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 Tuesday, June 22, 2004 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter


Ride the Rockies Kicks Off From Boulder Campus
By Allison Sylvest

CU-Boulder played host last weekend to approximately 2,000 biking enthusiasts who came from near and far to kickoff Ride the Rockies, a popular summer bike tour through Colorado.

The ride takes place June 20-25 and passes through the communities of Boulder, Estes Park, Granby, Steamboat Springs, Frisco and Idaho Springs.

Participants come from more than 45 states and seven foreign countries. At least 15 CU-Boulder community members have joined the ride, several for the first time.

Erik Karlson is a graduate student in civil engineering and a lieutenant in the navy. He is riding with his sister and her husband, who came from New Hampshire to join him.

"Wherever I am stationed, I try to get out and see the countryside," said Karlson. "This is a great way to see Colorado."

Laima Gaigalas, marketing manager for the College of Music, and her boyfriend, Bryce Bolton, a research assistant at LASP, are doing the ride together.

"I wanted to do this ride because so many friends and co-workers are taking part," said Gaigalas. "The community aspect is what drew me in."

Approximately 1,000 cyclists arrived Saturday to register. Cycling seminars, campus tours and an evening of food and entertainment were coordinated by CU's Office of Community Relations. CU volunteers provided assistance and the UMC catered three meals.

Vice Chancellor Paul Tabolt spoke at the opening ceremony on Sunday morning. "Ride the Rockies is a spectacular achievement of impressive longevity," he said. "CU-Boulder is proud to be in partnership with the Denver Post and the Boulder Convention and Visitor Bureau to host the start of the 2004 tour."

The Denver Post launched Ride the Rockies in 1986 and co-sponsors the ride each June. In conjunction with the bike tour, the Post-News awarded a $5,000 grant to CU-Boulder's ArtsBridge Program, which provides area K-12 students hands-on experience of the arts.


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