Richard Francois of Belleville, Wis., has an important decision to make – road, gravel, mountain or cyclocross! Francois was the winner of Central Cross Country’s fifth annual bike drawing – a custom designed, handcrafted, Bingham Built (successor of Kent Eriksen frames) titanium road, cyclocross or hardtail bike frame fully outfitted with a Bontrager Paradigm Elite wheel-set and SRAM Force speed component group.
“It will be a mountain bike,” said Francois, a long-time runner, who has run a marathon annually for the past 45 years. “I’m very eager to get off-road, especially if it’s going to be a Bingham ride!”
While Francois was the grand prize winner, the big winner was CXC’s Adaptive Program, which received more than $20,000 toward its programs and equipment from the more than 200 tickets sold for the annual drawing.
“This will go a long way to fulfilling our mission to make cross country skiing accessible to individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments,” noted CXC Executive Director Yuriy Gusev. “We can’t thank Brad Bingham of Bingham Built Bikes enough for his tremendous support of this event.”
Bingham, who moved to Steamboat Springs, Colo. in 1997, spent 15 years at Moots Cycles, and five years at Kent Ericksen Cycles, where he learned from one of the great titanium bike builders of this generation. In addition to his titanium mastery, Bingham is also an avid cyclist and competitor in both mountain and cyclocross races.
In addition to Francois winning a new Bingham Built bike, Ned Reade of Erie, Penn., won a Rudy Project Windmax Helmet; and Ian Duncan of Madison, Wis., won a pair of Rudy Project Genetyk Racing Glasses.
Francois, who joined CXC this year to improve his Birkie times, has more to be happy about than just winning a hand-made bike.
“I am so impressed with CXC, I wished I had found them a long time ago,” he said. “During each training week I get to meet and workout with the young people they are bringing into the sport – it’s amazing! The future of cross country skiing is in good hands, and not just for younger athletes, but athletes of all ages.”