A group of cyclists clad in brightly-colored gear gathered in front of a retro-looking food truck in a popular cyclist area of Tucson on Saturday, warming themselves over warm cups of coffee and waiting to join professional cyclist Alison Tetrick on a group ride for charity.
Tetrick arrived Thursday evening for SBT GRVL’s On the Road cycling series. SBT GRVL is one of the largest gravel cycling events in the world that occurs in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, every year. This year, they will also host FNLD GRVL, a race in Finland.
For On the Road, SBT GRVL decided to give back to the cycling community throughout the year by having micro-GRVL events in different cities different months throughout the year.
"It’s not just about one day in August or one day in June, in Finland, it’s about really activating communities nation and now worldwide," Tetrick said.
Tucson was their first stop in the On the Road series. A huge, thriving cycling community
Saturday’s group ride raised $2,000 with a donation match by Chamois Butt’r for El Group, an Outride grant recipient and Tucson nonprofit that aims to empower youth through bicycles.
“Tucson this time of year has a huge cycling community. It’s thriving,” Tetrick said. “Coming to Tucson we can connect with this community, raise money to help keep providing these programs with free bikes, helmets, etc.”Between 50 and 70 cyclists joined the ride, zooming down Tanque Verde Road and up the mountains, where the Santa Catalina and Rincon mountains meet, passing homes and […]
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