Proud to support the orphanage bicycle team in Peru, The Casa Girasoles Bicycle Team.
Exciting Podium Results for Girasoles Sanos Cycling Team! He was riding one of the 25 bikes I gave the kids.
Thanks to the generosity of Mike Colbach and BicycleAttorney.com from Portland and a group of committed volunteers (Hugh Givens, Kevin Chudy, and Laura Miller), the bike team has grown to support the boys at each Casa Girasoles home. The program is a lifeline for some of the boys.
Last week, Raul competed in his first bike race. A cross-country event that went from the city of Cusco to the town of Urubamba in the Sacred Valley. The race took a route that included technical descending, tight single track, and a mountain pass of over 15,000 FASL.
Raul was third overall. Competing against seasoned riders and elite competitors, he took a spot on the podium.
There was no gravel cycling camp this November (canceled), but I sent Kevin and Hugh down anyway as they love it and the kids love them.
Hugh and Kevin's pictures and stories from their daily bike mechanic lessons working on the kids fleet of older mountain bikes and youth size bicycles as well as their daily cycling rides and cycling tactics practice lessons are on their IG or on the team's 2023 bicycle highlights page.