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Wacky Bike Ride Changes Hands in 2016
The well known Douglas County based Wacky Bike Ride, started by siblings Susie & Ted Wargin is turned over to Project ReCycle.
As avid cyclists, siblings Susie and Ted Wargin participated in many organized bicycle rides and five years ago, they decided to start their own ride, the Wacky Bike Ride. Starting in Highlands Ranch, the ride benefited the Douglas County Educational Foundation, a program for Douglas County schools. The Wacky Bike Ride grew over the last 5 years and has a loyal following of cyclists, volunteers and sponsors. After the September 2015 event, the siblings decided it was time to make some changes and has entered a 3 year agreement turning the event over to Douglas County non profit Project ReCycle
“We are very proud to be handing over the reins of the Wacky Bike Ride to Project ReCycle. As you all know, growing an event takes time and we both find we are having less and less of that these days. We want to see the Wacky grow and have the utmost confident in AJ, Jeff and all the great folks at Project ReCycle to make that happen.” explained Susie Wargin
During the next 3 years, Susie and Ted will stay involved with the Wacky Bike Ride, working with Project ReCycle to ensure a smooth transition and the continual growth of the event.
“We are excited about the energy and resources Project ReCycle will bring to the Wacky but we are probably most excited about actually riding in our event for the first time this September.” commented Ted Wargin, “We will be riding one of the long distance routes offered and we encourage folks to come join us!”
Project ReCycle has been working with the Wacky as volunteers for the last four years, providing a solid base of knowledge about the organization and vision of the ride. The Wacky Ride provides the opportunity for registered participants to choose one of four different courses from 6 miles to 100 miles. By providing the variety of course options, the ride is accessible to cyclists of varying levels of ability from beginners to advanced.
“The Wargin’s love for cycling and support of Project ReCycle is contagious. This event will play a vital role in supporting Project ReCycle in our efforts to provide children the opportunity to earn their bicycles through our Dream Bike Program.” said Jeff Fleck, Project ReCycle Board Vice Chair.
The Wacky Ride will become the non profit’s centerpiece fundraising event each year. The organization distributes refurbished bikes, helmets, bike locks, bike lights and provides bike safety education directly to individuals and families in need and has an annual budget of $200,000.
“We are proud to be involved with the ride. We look forward to integrating the ride vision with Project ReCycle’s mission of supporting children and cycling in the state.” added A.J. Stapleton, Project ReCycle’s Executive Director
About The Wacky Bike Ride
DATE: Sunday, September 11, 2016
LOCATION: Lone Tree, Colorado
REGISTRATION OPENS: April 1, 2016
The Wacky Bike Ride is a one-day cycling event to encourage fitness and fun. Riders enjoy a festive Start/Finish, stocked aid stations, route support, excellent post-ride food, an amazing expo, and fun-filled goodie bags.
Riders have the option of 4 courses:
- 6 mile – perfect for kids of all ages or anyone looking for a fun ride on the trail systems.
- 45 mile – offers some climbing, flats and beautiful terrain taking riders through the major cities of Douglas County.
- 62 mile – same as the 45, but with beautiful scenery rolling out and back along Highway 105 to reach a metric century.
- 100 mile – same as the 62, but with MORE beautiful scenery including Spruce Mountain Road and Larkspur.
For more information: http://www.wackybikeride.com/
About Project ReCycle
Project ReCycle was founded in 2010 to provide smiles to children all over Colorado via a bicycle. That has not changed today. Our first run at this venture led us to create a program that would not only guarantee smiles but would also influence children’s academic behavior in a positive manner. As part of our Dream Bike Program, Children, during their academic year, are encouraged to earn a bike by improving in 3 areas; Respect, Attendance and Academic Growth. Project ReCycle collects bicycles from participating locations on a weekly basis. Bikes are brought back to the repair shop and inspected. If a bike cannot be fixed for reuse, it is dismantled. Each reusable part is salvage for future use. All remaining bike parts are then recycled. For more information: projectrecycle.org