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Cool wheels up for grabs

Tate’s custom creation to be raffled off at Coolest 24 race this weekend
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For those of you who want a little piece of motoring past while at the same time donating to a worthy cause, you’re in luck. In conjunction with the Coolest 24-hour Mountain Bike Race against Cancer, which takes place Saturday and Sunday in Cool, event organizers will be raffling off a custom-made motor-bicycle that takes design cues from motorcycle racers of the early 1900s to raise funds for cancer research. Troy Tate of Auburn has constructed the bike with donations from race organizer Jim Northey, Victory Velo, Auburn Bike Works, Service Center Radiator, Del & Joe’s Body Shop, Advanced Powder Coating, and the Cool Cycling Club. The bike is a combination of frame and parts mated to a two-stroke 80 cc motor kit. Funds raised for the bike will go toward the Auburn Community Cancer Endowment Foundation. Tickets for the bike can be purchased from Victory Velo or Auburn Bike Works for $5 each. The bike will be raffled off after the race. “We thought this year it be fun to make a bike and give it away to raise money for cancer,” said Tate, who will lead off the race riding the bike in period dress. Tate has led the race off the previous two years with a replica of a 1903 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle. “The whole idea came from Jim, and we thought it would be a fun thing to do,” Tate said about raffling the bike. “See how much money we can raise with it.” — Andrew DiLuccia