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    Amateur Cyclists Race Against Dave Zabriskie in Inaugural Yield to Life Time Trial

    Yield to Life Time Trial Challenge proceeds to benefit cycling awareness campaigns, educational programs and road and sign improvements
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    SALT LAKE CITY - October 10, 2007 - Last Friday, October 5, 2007, twenty amateur riders challenged Dave Zabriskie in a three-mile time trial race up Traverse Mountain in Draper, Utah to benefit his bicycle advocacy organization, Yield to Life. The inaugural Yield to Life Time Trial Challenge is the only race that gives amateur cyclists the opportunity to race against the current USA time trial champion.

    Event participants took on a three-mile road course with an elevation gain of more than 1,300 feet with 10 percent to 12 percent grades in some locations. The time trial began at the base of Salt Lake City's famed Traverse Mountain, traveled up Traverse Ridge Road, and finished at Suncrest Market.

    "The time trial was a lot of fun," said Dave Zabriskie, current two-time national time trial champion and the third American ever to wear the yellow jersey in the Tour de France. "The climbs in the mountains around the Salt Lake Valley are just as difficult as the climbs I've raced on in Europe. I still raced my hardest, but it was a lot more relaxing racing for charity and hanging out with the local riders and racers."

    The Yield to Life Time Trial Challenge is a fun way to provide cyclists an opportunity to see what it would be like to race on the same course against a world-class athlete and raise money for charity at the same time.

    Dave Zabriskie finished the course with a time of 14 minutes, 3 seconds. Event participants represented varying skill levels in six different age categories. Finishing times are represented below:

    Name (Time)
    Dave Zabriskie (14:03)
    Elliott Smith (17:21)
    Ken Webster (17:26)
    Curtis Doman (19:26)
    Zane Morris (19:59)
    Gerald Greenleaf (21:27)
    Barry Gates (21:50)
    Dan Wilcox (23:25)
    Todd Holsten (23:32)
    Joe Taylor (23:41)
    Bryan Lepinske (23:50)
    Michael Conti (24:38)
    Shane Evertsen (24:59)
    Brian Grenier (25:07)
    Ann Hoffman (25:09)
    John Karen (25:45)
    Todd Reid (27:18)
    Scott Finlinson (27:22)
    Cyndie Daley (28:15)
    Lynn Smith (28:58)

    For a complete breakdown of the race results, please visit http://www.milliseconds.com/ResultsQ...varRaceID=1002

    The top three racers in each age category were awarded Team CSC (Computer Sciences Corporation) cycling jerseys autographed by Dave Zabriskie. Zabriskie is a member of Team CSC, a European based bicycle racing team, which has competed in all the major international races.

    Zabriskie is a Salt Lake City native and strongly believes in giving back to the community. Last year Zabriskie joined Bikes for Kids Utah to help give 1,000 brand new bikes, helmets, and bike locks to underprivileged children in Utah. The inaugural Yield to Life Time Trial Challenge was part of this year's Bikes for Kids Utah event, which occurred the following day.

    Proceeds from the Yield to Life Time Trial Challenge help fund Yield to Life, Zabriskie's non-profit organization founded this year to help educate automobile drivers and cyclist on how to safely share the road.

    Sponsors of the Yield to Life Time Trial Challenge are as follows:

    Black Bottoms Cycle Wear, Canyon Bicycles, Costco, Draper City and Draper City Police, Milliseconds Sports Timing and SoBe Life Water.

    For more information about Yield to Life, please contact yieldtolife@gmail.com. For information about Bikes for Kids Utah, please visit www.bikesforkidsutah.org.

    About Yield to Life
    Yield to Life, a non-profit organization founded by world-class cyclist David Zabriskie in 2007, is dedicated to the protection of cyclists and the promotion of safe cycling. Hit by cars no less than three times while training on his bike in his home town of Salt Lake City, Utah, Zabriskie created Yield to Life to improve the relationship between motorist and cyclist and promote an environment of respect and care for all life on the road. Through intense awareness campaigns, educational programs, and road and sign improvements, Yield to Life hopes to protect the lives of all cyclists and encourage more people to choose cycling as an environmentally-friendly means of transportation and as a means of fun and healthy recreation. For more information, please contact yieldtolife@gmail.com.

    About Bikes for Kids Utah
    Formed in 2006, Bikes for Kids Utah, a non-profit organization, provides bicycles for underprivileged children of second grade school age throughout the Salt Lake Valley by means of its event registration proceeds, auctions, and through private and corporate donations. Its annual bicycle fundraising events raise money to provide 1,000 underprivileged children with bicycles each year. For more information regarding the events, please visit www.bikesforkidsutah.org or call 801-523-3730.


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    Second Annual Bikes for Kids Utah Event Deemed A Great Success

    Despite Cold Temperatures and Rain
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    Fundraising events provided brand new bicycles, helmets, locks and bicycle safety instruction to 1,000 underprivileged Utah children

    SALT LAKE CITY - October 10, 2007 - In spite of rain and cold temperatures, Bikes for Kids Utah secured the funds and volunteers needed to distribute free brand new bicycles, helmets, bike locks and bicycle safety instruction to 1,000 underprivileged Utah second graders, Saturday October 6, 2007.

