The Saris Gala has become the biggest single-night fundraiser for bike advocacy in the United States. Yes, number one. Ten years ago, a motley crew of “bike people” were sitting around brainstorming ways to spread the word and drum up support for better bicycling in the State of Wisconsin. Among this group was Chris Fortune, who lives by the saying, “if not us, then who?” So he stepped up, opened up his shop to the group and their friends, and the Saris Gala was born. To be fair here, the Saris Gala was born of very humble beginnings. The first year, it was really a pizza party with kegs of beer. In its first three years, the event raised $85,000 in total. But, it had “something” that kept people coming back.
This month we chatted with one of our lead assemblers, Rosario. She’s worked for Saris for 14 years and just bought a brand-new Trek road bike. Last Saturday, Rosario could be seen sporting her slick new ride at the Bike for Boys and Girls Club of Dane County.
Twenty five years ago we bought a 15-year-old rack company known as Graber Products. To honor such a significant milestone in the life of the company, we wanted to celebrate those who made 25 years of success possible.
In the days leading up to the 3rd Annual Dane County Honor Ride, our conference rooms filled up with aid station supplies, routes were marked, and the D.C. based Ride 2 Recovery crew made their way to Madison.
We like bikes. A lot. We like bikes so much that we believe that everyone (yep, everyone) should be able to ride a bike—no matter their age, experience, or ability.
And we’re not alone.
We’re talking about Ride2Recovery (R2R). R2R is a partnership of Fitness Challenge (a non-profit), the Military, and the VA Volunteer Service Office. R2R specializes in programs that help support the rehabilitation and recovery of U.S. homeland heroes.
The Saint Francis Tulsa Tough is a massive three-day event in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This cycling festival includes criterium races for amateurs and pros, non-competitive Gran Fondo rides, and the ever popular Townie Ride. This year’s events will take place this weekend, June 6-8th in downtown and midtown Tulsa.