Photo via Brita Climate Ride
Some people do their part fighting climate change at home in front of a computer (say...most of us here at TreeHugger). Others prefer a bit more sweat, blood, and tears. Well, hopefully just the former: Once again, Brita Climate Ride is throwing a bunch of environmentalists on bikes, this time in California, September 21-25. Those up for the challenge (a maximum of 150 riders) will pedal 320 miles over five days, soaking up spectacular vistas in the Redwood Forest, Wine Country, and more. Then, when you cross the finish line, toast your success with a large frothy beer at the Tour de Fat bike and beer festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.So how much will riders pedal a day? Day 2 is the big one, clocking in at 75 miles. On day 3, riders can choose to go either 71 miles or 100 miles -- a shuttle bus is available for the difference. Day 5 is a mere 30 miles.
A pilot for the first 'sustainable" certified multi-day sporting event, Brita Climate Ride is the largest environmental charity bike ride and "climate conference on wheels" in the U.S., the press release tells us. Participants will include ocean activist Roz Savage, who rowed solo across the Pacific.
Climate Ride Video via YouTube
Riders are each expected to raise a minimum of $2,400, which benefits Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Green America, and 1Sky. To help make both the fundraising and the training easier, registration conveniently comes with your own personal fundraising Web page and training/logistical support. All your needs along the way -- campsites, luggage transfer, road support, meals, bike mechanics, and bike guides -- are included. Plus, climate savvy fellow bikers will address the crowd each night as part of Climate Ride's expert speaker series.
And as we mentioned, crossing the finish line lands you in the heart of the Tour de Fat beer and bike festival. Put on by New Belgium Brewing, the festival raises money for bike and environmental charities.
Still need a reason to sign up? Well, we have a feeling that biking for five days straight is not something that makes you fat.