In the Saddle: Cyclists brave rain, cold for a good cause
Cowbells and applause greeted cyclists Saturday at the rainy finish line of the third annual Aspen Ride for the Cure.”It’s been cold, wet, rainy and sunny,” said Claudia Curry Hill, executive director of the Komen Aspen Board of Directors. “But everyone’s having a great time.”Ride participants pay a $75 registration fee and have a fundraising goal of $500; some riders raise up to $10,000, Hill said.
In all, 450 riders raised an estimated $650,000 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation at this year’s event.”It’s amazing,” Hill said.The event is a ride, not a race, with participants choosing from 30-, 60- and 100-mile courses across the Roaring Fork Valley. Volunteers staff aid stations, where they hand out food and drink.
“This event is really great,” said Carbondale resident Debbie Patrick, who rode the 30-mile course in support of a close friend. Patrick said she loved the ride despite a course that felt less “up and down” than “up, up up!””Tie-urd!” said Michele Bass, wife of Raifie Bass, a cancer survivor from Aspen. Bass rode alongside Dave Taylor, who took to the course after a double-hip and double-knee replacement. Bass agreed with Taylor that it was “gnarly” at times but a good ride.Cancer survivor Mary Moyer finished treatment one year ago but was barely winded when she stepped out of the saddle after the 30-mile ride.
“I’m the luckiest person in the world,” Moyer said. “The ride was awesome.”But it was the community support, and the support of her husband and son, who rode alongside her, that really made the event, she said. Moyer’s two brothers, two sisters and parents greeted her at the finish. Representatives from area hospitals and cancer treatment facilities also lined the finish area at Paepcke Park.”Even though it rained a lot, the event was a huge success,” Hill said.
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