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2014 Ride for Reading Drop Box Locations

Vail Daily
40780 U.S. Highway 6 and 24, Avon, CO 81620

Dominion Voting Systems
1201 18th Street, Suite 210, Denver, CO 80202

Wheat Ridge Cyclery
Address: 7085 W 38th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Phone:(303) 424-3221

Evergreen Bicycle Outfitters
Address: 29017 Hotel Way # 101-C, Evergreen, CO 80439
Phone:(303) 674-6737

HearthFire Books
Address: 1254 Bergen Pkwy, Evergreen, CO 80439
Phone:(303) 670-4549

Mountain Books
Address: 25797 Conifer Rd, Conifer, CO 80433
Phone:(303) 838-4096

Community College of Denver Dept. Of Dental Hygiene
1062 akron way bldg 753
Denver CO 80230

First Western Trust
Denver
Boulder
DTC
Fort Collins

Bicycle Village
Colorado Springs
Aurora
Littleton
Westminster
Boulder

 Quick Left
902 Pearl Street, Boulder, Colorado 80301

 

Be the change you wish to see—2.0 Challenges YOU

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Another great post from the newly crowned Cat 3, Amanda Cyr. Maybe you shouldn’t have gotten that “4 4 Life” tattoo? There’s something in this post for everyone, so enjoy because these are the best years of your life. Go make the most of it!

When I was in high school (just a couple of years ago) people would come up to me constantly to tell me how “these are the greatest years of your life and make sure you do ____ and don’t do ____ and this is how you should _____.”  The only thing I remember from high school is acne, trying to fit in, drinking Boones Farm out of a Sonic Route 44 cup, and listening to “Tiny Dancer” on repeat.  I don’t consider those super awkward years to be the best years of my life.  They definitely served their wallflower purpose but I wouldn’t call them “the best years” by any means… I mean who really loves holding their friends hair while they return the wine spritzer they bummed off of you onto your Converse?

While in college people had more pearls of wisdom about how “these are the greatest years of your life and make sure you do _____ and don’t do _____ and this is how you should ______”.  Wanna know what I remember from college?  Acne, trying to fit in, drinking PBR, and listening to “Tiny Dancer” on repeat.  BTW, I would also not call these years “the best.”  Sure I went to a great school (GO GATORS) and made great memories but again who cherishes holding another friends hair while they ralph the last round of beer pong onto your Tevas?

Last weekend I got the pleasure of volunteering for the BRAC women’s clinic.  50 women came seeking bike skills, information, and ultimately other friendly females to ride with.  It was an awesome day of cornering, cackling, and camaraderie.  This past Friday, I got the pleasure of being a part of another way to give back.  Our team hosted its Ride for Reading book delivery where nearly 3,000 books were delivered by bike to two lower income elementary schools in Denver.  Another incredible day getting to give back to the community in a practical and yet hugely important way.  And then Saturday at Wheels of Thunder I got to give back in yet another way.  I was able to help strategize, encourage, cheer, congratulate, high five, and share in the excitement with all the new cat4’s who rocked their first race!

All of those people from high school and college were wrong.  THESE are the best years of my life.  I am getting to play a small role in something that is making a difference.  Women’s cycling is growing.  Women’s cycling is giving back.  Women’s cycling is changing.  There is a new tide rolling in and it is good.  More hands helping out in the community that we ride through, within the community of fellow riders, and within the community of future racers.

It is a very exciting time to be involved in women’s racing from the jazzed up Junior level to the nervous newbie Masters racer.  Be warned though blog post reader: people are watching us and our words and actions make huge imprints on the future of our sport and community.  I am sure we have all had some less than friendly moments in races where people were just *#$#(*&$ and then we reacted or thought negatively about racing because of it.  Good news though, it doesn’t have to be that way.  We can change the vibe and perception that is out there.  There is new blood that wants to make racing accessible and fun for every woman that comes out to play.  We all work hard and we want to do our very best.  We can do those things while remaining good people and helping each other… don’t ya think?

I want to help women’s cycling grow but need your help.  Come play and let’s be the change we want to see.  I promise I will even hold your hair after a TT while you purge all the lactic acid build up onto my bike shoes.

Vive la revolution y allez allez allez!

