Hi! Lentine + Elizabeth (Bud) here - thank you for visiting our funding site, and learning more about our campaign!
In March 2016 we are headed to South Africa to take on one of the most difficult mountain bike 8-day stage races in the world: Absa Cape Epic .
We're going to challenge ourselves, and to feel that freedom that
conquering something huge on a bike provides but while we're there, we
intend to help share how bikes bring a sense of freedom to women,
children and families, everywhere.
The first $5,000 that we raise will help us with our journey over to Africa.
The second $5,000 will go directly towards bike donations.
our stay, we'll be visiting several specific projects microfinance
projects that provide bicycles to communities, as a means of connecting
them to resources, education, and opportunity. Upon arrival, we intend
to deliver a small fleet of bicycles to these projects as a way of
giving them a little "bump" in their productivity, extending the power
of bicycles just a little bit further. In addition to helping us fund
safe ground transportation in country and food, the funds we raise here
will go straight towards the building of that bike fleet that we'll
deliver personally to the communities that need them most.
You can learn more below about our project, and our vision below!
We really appreciate your time + any donations made! Donations can be made by visiting the following site: https://www.gofundme.com/EpicEveryday
You can track our adventure and our training + planing on our Instagram: @EpicEverday
make us feel powerful. Because, regardless of what’s going on in our
professional or personal worlds, our bicycles remain the place where we
make the rules, and where our perceptions of what we can conquer are the
only limitations on our ability to achieve. This liberation – to go
forth bravely wherever our spirits will carry us - is one that we know
bonds us to other women in our cycling communities and beyond; the
freedom of spinning on two wheels with wind in our hair is undeniable,
whether we’re rolling to the grocery store, or into the mountains to do
intervals. And yet we recognize that the way that we’re able to enjoy
the freedom of a bicycle is a privileged one; we lie on one end of the
cycling spectrum, where riding bikes offer opportunities for adventure
and personal success.
On the opposite end of the spectrum lie
grassroots efforts to connect less fortunate women with bicycles to
empower and inspire them. The Treepreneur programs sponsored by Qhubeka + World Bicycle Relief
are among these efforts in South Africa, and there are countless more
here in the United States. For the women involved in these programs,
growing trees and trading community services for bicycles offer them the
freedom to access better education, eco-commerce, natural resources and
reliable transportation that better the lives of themselves and their
communities. This is freedom on two wheels, and eventually adventure and
personal success as well.
By documenting and illustrating our
training, preparation and competitive racing experience for the Absa
Cape Epic – one of the world’s most grueling 8-day mountain bike stage
races - over broad, yet accessible media channels, we hope to inspire
women across the world to do the things they perceive are unachievable.
And, by connecting our Cape Epic experience to projects that empower
women through bicycles, we hope to illustrate that by being diligent and
dedicated to the mission of bicycles, by enjoying individual
freedom bicycles offer, we’re enabled to provide strength and
inspiration to women, worldwide. We’re part of something much larger
than ourselves. Competing in the Cape Epic is a large mission, but we
hope to make it even larger; if freedom is cyclical, we hope to set the
We will be using the money that we raise to pay
for additional fees that we encounter (safe transportation, hotel, food,
etc). All additional money will be donated to Qhubeka/World Bicycle
Relief. One bike costs roughtly $160 USD.
Again, thank you so much for your time and consideration!
Sending Love to you -
Lentine + Bud