Semper Fi Fund Vets Take on Invitation Only Mountain Bike Event and Learn from the Pros at TDS Enduro April 27 – 30, 2019
Contact: Brian McPherson
April 24, 2019
Team Semper Fi Joins Mountain Bike Legends for Once-in-a-Lifetime Mountain Bike Event and Instructional Clinic
Who: Twenty service members from the Semper Fi Fund’s Team Semper Fi, accept the challenge to advance and test their mountain bike skills in the best mountain bike event ever in Grass Valley, California. Four of these incredible service members were invited to race with the pros in this special invitation only multistage enduro mountain bike race.
Mark Weir: known as the “Godfather” of America Enduro Mountain Biking in the United States and is a 9-time winner of the Downieville Downhill, one of the most iconic and demanding mountain bike races in the country.
Marco Osborne: Novato, California native, competitor of the Enduro World Series and one of the most mentioned riders on the mountain bike internet at the moment.
What: Semper Fi Fund athletes will take on steep California terrain at the fourth annual Team Semper Fi Mountain Bike Clinic. Hosted in conjunction with TDS, Cannondale, WTB, Bell Helmets, G-Form, Fasthouse and Specialized bikes. Joining them will be mountain bike legend Mark Weir and Marco Osborne, who’ll share pro tips with injured veterans as they rip down some of the best trails in the country. WTB will generously making a special edition custom mountain bike saddle for the athletes to bring home with them.
When: April 27 – 30, 2019
Where: Grass Valley, CA; private location (details can be shared upon request)
Why: “Recovery Through Sport” gives veterans an opportunity to experience California’s exquisite beauty as they embark on new adventures that build endurance and strengthen camaraderie. Mountain biking offers service members a challenging task that will leave them feeling exhilarated and confident.
“Mountain biking offers the service members a balance of fun riding, beautiful scenery and land conservation awareness,” said Sam Tickle, Director Team Semper Fi. “These athletes will have the opportunity to learn advanced mountain bike skills from two of the best mountain bikers in the US, riding some of the most amazing trails in the country. Plus, they’ll have an opportunity to build confidence in the sport and connect with professional, experienced and legendary riders.”
ABOUT THE SEMPER FI FUND: The Semper Fi Fund provides urgently needed resources and lifetime support for combat-wounded, critically ill and catastrophically injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Case Managers from the Fund work one-on-one with service members and veterans to understand and support their individual needs right now and throughout their lifetimes. The Fund keeps its overhead extremely low in order to have the greatest impact on the lives of service members and veterans and has been awarded the highest ratings from watchdog groups: A+ from CharityWatch (one of only two veteran nonprofits to receive this rating last year), eight consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator (an achievement attained by only 3% of rated charities) and the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar. Learn more at SemperFiFund.org.
ABOUT TEAM SEMPER FI: Team Semper Fi – is the heart and inspiration of the Semper Fi Fund’s Sports Program and is an extension of the assistance we provide. The teams are made up of servicemen and women who have overcome significant challenges in their service to our country and have embraced the fighting, athletic spirit on their road to recovery. They are an inspiration to us all, but more importantly, they are an inspiration to their fellow service members who are also recovering.
If you would like more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Brian McPherson at 740.819.9781 or email at Brian.McPherson@SemperFiFund.org.