Sunday, September 12- Prep Day and Overnight in Colorado Springs:

The trucks and support vehicles were loaded in South Denver/Denver Tech Center Sunday afternoon in nice weather– thank goodness.  The moving truck, donated and sponsored by Jeff Moshea and Buehler Moving Company did a superb job of moving bikes and gear to Colorado Springs.  In past years, bikes and gear have been moved on three different occasions. This year, the ride will proceed with no pick ups or drop offs the entire way.  Hence over 321 miles of continuous miles over five days – all to fight and raise money for the American Cancer Society.  A big thank you to the Colorado Springs hotel sponsor, Marriott TownPlace Suites and Sage Hospitality. After a final carbo-load dinner at Ruby Tuesdays provided and sponsored by Coldwell Banker Home Loans.

It was back to the hotel to walk through the ride route for day one (support stations, safety tips, etc) while indulging in the finest wine and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.  The perks of burning thousands of calories over 321 miles, right? Check out this year’s brand new team uniform ,otherwise known as the full “kit”, featuring each of the ride’s generous sponsors and assembled by Curve.

A quick note about this year’s ride and fundraising efforts; in addition to the number of Partners and Sponsors (CLICK HERE) to view sponsors, there are nineteen dedicated riders (CLICK HERE to meet each rider/team representing each Coldwell Banker office along the Front Range) plus a number of additional day riders raising money, awareness and having fun riding bikes to fight Cancer.  Each rider is a sponsored rider committed to raising money on behalf and with the help of their office for the American Cancer Society.  Select the team/rider of choice to make an online donation.

  

  

Day One: Monday, September 13- Three legs and 70.03 Miles!

Colorado Springs

The weather was nothing short of perfect.  Big blue skies, bright sunshine and a comfortable 60 degrees never looked or felt so good in Colorado Springs after the previous years of rain, wind and frigid temperatures. Arriving to a thunderous welcome and hearty breakfast on behalf of the Colorado Springs team and sponsored rider Camellia Coray was great!  Breakfast was provided by the agents and they did a fantastic job with quite a spread and their fundraising efforts with auction items were very prosperous.  They are taking online donations all month long for Cancer or by check for rider Camellia Coray.  The ride departed from Colorado Springs under perfect riding conditions, although it wouldn’t be long before the temperatures (forecasted to hit the high 80’s) were sure to heat up, as the ride headed north on Highway 83.  There was a welcomed 10 mph tail wind out of the south to help push northward plus a spectacular stampede of horses that ran alongside as we approached Parker.  Nice job Andy, Paty and the entire Colorado Springs team!!

 

Parker

Welcomed, along with Parker’s sponsored rider Dawn Atchison, by the Parker team doing their rendition of the “wave” which was hilarious and festive all together.  Once again, they put on the best chili cook-off ever to help raise money to fight Cancer.  Dawn (with her snazzy new bike) and the whole Parker office team were amazing!!  Nice job Andy, Tina and the entire Parker Team – thank you for your hospitality! 

 

 

Finish Line to Day One at the Denver Tech/SE Metro Denver – 70.03 Total Miles!!

It was on to the SE Metro/Denver Tech Center sponsored by rider Scott Beville.  Riding up to the incredible balloon arch and a massive crowd of agents left no doubt of support.  Tammy Adducci and the entire SE Metro team put on a festive atmosphere to rival all others! A professional masseuse, ice cream treats compliments of Beth, Laurie and TownPlace Suites, plus a complete spread of tasty sandwiches, succulent watermelon and fruits topped by only the finest cakes, cookies and deserts for any team of cyclists to enjoy.  Nice job to both Tammy and Tammy, Scott Beville and the SE Metro team!!

Day 2: Tuesday, September 14- Denver Tech Center, Greenwood Village to Highlands Ranch

Tuesday began with another classic Colorado day – blue bird skies and not a cloud with temps in the low 60’s for starters and with high temps forecasted to reach the low 90s.  After a morning visit to Starbucks there was a quick briefing with support/scooter rider Ashley, Kimberly, and the entire team of core riders for the day and off from the Denver Tech Center in Greenwood Village. Destination  Highlands Ranch for one terrific brunch presented by the entire SW Metro/Highlands Ranch team and sponsored rider Todd Moir.  A nice gathering and great fun was had by all!  Thank you Glenda, Lori and the SW Metro team for putting on a great event. 

