Wheels4Life – Providing Low Cost Quality Bikes for Third World Countries

Events & Promotions

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Wheels4Life is funded by donations from people like you, but there are other ways you can help too, like organizing your own fundraising event in your community, school or corporation.

This page lists all the recent fundraisers and promotions we've done, large and small. Have a look at the events below for more suggestions and details.

And feel free to contact us if you have questions or don't know how to get started.


Give a bicycle for Christmas and change a life, or four!

You can change a family’s life for the better, with the gift of a bicycle. One bike equals approximately four people having the benefit. One bike costs on average $150. This holiday season, if you would like to purchase a bicycle in lieu of a gift for someone, that person will receive a personalised wooden postcard letting them know that they will have changed lives through the gift of their bicycle.

If you would like to gift a bike as a gift, please add to your PayPal memo, the ...

Singletrack 4 LIfe ride in Genk, Belgium Dec. 13th 2015

On Sunday December 13th 2015, the beautiful singletracks in Genk (Belgium) will be the location for a charity ride for ‘Wheels4life’.

The different rides will be available on GPS.

You can register for different distances and levels; 34, 42 and 50km. Groups (ca10-13 people/group) will be decided upon registration. Places are limited so be quick to not miss out on the already legendary 1st edition! 

fee; 30euro

Registration will be confirmed after receiving payment.
Bank account : BE87 7360 2230 3394

Meeting from 9am, start times will ...

Team Wheels 4 Life/Audi Racing Team 2015

Team Wheels4Life/Audi 2015
2014 was another successful year for Team Wheels4Life, and once again we exceeded our goals of raising awareness and funds for the charity Wheels4Life. Team W4L members represented the charity well by participating in races, events, and group rides throughout the year, and the team was particularly successful at the Over The hump race series Elite Masters class where 5 of the top 10 points leaders were Team W4L members. In addition, Team W4L racers were on the podium 13 times in the Kenda/US Cup ...

W4L cycle jersey and gear order opportunity (limited time until April 20th only).

Dear All, 
a few friends of Wheels 4 Life have launched last year “Team W4L” https://www.facebook.com/TeamW4l
Everybody on the Team competes in various cycling races throughout the year, while paying for all of their related expenses out of their own pockets, to create awareness for our cause and raise money for the charity. (in 2013 they raised approx. $ 15,000!!!).
You have now the opportunity to buy the jersey and gear for yourself (the order window closes on April 20th). 
You can just follow the link ...

RIDE LIKE A KID..IMBA Take A Kid Mountain biking Day

October 5th and Hans and I were able to join Adam Davidson and his cew at the Irvine Regional Park and witness a whole load of Kids get down and dirty on their bikes. This is such a great event, encouraging Kids to get out there and ride and at the same time they raised money for Wheels 4 Life. Children buying bikes for children and having fun at the same time.
There is no doubt that to arrange a ride and apres BBQ like this takes a lot of ...

Atherton Racing Frames Auction is live to benefit Wheels 4 Life


We are happy to announce a very cool auction of the generously donated GT Fury frames ridden by Gee Atherton, Rachel Atherton and Marc Beaumont at the 2012 World Championships in Austria. 

These GT Carbon Fury Downhill frames have only been ridden for a few days and come with a custom paint job that was specially made for the 2012 Downhill World Championships. Each frame comes with a signed memorabilia from the rider, along with a letter of authenticity from Atherton Racing Team. 
All funds raised ...

Wheels 4 Life Team wins Cape Epic!!!

Esther Süss and Sally Bigham who raced the 2012 Absa Cape Epic Race in South Africa as the ‘Wheels 4 Life’ Team have won the ladies category. Thank you and your teams (Wheeler and Topeak-Ergon) for the great publicity and awareness for our cause. We are proud of you. 

Wheels 4 Life Team at Cape Epic Race in South Africa

The favorite female riders in this years Cape Epic Mountain Bike Race in South Africa are no others than Sally Bigham (Team Topeak-Ergon Canyon) and Esther Süss (Team Wheeler). They will start this year as Team “Wheels 4 Life” and are already in the lead after the first stage. Thank you - Go Girls!!!!

Rotwild R2 Worldcup Crank Brothers Dreambike for auction now

This weeks Crank Brothers Dreambike auction: Rotwild R2 Worldcup (M)

Link to auction: http://www.ebay.com/itm/170774205393?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649#ht_560wt_1110

frameRotwild R2 World Cupframe sizeMediumframe colorblack w/ red/orangeparts colorRed/Blackframe materialCarbonheadsetMixed TaperedforkRock Shox SID Teamfork travel100mmrear shockDT Swissshock travel110mmfront axle spacing110mm QRrear axle spacing135mm QRwheel size26”wheelsCrankbrothers Cobalt 3handlebarCrankbrothers 11 - 700mmstemCrankbrothers Cobalt 3 - 700mmgripsCrankbrothers CobaltbrakesAvid Elixir CRshiftersSRAM XO 9 speedcranksTruvativ Noir - 3x9pedalsCrankbrothers Candy 3rear der.SRAM XO 9 speedfront der.SRAM X9cassetteSRAMseatpostCrankbrothers Cobalt 11saddleFizik TundratiresContinental Race King 2.2estimated msrp$7 ...

IBIS Mojo SL (S) Carbon Crank Brothers DREAMBIKE







Follow this weeks Crankbrothers DREAMBIKE auction on ebay to buy this custom IBIS Mojo SL (size S) full suspension carbon mountain bike:  http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170769539673#ht_664wt_1110

All the proceeds of this bike will benefit our charity to buy people in need of transportation their own bike. Whoever will buy him or herself the sweet custom bike, will automatically buy 25 - 50 bikes to people in the Third World. Please help us spread the word, since its a win-win for all of us. 

