Rappstar’s 5th Annual WBR Charity Challenge - Part 2

This is our second article about this year’s World Bicycle Relief Charity Challenge. If you’re unfamiliar with the Challenge and how it works, you can take a look at the first article HERE.

In only nine days, we’ve already raised over $8,500 – a fantastic start! Many thanks to those who have already made generous donations. We hope to keep the donations rolling in to reach our goal of $100,000 (746 WBR bicycles)!

As in past years, you can donate ANY amount, but ONLY donations of $134 or more (the cost of one bicycle) will make you eligible for prizes. For every multiple of $134 that you donate, you get another entry. $268 earns you double eligibility, $402 earns triple, etc.

To enter the challenge, you can donate online at the URL below. Like last year, the Ironman Foundation has been very generous in hosting and handling the donation site for us (Thanks, IMF!!!).

Link: http://www.crowdrise.com/RappstarCharityChallenge

NOTE: There is a separate site this year that is for Canadian donators ONLY; all other nationalities should use the standard site above.

Canadian donation site: HERE.

You can also submit donations via traditional mail at this address:

World Bicycle Relief
Attn: Development
1333 N. Kingsbury Street
4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60642

Award drawing tickets will be assigned automatically from the donations, so please make sure to give us an email or phone number (or both) where we can reach you.

100% of your contributions are tax deductible and will be directed back to World Bicycle Relief.

Thanks for your support and commitment to WBR!

Jordan "Rappstar" Rapp


Now that we’re into week 2 of the Challenge, it’s time to roll out some more great prizes! Take a look and get your saliva bucket ready…

SaltStick: SaltStick Mega-Pack - one each of EVERY SaltStick (dispenser, caps, etc) product plus SaltSick hat. (MSRP $150)

Electrolyte capsules and dispensers powering World Champions. SaltStick Caps are the most comprehensive solid electrolyte source with sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and chloride to minimize muscle cramping and heat stress during training and endurance events. The only electrolyte capsule formulated to closely resemble the electrolyte profile lost in sweat, with a buffered salt composition that helps digestion and absorption. The unique SaltStick capsule dispenser fits inside aerobars, bicycle bars, and on running belts: Keeps capsules clean and dry.

Michellie Jones: Giddy Up Multisports Coaching Packages. (MSRP $1200 PLUS a once-in-a-lifetime experience)

Let’s face it – Michellie Jones is one of the best female triathletes… ever. She has an Ironman World Championship, Olympic Silver, two ITU World titles, and has a host of other victories to her name. “MJ” now does coaching in addition to her athletic pursuits, and this is your chance to learn from the legend. In her own words:

“It doesn’t matter who you are or what type of triathlon racing you do, Michellie Jones can provide you the necessary knowledge and direction to help you “Live Your Dreams”.

The purpose of coaching is not only to provide the building blocks to make you a better athlete, but also to create an environment in which you have all the tools necessary to succeed. It is all about supporting you in a friendly, enjoyable atmosphere - even for those “character building” workouts while fulfilling your dreams. There are plenty of choices but none with Michellie’s Race record and experience. Are you ready for MJ to Coach you for the performance you have been dreaming about?

The Coaching package includes a month-to-month detailed program for 3 months tailored around your specific race goals. Must be redeemed by December 31, 2014.

SRAM : Two separate prizes: One Force 22 group set (MSRP $1,358) and one Quarq Riken 10R Power Meter (MSRP $1,595). Total contribution: $2,953

SRAM made a very generous donation of two separate prizes this year. First, a Force 22 groupset, available in the winner’s desired configuration. Choose road or TT shifters, crank length, chainring sizes, bottom bracket type, brake type, and cassette size.

The second prize is a new Quarq Riken 10R Power Meter. Available in 170, 172.5, and 175mm lengths, 53/39 or 50/34 chainrings, and with compatibility for GXP, Press Fit GXP, BB30, Press Fit 30, BBright bottom brackets.

