If you go
What: Cyclists 4 Jamestown
When: Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to sunset
Where: Beech Aircraft building upper parking lot, 6849 Foothills Highway (U.S. 36)
Cost: Free; donations encouraged
More info: c4jtown.org
Life in Boulder went from steamy summer days — the kind that are perfect for pedaling into the mountains — to the great flood in September. In the weeks following the flood, a group of local cyclists has banded together to give back to a community they love and raise money for Jamestown.
“Almost everybody in town to some extent is a cyclist,” Russell Chandler, co-chair for this Saturday’s Cyclists 4 Jamestown event and organizer of the Wednesday Morning Velo rides in Boulder. “Not everyone is riding five days a week and doing Ironmans, but if you look on the weekends, it seems to me that a large percentage of this town is spending some time on their bike. A popular destination to ride is in the mountain hills, west of town. The most accessible of these rides is in the area up Left Hand Canyon and up to Jamestown.”
Right after the flood, Chandler was talking with a number of cyclists, noting how it’s impossible to ride up to Jamestown now.
“Instead of whining about it, let’s do something,” Chandler said he and his fellow cyclists decided. “In these mountain towns, sometimes you get a lot of cyclists up there and you get some clash with well-to-do guys on $10,000 bikes wearing spandex and taking up half the road. And with somebody who is kind of living a little more on the edge in the mountain town just trying to get to work, you get some tension.”
To help ease that tension and build the town back up simultaneously, he said, Cyclists 4 Jamestown was born.
The event will partner with Rebuild Jamestown, a fund administered through the nonprofit The Community Foundation. The mountain town needs approximately 35 million in repairs as estimated by FEMA — which is expected to fund 90 percent — with Rebuild Jamestown raising the rest.
“We’ve already taken close to $20,000 in donations online, and with fundraising we are hoping to raise over $100,000 in total,” Chandler says.
The day-long family event, which people are encouraged to ride to, or join one of the numerous charity rides heading up U.S. 36 for, will have auctions, live music all day, plenty of coffee and food from local businesses, beer from Boulder Beer and Avery Brewing Company, and raffles every hour. You’ll also get the chance to ride with pros of past and present.
“It’s nice to give money, but it’s great to be involved in something where you get to meet people and get connected,” says Karli Gronholm, co-owner of Full Cycle and volunteer for C4JT who is helping gather items for the silent auction. “With this event, there is just an outpour of community help. People I’ve never met before are working side by side with me to get auction items.” Gronholm has collected a variety of auction items, from apparel, massages and acupuncture to mountain and local accommodations.
“The amount of items we have for the silent auction is insane,” she said. “Everyone wants to give something.”
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