The Fundación Alberto Contador Cycling Academies Race returns to the streets of Pinto on October 3rd

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Pinto (Madrid): October 3

The Fundación Alberto Contador Cycling Academies Race returns to the forefront after the postponement of the last edition due to the complexity of its implementation in view of the health situation, mobility restrictions and control measures implemented by the various authorities. With a more benign moment in the socio-health, but without the possibility of an absolute relaxation in the protection measures and in the control of capacity, the Contador Foundation and the City Council of Pinto will launch what will be the fourth edition this coming Sunday, October 3.

This fourth edition has the particularity that only federated competitions will be held for the different training categories, between 6 and 14 years old. In contrast to previous editions of popular competitions, this year’s 2021 edition will be limited to purely competitive events. The organisers have opted for this measure in order to contain the capacity and crowds, giving priority to the continuity of the race and with a view to 2022 in order to be able to launch the competition in all its glory. The circuit will once again be the 1.8 kilometre course in the La Tenería neighbourhood.

“We are delighted to be able to organise the Carrera de Escuelas again. It is very important for us, even more so in our aim to raise awareness of cycling and cycling as a sport for children. Last year, when we announced the postponement, we talked about how timely and exceptional the decision was. And so it was, although with the nuance that its recovery as it was organised last time could not be total, i.e. free competitions for schools and popular races on a closed circuit. It was not possible, because the situation has improved but the regulations still demand certain requirements, and in the dilemma between not holding the event for the second year or holding it partially, we opted for the second option, because it seemed to us that another year without a race was out of the question. For us, all the popular races are fundamental and they will come back in the future, without a doubt”, explains Fran Contador, manager of the Contador Foundation.

Paco Romero, responsible for Marketing and Sponsor Relations within the Foundation: “It is a joy to be able to organise our Foundation Schools Race again after a year’s break due to the pandemic; after all we have suffered, months of being locked up and restrictions, to be able to see children from all over Spain enjoying themselves on the bike again is a great satisfaction. Unfortunately this year we are unable to hold the popular race due to restrictions on participants, but next year we will return with more enthusiasm if possible, more strength and with much more youth participation, to be able to give colour to this sport that unites us. The help of the Pinto City Council and our friends from the Plaza Eboli Shopping Centre, who have collaborated to make the event possible, have been fundamental for the organization of the event. We also have to thank Leclerc Pinto, Rotor and La Capilla restaurant for their support, as they have done in the past years”.

In the last edition of the Carrera de Escuelas, in 2019, more than 235 boys and girls from all over Spain took part, with another hundred taking part in the popular races. Registration for this year’s event can be made through the website of the Madrid Cycling Federation.

Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA delivers 26 bicycles between San Juan de Alicante, Getafe and the Carabanchel neighbourhood in Madrid

The Alberto Contador Foundation, through its solidarity project Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA, has delivered 26 bicycles between the towns of San Juan de Alicante (Valencia) and Getafe (Madrid) and the capital’s Carabanchel neighbourhood (Madrid, Madrid). This distribution has taken place in the centres of the Spanish Commission for Refugee Aid (CEAR) in these locations.

The largest batch was delivered to the centre in San Juan de Alicante, where eleven saddles were deposited. In Getafe, meanwhile, nine bikes were delivered. The remaining six were donated to the Carabanchel facilities. As has been the case in recent deliveries, a large part of the bicycles came from the very generous donation made by Clear Channel with funds from the fleet that provided service in the Barcelona loan system.

Ángel López, the project’s logistics manager, was accompanied on the delivery expeditions by Noemi and Luis, two of the boys from AMP Pinto who collaborate in a fundamental way with the project in the revision and tuning of the bicycles. “It is very nice and rewarding to be able to do something like this and I will definitely do it more times”, said Luis, who was making his debut in this experience.

Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA is publicly grateful for the great reception that any delivery event always has among the recipients, although what is really important is that all the bicycles donated either by individuals, companies or institutions have a second life in which they can offer help and support to their new users. Further donations will be made in the coming weeks.

Twelve bicycles for the Rodríguez Penalva Centre in the andalusian town of Huéscar

The Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA initiative of the Fundación Contador has once again travelled to Andalusia to deliver twelve bicycles to the Rodríguez Penalva residence located near the town of Huéscar (Granada).

