Cycling isn’t just for racing. Our girls commute by bike too! Read up on Amanda Bye‘s “ride report” for Bike to Work Day.
Three years ago I rode my bike to work for the first time. It was Bike To Work Day and what better excuse does one need to get the bike in working order, get clothes and lunch packed for the next day and ride? I was certainly nervous. What if I get a flat? What if there is bad weather? What if I get lost? What if I am too tired to ride home? I was reassured by Kimberly Nuffer that everything would be okay and she was right. This was the beginning of my passion for cycling and would be the precursor to starting to race.
This year I decided that other people should get the opportunity to ride their bikes to work, sort of a way to give back to the community, just as Kimberly had done several years ago. I set up a Ride to Work group for anyone going to the Arapahoe Medical Office. There were two parks where people could meet. The time, location and route were preplanned and Amanda C even offered to ride sag.
We met at Wash Park to start the 10 mile ride to work. A wonderful colleague named Kristi met up with us and kept a great pace throughout the ride. Approximately 5 miles later we met up with Kuan who had been eagerly waiting to ride with the group to the office. The remainder of the ride was pleasant as we all got to know each other better and share in an activity that did not only benefit the environment but also ourselves.
The ride home went well for everyone but Kristi who ended up getting a flat tire but was able to change the tube herself and then rode the rest of the way home proud of her accomplishments. Nearly 18,000 people registered for Bike To Work Day this year in the Denver area. I am so pleased to live in a city that values biking, for co-workers and teammates who agreed to do this ride and for the free beer and company at the Cactus Bike From Work party that was held downtown. It was great seeing so many people come together for the goal of making Denver a healthier place for everyone to live.