The Aspen cycling community will team up with the Davis Phinney Foundation and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge for a unique biking fundraiser next month.
Peloton Aspen 13, the fundraising operation held in connection with the professional bicycle stage race in Colorado, will be held on Friday, Aug. 16, as a kickoff event for the USA Pro Challenge, which will start in Aspen/Snowmass on Monday, Aug. 19.
This year will mark the second consecutive year that Shane Aspen Real Estate has sponsored the fundraiser as part of the USA Pro Challenge. Formerly known as Aspen Stage 3.5, now it’s Peloton Aspen 13.
Cyclists and cycling fans can sign up for the benefit with a chance to interact and mingle with several top cyclists, including Tejay van Garderen, of BMC Racing, and Christian Vande Velde, of Colorado-based Garmin-Sharp and the USA Pro Challenge defending overall champion.
There are opportunities for individual tickets as well as VIP packages. They are listed at www.pelotonaspen.com.
“I love to cycle. We’ve been involved as the title sponsor of the USA Pro Challenge,” said Steve Shane, of Shane Aspen Real Estate. “That’s what precipitated this.”
He said that last year, the Aspen Community Foundation was selected as the recipient of the funds from the Aspen cycling benefit.
“I’ve enjoyed a level of success in the real estate business here in the last 20 years,” Shane said. “And I had been looking for a charitable event that I could do my part and give back to the community.”
He said cycling was a natural fit.
“I love to cycle,” he said. “This is a combination of a passion for cycling and a very worthwhile cause.”
Shane said an article in the Wall Street Journal opened his eyes to the Davis Phinney Foundation and the fight against Parkinson’s disease.
The article helped him understand Taylor Phinney’s perspective on his father’s affliction.
“That really hit home,” said Shane, who reached out to the Davis Phinney Foundation as a possible partner for the Aspen USA Pro Challenge benefit. “We asked if we could get involved and raise money.”
The answer as an enthusiastic, “yes.”
And the 2013 benefit by the Peloton Aspen 13 was born.
“This is a unique opportunity for people to interact with the riders,” Shane said.
The benefit will include a casual dinner and an evening of fun, including a live auction.
The Davis Phinney Foundation was founded in 2004 by Olympic bronze medalist and cycling great Davis Phinney of Boulder. Davis Phinney, a stage winner in the Tour de France, is the father of pro rider Taylor Phinney and the husband of Connie Carpenter-Phinney, an Olympic gold medalist in cycling.
She also was a collegiate rower and an Olympic speedskater before turning her attention to cycling.
Davis Phinney was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2000 at the age of 40. The foundation has generated more than $3.8 million in initiatives to help people living with Parkinson’s.
For more on the foundation, visit www.davisphinneyfoundation.org/.