Often described as one of the toughest bike races in the lower 48 states, the Arrowhead 135 challenges even the most prepared riders. This is a journal by a non-athlete's participation in an event where starting is often just as much a challenge as finishing.

Improving Lives with Bicycles
April 21, 2011
Lately I've been collecting links to organizations that recognize that in developing countries bicycles can be an essential tool for helping lift a community from poverty. In North America, we take the bicycle for granted - first its a children's toy, then it becomes a "lifestyle choice" or "accessory" for adults. But in so many parts of the world, a bike can mean the difference between getting an education or getting married, whether or not a family gets clean water, if a doctor or nurse can visit, or if enough food can be produced from the fields to feed a village.

Mobility in low infrastructure areas is a fundamental challenge of breaking the cycle of poverty. The organizations below, in various ways, are taking on that challenge using bicycles as a foundation for change in these areas.

"It was something spectacular to have a bicycle!"

World Bicycle Relief (Link)

88 Bikes (Link)

Maya Pedal (Link)

The Bicycle City / Pedal for Progress (Link)

With My Own Two Wheels (Link)

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