2013 Ride for Reading Drop Off Locations

Bike Source

Various Locations

Boulder

Quick Left - 902 Pearl Street

Breckenridge

FirstBank, Breckenridge Branch - (N. Park/9 & Ski Hill Rd)
200 Ski Hill Road

Denver

9-news - 500 E Speer Blvd

Transamerica Building – 303 E 17th Ave

Downtown Denver YMCA – 25 E 16th Ave

Community College of Denver Department of Dental Hygiene - 111 Havana Street

Campus Cycles - 2102 S. Washington St.

Frisco

FirstBank, Frisco Branch - (N. Ten Mile Dr. & Hwy. 9)
960 N. Ten Mile Dr

Golden

4 U Mini Mart - 15750 S Golden Rd Ste B

Lakewood

Campus Cycles – 7310 West Colfax Avenue

Silverthorn

FirstBank, Silverthorn Branch - (I-70 & US Hwy 6)
160 U.S. Highway 6

Westminster

Polycom - 1765 W 121st Ave. #100

 

2013 National Ride for Reading Week Announcement!

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Things get better with age-like our third annual Ride for Reading delivery! Join Naked Women’s Racing for National Ride for Reading Week! See below for a quick synopsis of what Ride for Reading week is all about. 

NEW for this year: We challenge YOU to lead a Ride for Reading delivery in YOUR CITY! If we can get 5 new cities on board, then we will donate $250 to Ride for Reading on behalf of the Naked Women’s Cycling team.

What: Colorado-based women’s competitive cycling team Naked Women’s Racing will deliver thousands of donated children’s books by bicycle to Smith Elementary School Friday, May 10 for National Ride for Reading Week. Naked Women’s Racing partnered with the charity Ride for Reading, a non-profit with a mission to promote literacy and healthy living through the distribution of books via bicycle to children from low-income neighborhoods.

When: Delivery takes place Friday, May 10 from 8:15 am to 12 pm. We are collecting donations of books and/or cash donations for Ride for Reading from now until delivery date!

Why: In low-income neighborhoods, the ratio of books per child is one age-appropriate book for every 300 children. Reading is an integral part of education, and without books it is hard to build a strong academic base. Our children need materials to read at home and it is our goal to provide the means. And in the process, we can fight childhood obesity and nature deficit disorder through the power of cycling, too! Exercise the mind and body and lead through example.

Where: Smith Elementary School located at 3590 Jasmine Street Denver, CO 80207 

Meeting Location: Parking lot of 9NEWS located at 500 E. Speer Blvd

Bike Route: Our bike route will be doable by any person of any fitness level on any bike! We assure you, so please join us.

How to Register to Volunteer:  

Eventbrite - Ride for Reading 2013 Delivery

How to Make a Donations: Cash donations are tax deductible so please provide your name, mailing address, and donation value with your donation so Ride for Reading can send you a tax exempt letter.

If you’d like to donate used or new age-appropriate books, please drop them off at one of our many DROP OFF LOCATIONS around Denver and Boulder. If you aren’t local and would still like to send us books, please mail them to the Quick Left to Attn: Rachel Scott, 902 Pearl Street, Boulder, Colorado 80301.

How can my business become a drop box location? Simple! Email us at info [at] nakedwomenracing.com to let us know so we can add you to our list of drop off locations and get you a poster notifying the public that you are an official Ride for Reading Book Drop location. You can also download our 8.5 x 11 RfR_Poster_2013.

Are you a member of the media and want to publish this story? If you are a member of the media, feel free to publish any of this information here. We welcome you to join us on the delivery too! We are available for personal interviews pre, during, or post event so please email us (info [at] nakedwomenracing.com) and a team representative will get back to you immediately. Video and photography are welcome at the school; however, you must contact the school to arrange parental waivers ahead of time. You can also contact us at least 2 weeks prior to the delivery date, and we can add your language to our photo/video release.

Read how last year’s delivery went HEREIncludes recap, images and video from last year’s delivery. We had so many books that we got to do an impromptu delivery to two schools last year!

See what Ride for Reading is all about below:

Ride for Reading Thank You’s from the Kids

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What a pleasure it was to deliver books to Barrett Elementary for National Ride for Reading Week back in May. The children, principal and teachers were wonderful to work with and all were very thankful. But following the delivery and final follow up reporting to Ride for Reading, Barrett became a fond memory. We were knee deep into planning for next year’s delivery on May 10, 2013.

But we got to relive that delivery recently when all the children wrote thank you notes to our team and fellow bicycle delivery men and women. We wanted to share with you some of these notes. Hopefully, we made a positive impression on these young children and they will remember how great cyclists are!

