Author: Peter Wayne
The Road 2 Victory was not just another fundraiser ride. This was a rare opportunity to meet, talk and ride with veteran bike racers. Davis Phinney and fellow bike racing friends represent a unique era of racers spanning from the early 80’s to 90’s. It was a time when American bike racing was gaining momentum not only nationally, but also in Europe with the first American riders appearing on the Tour de France. The veterans that showed up Sunday morning showed their comradely for each other and had great stories to tell the 230 riders who participated in the leisurely ride.
Over 12 veteran racers rode with the group. They included names such as Marianne Martin, Connie Carpenter, Nelson Vails, Ron Keifel, Alexi Grewal, and Lennard Zinn. Talking to them gave a glimpse into the racing environment of the 80’s, reminiscing about the various American teams of 7-11, Coors Lite, Crest and Panasonic. There was also talk about the emergence of American cyclists in Europe with some of these riders competing in the Tour de France. Others had experiences of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics participating in the sprint and road races.
The Road 2 Victory was advertised as a ‘relaxed ride’ of 45 or 60 miles, starting and finishing at the Boulder Brewery on a cool Sunday morning. Most only had a light breakfast, as they knew a great treat lay ahead in Niwot, a delicious catered breakfast by Colterra. This was no power bar break, it was a full breakfast and the riders took the time to enjoy the food and the Niwot ambiance. Continuing on a gentle rolling scenic route through the farm country of Boulder, ample aid stations were serviced by sponsors Bear Naked and Powerade. Volunteers also chipped in, including a contingent of folks from the Boulder Cycling Club. To further emphasize the ‘relaxed ride’ atmosphere, Elements Massage of Boulder had a station set up at aid location 3.
The Road 2 Victory benefited the Davis Phinney Foundation. Davis developed Parkinson’s disease some years ago. In an effort to help research, the Foundation was formed in 2004 to raise money for a cure and awareness about Parkinson’s. Other events this year are being held in Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Seattle. The next Colorado event will be the Copper Triangle on August 1st.
Other generous sponsors of today’s ride included Honey Stinger, and Pro-Active Chiropractic. Visit the Davis Phinney Foundation web site for more information about the organization and future events.
Road 2 Victory Bike Fund Raiser
Fundraiser ride for the Davis Phinney Foundation