George Vitolo Fundraiser


 George Vitolo, Field Supervisor at Medix Ambulance Service, has agreed to ride his bike for 24 hours in the back country of Laguna Beach, California in a fundraising event appropriately named “24 Hours of Laguna”.  The event will start on October 1, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. and will end on October 2, 2011 at 12:00 p.m.  His goal is to raise awareness for Wheels4Life, a non-profit charity (501c(3 ...

Yoga for Wheels 4 Life in Laguna Beach

The North Deck Yoga Studio in Laguna Beach, California is donating 20% of all their profits in the month of January 2011 to Wheels 4 Life. Free your spirit and help make a difference. 

Thanks Shawn and North Deck team



Peddle for Pedals W4L promotion

Peddle for Pedals - $1 Donated for Every Item Listed

Portland, OR, August 20, 2010 - Hubinero, 88Bikes and Wheels4Life intend to improve the quality of peoples’ lives one bike at a time.  For every new registered member who lists an item on www.hubinero.com, a donation of $1 will be made and divided equally between both charities.  The Peddle for Pedals charity promotion will run until 10/31/2010 or when our goal of $2,000 has been reached, whichever comes first.  Hubinero is completely free so try it out ...

Fox Racing Shox Promotion

September 2006, Friedrichshafen, Germany

Fox Racing Shox and their German distributor Toxoholics raffled off a Fox Talas 32 fork at Eurobike tradeshow in Friedrichshafen, Germany; to raise money for Wheels 4 Life. Over 4 days they sold 660 raffle tickets at 1 Euro per ticket. Subsequently we raised Euro 660.- and created a lot of awareness for our cause.

At the end of the last day of the trade-show, Hans drew the winning ticket out of the box and gave away a bunch of sweet Fox swag to the crowd ...

CamelBak Donates Bottle Proceeds to Wheels 4 Life

Mons, Belgium

CamelBak International intends to donate 1000 of its new ‘Better Bottle’ to ‘Wheels 4 Life’ at the upcoming Eurobike Show in Friedrichshafen.

CamelBak sells the new bottles at their Eurobike booth at a ?10.00 promotional price and donates the full proceeds to Wheels 4 Life. This non-profit organization aims to provide people in Third World Countries with bikes as an important means of transportation to school or work. “As an outdoor recreational brand, originating in the bicycle culture, we must remember that for millions of people a ...

Crank Bros. Inc special edition Wheels 4 Life pedal

Crank Bros. Inc will launch a special edition Wheels 4 Life pedal in September 2006. For each set of W4L pedals sold, Crank Bros. Inc. will donate $10 to Wheels 4 Life. This will be a great way to raise funds but also to raise awareness for our charity.


Ten Percent Project

Wheels4life-Ten Percent Project

Below is a great example of how one person can make a huge difference. Tristen Smith, a 8th Grader from Sullivan Middle School in Bonsall, California contacted us in December ‘15, inspired by a school project he organized his own fundraiser ride to benefit Wheels 4 Life in April‘16. He raised over $ 2,800.- which will buy approx. 25 bicycles. Check out his inspiring presentation below. Give A Bike - Change A Life!  Thank you. 

A message from Tristan Smith from Sullivan Middle School, Bonsall, CA

First of all, an intro from me;  Tristen is a middle schooler at the Sullivan Middle School in Bonsall, California. When Tristen’s Language Arts teacher set the class a challenge called “The Ten Percent Project”, in which they were to identify a need in a community either domestically or globally; then try and solve it by 10%.The work that Wheels 4 Life is doing to solve the very big problem of lack of transportation in the developing world caught Tristen’s attention. Wheels 4 Life became his chosen charity and he wishes to support a project through purchasing bicycles for a community in the greatest need of transportation in countries where a bicycle can make the difference between having an education, or not, receiving medical treatment or not, or making a living, or not.. How will he do this? By holding a fundraiser in the form of a family friendly bike ride from Las Pulgas to San Onofre ...

The 8 Day-340 Mile Walking Challenge for the Rory Walworth Memorial Fund by Will Oldham.

On June 6th Will Oldham will be setting out on an 8-day challenge, covering 340 miles across the South of England and visiting all 24 schools against which he played rugby with Rory Walworth in order to raise money on behalf of the Rory Walworth Memorial Fund for Wheels 4 Life. He will be finishing at Bishop Wordsworth’s Grammar School on 13th June, where he and Rory both grew up playing rugby together in a team of incredibly close friends, all of whom have gone on to various careers around the world but most of whom have already been in touch about the event to help in one form or another.

The idea came about after discussing with a couple of friends how they could go about linking Rory’s two great passions of rugby and cycling. After some deliberation and various equally crazy ideas being thrown around they settled on the Big School Run with the hope that ...

