at Seawell Ballroom, Denver Center for the Performing Arts benefiting The Denver Post Community Foundation at 6 p.m.
More than 250 attended the 4th Annual Ride the Rockies Route Premiere Party featuring live music, cocktails and a silent auction at the Denver Center for Performing Arts Seawell Grand Ballroom, Saturday, February 7. Celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2015, this year’s event will once again take cyclists on a challenging and picturesque tour through unique small town Colorado.
Held annually in June Ride The Rockies is a non-competitive event open to cyclists of all ages that takes riders–ages 10 to 70–through some of Colorado’s most scenic and historic areas. Cyclists typically ride 70 miles daily through some of Colorado’s most panoramic towns and communities with more than 100 volunteers supporting participants through the challenging course.
The Premiere Party provides an opportunity for sponsors, participants, cyclists and their friends and families to preview the route and share stories of cycling exploits. The route changes annually so many guests stopped by the Route Guessing Station where Denver Post Business Reporter Steve Raabe took $5 donations per guess.
Ride the Rockies Tour Director Chandler Smith, Community Relations Director Renee Wheelock, Event Coordinator Liz Brown, and Denver Post representatives ensured that guests enjoyed the evening. Presenting sponsor Suncor and Product Sponsors Odell Brewing, Colterris Wine and Maggiano’s provided silent auction items, food and drink for the crowd.
After the cocktail reception and silent auction guests entered the ballroom to hear Wheelock call out raffle ticket numbers and silent auction winners. Tour Director Chandler Smith provided a historic event overview filled with anecdotes covering three decades. Suncor representative Lisha Burnett described her company’s commitment to Colorado communities in conjunction with The Denver Post Community Foundation.
Each year host towns and communities provide alternative lodging, inexpensive community meals and entertainment for riders. Representatives from each of the seven 2015 community hosts that help support and promote this event this year were: Barb Bowman of Grand Junction; Carrie Yantzer of Hotchkiss; Tammy Scott of Gunnison; Eliza Cress of Crested Butte; Brandy Coscarella of Salida; Lisa Hyams of Cañon City; and Rene Smith of Westcliffe.
The secret route for this June’s Ride the Rockies bike tour remained a secret until it was unveiled around 8:30 p.m. on two large ballroom screens. The event ended with Himani Williams taking home a high-end bicycle from Wheat Ridge Cyclery purchased by Suncor.
Registration for Ride the Rockies Applications will be accepted through March 1st at 5PM MST. All proceeds from Ride The Rockies go to The Denver Post Community Foundation (DPCF) which distributes funds to dozens of Colorado non-profits in the areas of arts, youth, education and human services. For more information visit www.ridetherockies.com
Lily Gil, Kayla Warfield
Chris Robbins, Scott Engledow, Kiana Yutrzenka
Noel Hsu, Paul Lukacovic
Crested Butte Events Coordinator Eliza Cress proudly represents her community
Melissa Lapp, Cynthia Brice
RTR Community Relations Manager Renee Wheelock, RTR Tour Director Chandler Smith, RTR Events Coord. Liz Brown, Alan Lim of Skratch Labs
RTR Community Relations Manager Renee Wheelock, RTR Tour Director Chandler Smith, RTR Events Coordinator Liz Brown
Steve and Kyle Hampton
Kim and Kevin Graves
Lisha Burnett speaking on behalf of Presenting Sponsor Suncor shares the energy company’s commitment to Ride the Rockies
Gus Briggs and Katie Guiffre of Odell Brewing Company
Theresa and Scott High of Colterris Wines
Jeff Marsalis, Renee Wheelock
Alex Shott, Brad Aquino
Tim Jackson, Peggy and Dan Igoe
Brian and Shelley Hart
Jeffrey and Jan Hall, Adrian and Luchia Brown
Derek Johnson, Elizabeth Norris, Bill Moran, Kim Goldberger
Chris Robbins, Scott Engledow, Kiana Yutrzenka
Bryan and Susan Boyle
John and Tammy Scott
Emily DeGrasse, Will Epstein
Leslie Harris, Tim Baker, Laura Benton, Sarah Klein
Katie Guiffre and Gus Briggs shared several Odell Brewery brands
Potential bidders view silent auction items
Brandy and Jim Coscarella
The silent auction kept guests busy
A lucky winner took home this classic Electra from Campus Cycles
Katie Guiffre, Jane Harbert, Ian Monk, Gus Briggs
Winners: Jane Harbert and Ian Monk
Liz Brown and Chandler Smith present Himani Williams with her bike prize
The 2015 Ride the Rockie route is unveiled
Ride the Rockies celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year
Tour Director Chandler Smith shared Ride the Rockies history and stories for the 30th Anniversary
Renee Wheelock announced winners of the raffle and silent auction
Guests eagerly awaited the announcment for the June 2015 route
Elizabeth Norris, former Denver Post Publisher Dean Singleton
Will Epstein, Nina Sharma
Jenny Anderson, Missy Woods, Terry Baldwin
Colorado’s own Colterris Wine grown in the Grand Mesa
Guests moved into the ballroom area for the evening presentation and video
Chris Hertig, Beth Downey, Stephanie Ricker
Vince Noerdeman and Barb Perzanowski
Ready to Party: Ellen Fisher with Jackie and Joel McAllister
Sponsor Colterris Wines served Coral White Cabernet Sauvignon
Worm, Kim Goldberger, Jessica and Bill Moran, Chandler Smith
Curt and Annmarie Gosnell, Karen Tinkum, Ray Ortiz
Mandy Hughes, Stephany Mareel
Nearly 300 attended the 4th annual Premiere Party
Odell Brewery featured half a dozen specialty brews