End-of-Ride Event 2017

With event volunteers and attendees lining both sides of the bike path cheering, our cyclists concluded their ride by biking in to our End-of-Ride Event at Saint Patrick’s Brewery in Littleton, Colorado. In total, they cycled 226 miles in an accident-free 4th year of Bike For Backpacks. Our End-of-Ride Event was slightly different than last year, despite being in the … Read More

Day 5 2017

With Day 4 behind us, all that sat between our riders and the End-of-Ride Party was 44 miles of riding. In total, those 44 miles featured 1,985 ft. of uphill riding and 4,209 ft. downhill from Idaho Springs to Denver. Since we planned this year’s End-of-Ride Party to be slightly later than last year’s (4-8pm vs. last year’s 12-4pm), the riders … Read More

Day 4 2017

Day 4 was our second-to-last day and took us from Breckenridge to Idaho Springs. By coincidence, Mike Matoush (Curriculum Manager at The CE Shop, and second-year BFB rider) had a friend, Brad Peer, who was in Breckenridge attending a DECA conference. DECA is an organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for great careers. Being a DECA rockstar in years past, … Read More

Day 3 2017

Day 3 has come and gone, and the fall colors have gotten more intense throughout the mountains. The riders woke up to a chilly morning in Leadville and took to their bikes for a beautiful ride up Fremont Pass. At an altitude of 11,316 feet, Fremont Pass is the western boundary of the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, and a weathered … Read More

Day 2 2017

The sun has set on another great day of Bike For Backpacks, and our Day 2 plan ended up changing just a bit. The journey from Aspen to Twin Lakes includes the formidable Independence Pass, which is a 20-mile climb to a peak height of 12,095 feet. With the wind blowing hard and the air thinner than ever, it’s an … Read More

Day 1 2017

Day 1 of Bike For Backpacks 2017 is behind us, and everyone survived the 42 miles from Glenwood Springs to Aspen. Five riders rode into Aspen yesterday at about 2pm, and a sixth joined us a few hours later. Being the resident camera geek for The CE Shop Foundation, I wanted to capture better footage of the ride itself, so … Read More