Photo Exhibit to benefit W4L by Stefan Voitl in Vienna

On April 11. & 12. is the kick off for the “Hut To Hut” photo exhibition by Stefan Voitl during the Argos Bike Festival in Vienna Austria. All photos were taken during a recent Wheels 4 Life trip to Guatemala and during a bike adventure in the Guatemalian Highlands with Hans Rey and Tom Oehler. The photos are for sale and the proceeds will be donated to our charity. More info at: www.voi.tl 

More info below in German: 

Kunst für die gute Sache
Mountainbike-Fotoausstellung zugunsten von “Wheels 4 Life” am 11. und 12. April 2015 beim Argus Bike Festival in Wien 
Am 11. und 12. April 2015 findet im Rahmen des Argus Bike Festivals am Wiener Rathausplatz die Charity-Fotoausstellung “Hut to Hut” des österreichischen Fotografen Stefan Voitl statt. Zu sehen und zu erwerben gibt es die Bilder einer Abenteuerreise nach Guatemala, die in Zusammenarbeit mit Mountainbikelegende Hans “No Way” Rey und MTB Trial Profi Tom Oehler entstanden sind ...

crankbrothers Artwalk in Laguna March '15

Long time Wheels 4 Life supporter and bicycle components manufacturer crankbrothers is participating in 2015 in the Laguna Beach Artwalk which happens on the first thursday of every month. Different bicycle related artists, photographers and painters will showcase and sell their artwork at the crankbrothers Outlet Shop at the headquarters in downtown Laguna Beach. Proceeds of each artpiece sold will be donated to Wheels 4 Life. Come join the exhibition and hospitality starting March 5th from 6 - 9pm at 580 Broadway, Laguna Beach, CA

Dreambike Auction Xmas 2014

Once again there are some sweet customized limited edition bikes for auction to benefit 100% Wheels 4 Life: 

 Canyon Nerve AL 29er All Mountain (size M) courtesy of bikesport magazine, great alround mountain bike for him or her. More details and auction: 


Our second dreambike is an original Kenny Belaey GT Bicycles Trials Bike for auction to benefit 100% Wheels 4 Life (Official) Only 10 of these frame ever made. Very rare. Details and auction:


List of Auction items available at the Gala Oct. 3rd

Wheels 4 Life   Auction items info sheet


Please take a look at the great auction items we will have available on friday evening in our silent and live auctions. Please help us spread the word amongst people who might be interested in any of these items. There are some great deals available and it could be a good opportunity to start with your Christmas shopping.  

If you know anybody, who can’t come to the event but might be interested in an item, you can possibly bid on his / her behalf up to a certain price. 
In some cases we can bit on their behalf, if we arrange prior and  if we know their intensions are serious. At the end of the day, we want to raise as much money for the items as possible, often items will go below retail value. 
Please help us spread the word. 

At this point we have also a few seats left, if somebody ...

Wheels 4 Life Gala Laguna Beach, CA Oct. 3rd 2014

You are cordially invited by Wheels 4 Life to attend our Indian Summer Gala event

An encore evening of cocktails, dining and wining, dancing and glorious people

To be held at The Ranch, Laguna Beach on Friday 3rd October 2014 at 6 0’Clock in the evening

Tickets $170 per person or $1360 per table to be reserved exclusively for you and your friends

Please RSVP by September 15th by going to www.wheels4life.org and clicking on donate or by returning the enclosed RSVP card to Wheels 4 Life, P.O Box 21, Laguna Beach, CA 92652

Dress code: Cocktail Wear

Our fabulous evening will begin promptly at 6 O’Clock with cocktails and music

by Nick Hernandez

An exotically themed three-course dinner served with complimenting wines

Live and silent auction Music & Dancing

Tickets can be purchased by check payable to Wheels 4 Life, P.O Box 21, Laguna Beach, CA 92652 or via PayPal at www.wheels4life.org ...

7-year old Adam Pettifer fundraiser

My 7 year old son, Adam and I rode out out for a weekend of riding in the Peak District, UK. Aside from the challenge and adventure, he took the opportunity to raise money for wheels4life after receiving a new bike for his birthday.

He carried all of his own kit for the overnight stay and he did a great job even on the hills of the Tissington Trail. Day two saw amazing weather and fantastic views as we headed down the High Peak Trail with several well earned ice cream stops.

Friends and family donated $305 and we had a amazing time and are already thinking of the next challenge!    Andy Pettifer 

Climb 24 fundraiser

David Roberts is putting a on special event/ fundraiser on April 13th in Southern California. He will try to break the Guinness World Record by riding the most vertical feet on a bike within a 24hour period. Their goal is to raise enough money to buy at least 10 bicycles for Wheels 4 Life. Click the link below to find out more about the event and how to be part of it. http://www.climb24.org

Bluewater Music Festival to benefit Wheels 4 Life

Laguna Beach, CA

Wheels 4 Life is one of the choosen charities that will benefit from the ticket sales for the Blue Water Music Festival at the Sawdust Art Festival grounds in Laguna Beach on March 29thand 30th, 2014. 

Please buy your tickets at the link below to ensure Wheels 4 Life will be the beneficary. 

This will be a fun event with many regional musicians, please read more below.

“The Blue Water Music Festival is selling 3 categories of tickets; General Admission, VIP and Patron Passes. You can find out all about the different ticket types at the Blue Water Music Festival website http://bluewatermusicfestival.org.

The good folks at the festival have provided us with direct links that we’d like you to use when buying tickets. You can also input our referral code: WHEELS4 at checkout. Keep this email and be sure to use these links when you’re ready to buy your tickets. If you use ...

Tortour Fundraiser by Kjell Andersen and Stefan Huber

Tortour Fundraiser in Switzerland by Kjell Andersen and Stefan Huber

 The Tortour Race (www.tortour.com) is a non-stop bicycle road race around Switzerland. Participants have to ride a course of 1050km/650miles and 15000m/49000ft. vertical. The course has 18 sections the two team riders alternate for a combined time.

 Kjell Andersen and Stefan Huber raced in a two -men team to raise money for Wheels 4 Life. Besides their day jobs and their intense training program they also had the task of raising money and awareness for their choosen charity project.

 The race ...

