Last week, on the night of November 4th, Comedy Works was filled with laughter. It was Project ReCycle’s 4th annual “Night of Laughter”, the non-profit’s largest fund-raiser. This year’s headliner featured Phil Palisoul’s humorous antics. The audience played along with Phil and had an amazing time. The doors opened at 5:30 pm with a silent auction, food, and spirits. Individuals and businesses donated items everywhere from an autographed Kenny Chesney guitar to Ride the Rockies guaranteed entries…. by the time the night was over there was $50,000 brought in for the charity! This year packed in the fun and people- over 350 volunteers, board members, and friends joined in. Read more
Get ready cyclists, there’s another big ride coming up. On the weekend of September 18-20, Pedal the Plains will be riding through the towns of Julesburg, Holyoke, and Sterling.
This 3-day bike event has many route options. For those cyclists that want to really push their limits there is the Century Option. And for those who want a laid back ride- there is the Family Fun Ride. Project ReCycle is sponsoring the family ride. Read more
Hey cyclists, it’s time to register for the 5th Annual Wacky Bike Ride. This year’s ride takes place on Sunday, September 13th. Come on out and help support Team Project ReCycle and Douglas County schools at the same time. A part of every rider’s registration fee goes to supplying new school supplies to students in Douglas County.
Jeff Krieger didn’t know what to expect on the day he arrived in Grand Junction. He had come all the way from Philadelphia to take part in the “Ride the Rockies“. The week before the ride Jeff was asking himself, ‘Will I be able to cycle at altitude? Will I be able to last 7 consecutive days in the saddle? Can I climb the Grand Mesa?’
Last week was the big ride, and what a ride it was, 465 miles and over 32,500′ in elevation gain. The Project ReCycle Team rode “Ride the Rockies” as ambassadors for the non-profit. The team’s goal was to raise enough money to pay for 300 bikes to be refurbished and delivered- the amount of bikes given at the Dream Bike Event at Sedalia back in May. So far the team has raised $4,211, enough for 100 bikes. But there’s still time to support the team and help them reach their goal.
On Saturday May 30th, the remaining students from Sedalia Elementary who hadn’t picked out their hard earned bicycles yet, came by The Kickstand to do just that. Some of the students were out of town on the day of the Dream Bike Event, or couldn’t make it there on that special day. So Project ReCycle dedicated Saturday morning to giving those students another opportunity to receive that bike. Kent and Patrick, the two managers of The Kickstand, located on the 4th floor of the Castle Rock Hospital– were on hand to adjust seats, fit each child with the right size bike, and even teach them to ride…. The children had a fun time riding in large circles around bright orange cones, some even whizzed by sporting their new Project ReCycle helmets.
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.
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!
It was Saturday morning May 2, and the sun shone brightly. What a joyous day for both the volunteers- and the recipients of the special gift of a bicycle. This year’s Project ReCycle Bike Event was held at Sedalia Elementary. Sedalia was the first school to have 100% of the students earn their own bike. What an accomplishment! Each student could earn their own bike by improving attendance, academics, and showing respect to their teachers and peers.