There are many reasons to join a team: you are traveling from a faraway state and want to be part of group; you believe in their mission and want to help; or you just like the benefits offered. Whatever the reason there are options for you. Check out some of these Podium and Paceline teams that are accepting members for the 2018 Ride The Rockies. The requirements vary for each team as do the benefits but it is worth considering!
The Davis Phinney Foundation helps people with Parkinson’s live well today, changing what it means to live with Parkinson’s by moving people to action. The Foundation funds innovative research, creates tools and resources and connects people to information that enables them to improve their quality of life.
The Davis Phinney Foundation has 30 entries to this year’s ride. To receive one of these coveted spots, you are required to register with us and raise (or donate) a minimum of $2,500 for the Davis Phinney Foundation. Since 2012, our Ride The Rockies team has raised over $625,000 to help people with Parkinson’s live well today!
All registration fees and travel expenses are your own responsibility. Read on for the perks. In exchange for climbing mountain passes to benefit the Davis Phinney Foundation, you’ll receive:
- Unparalleled cheerleading and SAG support (including special aid station provisions at one aid station)
- A Victory Crew tee
- TWO snazzy commemorative cycling kits
- The breathtaking scenery of the Rocky Mountains
- A celebratory team dinner
- DAILY laundry (yes, every day)
- The knowledge that you are riding for the Tribe to help improve quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s worldwide
To join the Davis Phinney Foundation Team, please contact Chris Brewer
Team Samaritan House (TSH) has been our largest collaborative team partner over the past 7 years. TSH raises both money and awareness in service to those experiencing homelessness on Colorado’s Front Range. Over the past 7 years, they have raised over $500,000 for Samaritan House and other shelters operated by Catholic Charities. In exchange for raising a minimum of $1,500 TSH Team members receive:
- A full TSH kit for Ride the Rockies including 2 jerseys, a light rain jacket, 2 shorts, and a fleece jacket
- Registration for RTR at Tier 1 pricing (the lowest price for RTR offered in 2018)
- Guaranteed entry to RTR
- 5 free beer tickets to use at different entertainment sites along the route
- Reserved areas at entertainment and community meals to ensure the team can hang together
- Early access to RTR hotel booking via Summit Cycling
- Reserved camping space for team members
- Advanced massage sign-up opportunity; and
- Advanced packet pick-up
TSH will provide each teammate with marketing materials to assist in fundraising efforts, including: Personalized fundraising website; and marketing materials including envelopes, letters, etc.
Last year, TSH members averaged over $3,000 each in fundraising efforts. Please register with Team Samaritan House at samhousedenver.org/tsh or contact co-captain Tom Dea at 720-378-8326 for further information.
Flexential, the 2018 Ride the Rockies Title Sponsor, helps organizations optimize their journey of IT transformation while simultaneously balancing cost, scalability, compliance and security. The company is committed to building trusted relationships and delivering tailored solutions that suit the individual needs of its customers. Utilizing its people, values and reliable performance, Flexential is deeply invested in the success of its 4,200+ customers, who trust it to deliver core data center solutions of colocation and connectivity, as well as cloud, managed solutions and professional services. Flexential’s robust suite of assets span 21 domestic and international markets and comprises 41 highly redundant and connectivity-rich data centers. For more information on Flexential, please visit www.flexential.com. (Please note that Flexential is not accepting new members to the team)
Paceline Teams – Accepting Members
The Adaptive Sports Center enhances the quality of life of people with disabilities through year-round outdoor adventure activities. Programs include an array of winter and summer sports based in Crested Butte and special events throughout Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. Every year, a group of cyclists participate in Ride The Rockies, a world-famous bike tour through Colorado’s mountains. Anyone that is looking for the ultimate cycling adventure please join the ASC Team. If you are interested in joining the ASC Team please contact Elizabeth Philbin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Front Rangers Cycling Club (FRCC) is a collection of individuals committed to giving back to their community by mentoring children, using bicycling and activities as the vehicle to effect positive change. Every month the FRCC holds outreach rides with youth from the Sun Valley Youth Center in Denver. The Sun Valley neighborhood is the poorest zipcode in Colorado. Many of the kids from the outreach ride have moved up the ranks and are now on the FRCC Junior Cycling Team that races road races, cyclocross and in 2018 mountain bikes. The FRCC youth will be on Ride the Rockies and would love to have you join them. If you are interested in being part of the FRCC contact the Program Director.