Ride for Reading Thank You's

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If you want to be a part of Ride for Reading and create an impact in your part of the country, feel free to email us or Ride for Reading with any questions on getting started.

Reading, Riding, Racing and Rubbin’ Elbows

More pictures coming very soon! Thank you Peter!

In lieu of writing several separate blog postings, we figured we’d just share a team email from the busy weekend. Give you an insiders view of our team culture. 

Hi all,

Just wanted to say thank you for everything over the weekend and leading up to it. It was a very exhausting weekend I’m sure for all of you, and I apologize for all the emails leading up to this team weekend. Vera, Joan and I appreciate your patience and responsiveness. It helped make our team weekend a success. Now that it’s over, we can focus on racing a bit!

I wanted to recap what we accomplished this weekend and brag a bit about how ABSOLUTELY AMAZING and AWESOME our team is.

With your help:

*we collected over 2500 books over a two month period and donated them via 30+ bicycles to two schools in need, got GREAT publicity for our sponsors and Ride for Reading, forged a new partnership with the Bike Depot to donate a book to every child who receives a bicycle, received $125 in donations for Ride for Reading (thanks Ingrid and anonymous volunteers!), and even have next year’s school and date tentatively picked out (Smith Elementary and Friday, May 10, 2012). AND I’m pretty sure we hosted the largest Ride for Reading delivery to date across the nation! See pics from our delivery HERE.

*we had an excellent showing at the Wheels of Thunder crit. Amanda Cyr led Sharon out to a third place podium spot, the 1/2 girls all worked hard and I was able to stay rested for the sprint to a 2nd place spot, Kat finished with the lead pack in the Cat 3 race, Renee got a third place podium spot in the 45+, and Berta raced TWICE (P1/2 and the 35+). We had representation in every women’s category out there except 55+ which we could not do anyway (but if we could I’m sure we would!). I believe our 1/2 team will now be in first place for the Rocky Mountain Road Cup after the weekend, which is one of our goals for the season. In addition to racing, Joan and Susan mentored the Cat 4′s in this race, along with veteran racer Anne Lannan. Thank you for your time to do this!

Great pictures from Sportifimages.com. Click the image to see more from the SW1-2 Wheels of Thunder Crit.

*we hosted the first Heels on Wheels pub crawl despite the rain and had a blast! We brought nearly 35 people together. Actually, Megan is responsible for bringing half of those folks:) It was a great time and we’ll receive proceeds to our team from that event as well. I’m all for another one this summer when it’s guaranteed to be sunny and at least 70.

Click the photo to view all our great shots from Peter Adamkovics.

*unfortunately, the Boulder Canyon shoot for the Buffalo Bicycle Classic was canceled last minute, but thank you to those who were still trying to participate. If anything changes with this, I’ll let you know. We are working on back up dates with the videographer.

Compete against the Naked Women's Race Team up Boulder Canyon!

*thank you for making pictures painless, especially on Mother’s Day. They are great, and I’m still shocked we got everyone on their way in an hour. You’ll be happy with them; we look fabulous. There’s a teaser on Facebook, and we’ll have them up on our team site soon. Thank you Peter!! We had everyone together with the exception of Marisa, whom you will meet next weekend at the Superior Morgul. We’re excited to race with her if we can keep up!

More pictures coming very soon! Thank you Peter!

You ladies rock and I want you to know it. I’m very thankful to have you as teammates. You are all great representatives to the sport of women’s cycling. Thank you.

Rachel Scott

Ride for Reading 2012: Book Drop Locations

Wondering where you can drop off your books in the Denver or Boulder area for the Ride for Reading delivery? Wonder no more! Visit one of these fine establishments to drop off your books. Check back often as this page will be updated almost daily with new locations!

Denver

ENVIRON International   •   303 East 17th Avenue

TriBella Women’s Multisport   •  1060 Bannock Street

Kaiser Permanente   •  Arapahoe Medical Offices. 5555 East Arapahoe Rd. Littleton, CO 80122. Please drop books off in the Administrative Assistant Office

Kaiser Permanente   •  Englewood Medical Offices. 2955 South Broadway Englewood, CO 80113. Please drop books off in the Administrative Assistant Office

Kaladi Brothers Coffee   •  1730 East Evans Ave.
Denver, CO 80210

Cycleton   •   7480 E 29th Ave, Denver, CO 80238
St. Herman Orthodox Church   •   991 W. Prentice Ave., Littleton, CO
Dominion Voting Systems   •   1201 18th Street, Ste 210, Denver, CO (above Old Spaghetti Factory)
Green Shirt   •   2200 W 29th Ave  Denver, CO 80211

LoHi Athletic Club   •   2010 West 30th Avenue, Denver, CO 80211

Little Man Ice Cream    •   2620 16th Street, Denver, CO 80211

Vincent Hughes CMT    •   3318 E. 2nd Ave. Garden Level, 16th Street Denver, CO 80206  720-530-1409

A Step Ahead Fitness Studio   •   2700 S. Broadway St., Englewood, CO 80113  720-226-1699

Kinetic Fitness Studio     •   2624 E. 3rd Ave., Denver, CO 80206  303-377-6013

Wolf, Slatkin and Madison P.C.    •   44 Cook St., Ste 1000, Denver, CO 80206  303-955-2999

I Love Knitting   •   600 S. Holly St., Unit 102, Denver, CO 80246  303-399-KNIT

Spine One     •   8500 Park Meadows Dr., Ste 200, Lone Tree, CO 80124  303-367-2225

For the Love of Dog     •   4751 E Virginia Ave., Glendale, CO 80124  303-355-6700

Tala Salon & Day Spa: Nhi Nguyen/Manicurist     •   2118 S Hudson St., Denver, CO 80222  720-341-0888

Acupuncture Plus    •    Carol LeCroy 930 Logan St. Denver, CO 80203 303-832-5279

Pain Solutions    •   Lee Carman 7120 E. Orchard Rd. Suite 300 Centennial, CO 80111 303-243-5180

Peak to Peak Training    •   7120 E. Orchard Rd. Suite 300 Centennial, CO 80111 and 7310 W. Colfax Denver, CO 80214 303-913-3954

Erol’s Tailoring    •  314 Columbine St. Denver, CO 80206 303-377-2400

Qi- Lowry Studio    •  7555 E. Academy Ave. Denver, CO 80230 303-593-1593 or 303-993-4041

Qi Ryders    •  3170 E. Colfax Ave. Denver, CO 80206 303-593-1593 or 303-993-4041

Golden

Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado   •  1010 Washington Avenue, Suite 200

Colorado Mountain Club   •  710 10th Street, Suite 200

Boulder

Quick Left, Inc.  •  902 Pearl Street (at 9th and Pearl), Boulder, CO 80302

FlatIron Athletic Club  •  505 Thunderbird Court East, Boulder, CO

Weathervane Contracting  •   2575 Park Lane, Lafayette, CO 80026

Polycom, Inc  •  1765 W 121st Ave Ste 100, Westminster, CO 80234

Highlands Ranch

Highlands Ranch Community Association  •   9568 University Boulevard

Event Networks  •  1805 Shea Center Drive, Suite 280, Highlands Ranch, 80129

Ride for Reading 2012 Information

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It’s that time again! Join Naked Women’s Racing powered by TriBella for National Ride for Reading Week! See below for a quick synopsis of what Ride for Reading week is all about.

What: Denver-based women’s competitive cycling team Naked Women’s Racing powered by TriBella will deliver thousands of donated children’s books by bicycle to Barrett Elementary School Friday, May 11 for National Ride for Reading Week. Naked Women’s Racing pb TriBella partnered with the charity Ride for Reading, a Nashville-based non-profit with a mission to promote literacy and healthy living through the distribution of books via bicycle to children from low-income neighborhoods.

When: Delivery takes place Friday, May 11 from 8:15 am to 12 pm. We are collecting donations of books and/or cash donations for Ride for Reading from now until delivery date!

Why: In low-income neighborhoods, the ratio of books per child is one age-appropriate book for every 300 children. Reading is an integral part of education, and without books it is hard to build a strong academic base. Our children need materials to read at home and it is our goal to provide the means. And in the process, we can fight childhood obesity and nature deficit disorder through the power of cycling, too! Exercise the mind and body and lead through example.

Where: Barrett Elementary School located at 2900 RICHARD ALLAN COURT in North East Denver.

Meeting Location: We will depart from TriBella Women’s Multisport store located at 1060 BANNOCK STREET. If you don’t ride your bike to TriBella, there is plenty of parking.

Bike Route: Approximately 5 miles one way by bicycle. Click HERE for a map of the route.

How to Register to Volunteer: Visit our gracious sponsor PRERACE.COM and sign up electronically for free!

How to Make a Donations: Cash donations are tax deductible so please provide your name, mailing address, and donation value with your donation so Ride for Reading can send you a tax exempt letter.

