World Ride Online Movie Night to Support Program for Women Mountain Bikers in Botswana

May 18, 2021 at 13:29
by jsg2  


World Ride is hosting their next online movie night on May 20, 2021 at 7:00 MDT (6:00PM PDT). This virtual event features women’s mountain bike films and helps to support World Ride’s new program to help get more women mountain biking in Botswana.

World Ride has been able to continue work of empowering women globally through mountain biking throughout the pandemic with virtual movie nights. All proceeds from the movie nights go toward this mission. In the past year, the movie nights helped to fund a bike library in Guatemala that women can borrow from, a monthly race series in Ghana, race support for Iranian World Cup XC racer Faranak Parto Azar, and developing new programs in Lesotho, Botswana, and Peru.

With the global bike shortage, World Ride continues to accept bike donations to ship to the countries they work in. World Ride is a 501(c)3 non profit that works to empower women globally through mountain biking and all donations are tax deductible.

Movie Night Details:

When: Thursday May 20, 2021 at 7:00pm MDT
Where: Online via Zoom
Tickets: $10 and can be purchased here
Sweepstakes: we have over $2200 in sponsor prizes. Enter here


Author Info:
jsg2 avatar

Member since Aug 3, 2013
18 articles

  • 3 0
 Boy, the immediate effort that goes into identifying what could be/go wrong with a good intention are so imbalanced compared to the eagerness to volunteer or inquire on how to make things better.
  • 5 0
 That is one sweet jersey
  • 1 0
 Didn’t take long for internet trolls to hate on this. What’s with people?? As @petalpushr said above ! Spread the bike love!
  • 1 0
 Love this program! Spread the bike love!
  • 19 20
 I'm sure the first, and foremost problem of women in Botswana is mountain bike shortage.
  • 26 4
 You're looking at this the wrong way. Mountain biking ain't gonna fix the world. And I don't think it's the intention of this project anyway. Look at it this way. If some time on a bike can take your mind off the everyday struggles that living in a country like Botswana brings with itself, especially as a woman, I think it's a worthwhile effort to support.
  • 4 3
 @Levin192: Do tell what the struggles of living in Botswana are? Botswana is managing its affairs quite well and has one of the fastest growing economies in the world.
  • 3 3
 Same can be said of any country ever
  • 3 3
 @dump: True. Also, having travelled in Botswana and seen the country, where are they going to ride? How are they going to service these and get parts? Import duties are in the 100s' of percent and there really is no place to ride as the distances are massive, the wet season is sooo muddy that not even a 4x4 can get through easily.
  • 3 4
 @Levin192: thats a nice thought but a mountain bike is a financial burden. you need brake pads chains cassettes derailers bearing bottom brackets and everything else suspension services brake bleeds and some experience to install that stuff and perform services. its very fun to do and one of the best activities ever i think but dropping off some mountain bikes in botswana even if there are trails seems kinda pointless.
  • 5 2
 @laceloop: So don't bother because they're poor? Big assumption on your part.
  • 11 0
 @laceloop: I just wanted to jump on and say that World Ride does not just drop off bikes in the places that we work. We establish sustainable programs that involve maintaining bikes, working with locals and making sure that each program works with the culture of the country we are working in so that it can be successful long term.
  • 1 1
 @jsg2: that makes much more sense. thank you for clarifying.
  • 1 0
 Your sentiments are more likely correct than not, but it seems that most people who can afford to do an expensive hobby like mtb, have day-to-day experience of how ruthless people can be over the smallest of things.

I remember living in Poland in the early 2000's, I'd imagine that a similar program at that time would have just seen a lot of women get their bikes stolen and possibly beat up for their troubles (@dump, at that time Poland had the fastest-growing economy in Europe so do the math on that one).
  • 3 0
 Given that there are no mountains, every plant is thorny, (including the grass) there are little to no ridable trails and the climate is seriously hot. Having lived there, any kind of cycling is challenge for man or woman.

Copyright © 2000 - 2023. All rights reserved.
dv42 0.032042
Mobile Version of Website