Team WBR’s Newest Recruit, Claire Geiger!
We are very proud to announce our newest member of Team WBR, cyclist Claire Geiger. Claire is a triathlete who most recently placed ninth at the Ironman World Championships in Kona. Her big plans for this year include Ironman Louisville and Ironman Brazil, with hopes to return to Kona. Claire is also an experienced rower, having been active on the rowing team at the University of Wisconsin and later serving as a coach after graduation. She is our first Bike Month 2012 Team WBR recruit!
Claire first understood poverty issues when she traveled to Africa as an 11-year old. As a young girl herself, she saw the impact that something as simple as a bicycle had on the children and communities that she observed. Later, in college, she couldn't decide on a major, so ended up with a hodge podge of minors in addition to her degree in Biology. She has minors in Environmental Studies, Women's Studies and Global Cultures. She is a well-rounded athlete, to be sure! She states on mingling her education with issues in the developing world, "I believe that when you look at an impoverished community, it is not a single aspect that determines the success of a community but rather multiple pieces that play into the larger puzzle: the environment, women’s rights, access to education, health care and access to clean water, politics, development of skills and more." With this world view, Claire has chosen to support WBR as an organization that addresses multiple issues on a large scale.
Claire believes that her racing and athleticism is not about her, but that the people around her are a necessary part of her success. She believes that she can't successfully go 140.6 miles alone, even if she's the only one on the bike. She believes in her teammates, friends, family and supporters. It is that community and support that also allows her to bring attention to the Power of Bicycles.