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World Bicycle Relief

'Allsevens' Doubles Target to 200 Bicycles; Will Raise $22,000 for World Bicycle Relief

06.06.2007
Saint Louis, Missouri

Group plans final fundraising push with events in St. Louis, even as training increases to nearly 200 miles per week

Blasting through their original goal with a month of fundraising left, the group calling itself 'allsevens' has doubled their target and will aim to put 200 bicycles into Zambia via World Bicycle Relief this year.

"The outpouring of support has been tremendous," said Nigel Taylor, one of the four team riders. "When we started we thought 100 bikes would be a challenge; now we think we can achieve double that."

Calling themselves 'allsevens,' Taylor, of St. Louis, and three friends - Chris Davey of Bath, England, and Bert Berla and Mark Neuman of St. Louis - plan to ride 777 miles across 7 countries in 7 days, visiting 7 Tour de France Prologue cities on their way to London, where this year's Tour kicks off on July 7: 07/07/07.

Taylor and Davey conceived the ride as a challenge, and very quickly saw its potential. "We wanted this to be more than just another ride," Taylor said. "We immediately began to research possible fundraising and awareness opportunities." In the U.S., the group is raising contributions for World Bicycle Relief; in England, for Jole Rider.

In the final push to reach their goal, the group is riding nearly 200 miles per week, and is working with several St. Louis-area bicycle shops to host events. On the evening of June 15, a reception will be held at Mesa Cycles, 1035 S. Big Bend Blvd., from 5-7 p.m. The next morning will be a ride departing from Maplewood Cycles, 7534 Manchester Road, followed by a presentation at the shop. In the afternoon, the group will be at Big Shark Bicycle Company, 6133 Delmar Blvd, from 2-4 p.m.

At each event, a World Bicycle Relief bicycle will be shown, and a representative of the organization will be on hand to speak about the program. World Bicycle Relief provides culturally appropriate bicycles to those who need them, including establishing assembly and maintenance training in the countries in which it serves, and working with manufacturers to improve the bicycle technology. The current program provides bicycles to volunteer, community-based HIV/AIDS caregivers at a cost of $109 per bicycle.

Taylor said the logistics for the ride are in place, and the group has procured product support from SRAM Corporation, ProLink Lubricants, Continental Tires and Walk for Life Inc.

ABOUT WORLD BICYCLE RELIEF
World Bicycle Relief is dedicated to providing access to independence and livelihood through The Power of Bicycles™. Simple sustainable mobility is an essential element in disaster assistance and poverty relief, and bicycles empower individuals, their families, and their communities. More information is available at www.worldbicyclerelief.org.

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Contacts
World Bicycle Relief
(312) 664-3587
cstrout@worldbicyclerelief.org
www.worldbicyclerelief.org

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