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Rebecca Rusch Rides to the Nation’s Capital to Bring Female Perspective to Key Political Initiative

Ride on Washington event is set to raise funds and awareness for the Bikes Belong Foundation

Ketchum, IDRebecca Rusch, the three-time Leadville Trail 100 Women’s Champion and three-time 24 Hour Solo Mountain Biking World Champion, is pleased to announce her involvement as one of only a few female riders taking part in Tim Johnson’s Ride on Washington ride from Boston to Washington, D.C.to raise funds and awareness for the Bikes Belong Foundation. Rebecca and her fellow riders will host receptions at each city along the way, spreading the word about the much-needed support for non-motorized transportation and legislation currently being considered by congress that threatens bicycling and pedestrian-specific funding.

More than 25 riders will take part in the challenging, 500-mile ride from Boston to Washington, D.C., in participation with the Bikes Belong Foundation. The ride will include stops in Hartford, CT, New York City, NY, Philadelphia, PA and Baltimore, MD.

“I’m really pleased to be a part of the Ride on Washington event this year. It’s so important to raise funds– and most importantly awareness for legislation that threatens non-motorized transportation,” says Rebecca Rusch. “It’s important for all bike enthusiasts to get educated and involved to support events like this. I’m looking forward to speaking with the public and representatives about issue that are close to my heart.”

The Ride on Washington will culminate at the capital for the National Bike Summit on March 20-22 at the Grand Hyatt in downtown Washington, D.C. Rebecca and her fellow riders will meet with members of congress to discuss several issues including a multi-year Transportation Bill to be voted on in late March, which threatens to cut bicycling and pedestrian-specific funding including support for Safe Routes to School, Recreational Trails Program and designated bikes lanes.

On a local level, Rebecca will represent IMBA and Idaho’s own Wood River Bicycle Coalition. She will speak regarding the Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act, which threatens the closure of some of Idaho’s most valued mountain bike trail systems.

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Leonard Basobas - Among my many and varied interests are cycling and writing. I am deeply passionate about both. Strangely enough, neither has come very easy to me.I had such a horrible crash as a small child that I did not attempt to ride again until the 6th grade. From that point forward, you could say that I have had a love affair with two-wheels. When I was not out on my bike, I could be found tearing apart or putting back together other bikes. The frames and parts found in my parents’ basement today are a testament to that fact. Around the same time that I began riding again, a young rider named Greg Lemond had just won the U23 World Championships. Following his career was my entry point into the sport of cycling, but I never participated in organized racing until I was past my cycling prime. Today, a healthy curiosity about racing has me lining up on the road and in the nearest velodrome.In regard to writing, I am not a trained journalist. My writing, instead, strikes a creative bent in the form of short stories, at least when I not writing for my day job in clinical research. Although I have yet to be published for my creative writing, I have authored several abstracts and papers, and been published as the lead author for a paper in a well-known peer reviewed medical journal.I have covered the sport of cycling, as both writer and photographer, at such races as the Amgen Tour of California (2008 to 2014) and the US Pro Cycling Challenge. I was also the featured Guest Contributor for LIVESTRONG.com, commentating and moderating the site's live blogging feed during the 2009 Tour de France.