The New England Mountain Bike Association has announced that all the proceeds from its annual mountain bike festival in Sandwich, Massachusetts on September 18th will be donated to the American Red Cross to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The festival is the culmination of the season-long Harpoon-Topeak MTB Adventure ride series, featuring one-day mountain bike charity rides on marked loops around New England that enable cyclists to support various causes.
"Our hearts go out to all the victims and the families devastated by Katrina," says NEMBA's executive director, Philip Keyes. "It behooves all of us to do what we can to help, and since 2500 of the victims will be staying at nearby Camp Edwards at Otis Air Force Base, it's especially important to take action now. We hope mountain bikers from around New England will come show their solidarity to support those affected by this catastrophic storm."
The festival will feature mountain bike rides for all ages and abilities, a bicycle vendor area and bicycle swap, swimming, and food. NEMBA encourages attendees to collect as many donations from friends, family, and colleagues as possible; pledge forms are available online.
For more information and directions, or to download a pledge form, visit www.nemba.org or call 800-57-NEMBA.