Spero, Sisson still Biking for a Better World
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.