Charity Hike Fundraiser Zugspitze Germany

Thanks you to all the participants and supports of the 2013 Charity Hike to raise Euro 6,000.- for Wheels 4 Life. 

On April 13th 2013 Germany’s highest peak was the site for the 8th edition of the Charity Hike, an event were participants try to scale a section of the Zugspitze mountain in Bavaria as often as possible during a period of 4.5 hours. Supporters, friends and sponsors of each hiker/skier donate for each lap and encourage for top archievments which will yield a higher return for the charities involved. This years choosen charities were “Wheels 4 Life” and “We Are High Five”.

Sixtysix (66) brave wintersport enthusiast took on this years challenge, the winner climbed the 180m (600ft) section 16 times, which equals 3000 m vertical and 14km. 

The top finishers: Men: Carsten Schneehage, Jörn Steffens, Christoph Seifele.  Woman: Kerstin Erdmann, Bernadette Seifele, Ingrid Völker.

Thank you to all participants, supporters and organizers ...

European Fundraiser

A big thanks goes out to all the individuals, promoters and sponsors who have helped us raise awareness and funds on Hans Rey’s recent Europe Tour. 

Thank You 

GT Bicycles and Cannondale for the fundraiser, BBQ at the Lake Garda Bike Festival

Garda on Bike Shop in Riva di Garda for their in-store promotions

Beat Kammerlander and Trail Solutions (Doris and Georg) for their great effort and beer sale at the Austria/Innsbruck Hans Rey Multi-Media Presentations

Velobaze and GT Switzerland for their efforts at the Bike Days in Solothurn

Bike Park Bischofsmais/ Geisskopf in Germany for their continued support

Planet of Bikes Shop in Essen Germany and GT Bicycles for their support at the Ruhrpott 4X Event

A message from Action for Rural Women's Empowerment

We have had a busy and productive year providing bikes in Uganda throughout 2011, funding bicycles for many different projects. Our field Ambassador Jude Muleke hosts meetings twice a year and invites all of the bicycles recipients to attend and discuss their individual projects, the power of the bicycle, how their lives have been impacted by the bike, any pitfalls and how their lives can be further improved through the gift of bicycles. One of our projects this year was with the Action for Rural Women’s Empowerment and they attended the latest meeting. Silvia Nalubega had this message for us “Hello Carmen


I hope you are doing great. I am glad to inform you that a meeting was organized by Jude, to bring together the organizations that were supported by wheels 4 life. It was held at Masaka last Saturday on 12th. It was a learning experience as we shared with each other about our work concerning the benefits ...

George Vitolo Fundraiser


 George Vitolo, Field Supervisor at Medix Ambulance Service, has agreed to ride his bike for 24 hours in the back country of Laguna Beach, California in a fundraising event appropriately named “24 Hours of Laguna”.  The event will start on October 1, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. and will end on October 2, 2011 at 9:00 a.m.  His goal is to raise awareness for Wheels4Life, a non-profit charity (501c(3)).  Laguna Cyclery and Medix Ambulance Service are just a couple of Vitolo’s sponsors.

“Wheels4Life is a charity I have been supporting for some time now.  I will be riding my bicycle for 24 hours and I am excited to be able to use this as an opportunity to draw some attention to the organization and the important work they do.  I highly encourage people to get involved.  Donations will ...

Here is a message from our supporters in Luxembourg. A very big thank you from us!


Hy biking Folks!
Since the beginning of 2011, the 3 guy’s from www.biker.lu organise MTB-Clinic’s to improve the luxemburgish mountainbikers skills, and the entire benifits of these clinics is for wheels4life. Each participant pays the modest amount of 15 €, but the result finally was 1.500 USD !
Indeed as for us Bikes are leasureequipment, we can not ignore that in other parts of the world, a bicycle can make the difference between depending on others or having a certain independence, a chance to go to school, to work, to the market…
we will continue to support wheels4life!

Delaware Trail Spinners Club fundraiser

W4L The Film fundraiser screening with the Delaware Trail Spinners mountain bike club.


Wednesday, July 13th

7:00 p.m.

Theater N, Wilmington, DE


Wheels 4 Life film screening in conjunction with the film Pedal Driven


The theater should update the schedule to reflect this event shortly.    

Abby Webb fundraiser

On March 20, 2011 Abby Webb celebrated her 30th birthday by organizing a charitable bike ride for Wheels 4 Life.  She and a couple dozen friends got together to ride a 30 mile course through the towns of Igo, Cottonwood and Happy Valley in Northern California.  Some friends manned rest stops and cheered on the riders.  In exchange for a donation to Wheels 4 Life, participants received a goodie bag of bike treats and lunch after the ride.  While enjoying burgers and cupcakes, the group watched the Wheels for Life documentary.  

In total, the group raised $635 for Wheels 4 Life.  A birthday bike ride to benefit Wheels 4 Life was the perfect way to make Abby’s 30th birthday about more than just being a year older.  It was about impacting the world through the power and joy of bicycles.

Meet Hans and watch the Wheels 4 Life film in Minnesota at Cuyuna Lakes

Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival, Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12 - Come join world trials champion and extreme rider Hans “No Way” Rey (www.hansrey.com) and be among the first to ride the stunning new 30-mile mountain bike trail network at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area (CCSRA) in Northern Minnesota.  This inaugural Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival will offer a CCSRA Grand Tour (paved trail riding too), Kids Bike Parade, Kids Bike Race, Time Trial, and the Cuyuna Crusher cross country race to officially open this long-awaited and extremely scenic trail network.  Other activities include the first-ever Cuyuna Lakes Night Ride, an extreme skills demonstration by Hans Rey in the Yawkey Expert Skills area, and an awe-inspiring World Travels by Bike big screen presentation Saturday night by Hans at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge and a screening of the Wheels 4 Life film on June 11th.   This will be the biggest mountain bike event in Minnesota ever, SO ...