Hypercat Racing : Two (separate prizes): Hypercat Retul 3D Bike fitting session + T-shirt + Headsweats visor. MSRP $295/ea, total contribution $590

This pair of prizes comes from Phil Casanta at Hypercat Racing in Ventura, CA. Phil is an avid Slowtwitch reader and has over 20 years of experience coaching and working with athletes. An expert fitter and bike mechanic, Phil has both Retul and F.I.S.T. certifications, and can help any athlete go faster on their bike.

Mauna Lani Hotel & Bungalows: Two night stay in an ocean view guestroom. MSRP $1,429 plus priceless relaxation

On the sunny Kohala Coast on the Island of Hawaii you'll discover the ocean front Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows. Nestled on a sandy beach you'll discover a myriad of activities to enjoy or you can relax and do nothing at all. Relax in private cabana, play a round of golf, explore the Pacific on a sailing adventure and then have a relaxing treatment at Mauna Lani Spa.
Come and discover you own Hawaiian Paradise...Aloha

*Gift certificate is good through the end of race week at the 2014 Ironman World Championship

ZICO: Two (separate prizes) six month supply of ZICO. MSRP $650/ea, Total contribution $1,300

At ZICO, our mission is to promote coconut water as the best natural source for hydration, so you can get the Oomph you need, naturally.

Our passion for coconut water began in Central America, where our founder, Mark Rampolla, was volunteering with the Peace Corps. An avid athlete, Mark loved drinking fresh coconut water after running and hiking. He quickly realized that great-tasting coconut water naturally provided the hydration other drinks could not.

In 2004, Mark left his fast-tracked corporate career to create ZICO Pure Premium Coconut Water. He started by selling ZICO out of a van to New York City yoga studios, and ever since, more and more people—athletes and non-athletes alike—have turned to ZICO for their preferred source of replenishment.

Smith Optics: Four (separate prizes) prize packs: One pair of Pivlock V2 and one pair of Mastermind sunglasses. MSRP $240/ea, Total contribution $960

The PivLock V2 will take you from the start line to the podium. With features like our new 3 size adjustable nose and performance-proven interchangeable lenses, the competition doesn't stand a chance. The medium sized lens and sport-driven frame design are upgraded with our new slide on temple ends for first class comfort. Fit for a king or queen.

Mastermind - Fashion meets function with a healthy dose of finesse. The mastermind features crisp, smart styling with strategically located performance details that make this model action ready.

SpiderTech: Two (separate prizes) $200 gift certificates. Total contribution: $400

Each Spider is made of one continuous piece of Kinesiology tape so that it integrates with the body in a super-functional manner. The tape has a very specific elasticity built into the weave pattern of the cotton fabric, which mimics the elasticity and thickness of human skin, allowing it to integrate, support and stabilize without adversely affecting healthy ranges of motion.

17 pre-cut Spiders are designed for specific body-parts: No need to design, no need to cut, and no anatomy and physiology knowledge necessary. Just follow the instructions on the package and our website!

Speedplay : Prize pack - set of stainless Zero pedals, accessories, and apparel (MSRP $200)

The performance features of the Speedplay Zero Pedal System read like a pro racer’s wish list. No other pedal system comes close to offering the superior adjustability or cutting-edge performance features of the Zero. By thinking ‘outside the box’, we created and patented the most technically advanced pedal system ever, featuring your choice of either a fixed position or up to 15 degrees of micro-adjustable float. Once you compare the features of Zero pedals to any other brand, you'll find that other pedals systems are no match.

Full prize pack includes:

Zero Stainless Pedal System (choose color)
Zero Coffee Shop Caps
Grease Gun kit
Zero Platformer kit
Speedplay logo Tri hat
Speedplay logo USB drive
Speedplay logo saddle bag
SP-Lube dry lube for the cleats

(***Upgradeable to titanium spindle at user's expense; user pays only price difference for upgrade.)