Aspen, Colo. (June 4, 2013) – USA National Team cyclist Cari Higgins is spearheading the 2013 Aspen Invitational – the Second Annual weekend ride aiming to raise $300,000 for World Vision’s Bicycles for Africa Project. Held July 19-20 in Aspen, Colorado, participants have their choice of riding 100k or 50k for a cause: providing bicycles to students and adults in rural Africa.
Rural Africa has a transport problem: there isn’t any. Children walk five to 15 miles each way to school, arriving so tired it's hard to learn. Families make day-long treks to market to buy only what they can carry home on foot, which often isn’t enough for meals. Access to water requires daily treks of six to ten miles to fill heavy containers at the closest source. Bikes are the quickest, most accessible solution to the rural transport problem. A bike can cut a student's commute time by 75 percent, and can quintuple one person's carrying capacity.
Each Aspen Invitational rider, including Higgins, has personally committed to raising a minimum of $5,000 (bikes for 50 people) to donate to the Bicycles for Africa project.
“I know the power a bike has had in my own life and the power of sharing your passions with others – the Aspen ride harnesses that,” says Higgins. “We’re not just riding together, sharing something we love, but riding to improve the lives of others with the very tool that brings each of us so much joy.”
Riders will come together for two days of events, beginning with a welcome dinner on Friday, July 19. Higgins will lead the full ride on Saturday, July 20, beginning at Paepcke Park in downtown Aspen. Bikers will pedal the first 25 miles towards Snowmass with an uninterrupted view of the Elk Mountains, with cyclists choosing to ride 100k climbing 3,000 feet in the final 35 miles. A celebratory finish line festival and BBQ dinner will conclude the weekend.