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Evelyn Stevens to Join Trip of a Lifetime to Witness World Bicycle Relief Projects in Zambia

This summer, Evelyn (Evie) Stevens will be one of 15 pro riders who will lead a team of cyclists at the second edition of the Trois Etapes, cycling’s toughest pro-am event.

Building on a hugely successful event in 2012 and growing their portfolio of ultimate cycling experiences, organisers Cosaveli, have today announced that Stevens will also participate in a unique trip to Zambia in October, with riders able to witness the phenomenal work of World Bicycle Relief.

Cosaveli are partnering with the charity to offer riders an opportunity to connect with programs that are changing the lives of communities in rural Zambia. Encapsulating the spirit of ingenuity and hope associated with the bicycle, the trip will unite riders with entrepreneurs, healthcare workers and students from the area to hear their stories and understand the powerful impact two wheels can have.

Spanning nine days, the trip will include a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with local assemblers and build a World Bicycle Relief bike. The hand-built bicycle will then shape the remainder of the experience as riders join community healthcare workers on their visits to patients and pedal to and from school with a student.

Speaking of her involvement with the trip, Stevens said: “The bike has positively transformed my life and is an incredibly important tool to achieving happiness and independence. The work that World Bicycle Relief has been doing across Africa and the rest of the world is essential to help others transform their lives and the lives of their communities – and I’m so proud to be able to support such a fantastic cause.”

World Bicycle Relief was founded in 2005 by the Executive Vice President of SRAM, F.K. Day, and Leah Missbach Day in response to the Indian Ocean Tsunami. Today, they have almost 128,000 bicycles in use in rural regions of the world to support educational, environmental and healthcare initiatives, as well as disaster relief and social enterprise.

“This exclusive adventure into rural Zambia will give riders a profound insight into the change that a humble bicycle can make to a community,” said Day. “Following their amazing efforts in the four stages of the event in July, the trip with Evelyn will be a rewarding opportunity to witness first-hand the difference that their support and dedication can achieve.”

After connecting with the local community and taking in the astounding beauty of the area, participants will end the trip with a world class safari excursion in the Zambian bush. With such a variety of activities planned, the Cosaveli Africa Rides will undoubtedly be a truly life changing experience to be cherished forever.

The trip lasts for 9 days/8 nights from 5-13 October 2013.

Raising $1.7 million for their charity partners in 2012, the Trois Etapes had a positive impact on the lives of young people from North London to Rwanda, on communities from the Himalayas to Angola and from wounded British service personnel to the families of those battling Prostate Cancer.

With just under two months until the second edition, riders are training hard and preparations are well underway for what will be the ultimate cycling experience through the French Alps.

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