Guanella Pass Hill Climb
June 17, 2012
The inaugural Guanella Hill Climb took place on June 17, 2012. The Father’s Day race brought 400+ bike racers to the town of Georgetown, CO to take on the 11-mile climb. The road reopened last Fall after 5 years of construction to stabilize the steep embankments that hug the winding road, as well as to pave the road surface for the first time.
The race was sanctioned by USA Cycling and the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado. The 400 participants departed Georgetown Lake in 17 different categories. After climbing over 3200 vertical feet, the racers finished on the summit of Guanella Pass at nearly 12,000 ft. Leroy Popowski of Boulder was the overall winner with a blistering time of 52:48.
Proceeds from the race benefited the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s and Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado’s Junior Development Program.
The Denver Post Ride the Rockies, Colorado, 2012
Twelve members of the Victory Crew conquered the Colorado Rockies on an epic 6-day bike ride covering 450 miles and 25,000 vertical feet. Each rider raised funds to help bring The Victory Summit® symposium for people with Parkinson’s, their care partners and families to Denver this fall. Together, the team raised more than $36,500, surpassing their goal. The opportunity was made possible thanks to the generosity of Chandler Smith and The Denver Post, who gifted the Foundation with ride registrations and booth space at every stage.
Victory Crew teammates Steve Hovey (New Jersey) and Doug Bahniuk (Ohio) both have Parkinson’s and were the top fundraisers of the event. The two finished Ride the Rockies embodying the Foundation’s mission of living well today and not letting Parkinson’s stop them. Steve was interviewed in Carbondale by the Post Independent. Be sure to also check out Steve’s moving personal account of the ride and facing down Parkinson’s on a 12,000′ mountain pass.
Much is owed to the team’s honorary members and support crew who helped raise awareness for Parkinson’s and the Davis Phinney Foundation while contributing to the camaraderie and supporting the cyclists. Tim Carpenter anchored the volunteer team, tirelessly manning the booth and spreading the Foundation’s mission in host towns along the route. At the end of the week, Tim remarked, “This has been the best week of my life in Colorado.” On the eve of the final day, Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter presented a cycling seminar and joined the Victory Crew team for a celebratory dinner.
Spin It to Win It, Cincinnati, OH 2011
On November 19, indoor cycling enthusiasts gathered for a Victory Crew fundraising event and after party. Spin It to Win It raised more than $10,000 to benefit the Davis Phinney Foundation!
Flagstaff House, Boulder, CO 2011
In October, Scott and Mark Monette of Flagstaff House (a fine dining restaurant in Boulder, CO) pulled together several of Boulder’s finest chefs for a 40th Anniversary Gala benefiting the Davis Phinney Foundation. The gala raised more than $7,500 to help people with Parkinson’s to live well today. Thanks to the Monettes for their support and for a beautiful evening of community, dancing, food, and raising Parkinson’s awareness.
Mikuni Summer Golf Classic, Lincoln, CA 2011
Thank you to Mikuni Sushi for benefiting many organizations including the Davis Phinney Foundation in their 16th Annual Summer Golf Classic this year at Catta Verdera Golf Club!
Steve Quam Pedaling Parkinson’s 2011
Steve Quam is at it again! This year, Steve traveled from South Carolina to Fairbanks, Alaska and back on his motorcycle quest to raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease and funds benefiting the Davis Phinney Foundation. He stopped in at the Copper Triangle Classic to complete his most difficult road cycling feat yet. At stops throughout his cross-country journey, Steve gave presentations at music therapy conferences, support groups and other Parkinson’s-related events. Three months and 16,140 miles later, he completed his epic adventure, arriving home on September 6, 2011. Congratulations, Steve! We’re so very grateful to have you as part of the Victory Crew!
Doug’s Wild Ride II 2011
Doug Bahniuk has Parkinson’s, but Parkinson’s hasn’t stopped Doug from mastering great feats! Two years ago he completed a solo ride from Portland, OR to Boston, MA. In 2010 he rode from Anchorage to Fairbanks, Alaska. This summer he conquered a 900 mile solo ride from Deadhorse to Anchorage! We commend you and are so proud to have you on the Victory Crew!
Ramapo Rally August 2011
Steve Hovey organized a Victory Crew team to ride in the Ramapo Rally in northern New Jersey. Ride literature promises rides of varying distances “rain or shine.” Boy, did it rain! Despite the challenging weather conditions, several stalwart cyclists joined Steve and the Victory Crew to raise more than $21,000! Extra thanks to Steve for going the extra mile and manning a booth after the race. That’s making every victory count!
Copper Triangle August 2011
We enjoyed another great year at the Copper Triangle Alpine Cycling Classic. This destination ride through some of Colorado’s most beautiful high country is always popular, and again this year, registrations sold out early. The Victory Crew helped make 2011 a huge success, raising over $131,000 for the Davis Phinney Foundation. See you again next year, Copper Victory Crew!
Pedaling for Parkinson’s at RAGBRAI
Members of the Victory Crew joined the Pedaling For Parkinson’s team on the 2011 RAGBRAI ride through Iowa. Team leader, Dr. Jay Alberts, Alberts founded Pedaling For Parkinson’s after suggesting to Parkinson’s patient Carol Frazier that she was capable of cycling and invited her to join them on RAGBRAI in 2003. Dr. Alberts is currently conducting research funded by the Davis Phinney Foundation.
Karen, Cidney, Glen, John, Jim show their pride as part of the Victory Crew team.
The Pedaling for Parkinson’s team that raised more than $26,000.
Cross the Finish Line with Larry – June 25, 2011 – Vermillion, South Dakota
People came from all over the country to ”Cross the Finish Line with Larry.” Larry Smith, a resident of Vermillion, South Dakota, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s twenty years ago. He and his five-day ride across his home state, culminating with the massive post-ride celebration, are the focus of an upcoming documentary film. The Davis Phinney Foundation was proud to partner with Larry as a beneficiary of the ride.
Road 2 Victory Bicycle Classic – May 22, 2011 – Boulder, Colorado
The sun shined on R2V and we had a great turnout. Thanks to our Victory Crew fundraisers and to everyone who rode to benefit the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s.