Mother’s Day road ride |

Mother’s Day road ride

Kimi Mischke celebrates Mother’s Day with twin daughter Mia, left, and Isabel, right.

On Sunday, May 13, while the rest of the country celebrated Mother’s Day, Virginia Betty of Basalt hosted an event in honor of her dad. Virg invited friends on a bike tour from Basalt to Old Snowmass and back, followed by a barbecue at her house. About 20 friends took to the streets for the springtime ride, forming a peloton as they rode through downtown Basalt, along Sopris Creek Road in Emma then on to the monastery and Deaf Camp in Old Snowmass. The ride began and finished at her bright and spacious pad.

Virg paid tribute to her father in coordinating the ride, commemorating his life on the anniversary of his death. Her father passed away in May of 2005 when she was in the middle of a stage race in Boulder. The next day she went home to Tennessee to be with her family. Since the Boulder race wasn’t held the following year, she organized a group ride on the same route with friends in her father’s honor.

This year, she planned the tour around her neighborhood and even more friends participated. The tribute ride to Ben Betty just happened to fall on Mother’s Day, which brought a special tone to the event. Among the mothers who participated in the group outing was Kimi Mishcke. While she rode with the pack, her husband Joel looked after their twin daughters then brought them to the barbecue afterward. Todd and Wendy Kennedy also skipped the bike ride, but arrived at the barbecue with their baby, a little boy named Emerson.

Bluegrass musician John Livingston played on the porch as riders pulled up to the party. And with perfect timing, as the last cyclist pulled in, down came the rain.

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