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Biking for a Better World gearing up for busy weekend

Sylas Wright
Sierra Sun

Submitted to swright@sierrasun.comDuncan Sisson of Biking for a Better World prepares to race at the Sea Otter Classic last month as teammate Jake Spero mans the booth in the background. The Tahoe-based nonprofit will have a booth at the Lifestyle Festival at the first four finishes of the Tour of California.

Jake Spero and Duncan Sisson of Biking for a Better World werenand#8217;t about to let the nationand#8217;s largest cycling race speed through Tahoe without being a part of it.

The Tahoe-based nonprofit and#8212; which is dedicated to raising funds for communities in need of bicycles and#8212; is gearing up for a busy weekend of Amgen Tour of California racing and festivities, starting with its Tahoe Bike Swap on Saturday.

Biking for a Better World will then have a breakfast buffet at the Plumpjack Conference Center on Sunday, offering convenient dining near the starting line at Squaw Valley.

Spero and Sisson also arranged to have a Biking for a Better World booth set up at the Lifestyle Festivals at the first four finishes of the race and#8212; Northstar on Sunday, Sacramento on Monday, and Modesto and San Jose.

and#8220;Weand#8217;re just trying to get more regional, and expand a little bit,and#8221; Sisson said Thursday. and#8220;Weand#8217;ll have a touring bike on display, weand#8217;ll field question for people who might want to plan their own fundraising trip and#8230; weand#8217;ll explain our current programs and schedule of events, and sell memberships.and#8221;

Bikes and related items are to be collected Friday evening between 5 and 9 p.m. for the Tahoe Bike Swap, which will be held in the Village at Squaw Valley from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include a $5 raffle for a chance to win a classic European cruiser bike. Cost for the event is $3.

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Mondayand#8217;s breakfast buffet is $20 a head, or $12 for children. And for those who choose to stick around after the race leaves Squaw that morning, the resort will offer $39 lift tickets, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Biking for a Better World.

and#8220;Hopefully some people stay and ski that day,and#8221; Sisson said.

Aside from the fundraisers associated with the Tour of California, Biking for a Better World is scheduled to host the Spinning into Summer Truckee River clean-up day on May 29.

The nonprofit currently is conducting an essay-writing contest at North Tahoe middle and high schools called Writing for Wheels, in which students submit cycling-related essays for a chance to win a new bike. The top 18 entries (nine boys, nine girls) will receive a new bike in a June awards ceremony.

and#8220;We want to continue to balance our programs and projects, doing things locally as well as nationally and internationally,and#8221; Sisson said, adding that he and Spero would like to do a similar contest at Truckee schools next year. and#8220;We want to make sure weand#8217;re not taking all the money we earn and pulling it out of this community.and#8221;

Other upcoming fundraisers include the BBW Burner endurance bike ride, to be held in the 64 Acres Parking lot in Tahoe City on July 24, as well as the Wine for Wheels Wine Auction and Dinner on Sept. 10, and the Donner ‘Til You Drop endurance ride on Sept. 22.

For more information about how to get involved with Biking for a Better World and its fundraisers, visit http://www.bikingforabetterworld.org or e-mail Spero at info@bikingforabetterworld.org.