Buena Vista Bike Fest 2012Aaron Rosenthal
While many riders turned back to Buena Vista earlier than planned based on the weather conditions, many others pedaled forth. As is typical for weather patterns in May, after the fast moving storm blew over the snow melted and a number of riders actually did the full century route! On this day, it was those who left later who had a better shot of doing more distance and not experiencing the worst of the weather.
Back in Buena Vista, the party went on. A brief squall sent some into the tents for protection, but after 1:30pm, the skies became predominantly blue and the temperatures rose. Those who arrived in BV from this point on tended to stay at the party for a long time as the conditions improved throughout the afternoon. The music from Grass It Up was great, the Bristol Beer was flowing, and the food was eagerly consumed. Thanks to our many sponsors, we had a plethora of giveaways to present to predetermined winners as well as those who happened to be present. The grand prizes included a road bike donated by CS West, and two cruiser bikes donated by Ted’s Bicycles. An interesting side note is that even though our registrations were down nearly 30 percent this year, and we did not sell out for the first time in 6 years, the amount of money raised for the bike raffle was our largest ever. This resulted in checks of $1,000 each to Kids on Bikes and Medicine Wheel from the raffle proceeds alone!
To everyone who volunteered, the BVBF committee and your Colorado Springs Cycling Club extends our greatest appreciation. It is amazing how many wonderful stories we hear each year from the riders saying this is the best supported ride they do. It is why so many people come back year after year and why BVBF has such a great reputation across the state.
The BVBF committee will be meeting in June to debrief what went well and where we can improve. If you have any suggestions, please let any of us on the committee know.
Pedal on, keep the rubber side down, and have a wonderful summer cycling season.
Bob, Anne, Vic, Diane, Allen, Cece, Rich, John, Torrie, and Aaron