7/16 Chicago to Milwaukee bike ride

Chicago Cubs board member Todd Ricketts and F.K. Day from SRAM, a premier manufacturer and innovator in the cycling industry, will host the inaugural “Wrigley Field Road Tour: 100 Miles To Go” century ride on Sept. 11. Bikers will ride from Wrigley Field to Miller Park in Milwaukee. Proceeds will benefit Chicago Cubs Charities and World Bicycle Relief, a nonprofit organization that provides bicycles and bicycle education to children in Africa.

There are approximately 150 spots available for the tour. A $300 ride fee includes registration and a donation as well as one ride jersey, one long-sleeved T-shirt, food and drink at all rest stops, an engraved WBR bicycle bell, a reserved ticket to the game and transportation back to Chicago. The Cubs are also offering a handful of incentive packages for participants who raise $1,000 in addition to the $300 ride fee. Those packages include two tickets to Opening Day 2011 at Wrigley Field and an autographed piece of Cubs memorabilia.

Additionally, the top 10 fundraisers will be rewarded with tickets to a game with Todd Ricketts; the top fundraiser will be awarded the coveted SRAM Red Grupo.

The goal is to raise money and awareness for World Bicycle Relief, an organization created in 2005 by bike industry leaders SRAM Corporation and Trek Bicycle to provide individuals in impoverished communities with sturdy bicycles. World Bicycle Relief bikes allow recipients access to education, health care and economic development opportunities.

Throughout the ride, there will be six rest stops, approximately 15 miles apart, with refreshments and healthy snacks to re-energize bicyclists. The fourth stop, in Kenosha, will include a full lunch provided by Harry Caray’s restaurants. At the end of their long journey, riders will be able to sit back, relax and enjoy watching the Cubs play the Brewers at 6:10 PM in one of two exclusive seating areas for charity bike ride participants. Charter buses provided by the Cubs will serve as storage for bicycles during the game and provide participants with transportation back to Wrigley Field once the game is over.

For more info, go to worldbicyclerelief.org.

– Carrie Muskat 

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