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WTB hosts mountain bike skills camp for Team Semper Fi riders

Published May 16, 2016
Photos by Ken Viale Photography

MILL VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — WTB partnered with the Semper Fi Fund to put on a mountain bike skills camp earlier this month, where 16 Team Semper Fi riders received three days of instruction and riding with WTB/Cannondale Over Mountain Team athletes Mark Weir and Jason Moeschler.

The Semper Fi Fund provides resources and support for wounded, critically ill and injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. The team is made up of service members.

"I've spent my entire life racing, which is a fairly vain way of going about things in comparison to what these guys have done," said Weir. "It's my turn to give back to each of these service members and the least I can do is provide them with a weekend of rowdy trails and good times. I can't thank these guys enough for the sacrifices they've made for all of us and hopefully this is only the start of something much bigger."

Days were spent exploring different trails on a private ranch, as Moeschler and Weir took turns teaching using their different approaches to mountain bike technique. Over the three days of the event, the service member received group, and one-on-one, clinics on how to improve their individual riding style and experience. 

Moeschler said, "I've taught mountain bike skills to a lot of people over the years but it was incredible to see how much better and how much more confident the servicemen were from start to finish in such a short period of time." 

Each of the service members were presented with a limited edition WTB Volt Team saddle (shown below), featuring a star spangled design of red, white and blue colors. WTB is doing a limited production run of the Volt Team titanium rail saddle as well; it will be available for purchase on the WTB website late this summer, with an MSRP of $129.95. A portion of the proceeds from the saddle sales will be given to the Semper Fi Fund.

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