It was a chilly Saturday morning, but the sun was shining and it was a beautiful Colorado day. I had signed up with several friends for the Cyclists 4 Lyons charity ride on September 13. I’ve done a number of charity rides over the years, but this one felt different. Instead of supporting a national health-related cause, we were all helping to raise money for people in Lyons whose lives had been turned upside down by the terrible floods in 2013.
The event offered three ride options: a road ride up St. Vrain canyon to the cozy town of Raymond, a mountain bike ride on local trails, and a cruiser ride/tour of town. My crew chose the skinny tire route.
There were about 200 of us lined up at the start. The mood was both cheery yet somber. As the race director shouted out instructions, he asked if we could start the ride in a moment of silence for Lyons resident Gerald Boland, who tragically died during the flood. His daughter was at the front of the pack to lead us all off.
As we rode through the streets of Lyons before hopping on to Route 7 and up the St. Vrain canyon, it was energizing to see so many people out working on their houses and cleaning their yards and surrounding streets. A group from Habitat for Humanity was building a house from scratch. All of this ONE year after the disaster.
The ride itself was fun and casual, there were the usual crew of Lycra-clad folks that took off on a Strava challenge, but the bulk of us pedaled at a steady pace and took advantage of the two rest stops. The temps also started to warm, so it was a perfect day to pedal.
Back at the finish, we were welcomed with a beer ticket and great live music. My friends and I also treated ourselves to some tasty BBQ sandwiches. Not a bad way to refuel and relax after a 33-mile ride.
Thanks to all of the organizers and volunteers who put on an amazing event!