Bodacious Biking Babes give away bikes
Guided by their motto “Girls Geared to Give,” the Bodacious Biking Babes, a women’s cycling team based in El Dorado Hills, recently donated bicycles to foster and orphaned teen girls locally and around the world so the girls could have their own set of wheels to get to school or work.
Through their fundraising efforts, the BBBs donated money to Court Appointed Special Advocates of El Dorado County and World Vision. Team sponsor John Crews, owner of Bicycles Plus in Folsom, provided two bikes at cost so the team’s local donations would serve a larger number of teens. Crews donated two additional bikes, six helmets and water bottles and tuned up two used bikes donated by team members to get them in perfect riding shape.
Cindy Freeman and Michele Ruscito, current team captains, explained, “When we help foster and orphaned teens with transportation, we open many doors for them to begin their adult life independently and break the cycles of addiction or abuse. We’re excited about this opportunity to serve local high school foster teens and those who recently ‘aged out’ of foster care, as well as girls in third-world countries whose safety is at risk daily while walking to school and work. Reliable transportation is vital to a better life for these women.”
“Being able to hop in your car to get to work or the store is something that we take for granted. Many are not so fortunate, which is why I was pleased to help the Bodacious Biking Babes with their mission of providing young women with their very own bikes for a reliable, healthy way to get them to school or to their jobs,” said Crews. “I hope this story will inspire other community members to donate money for more bikes so that more women locally and around the world can enjoy the many benefits of owning their very own bike.”
The BBBs have a long track record of supporting a variety of charity rides throughout their 14-year history. Team founder Vicki Summers knew that uniting women through giving back while getting a dose of healthy exercise was a recipe for success. With the help of team sponsor Crews, getting the word out through local news articles, TV segments and features in cycling magazines, the team has grown to 70 women throughout the El Dorado and Sacramento areas and has raised more than $400,000 for charity.
BBBs are not only “Girls Geared to Give” but they are also about fun, fitness, friendship and providing women with an activity they can be proud of. To find out more about the Bodacious Biking Babes, attend the informational meeting at Bicycles Plus in Folsom at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23, or contact Freeman at [email protected].