Baking Sale in Germany

Thank you Kathrin Falk and her friends for organizing a baking, cake, waffle sale in Germany for Wheels 4 Life. The girls raised Euro 350.- which will buy 3 - 4 bicycles. Happy Holidays!!!!

Camelbak Promo at Eurobike 2010

Thank you to the folks at Camelbak for donating the proceeds of their “Recycle your bottle” promotion from Eurobike tradeshow in Friedrichshafen, Germany. The promotion was well received and encourages people to use their own reuseable waterbottle. Camelbak offers a great range of waterbottles. 

The fundraiser generated $2000 and lots of awareness  for Wheels 4 Life and for environmental friendlier drinking habits.

Beyond the Great Divide

Aaron Lisco will  ride his bike around the world and act along his journey as a Wheels 4 Life Ambassador. Read more below and follow his travel blog online: http://www.beyondthegreatdivide.org/ 



On June 10th 2010 I will be taking on the the Blue Planet. I hope you will follow along as I ride my Fully Loaded Expedition Bicycle  on what friends have said is “the longest way around the world”. My route is designed to take me through 60 + countries on 5 continents North/South America, Africa, Europe and Asia ( Russia, China, Tibet, Nepal, India, south Asia) with a possibility of Japan, Australia, and New Zealand after I finish in Singapore. The trip of my life spanning 5 years. 



Trip Summary:

The Americas- I will pedal the length of the Americas from “Tip to Tail”.  My trip starts in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska in June of 2010. After AK, I head into Canada, through the Yukon, down to Banff ...

Rory Walworth Memorial Fund

In England, Simon and Lynn Walworth along with their family and friends are working so hard to raise funds for Wheels 4 Life so that we can buy bikes to give to those that really need them in memory of their son Rory.

Rory was an avid mountain biker and follower of Hans’ work. We at Wheels 4 Life are so honored that his family chose our charity to be linked to their much loved son’s memory.

To date they have raised an amazing £5732.19, this equates to approximately 90 bicycles! The first 23 bikes which they donated have already been delivered to The Orucho Hill Centre in Kenya, they are being used by orphans to get to school and also to transport crops to the market. Through the use of these bikes, these children have the chance of an education and/or a job when the alternative could have been a desolate future.

The Walworth family are ...

Bike Magic Chamonix fundraiser

The Bike Magic festival in Chamonix raised US$ 720.- at the end of July for Wheels 4 Life. Thanks to POC Protection Systems, Dan Milner and all the supporting businesses in Chamonix (France).

Read more below: 


Chamonix bike fest.. at last

Filed under: bikephotography — danmilner @ 3:58 pm

At last… finally after all these years my home valley of  Chamonix is finally recognising that the mountain bike thang is here to stay. To plant the seed firmly home took two Swedish locals, Toya and Malin who run the POC Protection systems store to seize the moment and organise a damn decent bike event, much to the appreciative awe of five hundred gathered spectators. Getting permission to close off the main street through the middle of Chamonix right at the height of tourist season was just the start of their ambitions, and a double kicker line was constructed for invited POC rider Martin Soderstrom and local jump riders to show ...

Tretlager fundraiser #2

Winterthur, Switzerland April ‘09

Our partners and supporters from the Tretlager Bike Shop in Winterthur Switzerland have organized another fundraiser for Wheels 4 Life. They organized a riding clinic at their shop by Thomas Lenherr as coach.

Thanks to the support of all the participants and the folks at Tretlager Shop, Thomas Lenherr as well as Volvo Automotives AG Switzerland and Ridebook.ch

The proceeds of approx. $ 500.- will go towards our Wheels 4 Villages bike shop project in Tanzania, which was opened a few month ago and which is still in need to get some gas bottles and welding equipment for their shop.  



Tretlager Werkstatt Tanzania


Dank der Unterstützung von Volvo Automobile Schweiz AG und Ridebook.ch  konnte der Bikeshop Tretlager  aus Winterthur Schweiz  einen MTB Fahrtechnikkurs zu Gunsten Wheels4Life veranstalten. Die Einnahmen gingen vollumfänglich an die bereits gesponserte Werkstatt in Tanzania. Mit dem Betrag wird zur Vervollständigung eine Schweissanlage inkl. Gasflaschen gekauft.


Grosses Dankeschön ...

Rock n Road Bike Shop used bike fundraiser

Orange County, California  

Rock n Road Bike Shops and Team Sho-Air/VeloSport are hosting a bicycle donation day for the Hans Rey Wheels4Life Charity.  The donation day will take place on Saturday April 11th.  If you wish to donate a bicycle to the Wheels4Life charity, please bring it to your local Rock n Road bike shop during normal business hours on Saturday April 11th.  Please be sure the bicycle is in good working order.  If you are not sure of the bicycles condition, the Rock n Road repair shop can take a look at it and give you a cost estimate for any necessary repairs.


Come and also go on a ride with Hans:The Rock n Road Laguna Niguel shop will be the focus of the donation day and Hans Rey will be present to visit and perhaps lead a fun MTB ride at Aliso/Woods Wilderness Park at 10AM.


Wheels4Life is a non-profit organization that provides bicycles for ...

Michael & Matt fundraiser

 Matt and Micheal, two 12 year old boys from the Los Angeles area, have organized a used bike collection for Wheels 4 Life. ( we usually don’t deal with used bikes, but in this case we will bring them straight to Mexico and make sure they will find owners in need of mobility). 

