Fatcyclist.com is starting this week , a new fundraiser for this unique and worthwhile Charity ! This got me thinking about ways of " publicing " their fundraising efforts . As many will have read in other blog posts , most of the equipment i utilise , as i ride the various Pro World Tours , are provided for me by generous Equipment Suppliers .
The idea of riding a Complete Grand Tour came to mind ? Could the people behind " WBR " be able to provide a " Pink " unit for training purposes , then service it during the actual Giro d`Italia ? Sram service people are always at the Grand Tours visiting the Teams using their products in past years . In fact i recall meeting people that won competitions that they sponsored , at Team Hotels as they serviced Bikes .
Carrying this idea further , could a number of " Pink WBR bikes " be built , some sold to those in different parts of the world as " Fundraisers " and then if the owners chose to visit the Grand Tours , be loaned similar units to ride on the " Routes of the Grand Tours "?
Over several years i have reported riding with Francesco Moser , Gianni Motta ; Maurizio Fondriest & Paulo Bettini as they escort " Guests on a ride from the " Villagio Partenza " and also to " Villagio Arrivo " ! It occurs to me that " Sram " could partner with " Banco Medillianum " and thus those " Guests " choosing to invest in a " Maglia " from Banco M. , could choose to donate a " WBR Bike " ? Yes , they may even choose to ride a " Pink WBR bike " with Francesco and Co ?
Normally Francesco rides a " Moser model " , Maurizio a Fondriest , as Gianni has ridden a " Motta model " , in the past , could they not ride a " Pink WBR model " either painted/decalled " Donated by Banco M."?
So there are transport logistic issues involved ? Fattys' army , are renowned for solving " molehills "! Each year , " 100 MON " takes place at a variety of locations , i on my part , have ridden it several times , last year " LÀlpe D`Huez was the location i utilised , during the Dutch Cancer Fund Raiser .
With so many Media Journos at the Giro d'Italia , it seems such an obvious " publicity opportunity " for promoting the fantastic work that " World Bicycle Relief " continues to do .
Should those working with " WBR " make a success of this at the Giro d'Italia then there will be an opportunity for even more Publicity to be generated at " Le Tour " ! With so many " Tour Operators " bringing " Punters and their Bikes to " Le Tour " , many riding a bike , at " Le Tour " could save the expense of bringing their own bikes , and utilise a " Yellow WBR Bike "! Journos could not fail to find a story here ?
Another thought came to mind , in the U.K. , there are Op.s for workers , to buy bikes through their " Employers " , thus getting tax relief ? Could " donating " to a " WBR bike " be included into this scheme be considered ? Noted that there is other " Tax relief Op.s " available and suggest contact with the following email address could elicit that info : firstname.lastname@example.org