Dare2tri paratriathlete charity to auction Jorgensen’s custom bike

Columbia Threadneedle Investments congratulates two-time triathlon world champion Gwen Jorgensen on her inspiring gold medal performance in Rio.


Following her unprecedented success as the first U.S. athlete to win an Olympic gold medal in triathlon, Columbia Threadneedle Jorgensen will donate her custom-painted, Columbia Threadneedle branded, Specialized bike to the Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club. The bike will be auctioned for charity on 30 September, 2016, with online bidding starting on 23 September.


“I would like to thank Columbia Threadneedle Investments for its long-term support. It was an incredible journey to Rio and I am honoured to be the first American to win an Olympic gold medal in triathlon. I would like to recognise the valuable role of my partner, Columbia Threadneedle, as well as of my other trusted sponsors, to help me execute my best performances,” said Jorgensen.


Columbia Threadneedle Investments supports the Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club, which provides facilities, triathlete training, and coaching for youth, adults, and injured service members who have a physical disability or a visual impairment.


Earlier this year, Columbia Threadneedle Investments commissioned a custom-painted Specialized Amira for Jorgensen to use in her preparation for Rio and on which she raced to victory at the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds in June and the ITU Mixed Relay World Championships in July. This bike will be auctioned at Dare2tri’s annual gala.


The gala and auction will raise funds to support programs and services that positively impact the lives of athletes by developing their skills in paratriathlon, while inspiring the community at large. For more information, please visit the website.


“We are grateful to Gwen and the team at Columbia Threadneedle Investments for their ongoing support and this generous contribution. Paratriathlon debuts at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janiero on 10 September, and our gala will be a celebration of all the paratriathletes who have crossed a finish line with the help of Dare2tri,” said Keri Serota, executive director of Dare2tri.