 

Highlands Ranch to Denver West/Lakewood

From Highlands Ranch the ride rolled on to Denver West/Lakewood along the South Platte River to Bear Creek Trail…what a hot day!  From the Bear Creek Trail it was north along Kipling and a very nice uphill climb into Lakewood.  The climb into Lakewood was a slight teaser for the 3554’ vertical rise into Evergreen still lurking in the distance following the stop in Lakewood. Another thunderous roar of supporters and onlookers while arriving at the Denver West/Lakewood office, supporting riders Keith Everitt and Kathy MacLeod.  Bridget Slevin was missed for sure.  Nice job everyone!

 

Lakewood to Evergreen

From left to right above are: Carrie, Dawn, Anne, Marcee, Josette, Kathy and Camellia. 

 

Lakewood West to Evergreen went up and over Dinosaur Ridge which was very cool to see (those aren’t painted on fossil prints – they are the real deal!). 

Definitely worth checking out.   The descent down the backside of the ridge, into Red Rocks, and through Morrison was spectacular including the canyon to Evergreen – thank goodness for the greatly needed and highly welcomed cloud cover!!

The Dudes from left to right above are: Christian, Chris, Scott, Thomas, Todd, Dave and Keith. 

Finish Line for Day Two into Evergreen, Colorado: Total Miles – 62.92 Miles!

Arrival into Evergreen was fantastic with an out-of-this-world pig pickin’ pic-a-nic plus iced down, cold beers and a table masseuse. It was quite the way to cap off two great days of raising awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society.  David, Sarah and the Evergreen team were truly amazing and great hosts to the end of a great day two.  Nice job all!

 

Aside from the much appreciated hard work, long miles and of course fun times… gratitude for the magnitude of support and creativity we’ve seen along the way plus all the generous contributions thus far cannot  be properly conveyed.  The fundraising goal is insight… CLICK HERE to make a secured, online donation for a little (or a lot) to the team as a whole or the individual/teamof interest.  checks made payable to Coldwell Banker Community Foundation are also accepted and can be mailed to Coldwell Banker Community Foundation, 600 Grant Street, Suite 925, Denver, CO 80203.  Every penny will support the American Cancer Society.  Be sure to include the team/rider name on the check memo line.

Day 3: Wednesday, September 15 – Evergreen>Genesee>Lookout Mountain>Golden>Boulder – 52.00 miles 

Another spectacular start to the day as the ride pushed out of Evergreen led by Evergreen sponsored riders Josette Montgomery and Dave Freyer however not before indulging in breakfast burritos provided by sponsor Guardian Title.  On this day there are several additional riders from Boulder and Fort Collins to join making for an even larger peloton which is ideal for the 30-40mph winds encountered – plus it was hot!

The annual signature day for Ride the Range takes us over the Genesee exit bridge followed by up and over Lookout Mountain.

Boulder sponsored riders Clint , Pete, Brian, Dave, Pete and Kevin arrived to their sidewalk Oktoberfest.  Thanks to Kim Junior and her family owned business, Boulder Old Style Sausage Company for the best Brat’s on the planet.  Everyone in Boulder did well on the ride and are enthusiastically taking donations still to meet their fundraising goal as a team (feel free to visit the Boulder profile and give them a bit of a boost).

Day 4: Thursday, September 16- Boulder> Hygine > Longmont > Fort Collins – 54.55 miles

Another perfect day in Colorado for Riding the Range for charity and Thursday was a “recovery” ride day from Boulder to Fort Collins with light winds and cooler temps (thank goodness).  After enjoying another great breakfast compliments of Guardian Title the ride pushed off for Longmont.  There isdefinitely no shortage of food along the way, that’s for sure!

Several new riders were added (with fresh legs) to help pull through day four and another 54+ miles as the ride continued northward to Longmont and Fort Collins.  The new riders joining included Marnie, Francie, Steve, Sue and Mike of Fort Collins plus Christian with Longmont/Loveland and special guest Tara.

Arrival in Longmont for sponsored rider Christian Anderson and his Longmont/Loveland team was another grand reception and… more food!!  Christian and his team are raising money to benefit Homes for Our Troops.  To learn more visit http://www.homesforourtroops.org/site/PageServer  or to make a donation specifically towards Christian and his team click here http://www.events.org/CBRBCOL1/sponsorship.aspx?id=23393

From Longmont it was onward to Fort Collins for another stellar Mexican style reception complete with Margarita, Coronas and jell-o shot libations!

