5:30 in the pm yesterday I entered the doors of the Curtis Hotel to attend the annual 2010 Bicycle Colorado Gala, there was beer, prizes, silent auction and food along with a video tapped presentation from the GOV Ritter who as unable to attend the event. The auction items were typical, clothing, bike swag, and entries into events like the full and popular Triple Bypass. The event was not a sit down dinner affair which due to my engagement of talking with others missed a chance to jump in line for food therefore I was put in the caboose of the line.... just how I am in a criterium. While there weren't any famous cycling celebrities there, there was Greg Moody from News 4 and author of many fiction cycling books(but his books were not being auctioned, hmmmm) and there were many folks there who make cycling happen like Neal Henderson with BSM, Kate Rau, Colorado Highschool League, Gary Gomulinski from BMA and former Collegiate regional leader, Ed Summerhill (Danny's Dad), David Newcomer race director for Colorado's BIGGEST race, Mt. Evans Hill Climb and many more.
Before the live auctioning started Dan Grunig, the president of Bicycle Colorado presented GOV Ritter with an award (virtually) and also Jennifer Finch and Betsy Jacobsen from CDOT for their strong support for cyclist. The auctioneer who worked the crowds was the equivalent of the David Towle of auctioneers, all she does is roam the country doing non-profit cycling events. While she was pretty good, I'd like to suggest to David Towle that he might want to consider being an auctioneer as well.
Special thanks goes out the the Ellen Hall at Cateye for inviting me to join them at their "table", without their support I would not have been able to attend.