They had their bike collection last weekend and collected 26 bikes plus $161 in cash. I got to meet the boys on Sunday in Orange County, when they delivered the bikes to where we are storing them until we will deliver them to Mexico.

Thank you guys for making a difference. 

Read Matt Winkel’s report here:

            My friend Michael and I decided to work with Wheels4Life for our Bar Mitzvah project.  We collected bikes from people in our neighborhoods and gave them to Hans Rey and his organization.  Hans planned on taking these bikes to people who needed them in Baja, Mexico. 

I got a lot ...

Tretlager Bike Shop Fundraiser Switzerland

Winterthur Nov.‘08

The guys from the Tretlager Bike Shop in Winterthur, Switzerland organized a great fundraiser to raise money and bike parts for the two bike shops we are planning to open in the Ugweno Valley in Tanzania in 2009. 

We had great turnout, almost the whole GT Team Switzerland, incl. BMX Olympian Roger Ringerknecht, Pascal and Rachel Seydoux, Reto Schmid, and GT veteran and W4L founder Hans Rey himself. 

We got many Maxxis tires donated and people bought and donated bike parts such as wheels, tubes, and racks, which will be shipped to Tanzania in February ‘09, when we will help open the local bike shops at our Wheels 4 Villages Project in Tanzania. We also raised approx. US$ 2,300.- in cash. Efforts are still under way to raise additional funds over the Holidays.

Eddi and Patrick from the Tretlager shop will personally fly to Africa to be there in February and to help with the shop ...

Chris King presents check to W4L

September 2008 

Interbike Dirtdemo Las Vegas


Chris King presented a check over $ 3906.- to Wheels 4 Life from their ongoing promotion and sales of their rasta color headsets and spacers.

 Wheels 4 Life founder Hans Rey was personally there to accept the check. 

“That was a awesome fundraiser and promotion, not only was a serious amount of money raised, but a lot of awareness and media coverage was also generated for our cause!”


Thank you to the Chris King folks and all the people who supported this promotion.

Baja Epic Race Fundraiser Mexico

November 5. - 8. 2008 will be the first ever “Baja Epic” 4 day mountain bike stage race in Baja California, Mexico.

Event organizer is “Too Much Fun Promotions” from Rosarito Beach, Mexico. Rider from all over the world are expected. On Friday November 7th will be a Wheels 4 Life party/fundraiser.

Amongst the prizes for raffle and auction is a brandnew GT Avalanche mountain bike, donated by GT Bicycles.


Friday Nov. 7th
Hotel San Nicolas, swimming pool, Ensenada Baja California, Mexico.
Cost: $30 per person. OPEN BAR, Tacos and Cerveza.
Auction many prizes, including a brand new GT Avalanche All Terra, Mountain Bike.
More info:  www.bajaepic.com

Hans Rey with Baja Epic promoter Armando Carrasco with the GT Avalanche bike that will be auctioned at the event on Nov.7th.


Waupaca Middle School Fundraiser

Update from Wisconsin, Jan. 04 2009
The students from different grades from the Waupaca Learning Center and Middle School in Wisconsin, have raised $ 1200 so far on behalf of Wheels 4 Life.
Below is a photo of some of the students proudly displaying the amount their grades have raised.
This donation will be spend to buy bikes for our upcoming trip to Tanzania in Feb. ‘09, where we will conclude our Wheels 4 Villages Film project.  
Big thanks to all the students and teachers in Waupaca.
Waupaca, Wisconsin Oct. 14th 2008

Dear Hans,

I’m Aaron Lutze’s dad. We met at Saalbach this summer.  Aaron was in my
eighth grade class today doing a presentation on the Summer of Shred, and
in particular, the Wheels4Life program. My students are doing a recycling
program(of computer print cartridges) this year that will earn them money.
After seeing the presentation, they have decided to donate their money to
Wheels4Life. We will ...

Tretlager Fundraiser, Winterthur, Switzerland

Dear all, 
please find attached some flyers for a fundraiser event in Switzerland October 25th 2008, in cooperation with a big bike shop “Tretlager” in Winterthur, GT Switzerland, Hans Rey and Wheels 4 Life. 

It started out as a fundraiser from the bike shop to open a partner bike shop for Wheels 4 Life in Tanzania. 

I volunteered my time with a personal appearance and a slideshow presentation about my 20 years with GT and about our Wheels 4 Villages project in Tanzania. 

GT Switzerland joined forces in promoting the event. Top riders like Roger Rinderknecht will be there.  There are several serious GT bike collectors in Switzerland and Germany. Some of them will bring some of their rare collector GT models for a special GT exhibition. 

Please help us spread the word in Switzerland and Germany (Winterthur is about 30 minutes east of Zürich). 

The goal is to raise money and tools and parts to buy a old ...

Flips 4 Life

Summer Of Shred partners with Wheels4Life to Create “Flips4Life”
Wheels4Life, the charity started by mountain biking legend Hans Rey, has joined forces with Phil Sundbaum and the Summer Of Shred. Hans will be joining Phil for a Summer Of Shred tour stop in Tanzania at the end of August. The two riders will ride together through the Pare Mountains and safari through some of Africa’s most epic terrain.

In preparation for the trip, Summer Of Shred has developed a program to support Wheels4Life, which will be called “Flips4Life”. Companies and individuals can support the project by pledging money for each backflip that Phil Sundbaum does during the months of July and August. A counter of Phil’s backflips will be posted on the Summer Of Shred website (www.summerofshred.com) and will be updated daily with his progress through the month.

