This weekend six students are traveling across the nation as part of the Pedal for Purpose tour and will be coming through Vail over the weekend. They are part of a large-scale fundraiser for Bicycles Against Poverty, a bike organization based in Africa. The riders will be arriving on Sunday, 6/30 from Carbondale. They’ll be taking the day off on 7/1 before heading off to Idaho Springs on 7/2 so they’ll be in Vail for two nights.
There will be a low-key ride at 4pm on July 1 taking off from Yeti’s Grind (141 E Meadow Dr #108, Vail, CO 81657) and ending there with a happy hour with discounted beer.
The tour will reach Colorado on June 24th and then leave on July 7th. Their exact Colorado itinerary is listed below
Three of the students are completing the coast-to-coast journey by bicycle and began their journey in San Jose on June 8th and will end in NYC on August 10th, biking over 3,200 miles in between.
Molly Burke, BAP’s Executive Director and co-founder, commented, “I’m very excited for the team to pass through Page, which is in a breath-taking area of the country. On the 2012 tour we were truly impressed by the beauty of Arizona and the American southwest in general.” She continued, “We’re extremely excited to have the team passing through Colorado, a state that is clearly passionate about bikes and the outdoors. The mountain passes will be difficult, but the enthusiasm we’ve seen in the past make the challenge worth it.”
Muyambi Muyambi, a native of Uganda, founded Bicycles Against Poverty in 2008 while still a college student. As a child growing up in Uganda Muyambi experienced how life changing a bicycle could be for those rural areas in need of healthcare and other basic services. He founded BAP to provide affordable transportation to low-income entrepreneurs, who make small monthly repayments for the bikes. The organization has distributed over 660 bicycles in northern Uganda, and, thanks to community sharing in Uganda, BAP bicycles impact more than 3,000 individuals.
The Pedal for Purpose tour is aimed at engaging communities in a conversation about active ways to become involved in BAP’s programs. BAP is focused on raising more than $100,000 through the tour in hopes of reaching many more Ugandan families seeking a better life. Nicole Adler, BAP’s student tour manager noted, “our team is committed to fundraising a significant amount for BAP. We’re traveling across the country, half of us by bicycle, in order to bring more bikes to Ugandans looking to improve their own lives.” To date, the trip, has raised over $11,000 for the nonprofit.
Bicycles Against Poverty distributes bikes in Uganda that help with access to basic needs of life, such as transportation to health clinics, clean water, markets to trade goods, and schools. Each participant pays back for the bikes in monthly installments, just a few dollars per month, to eventually own the bicycle.
- Montrose: 6/27/2013
- Paonia: 6/28/2013
- Carbondale: 6/29/2013
- Vail: 6/30/2013- 7/1/2013
- Idaho Springs: 7/2/2013
- Denver: 7/3/2013- 7/4/2013
- Fort Morgan and Brush: 7/5/2013
- Sterling: 7/6/2013