The New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA) has announced that it has raised $6652.45 for the American Red Cross from its annual mountain bike festival, the finale of the Harpoon-Topeak MTB Adventure Series, held on September 18 in Sandwich, Massachusetts.
Four hundred mountain bikers attended the grand finale of the Harpoon-Topeak MTB Adventure Series, presented by Dirt Rag Magazine, to raise funds for the American Red Cross and enjoy a day of trail bicycling, a bicycle industry expo, swimming, music and food.
"This event is usually a fundraiser for the New England Mountain Bike Association's trail advocacy programs. However, because of the national calamity caused by Hurricane Katrina, with some of the victims staying nearby at Otis Air Force base, we decided donating the proceeds to the American Red Cross was much more important," says NEMBA's executive director, Philip Keyes.
Neal Todrys, owner of Topeak Cycling Accessories (Foxboro, MA) commented that "Topeak is pleased to be involved with an organization like NEMBA because of its ability provide great riding opportunities for cycling enthusiasts throughout the region, and its ability to raise money for good causes."
Individual riders who gathered more than $200 in pledges were entered to win a custom cruiser bicycle donated by NEMBA member, William Noonan.