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, Michael was invited to speak to the power of participating in DECA, and had an opportunity to pitch our ride and cause to the group of teachers in attendance. The group was very receptive to Michael’s words, and we were sent off with two enthusiastic rounds of applause.
Also before heading out, we met a couple from Minnesota, Rueben and Marcy Madson, who were vacationing in Breckenridge for the first time. They graciously listened to our story and cause, donated cash to the ride, and said we made their day.
Determined to make the most of being in beautiful Breckenridge, we also stopped by for a quick visit to our RE Broker partner and managing broker, Jeff Moore, at Slifer Smith and Frampton.
We finally set out, taking a chilly ride from Breckenridge to Keystone. While riding through Keystone and passing a golf course, a stray golf ball landed just between Mike Matoush and Virgil. Wondering if they’d been aiming, we were glad for the miss.
After grabbing some snacks at the gondola in Keystone, we started our 8-mile climb through Arapahoe Basin and through Loveland Pass. Virgil led the way at a blistering pace, getting us there in an hour and 10 minutes.
The riders stayed at the summit for a few moments before taking another chilly descent 30 miles down and into Idaho Springs.
Day 4 was an epic but strenuous day, and the riders ended the night excited for their final day of riding, culminating in the End-of-Ride Party at Saint Patrick’s Brewery in Littleton.