The Ghisallo Foundation is an Austin, TX based 501c3 non-profit born out of the desire to improve cycling in Central Texas and grow the overall cycling community. Created to unify multiple bicycle based projects under one parent organization, we work to enhance cycling and expand the cycling community through project based initiatives.
Current projects range from the clean-up and maintenance of public bikeways to providing after-school classes in basic bicycle maintenance and riding skills to at-risk Middle School students. Larger scale community-based efforts include supporting Austin’s Bike Month by serving on the organizing committee and coordinating the calendar of events, engaging new business and community sponsors, and marketing the events through traditional and social media networks. We also support and manage a bike racing team and racing events to encourage cycling as a sport in addition to a form of transportation and an easy part of a healthy lifestyle.
The Ghisallo Foundation Racing Team is one of our headlining project and an integral part of the organization. Its members are our ride leaders, instructors, and most visible ambassadors within the cycling community. They provide the time and cycling experience which make many of our programs and events possible. Although the racing team is focused on competition based success, its members realize they can have a greater and more long lasting impact through their community service contributions to the cycling community as a whole.
In 2012 our cycling team was awarded the distinction of being selected as the “Club of the Year (Div3)” in the US by USA Cycling following the 2011 “Best New Club” award. The foundation was also awarded the 2011 Keep Austin Beautiful Litter Abatement award for our high volume clean-ups in the Austin area which the team was instrumental in making happen.