The fifth annual Coldwell Banker Denver Century Ride will take place on Saturday, June 14 beginning on Main Street in the Shops at Northfield. Cyclists can choose their challenge by picking from four course options: Full Century (100 miles), ¾ Century, ½ Century, and ¼ Century.The trail goes from city to plains to mountains, giving cyclists a well-rounded taste of Colorado road biking.
Stapleton resident Angela Haas will ride the Full Century route for her first Century Ride experience. She looks forward to the challenge of riding up Lookout Mountain.
“Riding in the mountains gives you access to views from a completely different perspective. It feels like you’re part of the scenery versus traveling through it,” Haas says.
She got serious about cycling last summer when she decided to celebrate 20 years of working at Children’s Hospital Colorado by participating in the Courage Classic, a 3-day 155-mile ride through mountain passes and one of the hospital’s biggest philanthropic events. She says biking is an easy sport to get into, and the Century Ride offers a ride for bikers of all levels.
“Cycling is a really social sport, right? It’s fun to go out with your friends and conquer different climbs or routes. I’m excited it’s something I can do with my peers and my kids.”
New in 2014, the Denver Century Ride introduces a ½ Century course for cyclists who prefer a shorter route with less climbing. Her kids will be at the Century Ride finish line in Northfield Stapleton. The ¼ Century highlights bicycle paths around the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, as well as some less known treasures such as the scenic Parkfield Lake Park. Race organizers say most long distance bike rides are 75-80 percent male, but the Denver Century Ride is 60 percent women.
Kids are invited to come decorate their bikes with materials provided by Macy’s and ride down Northfield’s Main Street in the kids parade at 11am. The post ride street party from noon until 4pm will include music by The Nacho Men, Michelob Ultra Bar, food, and a children’s activity area. For more information and to register visit DenverCenturyRide.com.