    Saturday's event also included 3K family and 50K fundraising rides and an exclusive ride with Dave Zabriskie, a Salt Lake City native and the third American ever to wear the yellow jersey in the Tour de France. Proceeds from the rides went towards providing the different items given to the children that day.

    "Bikes for Kids Utah was successful on so many fronts," said Debbie Reid, founder and executive director of Bikes for Kids Utah. "We had great support from the community, Dave Zabriskie, sponsors, presenters, volunteers and the cyclists. Seeing a smile on the face of one child while receiving a bike was enough. Seeing hundreds of smiling faces made it even better."

    Throughout the event, hundreds of Utah second-graders were greeted by more than 60 volunteers and sponsors who distributed bikes and accessories. Volunteers also led students through a bicycle safety fair. Students and their families walked from tent to tent collecting bicycle accessories, being fitted for helmets and watching a bicycle produce enough energy to turn on a light bulb, a display provided by Murray City Power, among others.

    "This event is like the trick or treating of Halloween and the anticipation of Christmas rolled into one for these kids," said Rachael Bess, mother of Trishan Bess, a second grader from Sandy Elementary School. "This new bicycle is all Trishan has talked about for the last two weeks. You can be sure nothing was going to keep him from coming today."

    Bikes for Kids Utah is funded through multiple sponsorships, a fundraiser dinner and silent auction and various fundraising rides held on the same day the bicycles were give to the children. One of rides participants contributed $1,000 to ride 50k with Dave Zabriskie, the current two-time national time trial champion and the third American ever to wear the yellow jersey in the Tour de France.

    "Cycling has been a huge part of my life," said Dave Zabriskie, Salt Lake native and Tour de France stage winner. "It has provided me with a lot of freedom and taught me that exercise, discipline and responsibility can be fun. It felt good helping the kids get their new bicycles and I hope they have as much fun with their bikes as I do with mine."

    The Bikes for Kids fundraiser dinner and silent auction held Friday October 5 at the Hidden Valley Country Club, raised more than $11,000 through dinner tickets and donated auction items. Donated items included a Halo Xbox and 52-inch flat-screen TV from Costco, sunglasses from Smiths Sport Optics, fragrant gift sets from Nordstrom, autographed sports artwork of Stuart O'Grady, Lance Armstrong, Apolo Ono and Chad Hendrix by local teenage artist TJ Eisenhart, and numerous gift certificates by local vendors and sports teams, to name a few.

    Bikes for Kids Utah also benefited from generous personal donations including $10,000 from Dave and Ginger Marshall, from Salt Lake City. Marshall was injured by a car while riding his bike. After using the insurance settlement to cover his medical bills and to replace his bike, Marshall donated the remaining portion of the settlement to support Bikes for Kids Utah. Dave and Ginger also attended Saturday's event as volunteers handing out the bikes.

    In conjunction with Bikes for Kids Utah event, the inaugural Yield to Life Time Trial Challenge was held Friday, the day before the bike giveaway. Yield to Life is a non-profit organization founded this year by Zabriskie to help educate automobile drivers and cyclist on how to safely share the road. Proceeds from the Time Trial Challenge help fund the Yield to Life organization.

    In an effort to enjoy better weather for the event and ensure the children more riding time on their new bikes, next year's Bikes for Kids Utah events are tentatively scheduled for summer 2008.

    Current Bikes for Kids Utah sponsors include:

    Auquafina, Costco, Intermountain Financial Group, Mass Mutual, Murray City Rotary, SoBe Life Water and the Utah Grizzlies. For a complete list of sponsors, please visit http://bikesforkidsutah.com/sponsors.shtml.

    For more information about Bikes for Kids Utah, please visit www.bikesforkidsutah.org. Photos of the Bikes for Kids Utah event will be posted to the Web site later this week.

    About Bikes for Kids Utah
    Formed in 2006, Bikes for Kids Utah, a non-profit organization, provides bicycles for underprivileged children of second grade school age throughout the Salt Lake Valley by means of its event registration proceeds, auctions, and through private and corporate donations. Its annual bicycle fundraising events raise money to provide 1,000 underprivileged children with bicycles each year. For more information regarding the events, please visit www.bikesforkidsutah.org or call 801-523-3730.

    About Yield to Life
    Yield to Life, a non-profit organization founded by world-class cyclist David Zabriskie in 2007, is dedicated to the protection of cyclists and the promotion of safe cycling. Hit by cars no less than three times while training on his bike in his home town of Salt Lake City, Utah, Zabriskie created Yield to Life to improve the relationship between motorist and cyclist and promote an environment of respect and care for all life on the road. Through intense awareness campaigns, educational programs, and road and sign improvements, Yield to Life hopes to protect the lives of all cyclists and encourage more people to choose cycling as an environmentally-friendly means of transportation and as a means of fun and healthy recreation. For more information, please contact yieldtolife@gmail.com.


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