Ride The Rockies is proud to work hand in hand with the following organizations in an effort to increase awareness, funds, and volunteers for their services both locally and internationally. Below is a quick snap shot of their respective missions. Click their name to learn more!
Adaptive Sports Center is a non-profit organization located in Crested Butte, Colorado, that provides life-enhancing year-round recreation activities for people with disabilities and their families. A dozen hand-cyclists are expected to participate in this year’s Ride The Rockies.
Rite of Passage is a leading provider of programs and opportunities for at-risk youth. For over 20 years, they have focused on measurable results, quality services and unsurpassed programming for our youth. They have created an environment and choices that assist youth in making the transition from incorrigible teens to goal-oriented young men and women. Students of Rite of Passage will volunteer at Ride The Rockies and assist cyclists with their luggage.
Founded in 2007, Bicycles For Humanity (B4H) is a non-profit dedicated to bringing the gift of bicycle transport to rural sub-Saharan African villages. Bikes are utilized by healthcare workers and teachers alike. B4H operates 5 bike shops across Namibia, Kenya and Zambia.
B4H gathers donated bikes from local bike shops, universities and community groups and sends them to Africa in a shipping container along with parts and tools. Paired with local trainers, each bike shop is a sustainable enterprise serving the local community.
Bikes can be donated at any of their front range bike shop partners including Wheat Ridge Cyclery, The Pedal (Littleton), Golden Bike Shop, University Bikes (Boulder) Full Cycle (Boulder/Ft Collins), and the Sports Garage (Boulder).
The Boulder-based national non-profit, Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s, was founded in 2004 by Olympic medal-winner and cycling legend, Davis Phinney, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2000 at the age of 40. The Foundation’s mission is to help people living with Parkinson’s to live well today by providing tools, resources, and inspiration. The Davis Phinney Foundation Victory Crew will be participating in their second consecutive Ride The Rockies.
Team Buckycranks, a group of eight up and coming Denver based leaders, will be participating in this year’s Ride The Rockies in effort to promote Project Recycle. Project Recycle host several annual events. “Community Bike Fairs” in the spring, “Build a Bike” late summer and “Bikes for Tykes” for Christmas. Through these events they have had the opportunity to help serve the unmet needs of underprivileged, abused or neglected children throughout Colorado. Their program gives them the opportunity to reach out to Colorado youth and empower them with the Pride of ownership and Freedom through the simple vehicle of a bicycle. Through Project Recycle, they are better able to teach how a bicycle promotes healthy living and exercise while practicing environmental responsibility
The mission of Trips for Kids Denver/Boulder is to build healthy confident kids, by connecting diverse youth to the joy of cycling. Our Ride Program helps under-served youth explore nature and build their fitness and confidence via the seat of a mountain bike. Our Earn-a-Bike Program teaches students the art and skill of bike maintenance and, at the programs end, awards them the bike they helped repair. The organization’s Lucky Bikes Re-Cyclery, fueled by donated bikes from the community, trains and employs urban youth to manage and run the community bike shop’s day-to-day activities.