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Liv/giant supports Afghan Women's Cycling Team

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Liv/giant supports Afghan Women's Cycling Team

 Liv/giant announced today that it is supporting the first-ever National Women’s Cycling Team in Afghanistan. 

The cycling brand dedicated solely to female riders is supplying this team with bikes and gear to help its riders achieve their cycling goals.  
To support the team’s bid to qualify for the 2016 Olympics, Liv/giant has partnered with Mountain2Mountain, a non-profit founded by National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Shannon Galpin. 
Mountain2Mountain has been working in Afghanistan for five years to create education and opportunities for women and girls. Liv/giant is supplying five Avail Composite 1 road bikes that will be delivered to the team next week.
  “The opportunity to support this team with current road bikes and equipment is amazing,” said Liv/giant’s Global Product Marketing Manager Jackie Baker. “Liv/giant’s goal is to help more women find and enjoy the sport of cycling, and also to give them the resources to pursue their riding goals. 
As a brand, we are proud to assist this group of women so that they can reach their potential.”
 In 2009 Galpin became the first woman to mountain bike in Afghanistan.
 Last fall she discovered a group of female cyclists riding on the newly formed Afghan National Cycling Team. 
In a country with significant limitations to women’s rights, these riders hope to compete in the 2016 Olympics under the Afghan flag. Galpin's efforts were recently documented in a video by msnbc, which can be seen here.  After spending the winter fundraising from her home in Colorado, Galpin and a film crew are returning to Afghanistan this week to create a documentary film about the women’s team titled “Afghan Cycles.” 
Mountain2Mountain will build and deliver the bikes, and also distribute additional gear and nutrition products.
“As a foreigner, I am able to ride, because I am treated differently than native women,” said Galpin. 
“I try to ride every time I am in Afghanistan because it sparks conversation and gets people used to seeing a woman on a bike. 
Discovering the Women’s National Cycling Team and knowing that I can help them reach their riding and racing goals is so exciting. The support for these women has been incredible.”
Assistance from the cycling industry and private donors has been so positive that in addition to the five bikes, there is an additional 300 pounds of nutrition products, clothing and equipment to transport. 
To help cover the cost of transporting bikes and gear, donations can be made at the Mountain2Mountain website. Liv/giant will supply more bikes and gear this fall, with an agreement to equip the team at least through 2016. giant-bicycles