Denver, Colo. – June 26, 2015 – With nearly 1,800 registered cyclists, the sixth annual Coldwell Banker Denver Century Ride took place on June 20, 2015. In full, the Denver Century Ride generated more than $21,000 in contributions to various non-profit groups including the event’s three primary beneficiaries Bicycle Colorado, BikeDenver and Bike Jeffco. The Ride donated $10 from each of the paid long distance registrations for a total contribution to these three entities of more than $14,000. Bicycle Colorado, BikeDenver, Bike Jeffco and the Coldwell Banker Denver Century Ride are committed to making cycling accessible for all people, and to further the cycling infrastructure in the Denver metro area and around the state of Colorado.
“We’re so pleased to have partnered with the Denver Century Ride and look forward to working together for many years to come,” said Scott Christopher, development director for Bicycle Colorado. “Being a primary beneficiary of the ride allows us to do even more work for Colorado bicyclists, including advocating for laws to improve safety, educating all road users and working towards better bicycle infrastructure – like protected bike lanes and bike paths connecting communities across the state.”
“Can’t wait for next year,” added Christopher. “Thanks to the Denver Century Ride team for all their work putting on such a great event. The smiles we saw at our tent after the event showed how fun the ride was for everyone who participated!”
In addition to the substantial contribution to three cycling advocacy organizations, the Denver Century Ride also presented approximately $7,000 to other nonprofit organizations who supported the ride in a variety of ways including: stuffing registration packets and goody bags, hosting aid stations, serving as ride medics, or providing general ride support. Some of the non-profit groups who received a contribution this year were Young Life, Broomfield Community Foundation, Rock School Scholarship Fund, Inc., Adams County Explorers, Street Kings Bike Congregation, Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado and Venture Crew 911.
“The community involvement is one reason Coldwell Banker sponsors the Denver Century Ride,” said Chris Mygatt, president of Coldwell Banker Colorado. “We also feel this is a great way to explore this beautiful place we live and discover new neighborhoods across the Metro area.”
The Coldwell Banker Denver Century Ride is Denver’s only urban-based cycling event. This year’s Ride offered four courses ranging from the 1/4 Century to the Full Century routes each with a start/ finish line at The Shops at Northfield Stapleton.
All four of the 2015 routes allow cyclists to explore, discover and experience the variety of cycle-safe streets and bike paths which transverse the metro area. Long-distance course highlights included the street closure through Downtown Denver allowing cyclists to roll through without stopping, the stellar views from a top Lookout Mountain and the opportunity for cyclists to choose which course they want to ride day-of depending on how they felt. New to the 2015 Ride, the Denver Century Ride rerouted the last 20-mile section of the long distance courses along Riverdale Road, through old-town Brighton.
The shorter ¼ mile ride was predominately on bike paths and led cyclists of all ages through parks and connective greenways on the east side of town. This flat course was well received by casual cyclists, cruisers, tandems, mountain bikes, bike trailers and trailer bike riders.
The three long distance rides, the Full Century, ¾ Century and ½ Century, began at the Shops at Northfield Stapleton and traveled through Downtown Denver before they headed west into Golden with the option to take part in the signature hill climb up Lookout Mountain. The courses then rode into the beautiful Hogback with the stunning views of Red Rocks Park, before heading back towards Stapleton through the charm of Arvada, Broomfield and rural Brighton before returning to Northfield Stapleton.
Back at The Shops at Northfield Stapleton cyclists were greeted at the finish line with the Post Ride Street Party. The Century Ride Post Ride Street Party was perfect for the entire family, complete with live music from the School of Rock Denver House Band and the Fabulous Booginauts. Fantastic lunch options were available from Jim N’ Nicks BBQ, Zen, La Sandia Tequila Cantina, Texas de Brazil, Macro’s Pizza, Salati Italian Street Food, Brother’s Bar & Grill and Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, as well as Michelob Ultra beer; an endurance expo, and tons of family friendly activities.
For more information, to get involved as a cyclist or volunteer and to enjoy photos and action shots please visit www.DenverCenturyRide.com and friend the Denver Century Ride on Facebook and Twitter.
The 6th annual Coldwell Banker Denver Century Ride is presented by Stapleton. Associate Sponsors of this year’s ride are 99.5 The Mountain, Clif Bar, Michelob Ultra, Prestige Imports, Primal Wear, Whole Foods Market and Yellow Scene Magazine. Eldorado Natural Spring Water, Frame de Art, Johnson Storage & Moving, Lipton Sparkling Iced Tea, Optimize Endurance, Rudy Project, The Shops at Northfield Stapleton and Velo Magazine are Supporting Sponsors.
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Jeannie McFarland Johnson
Denver Century Ride