Cyclists to Circle the Summit for the sixth time
Sixth annual Circle the Summit
- Date: Aug. 17
- Time: Registration and packet pick-up begins at 6:30 a.m.
- 100-mile ride starts at 7 a.m.
- 60-mile ride starts at 9 a.m.
- 45-mile ride starts at 10 a.m.
- 21-mile ride starts at 11 a.m.
- Location: Frisco Rec Center on 3rd Ave, between Main St. and Granite
- Registration: $65 for adults on or before Aug. 14; $75 for adults from Aug. 15 onward; $10 for kids under 16
- In-person registration for Circle the Summit bike ride is Aug.15 and 16 from noon to 5 p.m. at Wilderness Sports at 400 Main St. in Frisco. Day-of-ride registration begins at 6:30 a.m. at the Frisco Recreation Center on Third Ave. between Main and Granite and is on a space available basis.
- For more information about the Circle the Summit event, visit www.circlethesummit.comtarget="_blank">www.circlethesummit.com. For more information about the Summit Biking Group, visit www.summitbiking.org.
It’s the sixth year for the annual Circle the Summit bike ride, which has already accomplished quite a few improvements to biking in Summit County. Put on by the Summit Biking Group, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to all kinds of biking, Circle the Summit is both a memorial to local biking enthusiast Bob Guthrie and a fundraising event for Summit Biking Group projects and programs.
Six years ago, Erin Jones, a physical therapist at Avalanche Physical Therapy, came to the Summit Biking Group with an idea — a biking event fundraiser to raise money to assist in the completion of a bike path from Summit Cove over Swan Mountain Road to Sapphire Point.
“I thought it would be a nice idea for people to have a good time while they give back to their community at the same time,” Jones said.
The Summit Biking Group declared they would be happy to collaborate with Avalanche Physical Therapy to organize the fundraiser. In particular, Summit Biking Group co-founder Bob Guthrie was enthusiastic about the idea.
“He was very supportive and eager to help out with the project,” Jones said.
Completing the bike loop around Dillon Reservoir and over Swan Mountain Road was a goal of Guthrie’s, according to the Summit Biking Group website.
In February of 2008, Guthrie lost his life to a tragic skiing accident. In order to honor Guthrie and all he had done for the organization, the fundraising event became known as the “Circle the Summit” Bob Guthrie Memorial Ride.
Organizers worked hard to raise money to assist in the creation of the Swan Mountain Road biking path, in the end bringing in more than $100,000. This money, combined with funds provided by grants and the Colorado Department of Transportation, eventually ensured that the path was completed.
“There are a lot of different entities you need to deal with for permitting, so it definitely was a lot more involved than I originally anticipated,” Jones said, “but everyone in the community was very helpful and it took a tremendous amount of volunteers to put it together as well, and a lot of that is credited to Bob Guthrie and his friends.”
Since the last segment of the path — an uphill climbing lane from Farmer’s Korner to Sapphire Point — was completed in 2011, the Circle the Summit ride has continued and its funds have gone toward various other biking-related improvements in Summit County. This includes installing lighting in the tunnel near the top of the Vail Pass bike path, providing striping and signage on the Silverthorne bike path and funding for the Summit Bike Group’s youth program.
Circle the Summit is a family-friendly event, according to organizers, with the option of four different routes — 21 miles, 45 miles, 60 miles or 100 miles. Each route starts and ends on Frisco’s Main Street.
“It’s a fun casual ride, it’s not a race,” said Leslie Aaholm, with the Summit Biking Group. “It’s an opportunity, if you’re not familiar with the area, to see some beautiful scenery, to challenge yourself if you want to do that. If you’ve never ridden 45 miles and want to give it a go, you can do that.”
Bikers of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to participate. Proceeds from the event will go toward the Summit Biking Group youth program and local improvement projects.
“I enjoy it. It’s great exercise, challenging,” said Jones, about biking, particularly in events like Circle the Summit. “I love to be outside, to be able to get a great workout while I enjoy the outdoors as well.”
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