About

Eugene Big Wheel Rally

Mission:

The Mission of the Eugene Big Wheel Rally Ltd is to support the fundraising efforts of local non-profit organizations.

 

Organization:

Eugene Big Wheel Rally is incorporated as Eugene Big Wheel Rally Ltd with the Oregon Secretary of State. Eugene Big Wheel Rally Ltd is an all volunteer organization with no paid staff. Eugene Big Wheel Rally Ltd seeks to establish a track record before applying for our own 501 (c)(3) status. Due to our currently not having 501 (c)(3) status any donation to the Eugene Big Wheel Rally is not tax deductible. Tax deductible donations can be made directly to the beneficiaries of the Rally. All proceeds from each Rally are donated to 501 (c)(3) non-profit beneficiaries. 


History:

Big Wheel Rally events can have different formats but all of them are essentially fundraising events based on riding Big Wheels. Including Big Wheels, Green Machines, tricycles, Razor trikes, homemade trikes etc., the term Big Wheel is loosely defined to include any type of three (or more) wheeled pedal powered vehicle. Rally riders are encouraged to be in costume and to dress up their Big Wheels. Various types of races are generally held during the Rally. The original concept of a Big Wheel Rally was started by Matt Armbruster, also known as Captain Obvious. Matt has used his decades of Big Wheeling experience to invent and manufacture an adult sized Big Wheel called the High Roller.

The Matt Armbruster Almost Annual Big Wheel Rally began in Boulder, Colorado. It started with Matt and some friends doing a downtown bar tour on Big Wheels. Over time, the Big Wheel Rally got bigger and eventually became a Boulder institution that has quite a few people returning to ride every year. The original Big Wheel Rally is now a fun event that raises funds for St. Joseph’s Deaconess Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Denver. The first Eugene Big Wheel Rally, July 28 and 29, 2018, will be a benefit for A Family for Every Child. They help families to adopt foster children. Check the events page for where to get a Big Wheel.

My first Big Wheel Rally was in 2008. I had heard about the event from someone that had been in a Rally before. I built a custom two seater Big Wheel. The theme used was ‘Kevin the Boulder Liberal’. I wore a t-shirt that had ‘2008 Democratic Convention On the Road to the Whitehouse’ emblazoned on it in the shape of a donkey. I built my cool ride out of a Razor trike, some cut off wheelbarrow handles, metal tubing from a CD holder, some duct tape, a U.S. flag, a Harley Davidson jig saw puzzle tin box (for my trunk) and a Harley Davidson seat. I also added some furniture casters so I could do wheelies, and do 360s while I was doing a wheelie. 

The next few Rally’s I had a ‘biker’ theme wearing a leather vest and Harley hat. Then there was the Rally I was personally sponsored by a local Medical Marijuana dispensary called Grateful Meds. They gave me one of their t-shirts and a baseball cap to wear as well as paying for my Big Wheel Rally registration. So that year I got a free ride. At one point a woman who was using a ‘Boulder Cop’ theme for her Big Wheel and costume dropped her ticket book and I had to race after her to return it. Everyone got a laugh out of the irony of a weed promoter chasing a cop.

I have a John Deere beach cruiser bicycle so the following year I transformed my Big Wheel to match it. I also quit using a flag because it slowed me down. Wearing a green opera mask and a John Deere baseball cap I became known as ‘Juan Bannero’. (John Deer translated into Spanish.) In 2015, I set my personal best of doing ten 360s while doing a wheelie. I used the John Deere theme until my last Boulder Big Wheel Rally in 2016. I donated my John Deere Big Wheel to the Big Wheel Rally for use as previously unannounced raffle prize. Check out the Big Wheel Rally facebook page to see the happy winner! When I let Matt know it was my last Rally in Boulder because I was moving I sought his approval and got his hearty encouragement to start another Rally. 

What’s different about the Eugene Big Wheel Rally? For our first event, in addition to the over 21 Rally on July 28, 2018 there will be under 21 Big Wheel races on July 29, 2018. The under 21 Big Wheel Races will take place after the EUG Parade. During the Eugene Sunday Streets event there are several blocks of city streets blocked off so you can have even more fun on the day after the over 21 Rally event! Because there are so many worthy causes out there the Eugene Big Wheel Rally will select the beneficiaries of future Rallys from nominations made by registered Rally riders. Register today and nominate a 501 (c)(3) cause that you want to benefit from a Rally. Preference in the selection process will be given to the organizations that receive the most nominations. If selected, your cause will be contacted by the Eugene Big Wheel Rally.   

The Eugene Big Wheel Rally is going to join other events that have been held in California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, and Ohio in having a good time while supporting a worthy cause. The Eugene Big Wheel Rally will have it’s first event on July 28 and 29, 2018. Your participation is appreciated! Take advantage of the discount for early registration. Register now! Check the events page for where to get a Big Wheel.