These bicycles, most of them coming from the generous donation made weeks ago by Clear Channel, will allow the professionals of the centre to set up different projects related to physical activity and leisure with the residents. The residence, not in vain, is located in a privileged natural environment, in the Los Morales estate.

This gerontological centre, managed by the Diputación Provincial and under the auspices of the Consejería para la Igualdad y Bienestar Social de la Junta de Andalucía, has almost a hundred places for dependent people who suffer from some kind of physical and/or mental disorder.

Ángel López, logistics manager of Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA, received a small plaque of thanks from the centre’s managers, who also offered a warm welcome to this delivery.

Triple delivery in Malaga city for the initiatives of the Spanish Commission for Refugee Aid (CEAR)

The Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA project travelled this Saturday to the city of Malaga to donate 23 bicycles to three of the centres that the Spanish Commission for Refugee Aid (CEAR) has in the capital of the Costa del Sol.

Ten bicycles were delivered to the main centre of the NGO in the city, two more donations were distributed in the accommodation with which CEAR works in Málaga. Twenty-three bicycles managed by CEAR offer many possibilities for their humanitarian projects. “We would like to express our heartfelt thanks for the donation made by the Alberto Contador Foundation as part of the Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA project. These 23 bicycles are not only an additional means of transport for CEAR users, but also a huge step on their difficult path towards full inclusion in society and access to employment”, says Francisco Cansino, territorial coordinator of CEAR in Eastern Andalusia.

The Spanish Commission for Refugee Aid is an NGO that has been working since 1979 with refugees and migrants, a group that due to their situation are at severe risk of social exclusion, to defend their rights, offer them protection, provide them with accommodation and facilitate a dignified daily life. Much of the donated material comes from Clear Channel’s recent generous contribution to the Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA project.

“One of the most important qualities of the Alberto Contador Foundation and specifically of the Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA Project is its cross-cutting nature, which is why we wanted to do something big, and different from the donations we have been making lately, we wanted to support one of the most vulnerable groups and at greatest risk of social exclusion that may be living at this time due to the social stigmatisation they are suffering, such as refugees”, explains Paco Romero, responsible for the project within the Foundation.

“The good relationship we have with CEAR has allowed us to provide bicycles to young people without resources, with two distinct objectives, one of them, to provide them with a leisure tool, so important for them considering that they come from territories where conflicts are their “daily bread”; and, on the other hand, to offer them an element of transport that allows them to join the labour market, and help them to get that second chance they have come to look for. With this multiple delivery in different parts of the national geography we want to demonstrate the commitment of the Contador Foundation with society in general and with the most disadvantaged groups in particular”, he says.

Clear Channel donates one hundred bicycles to the Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA project of the Fundación Contador

The Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA project of the Fundación Contador has received a generous donation of a hundred bicycles from the multinational Clear Channel. The company, one of the leading firms in the outdoor advertising sector with a presence in 23 countries and on three continents, also operates a bike sharing service in cities in 9 different countries, including Zaragoza in Spain. The bicycles delivered to the solidarity initiative of the Fundación Contador together with the Czech automobile company ŠKODA and the Fundación Seur come from the fleet that provided service in the Barcelona loan system.

Jordi Sáez, CEO of Clear Channel Spain and Market Leader for Southern Europe comments: “We are an advertising company, but with a very clear vision: in addition to being a platform for brands, we can also be a platform for social good. Our decisions as a company are aimed at giving something back to society, our corporate mission is “A Platform for Brands & A Platform For Good”. And this donation is part of this concept. For more than ten years we managed “Bicing”, Barcelona’s public bicycle system, but two years ago we stopped managing it. We had a large fleet of bicycles, in good condition, of high quality, which we began to redistribute among other business units. Even so, at our facilities in Zaragoza we had many stationary bicycles, so we looked for an institution that could make good use of them before they ended up being scrapped. And so we contacted both Bicis para la Vida and Bicicletas sin Fronteras. They are great bikes, practically indestructible, accessible to all users, in perfect condition. They are bikes that offer many possibilities”.

Paco Romero, responsible for the project within the Fundación Alberto Contador: “Thanks to this important donation from Clear Channel we will be able to start new deliveries in the coming weeks. The bicycles are in perfect condition, our collaborators of the AMP of Pinto have only had to make some small adjustments to the first bicycles that we already have in our facilities. As the number of bicycles is very important, the Seur Foundation is going to collaborate even more intensely in this action by taking charge of the logistics of all the units that still have to be collected, which are many. We are very grateful to Clear Channel, as a company, and to the team of people who have been involved in making this project a reality”.