The Kleimer Company/Chris Klug Foundation Team: Some members are riding for Chris Klug Foundation (CKF) to honor Steve Ast the RTR 2017 “Heart Transplant Guy” who did the entire ride 7 months after receiving a transplant and who is a daily inspiration to all who have faced overwhelming adversity.
Chris Klug Foundation advocates for organ and tissue donation and inspires those touched by transplantation. Through our programs we reach tens of thousands of young people each year. Our programs equip students with facts about organ donation providing them the opportunity to make educated decisions. We work to increase organ donor registration percentages in every state and nationwide. If you are interested in riding with The Kleimer Company/Chris Klug Foundation please contact the Team Captain
Colorado Women’s Cycling Project: Naked Women’s Racing is a competitive women’s race team and club for enthusiasts. Sponsored by Naked Juice, the team competes in all disciplines: road, mountain, cyclocross and track. A founding principle of the organization is to provide greater opportunities and pathways for women to race and ride their bikes. It is believed that to have more women on bikes, there needs to be more girls on bikes. For 2018, Naked Juice has donated to the Denver Post Foundation in support of the Naked Women’s Racing Team at Ride the Rockies. The team has voted to fundraise and match this donation with all proceeds delivered to the Little Bellas organization.
Little Bellas is a community organization that empowers girls through sport, emphasizing the importance of goal-setting, a healthy lifestyle and the positive effects of female bonds. We share the belief with Little Bellas that positive mentoring in a fun, constructive, fun environment begins the journey of a lifelong love of outdoors and cycling. Our team hopes to raise funds to make the program more affordable for families with girls ready to experience mountain biking. Join us in supporting Little Bellas so that more girls will also realize the incredible joy of cycling. To join this team please contact the RTR Team Captain, Dawn Larson.
At SOS Outreach, we help kids gear up for life. It starts by giving them a chance to learn how to gear up to experience all the mountains have to offer. We’re not just teaching kids to snowboard, ski, hike, climb and camp. We’re instilling life long lessons and skills that just happen to be disguised as sport. Kids get the chance to connect with mentors who guide them through a curriculum that teaches and inspires them to pursue life with more gusto. In these moments, kids learn how to gear up for their adventure, muster the courage to try something new and discover a side of themselves they might not have known. A side that can do anything, especially overcome their circumstances and come out on top.
Founded in partnership with Vail Resorts and headquartered in Eagle County, SOS has transformed the lives of over 50,000 underserved youth since 1993. Now offering programs across 15 locations in 9 states, we provide opportunities for personal growth for the kids in our communities who need it most. If you are interested in joining the SOS Outreach Team please contact Rebecca Gould
Founded in 1988, Team Evergreen is the largest cycling club in the state of Colorado. TE promotes the sport of cycling through involvement in bicycle and community organizations. In the past 18 years, we have given nearly $2.2 million to local non-profits and advocacy organizations. TE offers weekly rides, trips and events throughout the year, engaging thousands of cyclists on both the road and trail. Riders of all levels are welcome to join. Team Evergreen Cycling produces the legendary Triple Bypass and Mount Evans Hill Climb, two of the most iconic and challenging cycling experiences in the nation. Both events are held in July and attract thousands of cyclists to conquer some of the most breathtaking roads in Colorado. We are very excited to have Team Evergreen participate as a Paceline Team for the 2018 Ride the Rockies and look forward to the adventures on the roads ahead. Please contact Jen Barbour, Executive Director if interested in Team Evergreen.
Team Silver Cliff-Westcliffe –
In 2015, the Ride the Rockies (RTR) terminated in Westcliffe which is located in the southern portion of the Front Range Mountains of Colorado. The people of the region accepted the event with great enthusiasm resulting in the formation of our team as well as a gala finish-line event.
