George Street Bike Challenge

July  27, 2008
2008 George Street Raffle
Win a bike!
One lucky entrant won a Giant OCR3 24-speed road bike from Barney's Bicycle! Tickets were $5, or three for $12, or six for $20. The prize drawing was July 27 at the conclusion of the seventh annual George Street Bike Challenge for Major Taylor at George and Main streets, Worcester, Mass. Proceeds benefit the Major Taylor Association. More prizes are shown below.

GRAND PRIZE -- Giant OCR3 road bike: This 24-speed model from Giant's road/sport line is versatile enough for touring, charity rides, serious commuting, and spirited enough for entry level racing. ALUXX butted aluminum compact road frame with Shimano Sora components and triple crankset. Click here for complete specs, and check it out at Barney's Bicycle, 165 Chandler St., Worcester. Winner: Amy Mosher

"Let the Children Play," from IWC Schaffhausen and the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. This stunning coffee-table book contains stories and images of 10 projects around the world supported by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which uses sport as a vehicle for social change in deprived communities. Winner: Mombasa Moose Co.

Major Taylor cycling jersey from the Major Taylor Association. The custom, limited-edition design features a 1900 photograph of Major Taylor taken by E. Chickering in Boston; the Worcester, Mass., street sign for Major Taylor Boulevard with the city's "Heart of the Commonwealth" symbol; and the 1899 world champion's nickname, "The Worcester Whirlwind." Made by Louis Garneau in Micro-Airdry fabric with a 14-inch hidden zipper and three rear pockets. To buy this jersey ($79), click here.
RAFFLE JERSEY SPONSOR: Webster Five Cents Savings Bank
Winner: Steve Anderson

Death Valley cycling jersey from AdventureCORPS. Check out their spring and fall Death Valley Century and Double Century. The jersey is made by Louis Garneau. Winners: Wayne Kostman, Greg Tutunjian, Jim Shepardson

Gift certificate from
Fritz's Bike Shop
in Worcester. We have a few of these, in amounts of $100 and $50, good toward anything in the store. Winners: Mason Flagg, Henry Maurer, Greg Tutunjian, Wayne Kostman

Four tickets to a Worcester Tornadoes baseball game. Winner: Mary Collins

A natural-fiber long-sleeved T-shirt and tote bag from Joneswares, maker of high-quality wool clothing for cycling and other outdoor sports. The Joneswares slogan says it all: Get (real) comfortable. Winner: Rick Krasnick

The Soundtrack from The Six-Day Bicycle Races, composed and performed by Patrick Stoyanovich. An original film score infused with the language of ragtime and early jazz. The CD was donated by Peter J. Nye, author of the book "The Six-Day Bicycle Races: America's Jazz-Age Sport" and co-producer of the DVD. Winners: Wayne Kostman, Mombasa Moose Co., Greg Tutunjian, Henry Maurer

Gift boxes from Just Soap, the pedal-powered natural soap. Each box contains bars of Lavender Rosemary, Lemongrass Ginger, Cinnamon Clove, Oatmeal Honey, and Lavender Avocado soap. A great thing about this Massachusetts-made product is that the ingredients are blended by bicycle -- a unique model that drives a belt that that turns a blade in a big stainless steel vat. Winners: Mason Flagg, Jim Shepardson, Rick Krasnick, Larry Delaney

coverThe book "Major: A Black Athlete, a White Era, and the Fight to Be the World's Fastest Human Being" by Todd Balf (Crown, 2008). Buy the book from using this link and your purchase will benefit the Major Taylor Association. Winners: Larry Delaney, Steve Anderson

coverThe children's book "Major Taylor, Champion Cyclist," written by Lesa Cline-Ransome and illustrated by James E. Ransome (Simon & Schuster, 2004). This book for children tells how a young Major Taylor overcame the bitter racism of his day to become a world champion athlete. Prize copies are donated by the organizing committee of the Massachusetts African American Bicycle Route Network. Buy the book from using this link and your purchase will benefit the Major Taylor Association. To read more about the book and the Ransomes' 2004 visit to Worcester, click here. Winners: Mary Collins, Mombasa Moose Co., Jim Shepardson, Rick Krasnick

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