And now, here we are, a month later. And it’s been quite a month.
Specifically, during this month, more than a thousand of you have donated, with the average amount per person donating being about five dollars more the cost of a Buffalo Bicycle ($134). Which means—in case you’re feeling a little groggy due to the holidays and are therefore not doing math especially well— that we’re really close to $140,000 raised.
And during that time, I’ve announced four amazing bikes and an amazing trip. I’ll recap exactly what those are a little later in this post.
But right now, I want to introduce the fifth—and final—bike in the Grand Slam: Power of 5: The Boom Carbon MTB.
That is a seriously good-looking bike, designed by a small family company that is absolutely fanatical about riding power and handling.
Hey, let’s take a closer look at that frame.
Yum. That is a gorgeous-looking bike, and you know that it’s going to ride like a dream. A very sexy carbon dream.
Boom Is Outrageously Awesome
It goes without saying that a small bike company like Boom that would gladly volunteer to give up a frame for this fundraiser is awesome.
But here’s the thing.
Boom isn’t just giving up this frame to help World Bicycle Relief. In fact, for every single bike Boom sells, they donate $134—the cost of a Buffalo Bike—to WBR.
And they do it just because they love bikes and the vision WBR represents—not for PR or marketing. In fact, Katie at WBR tells me that it was a long time before WBR even knew why all these checks were coming in from this little company.
I love this kind of quiet generosity. Huge kudos to Boom for doing the right thing for the very best of reasons.
How to Donate and How You Can Win
It’s simple to donate and enter the contest for these five dream bikes and the dream cycling vacation to Italy (and yes, no matter when you donate, you’re entered for the drawing of all of the prizes). Just go to my WBR fundraiser page and make a donation.
For every $5.00 you donate, you’ll get a chance at winning these five bikes. So, please donate in multiples of $5.00.
As a bonus, though, if you donate the cost of a WBR bike — $134 — you’ll be given an additional (you guessed it) five chances.
And the really amazing thing here is — in addition to your donation possibly netting you an amazing bike or trip — your money is doubled. Which is to say, for every dollar you donate, a very generous group of individuals is matching you.
So your donations have twice the power they normally would. Which is completely amazing.
Time is Running Out
This contest goes through the end of December. That’s Tuesday. At that point Katie Bolling at WBR will do the drawing. She’ll draw the first name, contact the winner, ask her/him which prize s/he wants, and then move on to the next name and prize. This goes on ’til all six prizes are given away.
The key thing to note here is that the contest is almost over. It ends at the end of Tuesday. If you haven’t donated yet, you need to do that now.
Oh, I’ve Got a Semi-Self-Interested Reason I Want You To Donate, Too
As you may know, The Hammer has kind of been destroying the field in her single speed mountain biking pursuits lately.
For 2014, though, she’s interested in racing with a geared bike. And I’d like to support her in that endeavor. Toward that end, I have scraped together enough to buy her this:
Buying that pretty much cleaned me out.
SRAM, however, has told me that if we reach the crazy-lofty $155,555 goal I semi-jokingly set for this fundraiser, they’ll build up The Hammer’s frame in much the same way they’re building up the prize-winners’ frames. An XX1 drivetrain. RISE wheels. A Truvativ Noir bar and Stylo T40 Stem. And so forth.
So, in the end, by donating you’re not just helping WBR save the world. You’re not just getting a shot at one of five bikes or a dream vacation. You’re not just getting your money doubled.
You’re also helping The Hammer crush the competition in her MTB racing this year. So thank you for that.
A Recap of What You Can Win
So let’s review the five bikes you can win in The Grand Slam for Zambia: The Power of 5, shall we?
First, there’s the Ibis Ripley.
The Ripley is an extraordinary, innovative, and highly-sought-after MTB that is perfect for XC racing, endurance, or all-mountain. It may be the most versatile MTB ever made.
Next, there’s a Trek Madone Series 7, customized through Project One:
This is Trek’s best-of-breed road bike, and it is gorgeous, light and fast. And you can customize the look of the frame through Project One, meaning this bike is going to be beautiful in the way you want.
Third, there’s the Cannondale CAAD10:
Seriously fast and light. Nice.
Fourth, Specialized will let you choose between an S-Works Tarmac…
Which is the better choice? Well, I went with the Tarmac. The Hammer wants a Roubaix. Maybe you can help us break the tie.
And fifth, there’s the MTB we revealed today: the Boom.
But don’t forget, there’s the surprise prize: the cycling trip to Italy with InGamba.
Honestly, I don’t envy the people whose names are drawn; it’s going to be really difficult to choose which prize to take.
No, I’m just kidding, because actually I really really envy the people whose names are drawn.
But here’s the thing: You probably won’t win. Most of you won’t. Your odds are less than 1%, really.
But even if (when!) you don’t win, you’re still making life better for people who really need it. You’re making a different instantly, and in a huge way. And your money’s getting doubled, which is amazing.
And after all, somebody’s (six somebodies, in fact) got to win. Right?
So please, click here donate.
Thanks, and good luck!