Back in the saddle for Ben |

Back in the saddle for Ben

Sisters Virginia and Anne Webb Betty. (May Selby)

With mostly sun­ny skies and tem­peratures hovering in the mid-60s, Sunday, May 11, was a beautiful day for a bike ride around the mid­valley. Virginia Bet­ty of Basalt coordi­nated her annual Mother’s Day road ride in honor of her dear old dad, invit­ing friends over for a fun time in the saddle, followed by a barbecue back at her place.

Guests arrived throughout the morn­ing in preparation for the 11 a.m. sharp departure, scattering their bikes and equip­ment across Virg’s lawn and driveway, and riding warm-up laps around her cul-de-sac.

Once all were ready, the pack of 20-plus riders took off from Basalt, heading west to Emma, then on to Old Snowmass and the end of Capitol Creek Road. After turning around just past the St. Benedict’s Monastery, most of the group carried on to the Deaf Camp, then back to Basalt, while others opted for a shorter route home.

Post-ride, all feasted on a delicious lunch of beef brisket and pulled pork from Smoke Modern BBQ in Willits, served with all the right fixin’s. Guests provided a smorgasbord of salads, desserts and chips and dips. (Clearly, the most popular item on the buf­fet was the tray of chocolate Rice Krispies treats, courtesy of Mike and Laura Pritchard.)

“I love having this get-together in memo­ry of my dad,” said Virg afterward, mention­ing she felt the presence of his spirit at the party. “He would have loved seeing all of the kids and dogs running in the front yard.”

The 2009 Ben Betty ride will most likely be staged in the Front Range, since Virginia and her beau, Brian Bruggeman, will be moving to Boulder sometime in the next few months.

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