Bike for Bender is a California non-profit organization that was founded in memory of Robert Bender.
In 2010, Robert lost his fight to cancer at the young age of 26. Robert was a pro-level XC cyclist, one of the top local DH riders in the area, and a strong endurance athlete at heart. On any given weekend you could find Robert riding from Redlands to the SART and back or out in the south hills of Loma Linda building trails. When he wasn’t riding, he spent his time in the shop working on bikes; mostly other people’s.
Robert was well known throughout the cycling community. He was a kind and generous person, an ambassador of the sport, and he encouraged and introduced many young adults to the world of cycling.
Our mission is to continue to support the local cycling community as Robert did.
What we do
We are actively working with a number of other organizations in the area such as the IEBA, City of Loma Linda, Boy Scouts of America, Yucaipa High School Mountain Bike Team and Redlands High School Mountain Bike Team. On a weekly basis you will find us out helping coach and train the young adults from the local high school teams. We are also working with different organizations (City of Loma Linda, Boy Scouts of Amercia) to further develop and improve our trail systems and cycling pathways in the local area. We also host a number of group rides and events throughout the year to encourage the community to use cycling as vehicle for healthier living, fun and enjoyment.
If you are interested in helping us support any of these causes, please feel free to contact us, or just come out to one of our events.
Stay tuned for more updates, and remember, always “ride for a reason”.
Robert Bender at “the Jumps”