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River District pedals to top of Ride Garfield

Heather McGregor
Clean Energy Economy News
The 2016 Ride Garfield County included a separate competition for bus riding. Annette Parker, left, represented the winning bus riding team from the White River National Forest, and Julie Albrecht, right, was the winning individual bus rider.
Heather McGregor |

The five-month 2016 Ride Garfield County bicycle and bus riding competition wrapped up last week with an awards event honoring top-mileage riders and their teams.

Ride Garfield County’s 2016 competition ran May 1 through Sept. 30. The bike and bus campaign is a project of Garfield Clean Energy and CLEER.

The Colorado River District team established a lead in the Ride Garfield rankings by mid-summer, and won the biking team challenge with 16 riders logging 13,722 miles.

Team member Eric Kuhn, the river district’s general manager, was the individual winner with 3,974 miles. Kuhn topped his colleague John Currier, who placed second with 3,562 miles.

Kuhn said a weeklong September bicycling trip in Canada gave him the miles he needed to pass Currier.

The third place individual rider was Patti Holt with 2,921 miles.

Taking second in the team challenge was Team Kiwanis Family and Friends, with 16 riders tallying 12,291 miles. In third place was Holy Cross Energy, with 16 riders logging 8,957 miles.

As an organized biking campaign, Ride Garfield County placed ninth in the national rankings for the National Bike Challenge, with a total of 205 local riders logging 63,091 miles.

“Ride Garfield was right behind Fort Collins in the national rankings,” said event organizer Karen Wahrmund of CLEER. She noted that the riders burned an estimated 3 million calories and avoided 35,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions by riding instead of driving.

Other organizations sponsoring Ride Garfield County are the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, city of Glenwood Springs, LiveWell Garfield County, Sunlight Ski and Bike Shop and the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association.

In the bus riding competition, a team of five staffers with the White River National Forest won the team competition, logging 3,257 miles during the same five-month period. In the individual rider category, Julie Albrecht took first place with 1,792 miles, followed by Sheryl Doll with 981 miles and her husband, Ted Doll, with 760 miles.

Each of the winning riders received a $20 bus pass donated by RFTA.

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