About

Eugene Big Wheel Rally

Mission:

The Mission of the Eugene Big Wheel Rally Ltd is to support the fundraising efforts of local 501 (c) (3) non-profit organizations.

 

Organization:

Eugene Big Wheel Rally is incorporated as Eugene Big Wheel Rally Ltd with the Oregon Secretary of State. The Eugene Big Wheel Rally Ltd is an all volunteer organization with no paid staff. While small enough to be currently classified as a 501 ( c) (3) non-profit, the Eugene Big Wheel Rally will grow so it is in the process of submitting a formal application for 501 (c) (3) designation. All proceeds from each Rally are donated to 501 (c)(3) non-profit beneficiaries. 


History:

Big Wheel Rally events have different formats but all of them are essentially fundraising events based on riding Big Wheels. The term Big Wheel is loosely defined to include any type of three (or more) wheeled pedal powered vehicles, including Big Wheels, Green Machines, tricycles, Razor trikes, homemade trikes etc., . Rally riders are encouraged to be in costume and to dress up their Big Wheels. 


 The original concept of a Big Wheel Rally was started by Matt Armbruster, aka Captain Obvious. 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. Matt has used his decades of Big Wheeling experience to invent and manufacture an adult sized Big Wheel called the High Roller.


My first Big Wheel Rally was in 2008. I had heard about the event from someone that had been in it before. I built a custom two seater Big Wheel. The theme  I used was ‘Kevin the Boulder Liberal’.  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. 


I have a John Deere beach cruiser bicycle so the following year I transformed my Big Wheel to match it. 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? At our first Rally, in addition to the over 21 Rally on July 28,  there was under 21 Big Wheel races on July 29. The under 21 Big Wheel Races took place after the EUG Parade. During the Eugene Sunday Streets event there were several blocks of city streets blocked off so riders had 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 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.  


The First Annual Eugene Big Wheel Rally, July 28 and 29, 2018, was a benefit for A Family for Every Child.