I have no idea why anyone would want to ride a bike nearly 20 miles straight uphill and then navigate their way back down a curvy mountain road.
I’m just glad they do.
I want to thank the 818 riders who took part in the 2014 B Strong Ride in Boulder last weekend. It was a great event that raised more than $336,000 for the George Karl Foundation and Boulder Community Hospital’s Center for Integrative Care.
There’s no way you’ll ever see me on the 69-mile ride that climbs 5,000 feet in elevation. Instead, I usually grab a helmet and take part in the 1-mile Mini B ride around Celestial Seasonings headquarters. Unfortunately, a calf injury prevented me from riding this year, but I still enjoyed listening to some great music and talking to the riders, organizers, sponsors and volunteers who make it such as special event.
Every year, we keep adding more riders and it becomes a bigger part of my foundation’s budget. It allows us to dream a little bit about what we might want to do and where we might want to go in the future.
I got involved four years ago as a speaker, and it’s led to great friendships with other cancer survivors who are the inspiration for the event. I love the energy of the Boulder biking community. I’ll be a part of B Strong Ride as long as they’ll keep having me back.
Even if you missed this year’s ride, you can still help us in the fight against cancer by visiting bstrongride.com. Earn a B Strong Ride jersey if you raise $500 or a B Strong jacket if you raise $1,000. The cutoff date is September 1.
See everyone again next year!
– Coach Karl