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Olympian Todd Wells Leads Fundraiser for Key Bay Area Cycling Organizations

BERKELEY, Calif.–Olympic mountain bike team member and multiple US national champion Todd Wells of the Specialized Factory Racing team invites cyclists to join him when he makes a rare Bay Area appearance for the second edition of the Bay Area’s annual fundraising ride, The Dirt Roll, to be held on Sunday, February 6th, 2011. Both road and off-road bicycle rides are offered.

The Dirt Roll is produced by The Northern California High School Cycling League and the Marin County Bicycle Coalition. It is a benefit ride attended by a host of mountain bike pioneers and cycling enthusiasts with an interest in ensuring that kids have safer roads and great trails for cycling. Proceeds from the Dirt Roll support the ongoing advocacy work being conducted by both organizations.

Todd Wells said, “I’d like to see a lot of cyclists come out and ride with me, we’ll have a blast! I’m excited to be in the Bay Area for this! I’ve heard about the Camp Tamarancho trails, and I’m looking forward to riding them. And for somebody like me, who makes his living from the sport, there’s something special about coming to one of the places where it all began. But think about the cause too, because that’s what you’re really signing up for. These two organizations have done so much to provide and maintain good riding facilities over the years, it’s scary to think how it would’ve been without them.”

The Dirt Roll offers both recreational and competitive cyclists the opportunity to participate in a fun and well organized event, either on asphalt or dirt.

Ride groups are arranged according to ability level, so there will be a ride for every ability. All rides start at the San Geronimo Golf Course west of Fairfax, California at 10:00 (they roll out at 10:30 sharp). The rides, which are supported, traverse the pride of the Bay Area mountain bike trails: Camp Tamarancho; or for road riders, the splendor of the bucolic Marin backroads awaits.

Both rides return to the San Geronimo Golf Course for a warm shower, delicious lunch and awards ceremony with great prizes. Then it’s time to watch the big game on a big screen!

Fundraising for the ride is encouraged, and the most successful among the fundraisers will receive some pretty impressive gifts. A fundraising minimum of $125 for adults and $75 for youth (18 and under) is required to join the ride.

Register and start your fundraising drive here. Chat with other participants on the event’s Facebook page. Non-riders are welcome to join us for the post-ride party for a donation of $50, and can register for the party by emailing

The ride is sponsored by Specialized Bicycle Components, Trek Bicycles, Mike’s Bikes and Clif Bar and Co. It is for both recreational and competitive cyclists, road and mountain bike, are invited to participate in the Dirt Roll. The start is at the San Geronimo Golf Course.

Fundraisers will receive:

Saddle time with mountain bike legend and all-around great guy, Todd Wells
Pre-ride hot drinks and snacks, and a post-ride BBQ lunch.
Super Bowl viewing party on large flat screen tv.
Entry into a raffle with great prizes
Special prize for the riders who raise the most money

For more information, and to enter the fundraising ride, visit

What: Dirt Roll fundraising bike ride and post-ride party
Where: Starts San Geronimo Golf Course, 5800 Sir Francis Drake Blvd,
When: February 6th, 2011. 10:00 am
Who: All levels of mountain and road bikers, from recreational to pro – The Dirt Roll is a no drop ride
Why: Fundraiser for cycling road safety and mountain bike trails
How: Mountain bike and road bike rides!
Price: $125 minimum adults, $75 minimum under-18
Info and registration:

This event was formerly known as The Dirt Bowl.

About the Marin County Bicycle Coalition
The Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC) is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1998. MCBC has 1,700 individual members ranging in age from 18 to 81. Our mission is to promote safe bicycling for everyday transportation and recreation, and we work under the motto of, “We do the work, you take the ride!” MCBC focuses its efforts within five program areas, Building Marin’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Infrastructure, Safe Routes to Schools, Share the Road, Public Outreach, and State & National Advocacy. Since our inception, our pursuit of infrastructure improvements allowed MCBC to help our towns and County acquire over $107 million in government grants to complete their bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Our goal is to make it easier, safer and more convenient for everyone to choose bicycling as their preferred mode of transportation for local trips and recreational rides in Marin County. For information on MCBC visit or call 415-456-3469.

About the NorCal High School Cycling League
The NorCal High School Cycling League, founded in 2000, is a non-profit organization open to students from both public and private schools. The League provides coaching and camaraderie to help students achieve both competitive and non-competitive cross-country mountain biking goals and comprises the easiest route for youth to get involved in the challenging and exciting world of competitive cycling. Each season includes a fall Leader’s Summit for coaches, winter riding camps, the five-race series, and a variety of summer camps. The League exists by virtue of a range of fundraising activities as well as generous donors and sponsors including the founding sponsor of the SoCal League, Easton Foundations; the founding national sponsor, Specialized Bicycle Components, as well as SRAM, Trek Bicycles, Clif Bar and Co., Fox Racing Shox, Creation Engine, GU Sports, Mike’s Bikes, NCNCA, Primal Wear, Santa Cruz Bicycles, Shimano, Touchstone Climbing Gyms, Mellow Johnny’s, CamelBak, Dirt Rag, Feedback Sports and Mountain Bike Action. For more information on the League visit or call 510.524.5464.

Source: Vanessa Hauswald

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