Organizers, riders: Century ride a success on all fronts |

Organizers, riders: Century ride a success on all fronts

Steve Benson

Saturday’s inaugural Aspen Ride for the Cure drew nearly 250 cyclists, including about 10 breast cancer survivors, and raised more than $134,000 for breast cancer awareness and early detection.”It was a generous outpouring of support from the community, financially and otherwise,” said Judy Brenner, a steering committee member. “The feedback has been incredible.”Cyclists rode 100 miles on a course that covered nearly the entire upper Roaring Fork Valley.”It was a very challenging course,” said Rob Fabrocini, an officer with the Aspen Police Department who participated in the ride. “In the years to come I see it as being a very big ride with a lot more riders.” The price of admission to ride in the race was $500 and hundreds of local residents and businesses made additional donations. “When you’re raising money for such a good cause it’s not a big deal,” Fabrocini said of the $500 entry fee. “You’d be surprised how fast you could raise that money – everybody wants to help out for that cause.”Money raised will be donated to the Aspen Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation; 75 percent of the funds will remain in the valley, while the rest will be dispersed nationally. The event was inspired by the popular and successful Race for the Cure, which took place in Aspen earlier this summer. Steering committee members Lisa Consiglio and Elaine Grossman, a breast cancer survivor, created the Ride for the Cure to generate additional funds to help in the fight against breast cancer.”It’s been wonderful … the support the community has given,” said Carol Auld, who along with her husband Rob, is a founding sponsor. “It was the most enormous, wonderful response from this town.”Brenner said the event was a huge success and will definitely return next year. She added that the riders raved about the course, but would like to see one change made before next year.”A lot of people wanted Advil at the aid stations,” Brenner said. “That was about the only thing we might have forgotten.”Steve Benson’s e-mail address is