Rasputitsa Spring Classic, a ‘gravel grinding sufferfest in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont’, has announced its partnership with two cycling-based non-profit organizations: Little Bellas and JAM Cycling Fund.
Little Bellas is a mountain bike organization whose goal is to help young women realize their potential through cycling. JAM Cycling Fund’s mission is to cultivate the next generation of cyclocross racers and ambassadors for the sport of cycling.
With a shared mission of growing the sport of cycling, the founders of the Rasputitsa Spring Classic, which takes place on 16 April, will ‘donate a large portion of the profits to these organizations’.
“We are absolutely thrilled to partner with Rasputitsa,” said Sabra Davison, Executive Director of Little Bellas.
She continued, “Rasputitsa brings the fun to a challenging race situation, which parallels nicely with our mission of getting more girls to love the sport of cycling and leading healthy lifestyles. Their support makes a huge impact with our organization and allows us to offer equal opportunities despite participant’s financial shortcomings.”
“We are so excited to be working with the Rasputitsa team this year to create a truly impactful, fun, and classic day of spring riding,” added Jeremy Powers, co-founder of JAM Cycling Fund.
“JAM Cycling Fund is not just racers; we aspire to shape great ambassadors and role models for our community. We are extremely grateful for the support Rasputitsa has offered us through their event. They are partnering like-minded organizations to change lives through cycling, a goal that is core to the JAM Cycling Fund.”
In addition to financially supporting both organizations, the Rasputitsa Spring Classic will host a private VIP preview of the course on 8 February 2016 with organization members including Sabra and Lea Davison of Little Bellas and Jeremy Powers, Alec Donahue, and Mukunda Feldman of Jam Fund Cycling.
These experienced cyclists will give approval of the 2016 course and ‘affirm its designation as a sufferfest’. After this exclusive course preview, the 2016 course will be launched to the public at large in preparation of the 16 April race. Four invitations to this exclusive course preview will be raffled with winners selected on 26 January.
Raffle winners will be invited to ride the course and accompany the pro cyclists to a post-ride bonfire lunch. Also included is overnight accommodation and prizes from each organization.
“Supporting organizations that are giving back and growing the sport of cycling is very important to us,” said Rasputitsa co-founder, Heidi Myers.
“We’ve never been in this for the money. We’ve always just wanted to invite a bunch of riders to our neck of the woods to ride what we consider some truly exceptional landscapes.”
In only its third year, the Rasputitsa Spring Classic has experienced ‘tremendous growth and notoriety’ and the 2016 event sold-out four months before the race date; however, volunteers are still needed and donations can be made to both organizations via www.littlebellas.com and www.jamcycling.org.
“Our mission has always been to exist for what we call the 3 C’s: the love of cycling, the love of community, and the love of charity and working with these two organizations really aligns with those goals,” added Rasputitsa co-founder, Anthony Moccia.
Rasputitsa is Russian for the mud season when roads become difficult to traverse. The Rasputitsa is billed as a psychotic 45 mile, insane, drop to your knees and cry sufferfest in East Burke, Vermont, with ‘an absurd section called Cyberia so difficult that people won’t believe your stories’.