Bicis para la Vida is a solidarity initiative promoted by the Fundación Contador and the Fundación Seur that dates back to 2012, when the first collection of bicycles took place in parallel to the Vuelta a España. In October 2018, ŠKODA intensified its involvement by sponsoring a project whose main objective is to give unused bicycles a second life by donating them to underprivileged groups, or those at risk of exclusion, and isolated communities in Third World or developing countries.

Clear Channel Spain is part of Clear Channel Europe. Clear Channel Europe is the European division of one of the global leaders in outdoor advertising, Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CCO). Clear Channel Europe’s portfolio spans 17 markets with 16,000 digital and 400,000 conventional media, directly managed by 2,900 employees. Clear Channel Spain’s portfolio comprises mainly street furniture and shopping centre media with over 40,000 media and is a leader in the digital transformation of the sector. Its vision is to create the future of media by transforming assets for the benefit of its institutional and advertising clients through data-driven innovations and new infrastructures. Its purpose is to provide a platform for both brands and social good, helping to achieve brands’ media objectives while having a positive impact on the world around us.

Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA delivers 30 bicycles to the Servicio de Protección a la Emergencia

The Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA project of the Fundación Contador travelled to Catalonia this Saturday to deliver thirty bicycles to the Servicio de Protección a la Emergencia at one of its locations in the province of Barcelona.

This institution works with girls, minors, who have been at social risk due to trafficking in women in any of its different circumstances, from prostitution to the organ trade and forced marriages.

“Our work is dedicated to the physical and psychological recovery of the girls. The youngest is 12 years old and the oldest is 18. For our team of technicians, from psychologists to therapists, sport, movement, is a fundamental axis of action”, explains David Rodríguez, head of the centre and one of the members of his team.

“When we found out about this project of the Contador Foundation, we thought it was a fantastic opportunity to be able to continue developing this work with the girls. The bicycles are a fantastic tool and will allow us to make great strides in this work”, he continues.

Alongside Ángel López, the project’s logistics manager, Joan Massallé, ŠKODA’s Sponsoring & Events Manager in Spain, was also present at the event.

The support of the Czech automobile company and the SEUR Foundation are fundamental for the existence and development of this project of the Contador Foundation, whose objective is to give a second life to bicycles that are no longer in use and that this second life takes place among disadvantaged groups or those at risk of social exclusion.

Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA delivers fourteen bicycles to the ‘Alas’ project work of the NGO olVIDAdos with the residents of El Pozo del Tío Raimundo

The Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA project of the Contador Foundation wanted to participate in World Bike Day on 3 June with a donation of fourteen bicycles to the ‘Alas’ project of the NGO olVIDAdos and its work with the Asociación de Vecinos del Pozo del Tío Raimundo (Madrid), in a joint action with the Rotary Club Madrid Velázquez Internacional; both entities have provided food and other goods for groups that are going through a complicated situation in their daily lives.

This was an opportunity to meet Esperanza García Castro, Espe la del Pozo, the protagonist of one of those fascinating lives in pursuit of breaking down inequalities, helping others and an icon for the neighbourhood and the neighbourhood struggle from a solidarity perspective. In her eighties, Esperanza continues to help people without resources with food, clothes and even money.

A native of a village in Jaén, Esperanza settled with her family in Pozo del Tío Raimundo, which for decades remained on the fringes, or with little significant evolution, of the capital’s urban development. A neighbourhood weighed down by the label of a poor and perhaps problematic area against which Father Llanos began to fight significantly in the fifties of the 20th century. A fight that he impregnated in Esperanza when he arrived in Madrid and grew up here. From his efforts, the Fundación Esperanza y Alegría.

At the handover ceremony, the children of AMP Pinto, who are so decisively involved in the development of the project with their work in setting up the bicycles or in some of the deliveries and collections, were not missing. “I have loved this experience. Today we have delivered bicycles to people who don’t have the resources that we have to be able to have one. And here, with so many children, so happy… it’s a great emotion”, says César.


World Bicycle Day to raise awareness of autism too

The 3rd of June every year has become one of the most solemn dates in the world of bicycles after 2018 was the day designated by the United Nations (UN) to commemorate the World Day for this means of transport, a source of health and leisure that is so healthy and sustainable. Every 3 June, yes, and although many still consider the unofficial 19 April, is World Bicycle Day. To mark such an important date, the Contador Foundation wanted to launch an activity that went beyond the bicycle itself, together with the Seur Foundation, the Madrid Velázquez International Rotary Club and the Autism Quality of Life Foundation (Aucavi). Because a bicycle, in the end, is the sum of many parts and components. Like society itself.

