Bike Denver receives $14,590, largest single donation ever

Denver, Colo. – August 6, 2012 – The third annual Coldwell Banker Denver Century Ride took place on June 17, 2012. The Coldwell Banker Denver Century Ride donated in full $20,840 to various non-profit groups associated with the ride in 2012 including the event’s primary non-profit BikeDenver, Denver’s bicycle advocacy organization. The Ride donated $10 from each of the 1,459 paid long distance registrations for a total contribution to BikeDenver of $14,590; this is the largest single donation BikeDenver has ever received. The cyclist registration breakdown included 1,502 endurance cyclists (100 Mile, 85 Mile and 62 Mile), 391 25 Mile cyclists and 89 Family 5 Mile participants totaling 1,982 cyclists overall; a 54% increase over the prior year. BikeDenver and the Coldwell Banker Denver Century Ride are committed to making cycling accessible for everyone, all skill levels and all ages.

“As a small non-profit with big impacts that improve and advance bicycling in Denver, the DCR contribution to BikeDenver this year is extraordinarily meaningful to us. Beyond the financial support that powers our mission, partnering with CSG (the Ride organizer), Coldwell Banker and the other great sponsors is an honor, and we are so pleased to be a part of the effort,” said BikeDenver Executive Director, Piep van Heuven.

In addition to the substantial contribution to BikeDenver, the Denver Century Ride also presented a total of $6,250 to several other nonprofit organizations associated with the ride in a variety of ways including: fundraising teams of cyclists, hosting aid stations, serving as ride medics or providing further support to the Ride. Some of the non-profit groups who received a contribution this year are Assisted Cycling Tours, the Coldwell Banker Foundation, Davis Phinney Foundation, Every Creature Counts, FosterSports, Inc., Racing for Hope Foundation, Young Life and Venture Crew 911.

“The Coldwell Banker Denver Century Ride is dedicated to giving back to the community and encouraging all ages to get out and cycle as a means to a healthy lifestyle. This commitment to the community and cycling is one of the great reasons that Denver is nationally recognized as an amazing bicycling city,” says President and COO of Coldwell Banker’s Residential Brokerage, Colorado, Chris Mygatt.

Coldwell Banker and the Denver Century Ride hosted a donation presentation ceremony for BikeDenver on Monday, July 6, 2012 at 3:30PM at the Stapleton Central Park Pavilion (the Ride’s single point start and finish) in Denver, Colorado. High resolution photos attached.

The Denver Century Ride has quickly become Denver’s premier urban cycling event. This year’s Ride offered five new northern-based courses ranging from 1 to 100 miles starting from its new, grassy home in Stapleton Central Park.

The 2012 Coldwell Banker Denver Century Ride boosted registration numbers an astonishing 54% from 2011 as more people commit to the healthy cycling lifestyle in the Denver Metro Area.

This year’s routes explored the Stapleton neighborhood, Downtown Denver, the north metro region and into Boulder County with varied levels of difficulty from novice and families to expert.

Beginner cyclists enjoyed the Tricycle Village by the Denver Police Department at Stapleton Central Park. Tricycles were provided to learn the rules of the road, cycling etiquette and basic cycling skills and safety taught by Denver Police officers.

The 3-5 Mile Family Ride explored the parks, greenways and trails of the Stapleton neighborhood and featured a child-sized aid station filled with treats aimed to keep even the youngest cyclists going.

The 25 Mile Ride was designed for casual cyclists, cruisers, tandems, mountain bikes, bike trailers and trailer bikes. This route toured through Stapleton, into Park Hill and the Whittier neighborhoods and into Downtown, past Coors Field, along Sloan’s Lake to the wide open spaces of Wheat Ridge before returning to Stapleton.

The three long distance, endurance rides, the 100 Mile, 85 Mile and 62 Mile, began in Stapleton and traveled through Downtown Denver before they headed west into Golden with the option to climb to the summit of Lookout Mountain, before heading back towards Stapleton through Boulder County.

All courses started and finished in Stapleton Central Park. Cyclists were greeted at the finish line by the Denver Century Ride Post Ride Party & Father’s Day Festival. True to the Denver Century Ride ideal, “cycling for everyone”, the Post Ride Party & Father’s Day Festival was perfect for the entire family, complete with live music from the Six Million Dollar Band, a barbeque lunch from Famous Dave’s Barbeque and Michelob Ultra beer; as well as an expo, sidewalk chalk artists and family friendly activities.

News Item: