Ride Garfield County

May 1 to Sept. 30, 2016

TEAM CHALLENGE WINNERS | SPONSORS | SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Team Challenge winners

The Colorado River District team won the 2016 Ride Garfield County team challenge, and team member Eric Kuhn, second from right, won the individual rider award at an awards event held Oct. 19, 2016. From left are Chris Treese of the River District team, Karen Wahrmund of CLEER, John Currier and Kuhn of the River District team, and awards ceremony emcee Steve Novy.

Countywide biking campaign
places 9th in National Bike Challenge

Kuhn, River District claim top mileage
in 2016 Ride Garfield County


Heather McGregor
Clean Energy Economy News
Oct. 20, 2016


The five-month 2016 Ride Garfield County bicycle and bus riding competition wrapped up Oct. 19 with an awards event honoring top-mileage riders and their teams.

The celebratory event included updates from three speakers about new hard surface paths and single-track trail projects in the Glenwood Springs and New Castle areas.

Ride Garfield County’s 2016 competition ran from May 1 to Sept. 30, using the National Bike Challenge website to tally bicycling mileage. The bike and bus campaign is a project of Garfield Clean Energy and CLEER.

The Colorado River District team established a lead in the Ride Garfield rankings by mid-summer, and won the biking team challenge with 16 riders logging 13,722 miles.

Team member Eric Kuhn, the River District’s general manager, was the individual winner with 3,974 miles. Kuhn topped his colleague John Currier, who placed second with 3,562 miles.

Kuhn said a weeklong September bicycling trip in Canada gave him the extra miles he needed to pass Currier.

The third place individual rider was Patti Holt with 2,921 miles.

Taking second in the team challenge was Team Kiwanis Family and Friends, with 16 riders tallying 12,291 miles. In third place was Holy Cross Energy, with 16 riders logging 8,957 miles.

The River District, Team Kiwanis and Kuhn each won custom trophies made from used bicycle parts by mechanics at Sunlight Ski and Bike Shop.

As an organized biking campaign, Ride Garfield County placed 9th in the national rankings for the National Bike Challenge, with a total of 205 local riders logging 63,091 miles.

“Ride Garfield was right behind Fort Collins in the national rankings,” said event organizer Karen Wahrmund of CLEER. She noted that the riders burned an estimated 3 million calories and avoided 35,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions by riding instead of driving.

Other organizations sponsoring Ride Garfield County are the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA), City of Glenwood Springs, LiveWell Garfield County, Sunlight Ski and Bike Shop and the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association.

In the bus riding competition, a team of five staffers with the White River National Forest won the team competition, logging 3,257 miles during the same five-month period. In the individual rider category, Julie Albrecht took first place with 1,792 miles, followed by Sheryl Doll with 981 miles and her husband, Ted Doll, with 760 miles.

Each of the winning riders received a $20 bus pass donated by the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA).

Prizes donated by Aloha Mountain Cyclery, BackCountry Chiropractic, Treadz, Defiant Pack, The Grind, White House Pizza, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and the Glenwood Springs Community Center were raffled off at the end of the awards ceremony, held at the Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co. in Glenwood Springs.

New recreational and connector trails
planned for New Castle, Glenwood Springs


Three speakers updated the gathering of about 30 avid cyclists with information about new hard surface and single-track trail projects in the Glenwood Springs and New Castle areas.

Tanya Allen, transportation manager for the City of Glenwood Springs, said the 14th Street pedestrian bridge is under construction, providing a new crossing over the Roaring Fork River midway between the 8th and 27th Street bridges.

The West Midland path and pedestrian bridge project, which will provide a safe route for walkers and cyclists from the Meadows shopping area to the Whitewater Park, is also under construction.

The two projects are both slated for completion by early summer 2017.

Allen called on cyclists to share ideas for encouraging more people to travel on foot or by bike or bus instead of by car, in anticipation of the three-month closure of the Grand Avenue Bridge in 2017.

“Everyone is thinking about this, and we want your ideas. This is a great opportunity for you to get the ear of people,” Allen told the cyclists.

As traffic congestions worsens with the bridge project, Allen said, “A lot of people will see biking as a better way to get around town.”

Rider Chris Treese suggested that the city install more bike racks so cyclists have a safe and legal place to lock up their bikes.

Mike Pritchard, executive director of the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association (RFMBA), showed maps of trails that are in the works for public lands north of New Castle, in South Canyon west of Glenwood Springs, and on Red Mountain.

RFMBA is working with the New Castle Trails Committee to expand the Colorow Trail system with additional trail loops extending further north of New Castle.

In Glenwood Springs, the group is teaming up with Two Rivers Trails and the City of Glenwood Springs to expand the trail system in South Canyon, and developing a plan for a new erosion-resistant trail on Red Mountain.

New Castle Councilman Greg Russi reported that New Castle, Glenwood Springs, Garfield County and the Lower Valley Trail Association (LoVa) are increasing their joint efforts to fund more segments of a separated bikeway covering the 9.5 miles between West Glenwood and New Castle.

A recent grant application to the Colorado Department of Transportation for this purpose did not win funding, Russi said, but other grants are being sought. Grant funding is in hand, he said, for planning the best route for the four-mile stretch between Canyon Creek and New Castle.

“Our ultimate goal is a hard-surface trail from Glenwood Springs to New Castle. Once we get that done, we’ll be on our way to the Utah border,” Russi said.

Team Kiwanis

Team Kiwanis Family and Friends took second place in the 2016 Ride Garfield County team challenge. From left are John Stephens, Joe O'Donnell, Sheryl Doll, Ted Doll, Pam Lewis and Wade Lewis.


Photo gallery of 2016 Ride Garfield County events


Sponsors

Sponsors of Ride Garfield County 2016

Garfield Clean Energy
CLEER: Clean Energy Economy for the Region
Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA)
Garfield County Libraries
City of Glenwood Springs
LiveWell Garfield County
Parachute Battlement Mesa Trail Group
Carbondale Area Chamber of Commerce
Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association
Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce
Parachute - Battlement Mesa Area Chamber of Commerce
Colorado Department of Transportation
BackCountry Chiropractic
Ragged Mountain Sports
Defiant Pack
Treadz
The Grind
White House Pizza
Zales
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Glenwood Springs Community Center
Sunlight Ski and Bike Shop
Sampson Sports
Midland Fitness
Glenwood Springs Post Independent
Factory Outdoor
Colorado River District

Is your business or organization interested in joining as a sponsor for RIDE Garfield County?
Contact us at ride@GarfieldCleanEnergy.org or call (970) 704-9200.


Schedule of Events

MAY

Wednesday, May 4: National Bike to School Day

Saturday, May 7: Silt Police Dept. Bicycle Rodeo, obstacle course, bike giveaway drawing, free helmets donated by the Glenwood Springs Kiwanis Club, free lunch, 10 am to 1 pm, Silt Veteran's Park, 500 block of Grand Ave.

Saturday, May 14: Rifle Police Dept. Bicycle Rodeo, obstacle course, bike giveaway drawing, free helmets, 9 am to 1 pm, Rifle PD parking lot, 201 E. 18th St.

May 16 - 21: Bonedale Bike Week, events all week long, Carbondale. Details here.

Monday, May 16: Carbondale Bike Rodeo, obstacle course, bike tune-ups, prizes. 4:00 to 6:30 p.m., Carbondale Recreation Center, 567 Colorado Ave.

Friday, May 20: National Bike to Work Day, Breakfast station, 7 to 10 a.m., Glenwood Springs Branch Library Plaza, 815 Cooper Ave.

JUNE

Saturday, June 4: Bike the Library Trail, Battlement Mesa to Parachute. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Grand Valley Recreation Center, 398 Arroyo Dr, Battlement Mesa

Every Thursday starting June 9: Stroll and Roll, meet at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library at 9:30 a.m. for a kid-friendly, 30-minute walk, tricycle and sidewalk-friendly bicycle tour of downtown. End back at the Library Plaza for singing, readings and other outdoor fun.

