"allsevens" riders from St. Louis to ride 777 miles across 7 countries

Nigel Taylor of St. Louis writes with information about the "allsevens" ride he is involved with:
Calling themselves ‘allsevens,’ Taylor, of St. Louis, and three friends – Chris Davey of Bath, England, and Bert Berla and Mark Neuman of St. Louis – plan to ride 777 miles across 7 countries in 7 days, visiting 7 Tour de France Prologue cities on their way to London, where this year’s Tour kicks off on July 7: 07/07/07.

Taylor and Davey conceived the ride as a challenge, and very quickly saw its potential. “We wanted this to be more than just another ride,” Taylor said. “We immediately began to research possible fundraising and awareness opportunities.” In the U.S., the group is raising contributions for World Bicycle Relief; in England, for Jole Rider.

In the final push to reach their goal, the group is riding nearly 200 miles per week, and is working with several St. Louis-area bicycle shops to host events.

On the evening of June 15th, 2007, a reception will be held at Mesa Cycles, 1035 S. Big Bend Blvd., from 5-7 p.m.

The next morning, June 16th, will be a ride departing from Maplewood Cycles, 7534 Manchester Road, followed by a presentation at the shop.

In the afternoon of June 16th, the group will be at Big Shark Bicycle Company, 6133 Delmar Blvd, from 2-4 p.m.

At each event, a World Bicycle Relief bicycle will be shown, and a representative of the organization will be on hand to speak about the program. World Bicycle Relief provides culturally appropriate bicycles to those who need them, including establishing assembly and maintenance training in the countries in which it serves, and working with manufacturers to improve the bicycle technology. The current program provides bicycles to volunteer, community-based HIV/AIDS caregivers at a cost of $109 per bicycle.