleForBikes’ efforts to create more bike-friendly communities across the nation through the growth of protected bike lanes.”


Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces



  • Central Region Voting is Now Live – Is your local trail one of the candidates to receive the grant from Bell Helmets? Vote now through May 10th. The project with the most votes will be awarded the grant on May 25th. Visit to place your vote.
  • Win a Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD road bike – The athlete nutrition experts at The Feed are giving away a Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD road bike to one lucky winner (valued at $7,500).  Visit to register for the contest and be sure to check out their other deals.

Clothing – Gear – Tools

  • Microsoft Partners Strava and MapMyRide for Band Smartwatch – Microsoft has responded quickly to early criticism of its Band product’s cycling-specific functionality by announcing a partnership with Strava and MapMyRide. Building upon the initial Bike Tile introduction in February, Band customers will now be able to compare performance or share routes with other riders using the popular apps. Here’s more details.
  • Tribike Transport Introduces New Service: Ship & Ride – TriBike Transport (TBT), triathlon’s first fully assembled bicycle transportation service, is proud to announce their newest service: Ship & Ride, for those athletes interested in taking their bike with them while traveling for work, vacation, or for any instance that takes them away from their home and vis a vis, their bike.

Plenty more cycling tidbits and how you can help Nepal after the break…