What happened on Day 1 & 2…epic

Hello Bike for Backpacks Fans!  We are two days into our journey and although our Marketing Team is rockin’ the media I wanted to get a written update for those that are following. We are now two days into the trip and let me just say, we have an AWESOME crew this year.  It’s great fun to have multiple riders … Read More

One more day until show time!

Bike for Backpacks 2016 is here! Tomorrow we gather as a team and drive from Denver, CO to Glenwood Springs, CO to begin our cycling adventure.  A BIG thank you to the team at The CE Shop for all of your support in getting ready for this year’s ride and end of ride event. Today we are organizing and packing … Read More

Training, Training and Fund Raising

6 of the Bike for Backpacks 2016 riding crew were able to get together on Saturday, August 20th for an awesome ride up Deer Creek Canyon.  Mike Matoush, Cyrus Irani, Michael Turra, Virgil Seibold, Chris McClain and myself, Michael McAllister. Thank you Cyrus for charting the course and direction for the ride and Chris for your gazelle like speed, you … Read More

Thank you Denver Cherry Creek Rotary Club

  I had the opportunity to present The CE Shop  Foundation and Bike for Backpacks 2016 to this esteemed group of community supporters earlier this week. Most of you are likely familiar with the Rotary Club and their mission, however I was not.  “Service above Self” is their moto and one that this Cherry Creek Chapter is living and breathing. … Read More

Welcome 2016 Bike For Backpack Riders

The 2016 Bike For Backpacks Fundraising Ride, schedule for September 13-17 is firing up.  We are riding through the Rocky Mountains of Colorado again this year and we have additional riders coming along for the journey this year.  Welcome this awesome cast of riders…or cast of “Mikes”… Jason Lampe, my former roommate from our days at CU Boulder.  We are … Read More

Thanks to you, we fed 2,800 children!

It’s not everyday that we get to do something special, but thanks to your generosity, we were able to do something incredible! Our 2015 Bike for Backpacks Event, Journey Through the Colorado Rockies, was a tremendous success! With combined donations and sponsorships, we raised enough to fill over 2,800 backpacks of food to be distributed through local food banks throughout the … Read More

Sailing into home

It was bittersweet embarking upon our final day in this years Bike for Backpacks journey.  After more than 200 miles we had become well re-acquainted with our bicycles and the sound of the river running alongside us. Hwy 103 out of Idaho Springs led us southbound before heading east to climb up the back side of Squaw pass, a challenging … Read More

Epic downhill!

Last night we had my sister Amanda from Denver and our friend Terri Blattenbauer from the Twin Cities join us in Frisco.  A big thank you to you gals for your support…and for taking Bob off our hands!  We enjoyed some burgers at Ollie’s and a walk thru Frisco before hitting the sack in preparation for another day of riding. … Read More

A Picture Perfect Day in Paradise

Wheels started rolling as the morning chill was lifting and the sun still filtering through the Aspen trees that engulfed the trail.  The trail that runs from Frisco to Copper remains in the shade most of the day so the first hour or so was brisk but incredibly beautiful.  Our route took us on the most pristine bicycle trail that … Read More

Up, Up, Up and then down we went

Day 2 – Idaho Springs to Frisco After a good night of rest we were up early and ready to hit the road.  We knew going in that today was likely going to be our most challenging day both in terms of miles and vertical climb…and the route did not disappoint.  Those of you who are in Colorado and familiar … Read More