Our team is quite informal and has grown to about 30 members with a core of 12 or so who train hard for the summer season. We’re a fun bunch too. Notice the cold beer in the team finish line photo of 2015! All of us are enthusiastic about riding and encourage our friends and neighbors to get off the couch and onto the saddle.
Our average age is fairly old with this year’s youngest RTR rider in the mid-50s. Our oldest is 82 and adds zest to our training rides since he is also the strongest rider in the group. For several years we’ve also had riding pals from Summit County Colorado who train and ride as part of the team. The more the merrier! If you are interested in joining this team, drop them an email.
World Bicycle Relief: The Word Bank says that if you want to transform a region and lift it out of chronic poverty, invest in girls education. World Bicycle Relief fuels economic and cultural empowerment in Africa by providing bicycles to people. With a bicycle, distance is no longer a barrier for girls to get an education, for aid workers to reach sick people in need, for entrepreneurs to bring more goods to market and lift their families out of poverty. Providing bicycles to these three categories of recipients (students, aid workers, and entrepreneurs), WBR is being strategic in how they transform the region.
Bicycles have the power to radically change lives, to provide hope in areas with little opportunity, and in the process, transform families, villages, and even regions. The bicycles are manufactured locally providing jobs to local mechanics. And with their ability to keep costs so low, it only takes $147 to change someone’s life.
Join the WBR Team and receive the following:
- Joining Team WBR will give you the support of experienced RTR riders. These riders will lead a series of teleconferences to help you prepare for the ride. They will offer practical tips on logistics (How do I get my bike there? What do I bring?); training (call-in led by a certified cycling coach) and a route preview (virtual tour of the course with a Colorado native who has ridden every road there is to ride).
- WBR will offer support with fundraising to help you meet your goal and a WBR jersey to wear during the event.
- You will have a cohort with whom to socialize, share your stories, and build lasting friendships. Many people come back year after year!
- You will have the joy of knowing that you changed the lives of at least ten people through your support for WBR by fundraising at least $1.470
To join, contact Claire Geiger
Paceline Teams – Not accepting members
GGGK – A group of family and friends that just love riding the rockies!
The Rusty Cranks: We are a motley group of cyclists hailing mostly from Seattle, but also Denver, and Milwaukee. Three of us joined a group of 20 riders organized by Trek Travel in 2017 to pedal across the nation’s Northern Tier from Astoria (OR) to Portland (ME) – 3,850 miles in 46 days. While none of us are entering this event in the mode of riding for a cause per se, each of us while off the bike is passionate about, and actively contributes to causes of our own such as finding a cure for Alzheimer’s, wildlife conservation, polio eradication, Rotary, malaria elimination and higher education access. Several of us serve on boards of organizations that support and underwrite these causes.
We are happy to contribute to the Denver Post Foundation especially knowing that it will allocate some of our donations to community needs in those smaller towns through which the ride will take us. Several of us have participated in this event and know how much our support will be welcomed in those places.
We look forward to joining the other like-minded Paceline teams in support of the Foundation’s worthy local causes.
Wish for Wheels gives the gift of a brand new bicycle and helmet to low income children (grades k-2). For most, this is their very first time even riding a bike. Their mission, to transform the lives of kids from low-income families, broadening their scope for personal growth and a healthy lifestyle through the gift of a new bicycle, is accomplished thanks to the generous partnerships they form with local businesses and corporations to host customized team building experiences. Partners build the bicycles and have the honor of leading the give directly.
Peloton Teams – (6 or more Members)
- Age Against the Machine
- Boulder Cycling Club
- BoulderCentre for Orthopedics
- Cascade Bicycles
- Chain Gang
- Chamber Chainring Champions
- Cruisin’ for Courteney
- Good Friends
- Granny Gear Gang
- Great Smoky Mountains
- John’s Team
- Le Peloton International
- Legends in Their Own Minds
- Mills Noone
- Mountain Goats
- Odd Ones – Summit Biking
- Roaring Forkers
- Running on Empty
- Social Climbers
- Team Alpine Attackers
- Team Banana
- Team Peaches
- Team Schlemp
- The Flying Eagles
- Time in the Saddle