Our 50 Mile Ride planning team is excited to announce our 2014 Grand Prize DREAM BIKE, valued at over $6500!
Winner of this year’s Grand Prize Raffle will get to pick their choice of frame from SoCal’s very own INTENSE CYCLES. That’s right – you win, you choose – the frame, size, and color YOU want. And you can pick from any of these hot new INTENSE models: Hard Eddie (carbon hard-tail 29), Spider 29 Comp (XC/Trail carbon with up to 5” travel), Carbine 29 (Enduro/aggressive trail carbon with 5.5” travel), 951 EVO (made in the USA with a whopping 8.5” travel and 275 wheels), or the Tracer 275 (a go-anywhere, do-anything beauty made in the USA, up to 6” travel).
INTENSE CYCLES is a legend in the local mountain biking scene, and we’re proud to have them join our sponsor family. As designer/founder, Jeff Steber says “We make stuff, and what we make has made us what we are. We put our noses to the grindstone and sweat the small stuff to bring you the best, hand-made, highest-quality, American-made bicycles we possibly can.” Jeff and his INTENSE team believe they’re making the best bikes on the planet, representing all the true, fun-loving, thrill-seeking, adventurous spirit of California.
The Grand Prize winning INTENSE frame will be built out with a complete Shimano XT group and Fox fork – donated by our good friends at Shimano and Fox and assembled by 50MR team member Derek Melberg with Ride Rep Group. A huge thank you to INTENSE, Shimano, Fox, and Derek Melberg for making this dream bike possible!
Depending on the frame you choose, you could win a bike valued at well over $6500. How cool is that? But you have to enter to win. And you have to be present to win. Hey, have you REGISTERED for our 8th annual 50 Mile Ride for Rwanda event yet? What are you waiting for?
There was a LONG delay in Rwandan customs, along with a few other surprises thrown in. If you’ve ever traveled in Africa, you’ll become familiar with the phrase “TIA” – it stands for “This Is Africa”. Things happen at a different pace in Africa, and patience is definitely a virtue. But the great news is: our 50 Mile Bikes have made it, and they are being assembled now. The first 100 bikes will be distributed next week to a specific group of students in Rwamagana (Olympic cyclist Adrien Niyonshuti’s home town). We’ll have more updates later to let you know the impact that these bikes – and YOUR generosity – are having in Rwanda. Thanks for your support!
One night only! Join our 50 Mile Ride for Rwanda fans on Monday Feb 24 at the exclusive OC premier of “Rising from Ashes”, an inspiring true story about the rise of the Rwandan National Cycling Team. The film will be presented at the historic West Coast Theater in old town Santa Ana (near the Civic Center). Doors open at 6:30pm and the screening starts at 7:00pm. After the film you’ll get to meet the filmmakers as well as Team Rwanda member Rafiki Uwimana (the one with the infectious smile and the boundless enthusiasm for life).
“Rising from Ashes” is a feature length documentary about two worlds colliding when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda to help a group of struggling genocide survivors pursue their dream of a national team. As they set out against impossible odds both Jock and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their past. (Note from Doug: I’ve seen the documentary a few times, with audiences of all types – and I guarantee you’ll be inspired and encouraged by the message – whether you are a cyclist or not).
Donations will be accepted, and merchandise will be available for purchase. All proceeds from the night will benefit the Rising From Ashes Foundation. Registration for the 50 Mile Ride for Rwanda will also be available that night. Come join your friends for a fun and inspiring night! Please join and share our film screening FB Page