Get ready to Ride On for World Bicycle Relief this Friday and Saturday!
The annual charity event is back for 2020, supporting World Bicycle Relief as they provide bicycles to students, healthcare workers, and entrepreneurs. Zwifters have a long history of supporting WBR, beginning with the first-ever 24-hour Zwiftathon in December 2015. This was followed with events in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019, making this the 6th annual Ride On for WBR event.
This year, Zwift will be hosting several group rides over 24 hours featuring professional cyclists and community leaders. If you donate to the campaign, you can get an invitation to post-ride “meet and greet” sessions with the pros!
Click here to learn more about Ride On for WBR 2020 and find out how to give or help raise funds.
About the Events
“RideOn for WBR” social rides will be held on December 4 and 5. Depending on the event, you’ll get to ride with pros from Roxsalt Attaquer, Canyon-SRAM, Trek Segafredo, and Movistar Team, as well as Zwift community leaders. All events will use the Watopia’s Waistband route, and are 60 minutes long with a pace of 1.9-2.5 w/kg unless otherwise noted.
The events begin at 1PM PST on Friday, December 4, and the last one kicks off at 9AM PST on Saturday, December 5:
- RideOn for WBR – Roxsolt Attaquer
- RideOn for WBR – 15 Year Celebration Ride w/ Tim Searle
- RideOn for WBR – Canyon-SRAM Women’s Team Ride Pace: 1-2.5 w/kg
- RideOn for WBR – Trek Segafredo Team Ride Length: 27.8 km (1 lap)
- RideOn for WBR – Movistar Team
- RideOn for WBR – 15 Year Celebration Ride
Complete any event to unlock the World Bicycle Relief jersey and wear your support on your sleeve. If you want the real-life kit, you can order it from CUORE until Dec. 31! Proceeds benefit World Bicycle Relief.
Donating and Fundraising
You can donate, set up a fundraising page, or browse other Zwifters’ fundraisers at this link on World Bicycle Relief’s website.
The goal is to raise $25,000 (USD). Once again, presenting partner Trek is matching all donations 1:1! Traditionally, many Zwifters pledge to ride a certain distance or time. You don’t have to ride to give or raise funds, though.
In the past, there have been prizes for the top fundraisers, but WBR hasn’t listed any for this year.
Pro Athlete Meet and Greets
Donors to the 2020 Ride On for WBR campaign will be invited to post-ride “meet and greet” sessions with athletes from participating pro teams. These virtual events start 5 minutes after each of the four pro team rides and last 30 minutes. If you want to join one, make sure you donate before it ends!
Each of the teams has their own fundraiser, asking people to donate through their page to be invited to their specific “meet and greet.” We did find that a donation made through another Zwifter’s page also gave us an invitation to the events. If you want to be on the safe side, or just to show support for a specific team, here are their pages:
- Roxsolt Attaquer team fundraiser
- Canyon-SRAM Women’s Team fundraiser
- Trek Segafredo Team fundraiser
- Movistar Team fundraiser
About World Bicycle Relief
World Bicycle Relief focuses on the life-changing impact bikes can make, especially in developing regions of the world. Founded in response to the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2005, the organization has since distributed more than 500,000 bikes to those in need.
Fifteen years later, World Bicycle Relief continues to empower families, rural students, healthcare workers, and entrepreneurs with rugged, purpose-built bicycles to solve the challenge of traveling long distances safely and fulfill their dreams.