Cyclists to ride the metro area for charity on Sept. 25

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As residents or frequent visitors of this great city, you undoubtably know that Denver hosts some truly wonderful events.

An acquaintance recently emailed me requesting a pledge for his participation in the Denver Animal Shelter’s Cycle for Strays. I had not heard of this event before, and because I am a big advocate of pet adoption through shelters, I decided to look into it a bit more. I learned that Cycle for Strays is Denver Animal Shelter’s team for the Denver Century Ride — and that piqued my interest even more.

The Denver Century Ride got its start in 2010, according to its website, and its primary beneficiary is Bicycle Colorado. Bicycle Colorado is a Denver-based nonprofit that uses “advocacy, education and passion to make Colorado one of the most bicycle-friendly states in the nation,” states its website.

To learn more about Bicycle Colorado, visit www.bicyclecolorado.org.

One of the cool aspects of the Denver Century Ride is that Bicycle Colorado is not the only organization that benefits — the event welcomes other nonprofit organizations to use the ride as a fundraising platform. Called a Charity Affiliate of the Denver Century Ride, these nonprofits get to keep 100 percent of the pledges or funds it raises.

Denver Century Ride’s website lists four Charity Affiliates: Denver Animal Shelter, Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado & Wyoming, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Rotary Clubs of Colorado. All of these nonprofits are great community assets, so in my opinion, it’s worth spending some time browsing their websites to learn more about their missions.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation/CF Cycle for Life: www.cff.org

Denver Animal Shelter/Cycle for Strays: www.mightycause.com/event/Cycleforstrays2021

Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado & Wyoming: www.epilepsycolorado.org

Woohoomanity Challenge (Rotary Clubs of Colorado): www.woohoomanity.org

If you are a cyclist who would like to participate in the Denver Century Ride, here are the basic details:

The Coldwell Banker Denver Century Ride takes place on Sept. 25. Headquarters for the event is at The Shops at Northfield, 8340 Northfield Blvd., which is located in the Central Park neighborhood.

There are four route options to choose from — a 100-mile, 85-mile, 50-mile or 25-mile ride. Each will allow cyclists to explore the city’s bike routes and cycling roadways, with each offering a unique experience. The 25-mile route boasts a ride through Denver’s beautiful cityscapes, the 50-mile and 85-mile routes take cyclists to picturesque spots throughout the metro area, and the 100-mile route offers Golden’s iconic Lookout Mountain climb.

Registration fee ranges from $75 to $99 depending on the selected route, and $50 for youth for the 25-mile route. To learn more about the Denver Century Ride or to register, visit http://denvercenturyride.com.

Note that Denver Century Ride registration fees do not benefit the Charity Affiliates, which benefit from the cyclists’ pledges and donations. If you’re wanting to participate in the ride to fundraise for any of the Charity Affiliates, visit your chosen Charity Affiliates’ website first for instructions on how to do so.

For those who are not interested in cycling in the Denver Century Ride but would still like to support one or more of the Charity Affiliates, visit their websites to learn how to pledge a participant or donate.

Or, keep an eye on your emails and social media accounts. You might also get an email from someone you know who is asking for your pledge, as I did.

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