The Wisconsin bicycle federation benefited by gaining over 35,000 USD during Saris Cycling Group's annual fundraiser on October 20. More than 600 individuals showed their support for the local advocacy organization by opening their wallets for over 100 silent auction items.
Cyclingnews reported on October 22 of the benefit event, which was attended by Floyd Landis. "Having Floyd here to show his support for bike advocacy was a huge help," responded Saris Cycling Group President Chris Fortune. "I think a lot more people now realize how integral the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin is in protecting cyclists' rights in the state."
Guests to the event were treated to live music and plenty of food and drinks courtesy of local restaurants. The highlight of the evening was a Q&A session between Landis and Robb Zbierski of Saris Cycling Group. The two discussed Landis' childhood, the 2006 Tour de France and his pending legal proceedings following the Tour.
In three years of hosting the annual fundraiser, Saris Cycling Group, established in 1974, has helped raise over $85,000 for the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin.