Giantnerd Volunteers at Bike Denver’s After Hours
With things running smoothly at Giantnerd, we decided that we should take some time to give back to the great cycling community in our city of Denver, CO. All of us at Giantnerd are doing different things in the city, so I decided to do my first volunteer event with Bike Denver. I figured Bike Denver is a great organization, and could allow me to meet some of my fellow Denver cyclists, so I signed up for my first event.
The day of the event was here, and excitement rushed through me when 5 o’clock hit at Giantnerd headquarters. Although I usually stay around after work to play with side bike projects or tune my Tommaso Corvo, today was Bike Denver’s After Hours event, so there was no time to spare. Shortly after clicking into my Shimano Ultegra pedals I was salivating at the thought of a New Belgium Ranger (did I mention they stationed me at the beer tent) as I raced westward to the event.
Upon arrival, Chloe, Molly, and the rest of the friendly Bike Denver crew were pleased to see me even though I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting them before that night. I threw on my official Bike Denver volunteer shirt, and instantly started making friends with other volunteers and local cyclists. My new friends and I were pleased to see such an eclectic group of locals enjoying a variety of entertainment including: tire-changing competitions, corn hole, raffles, a fashion show, good eats, and even better beer donated by New Belgium, all accompanied by awesome life music.
The breadth of character at After Hours was spectacular and refreshing. My fellow volunteers and I enjoyed sharing stories with all who approached the ID and Beer Token tent, at which we were stationed. As I sipped on my Ranger, a great appreciation for the bicycle swept through me. Here I was at Skyline Park in the beautiful downtown Denver, CO making friends with all types of individuals who I would have otherwise never had the chance to meet if it were not for our simple, albeit beloved, machine - the bicycle.
Having been a first year event, Bike Denver’s After Hours was very well attended and noticeably enjoyed by all. I can only imagine the good times they have in store for the Tour De Fat at City Park on September 6, 2014. However, good times are not all Bike Denver has to offer. I learned that one of their most recent accomplishments has been the installation of vertical dividers on 15th street bike path to help protect us Denverites! Bike Denver thrives on the community’s support, and that is why I think they are so successful in their endeavors. What do you say ya’ll? Let’s bike to work, so we can work to bike!
Interested in volunteering in Denver, or your local city? Here are some great links to get you set up in your local cycling community!