On a beautiful, fall Saturday morning, more than 20 students and their parents from the St. Francis High School Mountain Bike Team came out in support of their teammates Sebouh Bazikian and Sean Bird, and their Bikes 4 Orphans Bike/Hike-a-Thon fundraiser. The St. Francis Mountain Bike Team arrived early to help get everything setup, and then provided trail support to the hikers and mountain bikers that came out for the fundraiser.
The Bikes 4 Orphans Bike/Hike-a-Thon was held at the Glendale Sports Complex and showcased the City of Glendale’s new Verdugo Catalina trail. Over 200 supporters of this great cause came out and enjoyed a morning on the trails that meandered through the local hills. More than $5,600 was raised - money that will go directly towards the Bikes 4 Orphans mission of providing bicycles to orphanages in third world countries. (More information on Bikes 4 Orphans is available at http://bikes4orphanages.blogspot.com/).
As the hikers and cyclists returned, they were treated to music from a live band and warm food provided by the “Meat and Potato’s” food truck. The end of the day featured a raffle with prizes donated by PAA, Incycle, Pasadena Cyclery, and Warner Brothers.
The St. Francis Mountain Bike team is entering its 6th season of mountain bike racing in the SoCal league. In addition to training and racing, the students will provide hundreds of hours of charitable service for events like the Bikes 4 Orphans Bike/Hike-a-Thon.
The Golden Knights mountain bike team is 100% volunteer managed and coached and is very grateful for all of the support they have received from the parents, alumni, and their generous sponsors, including: Design Imports, Hollandays, Merchants Building Maintenance, Mountain Pine Shutters, Strategic Law Partners, Nu-Hope, Kevin Martin/UBS, Stratz & Company, Financial Guaranty Insurance Brokers, Lucas Horsfall Murphy & Pindroh, Lantern CycleWorks, Montrose Bike Shop, Crescenta Valley Insurance, Church and Larsen, and Sport Chalet.