Nearly done with the ride but still in full fundraising mode to reach this year’s goal for the American Cancer Society.  Please CLICK HERE to make a secured, online donation even if it is only five-bucks ($5).  Checks can be made payable to Coldwell Banker Community Foundation and sent to the Home Office at 600 Grant Street, Suite 925, Denver, CO 80203.  Every penny will support the American Cancer Society.  Be sure to include the team/rider name on the check memo line.

Ride the Range FINAL DAY!September 18, 2010 in Uncategorized (Edit) 

Here’s the finale of the 2010 CB Ride the Range charity bike ride.  This annual fundraiser right here in Colorado simply would not be possible without the support of so many.  Including and especially our sponsors and support crew.  A special thanks goes out to the SAG wagon vans sponsored by Enterprise Rental and drivers Kris Anderson and Kevin Risen, scooter riders Kimberly Dolan, Ashley Lenihan and Ryan Gonzales.  Comfort station (potty wagon) sponsored by CB Home Warranty and drivers John Herman and Michelle O’Toole plus everyone behind the scenes but especially Kep Winters and Shannon Crawford for keeping the daily intricacies and logistics moving smoothly.

It’s not too late to make a charitable donation to benefit the American Cancer Society.  Please click this link www.cbridetherange.com to make a secured, online donation or by check payable to Coldwell Banker Community Foundation sent to: Coldwell Banker Community Foundation, 600 Grant St, Suite 925. Denver, CO 80203.  Note: include the team or rider on the memo line to which the funds should be directed. In addition, there are jerseys ($75) or pairs of socks ($10) available and 100% will go directly to the ACS as well.   They make great gifts!! 

Here is the update and photos for the fifth and final day:

Day 5: Friday, September 17- Fort Collins > Loveland > Longmont > Erie > Westminster > Cherry Creek > Denver – 83 miles

Congratulations and Thanks!!

 

The views coming across the high plains between Fort Collins and Longmont are spectacular and the weather couldn’t have been better.  Cool temps and no wind in fact, there might have actually been a tail wind which was nice for a change on this 83 mile ride south to Denver to conclude the 321+ mile journey.

The store manger of a Walgreens was thrilled that the ride made an unexpected stop at her store.  So much so she wanted to take our team photo to feature in their corporate newsletter called Walgreens Global.  This is one of many marketing and PR examples encountered over the road that is simply priceless and money can’t buy.  In fact, there were an unprecedented number of inquiries asking who, why, and to benefit whom, etc. along with countless friendly waves, high fives, honking cars, great comments and well-wishes.  Coldwell Banker stood out and everyone involved should be very proud of our collective community outreach.

The North Metro Denver team sponsoring rider Thomas Dutzer went above and beyond anything ever seen over the years of this event.  They hosted a huge community wide block party in the Country Club Village retail center and everyone was invited.  Tons of people, live music… they definitely pulled out all the stops on this one which is a perfect example of how this charity ride is designed to reach well into our local communities.  Nice job to Sally Scaman, (agent) Jim DeSteiguer and the entire North Metro Team!!

 

The Denver skyline after 300 miles in the saddle never looked so good as we made our final approach south on Huron.

 

Our arrival into the Devonshire office included a tremendous, thunderous roar of cheers from a huge group of Devonshire agents, clients and friends.  In true Devonshire fashion, in the heart of Cherry Creek, they hosted quite the champagne reception for sponsored rider Carrie Wernecke (a.k.a The Ultimate Cycling Diva).  Great fun was had and lots of money was raised.   Nice job Jill Croteau, Shyla Rogers and the entire Devonshire team.  You were truly divine! 

 

The final left took the ride back up the Cherry Creek bike trail to cap off all 321+ miles of cycling for the American Cancer Society and the Denver Central team put on a great grand finale to honor sponsored rider Chris Mygatt at the Governor’s Park Tavern in heart of Denver.  Nice job Jason Peck, Sarah Shelly and the entire Denver Central team.

 

We are nearly to the total fundraising goal and are confident, thanks to everyone’s generosity, to attain 100% of the $35,000 goal.  Please CLICK HERE to make a secured, online donation for as little (even just five dollars) or as much as desired.  Anything will go a long way to help the fight against Cancer which will most likely affect everyone at some point in time.   Please forward this post to friends and family to make them aware of CB efforts and help reach the fund-raising goal.  Checks can be made payable to Coldwell Banker Community Fund and send it to: Coldwell Banker Community Fund, Attn: Ride the Range, 600 Grant St, Suite 925.  Denver, CO 80203

On behalf of everyone on the team, thank you in advance for your help and generous support. Making a difference right here in Colorado!!

 

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