Strengthening Our Community
VéloCity Cycling supports a variety of community organizations that are dedicated to helping our youth succeed, supporting our veterans, and promoting a healthy lifestyle. We also promote many bike rides that support these and other worthy causes. A few of these events are competitive races, but most are recreational rides open to cyclists of all skill levels.
Organizations We Support
These organizations promote fitness and a healthy lifestyle and support the youth of our community and our veterans.
Waukesha S.T.E.M. Academy
As a Specialized Foundation Riding for Focus retail champion, we proudly support Waukesha’s STEM Academy-Saratoga Middle School. Riding for Focus seeks to create a better learning environment for children with ADHD by incorporating cycling into their curriculum. The Specialized Foundation provided the bikes for this initiative, while the VéloCity staff built the bikes and provides ongoing maintenance.
The Waukesha STEM Academy-Saratoga is a K-8 Charter School that inspires over 800 students to become active participants in learning. The school is designed around a STEM curriculum—science, technology, engineering, and math—and learning is collaborative and project-based.
Tall Pines Conservancy
The mission of Tall Pines Conservancy is to preserve our rural heritage by protecting remaining farmland, water resources, natural areas, and open spaces adjacent to and impacting Northwestern Waukesha County.
The Heart Behind the Project. Helping veterans and their families re-engage through physical activity and self-discovery. While performing at an elite level is our focus, our motivation is to use our talents to shine a positive light on the veteran community. The reality is that cycling is much more than a sport, it is a form of therapy. In 2015, an average of 22 veterans committed suicide every day. A majority of these veterans were victims of the inability to access long-term, financially sustainable therapy for issues related to depression, PTSD, and traumatic brain injuries. As a result, many turn to substance abuse and/or self-harm.
Recent research has shown that cycling is one of the most effective, accessible, and sustainable forms of therapy for veterans due to its low impact, aerobic, and team-based nature. Researchers have also found that cycling is viewed as one of the most socially acceptable forms of therapy amongst veterans.
Project Echelon Racing
Top Ranked Amateur Team on PRT Circuit in 2018!
The cycling team serves as the public face of Project Echelon, promoting our cause to cycling enthusiasts and fans as we train, race and interact with communities in SE Wisconsin, the Midwest, and across the country. Furthermore, the team has a direct connection to the veterans that Project Echelon supports through a variety of programs.We also use our platform to continue to grow our youth mentorship program, through which our “seasoned riders” mentor Under 23 riders in areas of goal setting, perseverance, professionalism, and networking, and teach our young riders the value and importance of giving back to the community, especially our veterans.
Lapham Peak Nordic Skiers
Proud to sponsor the Lapham Peak Ski Club – A community of adult Nordic skiers striving to improve ski technique and fitness, train together, and give back to the local ski community.
Rides We Support
In addition to the advocacy rides listed below, there are many fun rides and races in the area. These include Tour of America’s Dairyland, Race the Lake, Ride Across Wisconsin (RAW), Door County Century, Pewaukee Triathlon, the Polish Moon Festival ride, the Santa Rampage, and more.
UPAF Ride for the Arts
(Sponsored by Miller Lite) – Raises Funding for UPAF
The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) has been setting the stage for more than 50 years by providing critical investment in our region’s vibrant performing arts scene. Since its inception, UPAF has raised over $300 million for the performing arts. UPAF funding is critical to the sustainability of these community treasures and allows them to focus on what they do best: creating, performing, inspiring and educating. UPAF receives NO government funding. All dollars raised come from generous individuals, companies, and foundations. In the fiscal year 2017, UPAF allocated over $9 million to support the performing arts in our community.
Tour de Cure
Supports Diabetes Research
Diabetes is a Pandemic. Every 21 seconds someone hears the three words that will change their life as they know it: “you have diabetes.” We ride, run and walk to raise critical funds and show support for all people living with diabetes. Tour de Cure fundraising directly supports research, education, and advocacy for people living with type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. Join the Tour de Cure today so no one has to face diabetes alone. Scheduled for August 8, 2020.
Scenic Shore 150
Supporting Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is to: cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.
Best Dam Bike Tour
Supporting Multiple Sclerosis
Bike MS: TOYOTA Best Dam Bike Tour is a two-day cycling event that will take you farther than you’ve ever gone before. What makes this ride so special? This all-inclusive, fully-supported cycling event travels from the Milwaukee area to Madison with an overnight stay in Whitewater and features multiple route options each day. No matter which route you choose, you’ll experience the thrill of Wisconsin’s spectacular terrain and memories you’ll never forget. In addition, you’ll experience an incredible level of camaraderie as you embark on a journey filled with laughter, excitement, support and a profound sense of accomplishment. Your participation will drive MS research forward faster and deliver services to those who face the challenges of MS every day, so they can live their best lives.
Ride to the Barns
Supporting the Tall Pines Conservancy
The mission of Tall Pines Conservancy is to preserve our rural heritage by protecting remaining farmland, water resources, natural areas, and open spaces adjacent to and impacting Northwestern Waukesha County. Bike Tour of Lake Country. Rest stops at local farms, taste local food. August 15, 2020. Departing from Camp Quad (Hwy 83 & Q).
Tyranena Oktoberfest Bike Ride
Supporting the Tomorrow’s Hope charity organization
Founded in 1998, Tomorrow’s Hope was created to raise money, and grant it locally, to benefit area residents with any type of life-limiting illness…. those affected, both patients and caregivers, by cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, lung disease, stroke, diabetes and more. Dollars raised by Tomorrow’s Hope support specific programs and services at a full spectrum of local health care facilities, from American Family Children’s Hospital to Rainbow Hospice Care. Two area clinics for low-income families receive funds, as do Fort HealthCare and Watertown Regional Medical Center. Tomorrow’s Hope also directly funds cancer research pilot projects at the UW Carbone Cancer Center in Madison. This is one of the few comprehensive cancer research and treatment facilities in the nation. Pilot projects often open the door to better treatments, improved early detection techniques, and, hopefully, one day, a cure. September 19, 2020. Departing from Tyranena Brewing Company, Lake Mills, WI.