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Biking for a Better World: Cycling nonprofit gears up for Ride For Recovery

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Submitted to kmacmillan@sierrasun.com BBW Burner Winners: First place John Morrison, middle; second place, Nate Freed, right; third place Nick Batie.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; Biking for a Better World his hosting four fundraisers over the next month leading up to its major Ride For Recovery event this fall.In November 2011, as part of Ride For Recovery, the nonprofit will donate adaptive cycling equipment to the CR Johnson Healing Center in Truckee, according to a press release.Working in conjunction with High Fives Non-Profit Foundation, Biking for a Better World spokesman Jake Spero said the goal of Ride For Recovery is to aid athletes who have suffered life-altering injuries by giving them access to bicycles to improve their quality of life.andamp;#8220;We use the power of pedaling to bring bicycles to people who need them,andamp;#8221; Spero said. andamp;#8220;Through charity bike tours, day rides and annual events, we raise awareness and funds for communities in need of bicycles to improve their quality of life.andamp;#8220;Sharing our passion for the bike, we inspire and enable others to ride.andamp;#8221;Leading up to the event are four fundraisers, the first of which takes place this Sunday. They are:andamp;#8226; Sunday, Aug. 28 andamp;#8212; Denver to Durango Slideshow, 8:30 p.m., Fifty/Fifty Brewing Company, Truckee.andamp;#8226; Thursday, Sept. 1 andamp;#8212; Membership Drive/Appreciation Party, 7 p.m., Fireside Pizza, Truckee; followed by Pedal-Driven Bike-umentary, a free outdoor movie, 8:30 p.m., Village at Squaw Valley.andamp;#8226; Saturday, Sept. 10 andamp;#8212; 3rd Annual Wine for Wheels Dinner and Wine Auction, 7 p.m., Plumpjack Squaw Valley Inn Conference Center.andamp;#8226; Thursday, Sept. 22 andamp;#8212; third annual Donner andamp;#8217;Til You Drop Road Bike Race, 9 a.m., ride 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., West End Beach, Truckee.This Sundayandamp;#8217;s event features a slideshow of a recent ride by a local Truckee-based team of four, Spero said, who rode from Denver to Durango, spanning more than 500 miles of single track in two weeks.Earlier this summer, the nonprofit hosted a local mountain bike race, the BBW Burner in Tahoe City, which saw a great turnout of around 30 local riders helping to raise money, Spero said.This past Spring, the nonprofit ran a program called Writing for Wheels, in which eight students from North Tahoe Middle School were awarded new bicycles for winning essays in a writing contest through the school.andamp;#8220;Working with the Backcountry bike shop and Kona bicycles we outfitted the kids with new bikes and helmets,andamp;#8221; Spero said. andamp;#8220;We plan to expand this program into five local schools in the Lake Tahoe area in the spring of 2012 and award up to 50 bicycles.andamp;#8221;Biking for a Better World is a 501(c)(3) California Non-Profit Corporation, established in 2006. Learn more at http://www.bikingforabetterworld.org.