as some of you know, my wonderful husband convinced me to get on a road bike for the first time in my life last february or march (2014) and convinced me to participate in ride the rockies with him. so, in 2014, i rode his hand-me-down bike and trained for several months, getting in over 900 miles of training before we joined 2,000 cyclists for the 500 mile ride last june.
and i did it.
we had our team of five, and we called ourselves “grade expectations”. greg, our fearless leader, was a 3-year veteran, and wade, a 2-year veteran. then there was myself and our friends jeff & diane who we somehow convinced to participate with us. they are just crazy like that.
after surviving day 1 last year, (which included multiple flats, a derailleur malfunction, rain, sleet, lightning, hail, and a downhill crash which left jeff in an ambulance with an almost ripped off finger, and the 80-something mile course being closed due to severe weather), we re-grouped on day 2 to sunny skies and an almost 100 mile ride from winter park to beautiful steamboat springs, where we stayed two nights. from there, we rode to avon, then to breckenridge, then from breckenridge to golden, where we crossed the finish line after finishing the 6 day, 473 miles with 28,000 vertical feet of climbing.
the scenery i experienced on my bike was absolutely breathtaking. i wish i could take my big girl camera with me on the ride, but since it weighs about 100 pounds, i have to settle for my iPhone. here are several pictures from last years’ ride….
this years’ course is 7 days, 464 miles and 31,000 vertical feet of climbing, and team “grade expectations” has grown to about 10 members! and for some crazy reason, i’ve agreed to ride again. and all this in the middle of a house remodel and move.
apparently self-inflicted difficulty with time management is something in which i excel.
if you asked me a few years ago, road biking is about the last thing i would have ever thought i would be doing. i mean, spandex? c’mon. but i have to say, biking has been a welcomed activity for me. it’s surprisingly therapeutic! there are days i enjoy every moment of training, and other days where the trials and joys of life bring me to tears. it’s become therapy for me.
and the exercise? well, now that i’ve turned the big 4-0, the consistent exercise is something that can only be good for me.
this year, we have the privilege of riding as ambassadors for project recycle. several months back, wade was introduced to project recycle through a co-worker who attended one of their fundraisers. the heart of project recycle is simple. they accept donated bike of all shapes and sizes and condition and they refurbish them to give away. they teach people how to work on and refurbish bicycles in the kick stand, which is their 20,000 square foot space on an empty floor in castle rock’s adventist hospital. one of their biggest events each year is the dream bike giveaway which is a program where project recycle partners with a local elementary school to give away bikes to kids!
wade and tyson (my 8 year old) had the privilege of going to this years’ dream bike giveaway in sedalia, co at the beginning of may. they were a part of about a 100 volunteers who helped give away over 300 refurbished bikes to deserving elementary kids who earned their bikes through improved attendance, grades and respect.
here are some pictures from this years’ dream bike giveaway. wade and tyson got to help a young 4th grader whose own teacher stayed after school to teach her how to ride a bike. her teacher! she got to surprise her mom by showing her that she learned to ride! she was fitted for a bike during the giveaway, along with a helmet and a bike lock. also, you can see the field set up before the giveaway, and after.
as a team, and ambassadors for project recycle, our goal is to spread the word about this great organization and help sponsor and support the finances it took to refurbish and give away those 300 bikes to the sedalia elementary kids. it takes $42 from start to finish to recycle each bicycle.
would you consider sponsoring a bike? or bikes?
my personal goal in the next two weeks is to sponsor 24 bikes, or approximately $1,000 in donations. we are two weeks away from the start of ride the rockies 2015 (june 14th), so please help me reach my goal!
please visit this fundraising page to support project recycle through our team!! you can donate through paypal using the link and all donations are tax deductible.
thank you all.