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Spero, Sisson still Biking for a Better World

Submitted PhotoNorth Tahoe Middle School students Austin Nall and Chase Whitney, both 13, take a break for a photo with Duncan Sisson of Biking for a Better World during the BBW Burner fundraiser on Aug. 5. Both young cyclists, members of the North Tahoe Bike Force led by Allie Donovan, rode 25 miles and raised more than $300 to help purchase bikes for students in Nicaragua.

Biking for a Better World remains devoted to its cause.

Three years after embarking on a 15,000-mile fundraising cycling ride to help build a school in Nicaragua, team members Jake Spero and Duncan Sisson are working to outfit the children at that school with their own bicycles.

and#8220;Biking for a Better World is like Robin Hood, but we donand#8217;t steal the money,and#8221; Sisson said in a 2009 Sierra Sun interview, explaining what the Tahoe-based nonprofit is all about. and#8220;We basically try to get ourselves out there and get people to donate to us so we can give money to good causes. Weand#8217;re not interested in keeping the money ourselves.and#8221;

Most recently, Sisson and Spero held the BBW Burner fundraising mountain bike ride from 64-Acres Park in Tahoe City last Thursday, Aug. 5. The ride consisted of a 5-mile loop, with participants raising money by gaining $25 sponsorship pledges per lap. Spero, the president and founder of Biking for a Better World, said the event raised about $1,000.

The ultimate goal is $15,000 to purchase all 50 bicycles and get them to the school, Spero said. Biking for a Better World will look to close that gap with a couple of upcoming local fundraisers and#8212; Donner and#8216;Til You Drop on Aug. 27 (same format as the BBW Burner) and the Wine for Wheels auction on Sept. 11.

For more information about how to get involved with Biking for a Better Worldand#8217;s fundraisers, visit http://www.bikingforabetterworld.org or e-mail Spero at info@bikingforabetterworld.org.

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