The Tailwinds Bicycle Club of Santa Maria will hold its annual fundraiser, The Windmill Century, on Saturday, July 20, 2013. The Windmill is a 25, 50 or 100 mile bike ride which is open to the public. The route takes riders through the Santa Maria Valley, Casmalia, Lompoc, Solvang, the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail and Sisquoc. It begins and ends at Pioneer Park. Registration fee Includes: a commemorative T-shirt, Support and Gear as needed, rest stops, route markings and maps, lunch (on the Century route) and a delicious, all you can eat, Santa Maria Style BBQ, featuring top sirloin, chicken or veggie for everyone at the end of their ride.

Windmill proceeds are primarily used to support our “Bike Giveaway and Safety Program” in local elementary schools. We also provide other philanthropic donations which include: Sponsorship of the “Wheelin’ Warriors”, a group of young people with special needs who were formerly a part of the Special Olympics until their venue was discontinued due to lack of funding. We have donated bicycle helmets to the elementary school in Guadalupe, funds and support to the Erik Okerblum “Campaign against Distracted Driving” as well as the Veteran’s Reach 2 Recovery bike program, bicycles to the Santa Maria Good Samaritan Shelter and to the CASA program,  and we donate to the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition, an advocacy and resource organization that supports better and safer bicycling conditions in Santa Barbara County. In order to fund these charitable projects we host our annual Windmill Century Ride. In 2012, Thanks to funds raised at this event, we were able to give away bicycles and helmets to four local elementary schools as well as donations to the above mentioned agencies..

Sponsorship by local businesses helps defray the cost of putting on such an event and allows us to donate more bikes to charitable causes.  The Tailwinds Bicycle Club is seeking business sponsors who would like to donate cash and/or product (sodas, cookies, strawberries, etc) for our rest and lunch stops as well as “samples” for our rider “goodie bags”. Contributions of $100 or more in cash or product entitles the business/website to be listed on the back of the riders’ commemorative t-shirts as well as the club’s website and newsletter for a full year. Local Businesses that might be interested in donating to this worthy cause may contact the club at Email;  tailwinds@tailwindsofsantamariabc.org.

Windmill riders come from all over California as well as other states (Nevada, Arizona and Texas). Many stay overnight thereby contributing to the Santa Maria economy as well as the fundraiser.

For more information go to website: http://www.tailwindsofsantamariabc.org

or to offer sponsorship contact: tailwinds@tailwindsofsantamariabc.org