Always prioritising the school and academic commitments of the participants, the Contador Foundation organised a route for the young people of its Plaza Éboli Cycling Academy Getafe, a town in Madrid, where they shared pedalling with members of the Aucavi Foundation from its headquarters in the town to the Alhóndiga Park, with a lap around its lake.

Aucavi is an institution created in 2003 that works with children who suffer from some type of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families in order to improve their quality of life and ensure that they can develop it with maximum independence. Aucavi has a great team of professionals in the educational field and a network of centres where they work with specific educational projects and focus on special educational needs. The distance covered was secondary. As was the speed. The important thing was to enjoy the experience.

“The kids at the school were delighted, it was very emotional”, says Álvaro García, one of the monitors at the Plaza Éboli Cycling Academy. “It wasn’t a very long route. The distance was not important. The important thing was to share pedalling. A monitor explained to the kids what autism is and how they should behave. A lot of very interesting information, not for a bike ride, but for life itself. There is a lot of work behind this outing. “It was a very nice experience. All the children were very happy with this trip. It is difficult to find initiatives that support our children. The progress is very slow, but very important for their lives”, said Agustín Ramos from Aucavi.

“The World Autism Awareness Day takes place every April 2nd. From the Contador Foundation we wanted that, at least as far as the cycling part was concerned, it should also take place on 3 June. The bicycle is one of the instruments that allows a greater interdisciplinarity in all its aspects. From the mechanical to the competitive, from recreation to transport. On the occasion of this World Bicycle Day we thought it was a very nice idea to transfer this condition to put the focus back on autism”, concludes Paco Romero, responsible for the initiative within the Contador Foundation.

Idemticos incorporates three new ambassadors, with the Spanish Cycling Championships as the stage for the debut

The Madrid towns of Cadalso de los Vidrios and Cenicientos will host this Friday and Sunday the Spanish Cycling Championships, which will be very special for the Idemticos project of the Contador Foundation. The reason is none other than the debut as ambassadors of three new athletes who will be part of the Madrid event.

The Andalusian Jairo Ruiz (Almería; 1988), the Galician Cristian Silva (O Rosal, Pontevedra; 1990) and the Madrilenian Raúl Vallinot (1983) will join the Catalan José Manuel Dosdad (1973) and the Madrilenians Carlos Javier Mozos (1975), Eva Moral (1982) and Gonzalo García Abella (1996). During this week some of the ambassadors went to the Plaza Éboli Cycling Academy to collect material and visit the boys and girls of the academy.

Idemticos is the project of the Contador Foundation aimed at promoting recreational and leisure cycling among people with disabilities, whether physical or mental, through the Plaza Éboli Cycling Academy. Aware of the importance of competition in generating visibility, the Foundation has several ambassadors who it supports in the development of their cycling activity within their respective categories.

Idemticos’ activities are carried out through the Plaza Éboli Cycling Academy and the Foundation has a fleet of adapted vehicles: handbikes, tricycles and tandems.

“The Idemticos project is one of the most beautiful and satisfying of all the projects we promote at the Alberto Contador Foundation. The outbreak of the COVID-19 health emergency greatly conditioned its start-up and growth and also led us to start with a smaller number of ambassadors, but during this 2021 we have already been able to work with a certain degree of normality. Since its inception we have received a very positive response and this is largely thanks to the work of our ambassadors, who help us in a decisive way to make it known,” says from the Fundación Paco Romero.

Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA delivers 21 bicycles to the town of Motril in Granada

A day of many kilometres on the road for members of the Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA project. This Wednesday morning, the Contador Foundation initiative delivered 21 bicycles to the Mental Health Day Hospital in Motril (Granada, Andalusia).

The bicycles, as always checked and tuned up by the members of the AMP in the previous days, will be used for the implementation of sports projects linked to the healthy lifestyle habits that physical activity always provides.

“From our centre we promote different sporting activities, such as football, basketball or hiking. Now, thanks to these bicycles that we received from the Contador Foundation, we have a new opportunity, the chance to do something different and above all in the open air, which is also very important, especially for everything related to COVID-19”, explains Roberto González, occupational therapist at the centre.

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