The money that is raised through “Flips4Life” will be donated directly to Hans’ charity Wheels4Life, which delivers bicycles ...

Art of Fitness Laguna Fundraiser

Art of Fitness Laguna Fundraiser


May 31st, 2008, in Laguna Beach California, Art of Fitness partnered with other local businesses to throw a block party that would benefit Wheels 4 Life.  The event opened with a three hour Spin-a-thon. Participants supported the Wheels4Life mission by pledging a sum of money for every hour they rode the bikes.

Later in the day, live music, food, raffles, and $5 massages attracted beach goers to hang out, and learn about the cause.

The raffle prizes were donated by friends of the fitness center and tickets were bought at $1 each.  After the winners were drawn, and the proceeds were counted, Art of Fitness had raised over $1950.-  for Wheels 4 Life!

Art of Fitness owners Marian Keegan and Fernanda Rocha were excited about the opportunity to give back on a local and global scope.  “We are so fortunate to live in such a generous community that understands this mission.”



Marian and Fernanda ...

Figu's 75th Birthday Fundraiser

Egliswil, Switzerland May 8th 2008

My father Felix a.k.a. Figu Rey organized a Wheels 4 Life fundraiser in occasion to his 75th B-day party. He asked his guests to rather donate towards buying some bikes, than bringing gifts for his birthday.

A great thanks goes out to Figu, Sigi and all their guests, they raised enough money to buy 15 new bikes for our Wheels 4 Village project in Tanzania.

Happy Birthday - and may it be a inspiration to others to do a similar fundraisers.


Trent College Supports Wheel4Villages

We are very happy that Trent College from Nottingham, UK, one of England’s top private colleges, came on board as a supporter and partner for the Wheels4Villages project.

Our “Wheels 4 Villages — Film Project” is a 2-year film project to document the impact of bicycles in one remote Tanzanian community.

The film will demonstrate the live-changing importance of bikes in the Third World.   

Trent College and its students will be involved on several different levels; their first fundraiser just happened the other day.

Here’s a report from Harry Freeman, a student at Trent College:

On Wednesday 5th December my school, Trent College, had a special lunch to raise money for Wheels 4 Life.

Our lunch was extremely basic compared to what we are used to, we had boiled rice and bananas. However for many third world countries this would be a feast. The money that was saved by having this lunch will go towards Wheels 4 Life’s ...

Crank Brothers Hospitality Night Fundraiser

Laguna Beach, Dec.07 

As may of you know, the town of laguna beach annually holds an event called “hospitality night” right around this time of year.  during this evening, santa rides into town on a fire engine (just like in the dickens poem) and then there is a tree-lighting ceremony followed by parents drinking wine and shopping in the local shops.   see http://www.lagunabeachchamber.org/ for the town’s invite and see the xmas card attached here as well.

this year, on Dec. 7th 2007, we’ve decided to hold an open house at our offices right in the center of the village and invite all of you to come and join us.  we will have food and drinks, movies and crafts for the kids and a nice, holiday social atmosphere for all.  we encourage you to bring the kids to town, see santa and come to our offices at 310 broadway to join us.  

as this is ...

24h of Finale Ligure presents check to W4L

Eurobike, Friedrichshafen, Germany

Sept. 2, 2007

Marco Marchese from the organizers of the 24hours race of Finale Ligure, Italy; presented Hans Rey a check for Wheels 4 Life over Euro 1017.-

The money was raised during a fundraiser at the famous 24hour mountain bike race of Finale Ligure.

- The 24H of Finale, since 1999, has always promoted the “fun” side of mountain bike, gathering for ride with your friends, barbeque, cold beers, music, shows, party along the 7 km course, in one of the most beautiful mountain bike spot in Europe.
- First Hans Rey partecipation to the 24h of Finale was in 99, year of the induction in the MBHOF held in Finale, where he did one of the best trial show we've ever seen.
- Hans return in 2006 was the base for this year cooperation with W4L
- For 2007 edition the “12 Fun Team” caregory has  been introduced, dedicated to all riders who wanted to take part to ...

Chris King launches W4L headset

Chris King Precision Components To Support Hans Rey’s Wheels4Life with Second Special Edition Component Series
Portland, OR, August 31, 2007 – Chris King® Precision Components is partnering with Wheels4Life in the promotion of a special edition component series based on the Chris King DreadSet™. The new series will reflect similar efforts taken by the company to promote the Pretty and Strong special edition pink component series in support of breast cancer research since 2004.
Wheels4Life is a non-profit charity that provides new bicycles at no cost to people in need around the world. Hans Rey, founder of Wheels4Life, chose the colors red, gold, black and green to represent this new organization and began using the Chris King DreadSet on his Team GT® bicycles. As Hans is among the company's longest running sponsorship athletes, Chris and the team at Chris King were eager to create a permanent program in support of Hans' Wheels4Life efforts.
“Hans understands the important role of ...

Fox Racing Shox Raffle

Fox Racing Shox and Toxoholic's have raised $ 550.- at Eurobike tradeshow in Germany by selling raffle tickets to win a Fox Float fork.

The winner was Sebastian Trautner from Uhldingen-Mühlhofen, Germany 

Congradulations to the winner and thanks to our friends from Fox Shox

Photo: Hans Rey holding up the Fox fork that was raffled. 


Ride 4 Life Freeride Camp @ 24h race in Finale Ligure, Italy

Wheels 4 Life is an official partner of the 24h Mountain Bike Race in Finale Ligure, Italy from May 18. - 20. 2007

In the days prior to the festival, Hans Rey will host the “Ride 4 Life” - Freeride Camp in Calizzano (http://www.legiaire.it); which will benefit W4L.

