2011 Wrigley Field Road Tour Recap
This past Saturday over 600 cyclists rode through the Wrigley Field concourse in Chicago, IL to embark on their 100-mile cycling journey to Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Led by World Bicycle Relief President and SRAM Executive Vice President F.K. Day and Chicago Cubs Co-owner, Todd Ricketts the riders came together to support World Bicycle Relief and Chicago Cubs Charities. Day sent the crew off with these words of encouragement, "...as you are on mile 75 of this ride, think of an African student struggling to get an education or a caregiver traveling long hours to reach her patients and remember that you are doing this for them."
Riders were met with fierce headwinds that fatigued even the strongest cyclists, but spirits were high throughout the ride. Lunch was served at a scenic park on Lake Michigan and provided a needed break. SRAM provided pro-level NRS and SAG support from Scott saw that everyone was safe and able to carry on. Volunteers from the Aids Foundation of Chicago turned one rest stop into a dance party, while the next to last stop was transformed into a Zambian picnic with a warm greeting including music and regional fabrics.
The ride finish was a celebration where riders enjoyed a beer, slice of pizza and then a shower at a local YMCA. Riders sat together with volunteers, friends and family in one large block of seats at Miller Park – all in red Wrigley Field Road Tour t-shirts. It was an exciting game and the Cubs tried to rally but in the end it was the riders and the recipients in Africa who won out. Thus far, the event has raised over $400,000! Fundraising concludes at midnight Friday Sept, 2. Donate now to the cause.
A Special Thank You to -
Our Sponsors: SRAM, Chicago Cubs, Specialized, Higher Gear, Viva Terra, EcoSalon, Scott, Invesco, Harry Caray's, The Bahati Foundation, ProGold Lubricants, Peet's, Patagonia, Easton, Zipp, Clif, QBP, Saris, Cateye, Fiz'i:k, Chamois Butt'r, Road ID, Gatorade, Athletico, Aquafina, Palermo's Pizza and the Menomenee Valley Association
The amazing SRAM NRS team including Ed Nasjleti, Jose Alcala, Matt McKinney and help from Marco Colbert
Our unbelievable volunteers and volunteer coordinator Alexis Berry
Our partners: Chicago Cubs Charities and Team 2 End Aids
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