Saturday, June 11: Ride the Rockies convenes, Carbondale

Sunday, June 19 (Father's Day): New Castle Police Dept. Bicycle Rodeo, bike safety course, bike registration, bike raffle, free helmets donated by the Glenwood Springs Kiwanis Club, free BBQ lunch, 10 am to 1 pm, Riverside Middle School, 215 Alder Ave.

Wednesday, June 22: Colorado Bike to Work Day, Breakfast station, 7 to 10 a.m., Glenwood Springs Branch Library Plaza, 815 Cooper Ave.

Wednesday, June 22: Colorado Bike to Work Day, Breakfast station, RFTA Carbondale BRT station, Village Road and Highway 133

Thursday, June 23: Fixing Flats and Basic Bicycle Maintenance Workshop, 6 p.m., Glenwood Springs Branch Library, 815 Cooper. Learn about the importance of keeping your bike well maintained, what to lube, changing tubes and tires, and general bike maintenance. Presented by technicians from Sunlight Ski and Bike. Bring your bike, if possible.

Saturday, June 25: Ride for the Child / Sopris Century. Advance registration required. Routes begin and end in Carbondale. Details here.

JULY

Monday, July 4: 38th annual Kid's Parade, wear a costume and ride your decorated bike, 10:30 a.m., Main Street in Carbondale.

Every Thursday: Stroll and Roll, meet at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library at 9:30 a.m. for a kid-friendly, 30-minute walk, tricycle and sidewalk-friendly bicycle tour of downtown. End back at the Library Plaza for singing, readings and other outdoor fun.

Thursday, July 21: Free Bicycle Maintenance Clinic, learn maintenance tips while on a ride: what tools to bring, how to fix-a-flat, when and what to lube, general maintenance questions, safety, and more. Presented by technicians from Sunlight Ski and Bike. Bring your bike if you can. 6:00 p.m., Glenwood Springs Branch Library, 815 Cooper Ave.

Saturday, July 23: Rifle Triathlon, details TBD

Saturday, July 30: Parachute Police Dept. Bicycle Rodeo, obstacle course, bike giveaway drawing, free helmets, bike registration, 11 am to 1 pm, location. This event is part of Grand Valley Days.

AUGUST

Every Thursday: Stroll and Roll, meet at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library at 9:30 a.m. for a kid-friendly, 30-minute walk, tricycle and sidewalk-friendly bicycle tour of downtown. End back at the Library Plaza for singing, readings and other outdoor fun.

Saturday, Aug.13: 3rd Annual Tour de Farms. Mount Sopris Conservation District hosts a family-friendly 25-milebike ride around the New Castle and Silt area. Learn about the agricultural community and living healthy with stops at Open Heart Ranch near Harvey Gap, Peach Valley CSA Farm, and Butch and Sharon Blanco's small acreage vineyard, and share a meal and local brew at the Black Dog Saloon in New Castle.

SEPTEMBER

Saturday, Sept. 10: Kids and Teens Safety Fair, includes Bike Rodeo obstacle course, free bike helmets, drawing from bike giveaway, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Valley View Hospital, Glenwood Springs

RIDE Garfield County Team Challenge

RIDE Garfield County plans to collaborate with People for Bikes and its National Bike Challenge to host a local challenge in 2017.

Form your team at work, at school, or as a league.

National Bike Challenge

The National Bike Challenge website allows riders to log miles directly, or by using apps such as Facebook, Strava, MapMyRide or Endomondo (Strava is the recommended app for the best interface with the National Bike Challenge website.).

All outdoor riding for any purpose can be counted toward the Team Challenge.


2015 Ride Garfield County results


RFTA

Bus schedules

Glenwood Springs to Aspen
Valley bus schedules

Rifle to Glenwood Springs
Grand Hogback schedules

Ride Glenwood Springs schedule