“Elephant Rock Rides Again”

It’s that time of year again and Team Project ReCycle is getting ready for the season’s first cycling event.  Elephant Rock has a fun, family ride but also includes a 27-miler, 40-miler, and 62-miler. This year also promises a new century course, taking the cyclist through beautiful country-side, farms and pastures, and the hills of Black Forest. This ride will assure both breathtaking scenery and a challenge. This event takes place on the weekend of June 6th and 7th. Registration and rides begin at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock.

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Ride the Rockies Team, Cycling Along

The devoted cyclists that signed on in March to be ambassadors for Project ReCycle are peddling right along towards the big ride coming up in June. Some of the riders are volunteering for other Project ReCycle events as well.  I caught up with Greg Horstman at The Kickstand in The Castle Rock Adventist Hospital. He volunteered to help move a few hundred bikes to Sedalia Elementary school for the Dream Bike Event on May 2.  “A good rule of thumb for training for The Ride the Rockies is to log in at least 1,000 miles before the ride,” said Greg. He had reached 509 miles so far…. Great job Greg; you’re half way there!  This will be Greg’s fourth time riding the Rockies. Wow-what an accomplishment!

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Village Idiots’ Cycling Club Sponsors Bike Drive

“Back in 1994 my wife and I lost our twins. And to work through that and give back, I started riding in the Courage Classic in Summit County, which raises money for Children’s Hospital,” said John Rehl, president of The Village Idiots’ Cycling Club. Then my wife started riding and eventually some friends in the neighborhood were interested and wanted to bike with us too.” When more friends continued joining, they decided to name their club.

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Tour of the Moon-Grand Cycling Classic

On October 4, 2014, Team Project ReCycle will be riding in the “Tour of the Moon” cycling event-all of the team funds raised will go back to Project ReCycle to help get bikes to kids in need. The “Tour of the Moon” is an awesome day of cycling in Colorado National Monument, Grand Junction. Contrary to the name of the event, it does not take place at night. Tour of the Moon actually refers to the “lunar-scape”, says Scott Olmsted of Rocky Mountain Events. Rocky Mountain Events has been undertaking this ride for the last 3 years.  “We do everything from start to finish- registering, before and after events, police support, ads, and expos”, said Scott.  Project ReCycle’s own Jeff Fleck has done their t-shirts for them and in return Scott gives Project ReCycle a booth at the expo. Scott also allows Team Project ReCycle’s members to have discounted rates for the ride-thanks a bunch Scott! Read more

Cycling Life with Linda Mettler (volunteer)

Linda Mettler first met AJ Stapleton and Jeff Fleck on the “Tony’s to Tony’s” ride a couple of years ago. Linda is a volunteer for Project ReCycle and also rides with Team Project ReCycle. Linda always enjoyed the “Tony’s to Tony’s” ride because of the gourmet food that was waiting for the riders at the stations. So when Tony’s stopped organizing the ride, she stepped up to volunteer and now there is “Gears N  Grub“. It’s inaugural bike ride is on Sunday September 28th. After putting this ride together, Linda really appreciates the hard work that goes into organizing a bike ride.  “It was fun-but a lot of work,” said Linda. Read more