Ride for 65 Roses
October 3, 2007
With its rustic storefronts, Ward, Colo., brings visitors back to a simpler time. Simple, however, could not describe the bicyclists’ ascent to Ward during the Colorado Chapter’s Ride for 65 Roses® fund-raiser. “Challenging” was more like it.
Riders took off from Seagate Technology in Longmont, Colo., and began their challenging trek to Ward.
To help raise money for cystic fibrosis research, about 270 cyclists woke up with the sun and gathered at Seagate Technology in Longmont on September 8. The 65-mile trek, which took them through Lefthand Canyon, was recently called one of the top 100 climbs in the United States by Bicycling Magazine. Each had raised money before the event from friends and families and found sponsors for their ride. The top fund-raiser, who raised at least $10,000, received a road bike from Denver Spoke bike shop.
For those who wanted a gentler climb, a 20- and 40-mile ride—complete with a beautiful tour of North Boulder and Longmont—began at 8 and 9 a.m. As friends and family awaited the cyclists’ return to Seagate Technology, many took their own bikes out to venture around the grounds, while others enjoyed burgers and hot dogs from the grill. Keeping the energy level high all day were local radio station JACK FM and the popular Juba Juba! Band.
“We’re pleased to be able to help the cause,” said Seagate Technology Vice President Andy Davis. “So many generous individuals in the community have shown their support by registering in the ride and donating funds to a participant. We’re glad to be part of that effort.”
Under the leadership of Event Chair Don Wick, Ride for 65 Roses raised $100,000! Special thanks also go to volunteers Mark Stoutenberg, Hank Dalton, Walt Boylan and Curt Hull, as well as corporate sponsors Seagate Technology, Tolmar, Gates Corporation, Portable Computer Systems, The S.M. Stoller Corporation, Vectra Bank, Genentech and Colorado Business Bank.