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Dirty Kanza 200: The Service Course / WBR team

The Service Course, a Boulder, CO based bicycle service shop, and friends have teamed up to support World Bicyle Relief while racing the Dirty Kanza 200.  This 200 mile gravel road race in Emporia, Kansas will test the limits of every rider but knowing our efforts are all in support of World Bicycle Relief will keep us going through to the finish!  Please check out our rider bios and photos below and help us reach our goal of raising $36,800 which will provide 200 bikes and 200 tool kits to provide access to independence and livelihood through The Power of Bicycles!

The Team:

Rebecca Rusch - Team Baller  

Rebecca Rusch is among the world's top endurance athletes. In August 2012, Rusch cemented that position by winning her fourth straight Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race, setting a new course record of 7 hours, 28 minutes and six seconds.  But beyond Rusch's dominance in endurance racing as "The Queen of Pain", she believes in the power of bicycles to change lives.  "I believe in the strength of community to affect change in a big way when we all band together even in small ways.  Giving a little achieves a lot!"

Nick Legan - Team Captain

It's funny to think that a life spent on two wheels can take you so many places. But that's exactly what bicycles have done for me. I've seen the transcendental potential of the world's greatest invention in my personal life and want to help make the inevitable change in the world, a change in a positive direction. World Bicycle Relief is an organization working to do just that. Please help support WBR!

Pete Beers - The Man in Pink

I ride bikes.  I have for 40+ years.  As a kid, it was my sense of freedom.  As an adult, it is my sense of freedom.  I approach it with the same awe, enthusiasm and joy as I did at age 6.  My bicycle advocacy takes the form of sharing that feeling with others.  Traveling the world and seeing how bicycles impact people in places like sub-Saharan Africa and Latin American has put an exclamation point on it... It isn't the luxury kind of freedom.  It is the "we need this to LIVE" kind of Freedom.  Basically I could walk, drive or do what I do in another way.  Many folks don't have those choices.  The bicycle opens doors for them.  I want to open more doors... at home and abroad.

Chris Case - Team Hustler

I live, ride, and race according to the ideals of the Zen cyclist: A Zen teacher once asked his students why they rode bicycles. One said he rode to carry potatoes. Another cycled to observe the world. A third said it cleared the mind, and a fourth said cycling put him in harmony with all sentient beings. The Zen master was pleased, but when the fifth replied, "I ride my bicycle to ride my bicycle," the teacher sat at the student's feet and said, "I am your student." Everyone should know the freedom and simple pleasure of riding a bicycle, or have their lives improved by such a simple machine. Cycling has brought me countless moments of pleasure and joy, and through WBR I want to give others the chance to improve their lives and make that more enjoyable. 

Jess D'Amato - The Team's Official Smile!

Jess moved to Boulder five years ago after attending college in Vermont and graduate school on Long Island, NY. She had raced triathlons since college (including 5 Ironmans) and run several marathons, but wanted to move to a place where she could lead a more adventurous lifestyle. In Boulder, she started racing bikes on the road and in the mountains, then found cyclocross and never looked back. Now, she has settled into the Colorado life, mixing her passion for art and design with her love for cycling and being active. When she's not cycling, Jess enjoys graphic design for her business JAD Designs and magazines designs.

Kristen Peterson - WBR Ambassador

Kristen is a professional triathlete with a passion for any bicycle adventure.  Last year, she was part of the 6-woman Reve Tour team that rode the entire Tour de France a day ahead of the men's pro peloton to inspire more women to get out and ride.  Kristen has worked with World Bicycle Relief for several years because she believes in WBR's unique ability to transform lives and communities through bicycles.  "I'm super pumped to get to combine my love for advenutes and bikes with my work for WBR through the epic Dirty Kanza 200 event!"

Eric Greene - 

Infected with the "two wheel addiction" early in life via a little green Schwinn. That addiction has lead a merry chase around the globe and shaped my life, mostly for the good. It has also paid the rent for most of the past 30 years.  Other issues: Motorcycles, Climbing, Photography, Falconry    

Aaron Foster -       

From his early days on a red BMX hitting jumps and delivering newspapers, through his time racing in college, all the way to his current job and favorite pursuit, in one way or another, the bicycle has always been a huge part of Aaron Foster's life.  Foster will be making his first trip to Emporia in 2013 and taking on his first double century in almost twenty-five years.  The Skratch Labs co-founder is honored to help raise money for WBR, and to be part of a team of such accomplished riders and just plain good folks. 

World Bicycle Relief is a nonprofit organization transforming individuals and communities through the Power of Bicycles. Since 2005, thanks to support from individuals like you, World Bicycle Relief has provided over 125,000 specially designed, locally assembled, rugged bicycles to students, healthcare workers and entrepreneurs and trained over 800 field mechanics. Learn more >

World Bicycle Relief is a registered 501(c)3. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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