For more info check out: www.24hfinale.com

Cash4Trash Initiative

Check out this short video clip about our “Cash 4 Trash” project, where we asked people to donate proceeds from old stuff they sold on ebay or on a garage sale. Check out the video and get inspired.

Simplon Bicycles GmbH Raises Euro 3,100.-

Simplon Bicycles GmbH company from Austria has concluded their Christmas promotion with a local newspaper where they auctioned one of their award winning (test winning) carbon road bikes, PAVO.

They raised an impressive amount of Euro 3,100.-

We are currently searching for a worthy project. This money should buy at least 30 - 40 new bicycles.

More soon.

Thank you very much.

Soccer Team Fundraiser

Sophie’s Soccer Team
FC Kent Fusion '95 (my soccer team) is raising money for Wheels 4 life. We hope to raise enough money to get at least one bike, for Wheels 4 life. We hope that our effort will make a change.
The fundraiser my teams doing is good. We raise the money by taking our cups to put change in, to school or at home. People put extra change in the cups.
Thank you
Sophie Wagner (10 years old) Kent, WA


Win A New Mountain Bike

Win a new mountain bike

My business partner and I have started an online raffle to benefit an amazing charity started by my friend and mountain bike legend, Hans Rey. The charity he created is Wheels4life.org. They donate bicycles to children in Third World countries so they may get to work or school. We wanted to help, so we started www.winanewmountainbike.com. At our site you can enter to win a great mountain bike courtesy of Giant Bicycles. Our other sponsors, SixSixOne, Utopia Optics and MBAction.com have donated all the gear you will need to ride it. Please go to our website, there you can enter as many times as you wish. And help us spread the word by forwarding this to everyone on you contact list.


Moe Hutchison


Simplon Bicycles Auction

Simplon Bicycles GmbH company from Austria is working on a promotion with a local newspaper to auction one of their award winning (test winning) carbon road bikes, PAVO. The highest bidder will be determined by Dec. 19.06.

Wheels 4 Life will receive the whole amount from the auction. The bicycle has a value of approx. US$ 6,000.-

For more info check out: www.simplon.com

Fox Shox raffles off a fork at Interbike

Fox Shox Inc. sold 276 raffle tickets during Interbike tradeshow in Las Vegas Sept. 27. -29. 2006. The lucky winner of the Fox Talas fork was Nate Trumble from Santa Cruz, Ca. Tickets sold for $ 1.- each all proceeds will benefit Wheels 4 Life. At a similar promotion at a recent tradeshow in Germany, Fox Shox sold 660 tickets.

CamelBak Bottles

Friedrichshafen, Sept. 6, 2006

At this year’s Eurobike show a total of 1000 CamelBak bottles were sold, generating proceeds of 10.000 Euro in total. The amount was handed over to Hans Rey, mountain bike legend and founder of ‘Wheels 4 Life’.

“This was the biggest promotion for our charity so far. It was a great way to raise awareness and funds. With this donation we can buy at least 150 bicycles. I hope we can do similar promotions in the future. It was nice to see how much dedication and heart the Camelbak crew put into this promotion during Eurobike”, said Hans Rey. Wheels 4 Life is a non-profit organization that aims to provide people in third world countries with bikes as an important means of transportation to school or work.

Special Edition Hans Rey Pedals Benefit Wheels4Life

Crankbrothers teams with Rey, donates profits to charity. LAGUNA BEACH, California

Crankbrothers announces the production of a special edition 5050 XX pedal designed by extreme biking legend and former Mountain Bike World Champion Hans Rey. Crankbrothers will donate all profits of the sale of the pedals to Wheels4Life.

Wheels4Life is a non-profit organization founded by Hans Rey, which provides bikes for people in Third-World countries in need of transportation to get to work or to school; including health care workers. Often these people live in very primitive and remote areas with no access or means to public transportation. In these cases, the gift of a bicycle can change a life.

Wheels4Life is staffed entirely by volunteers, including Rey himself. “This project has enormous potential,” says Rey. “There are endless people who could greatly benefit from owning a bicycle or from having access to one…where having a bike can make all the difference in the world. For us, bikes are ...

Danny's Bike-Shop

Danny’s Bike-Shop, Geneickener Straße 28, 41238 Mönchengladbach, Germany is collecting funds for Wheels 4 Life.

Cory Leclerc's new mountain bike film

Cory Leclerc’s new mountain bike film: Collectively Krankin up the Disorder (CKD) will premiere in the summer of 2006 at Whistler and Vancouver, Canada. Proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit Wheels 4 Life

Journey School Baking Sale

Journey School Baking Sale in Aliso Viejo, CA. In December 2005 the kids of the Journey School in Aliso Viejo, California organized a baking sale. They raised almost $1,000 by selling home-made cookies.

Wheels 4 Life Partners with Journey School to Send Bikes For Christmas

Journey School is a Waldorf-inspired charter elementary school located in Aliso Viejo. Situated adjacent to Aliso/Woods Canyon Regional Park, students often take to their bikes to explore some of the 5,000 acres of wilderness right next door.

On Friday, December 9th their 11:00 a.m. bicycle field trip will take on a whole new spin. The children will help former trials riding champion and world renowned extreme mountain biker Hans Rey, launch his new charity, Wheels 4 Life. The goal of this charity is to provide bicycles to people in third world countries so that they can elevate their standard of living. In this case, these Orange County children will hold an on-campus bake sale to raise enough money to send bikes to children in Mexico.

“For us a bike is like a fun toy, but for some kids it might mean they get to go to school,” says one Journey fourth grader who is looking forward ...