If you’d like to donate used or new age-appropriate books, please drop them off at one of our many DROP OFF LOCATIONS around Denver and Boulder. If you aren’t local and would still like to send us books, please mail them to the Colorado Mountain Club to Attn: Rachel Scott, 710 10th Ave, Suite 200, Golden, Colorado 80401.

How can my business become a drop box location? Simple! EMAIL us to let us know so we can add you to our list of drop off locations and get you a poster notifying the public that you are an official Ride for Reading Book Drop location. You can also download our 11 x 17 poster HERE or click the image below (11 x 14 available upon request).

 

Are you a member of the media and want to publish this story? If you are a member of the media, you can publish our PRESS RELEASE for the event. We welcome you to join us on the delivery too! We are available for personal interviews pre, during, or post event so please EMAIL us and a team representative will get back to you immediately. Or call us with the contact info in the press release. Video and photography are welcome at the school; however, you must contact the school to arrange parental waivers ahead of time. You can also contact us at least 2 weeks prior to the delivery date, and we can add your language to our photo/video release.

Read how last year’s delivery went HERE: Includes recap, images and video from last year’s delivery.

See what Ride for Reading is all about below:

 

Naked Women’s Racing teams up with Ride for Reading in 2012!

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Get excited about our upcoming Ride for Reading delivery scheduled for May 11, 2012 at Barrett Elementary! More details to come in the next couple of weeks including route, volunteers, book donation drop-off locations and meeting points.

RIDE FOR READING BRINGING MISSION TO LAS VEGAS

RIDE FOR READING BRINGING MISSION TO LAS VEGAS
Cycling teams and companies to participate in Interbike book delivery to Las Vegas students

DENVER, Colo (September 6, 2011) – Ride for Reading, a Tennessee-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote literacy and healthy living through the distribution of books via bicycle to children from low-income areas, is headed to Las Vegas, NV not only for the annual Interbike Convention but also to spread its mission to local students. Ride for Reading will be delivering books via bicycle to the students of Peterson Elementary School on Thursday, September 15th at 9:15 am.

The 100 participating bicyclists loaded down with books for the students and escorted by the Las Vegas Police Department are made up of local riders and Interbike participants. The ride will be marshaled by the young ladies of Jet Cycling’s Magic 6 Elite team who has recently partnered with Ride for Reading. The Denver-based TriBella Race Team also helped to kick off the delivery by donating over 1000 children’s books.

Upon arrival of the bicyclists to Peterson Elementary School, the students will hear from Mathew Portell, founder of Ride for Reading, about the importance of literacy, reading, cycling, fitness, healthy living, and helmet wearing. The school is also an active participant in the Safe Routes for Schools program by promoting cycling and walking to school.

Mathew Portell founder said, “It has been our goal to spread our mission as far and wide as possible! We are ecstatic to be able to bring our mission to the children of Las Vegas. We hope to leave them with the desire to stay fit and continue reading.”

For more information on Ride for Reading and the delivery to Peterson Elementary School, visit here.

About Ride for Reading

Established in 2008 by dedicated and determined first year 4th grade teacher and avid cyclist Mathew Portell, Ride for Reading’s mission is to promote literacy and healthy living through the distribution of books via bicycle to children who aren’t fortunate enough to have their own. Ride for Reading has donated over 50,000 books to children of low income families to date and continues to work towards supplying as many books as possible to boost reading skills among children. Ride for Reading has an established and increasing presence in the Nashville area and is supported by several professional cyclists and teams including children’s book author and Olympic cyclist Erin Mirabella and Team Niner/Ergon, a successful professional mountain bike team. Ride for Reading has also created partnerships with most Nashville area bike shops and other local and national businesses. Visit www.rideforreading.org for information on how to donate.

The Peterson Elementary School delivery is sponsored by the following organizations: Swiftwick, PreRace.com, Planet Bike, JetCycling, Velo Press, Biking Las Vegas, Tribella Race Team, ProGoldLube, Primal Wear, Krieg Cycling, Maya Cycles, GirlBike Love, Nashville Bicycle Lounge, Road Bike Action, Bicycle Times, Southern Nevada Regional Transportation Commission, Bike Board of Nevada, Clark County School District and Nevada Safe Routes School.

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Contact:

Kristin Palmer
615-262-4510
770-815-6256
Kristin@palmerhousepublicity.com

Mathew Portell
615-378-7323
rideforreading@gmail.com