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Colorado charity bike rides help flood victims, in spite of cancellations

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The devastating flooding that struck Colorado in the past week has led to the cancellation of some charity bike rides in heavily hit Front Range communities.

Bike rides cancelled

Bike rides cancelled

Organizers of those bike rides, however, still hope to divert supplies and proceeds to the flood relief effort.

Law enforcement and emergency responders are busy dealing with evacuations. Many roads and bridges, as well as bike paths, are washed out or littered with debris.

The Colorado State University RAM Bicycle Classic has been cancelled, for instance, because the routes went right through the areas of devastation.

Ride organizers decided to expand the beneficiaries of the event beyond sustainability initiatives and scholarships at the University to include flood relief.

“… all registrations and sponsorships will still be used to support the beneficiary groups as planned. Due to the impact of this weekend’s disaster, the Ride Committee has decided to share any funds raised, after expenses, with CSUCares – a charity established to help victims of the floods.”

More information as the RAM Bicycle Classic website.


Flood relief

See Boulder Flood Relief to volunteer or give supplies to the relief effort

American Red Cross disaster relief


Another charity ride, the Good Sam Bike Jam in Lafayette, was scheduled for last Sunday, but cancelled as the deluge hit and community resources were directed at disaster response. About $9,000 worth of supplies collected to support the bike ride were sent to evacuation shelters instead, enough to food to feed 900 people, according to the Denver Post.

“We will be allocating the supplies and resources from the Good Sam Bike Jam to shelters assisting those who have been directly impacted by this natural disaster this weekend. EGSMC Foundation Chairman Dr. Steve Temple said,

“We are disappointed in having to cancel this event, however in a time of crisis it is the vision of the Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center and its Foundation to help support the communities we serve.”

More donations

Shane Schieffer, the owner of Boulder-based Gusto Technologies will donate half the proceeds from the sale of the company’s  exercise app — FitTrip — to disaster relief efforts that help Colorado flood victims. The app enables users to virtually ride their bikes or run through scenic locations around the world from treadmills or stationary bikes in their homes.

See the FitTrip flood relief page for more information about the offer and how the flood affected Boulder.

Bicycle Retailer reports that a group has distributed about 20 donation containers to booths at the Interbike trade show this week in Las Vegas.

Devastation

Hundreds are still homeless in the mountain communities after a storm dumped a record amount of rain beginning late last week. In Boulder, more than 17 inches of rain fell in a four-day period.

At last count, at least six people are dead and some 200 are missing. Thousands are homeless.

Official damage estimates of $900 million are expected to exceed $2 billion.

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