July 16, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Sports News
BOULDER, COLO, JULY, 2007 ¡KCyclists of all ages and abilities are gearing up for this year¡¦s Elevations Credit Union Buffalo Bicycle Classic ¡V also known as Ride the Buffalo ¡V on September 9, 2007 in Boulder. Hard core cyclists can choose to ride the 100-Mile Century, 70-Mile, 50-Mile, 35-Mile, while for the second year, families and recreational riders are encouraged to ride the 14-Mile ¡§Little Buffalo¡¨ ¡V a community fun ride supported by Elevations Credit Union and the Kevin and Robin Luff Foundation ¡V which includes prizes for kids and a pre-ride safety clinic. Riders are encouraged to sign up fast, as the ride will be ¡§capped¡¨ at 2,300, the expected number of riders, in order to maintain the fun atmosphere and integrity for which the ride has come to be known. Last year, Bicycling Magazine recognized the BBC as Boulder¡¦s #1 ¡§Cool Event¡¨ in the magazine¡¦s best cycling cities issue.

Ride the Buffalo ânstarts and finishes in Boulder at the University of Colorado, Benson Field, across Colorado Blvd. from Folsom Field. The five courses traverse through northern Boulder and Larimer counties. The 14-mile is a community cruiser ride around Boulder; the 35-mile course is a fun ride in Boulder County to St. Vrain Road, on to Hygiene, and back past the Boulder Reservoir; the 50-mile ride challenges riders north of Berthoud and back; and the 70 and 100 mile Century ride for hard-core cyclists winds past Carter Lake, with the Century continuing to Horsetooth Reservoir and home.

All cyclists participating in this fully-supported, fundraising ride will generate scholarship funds for students of CU¡¦s College of Arts and Sciences. Participants in the 2006 ride alone raised $200,000, therefore, the goal for this, the fifth year of the ride, is to raise $250,000, which translates into 125 scholarships. During its first five years, the ride has awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships, making the BBC the largest single source of scholarship money in College of Arts and Sciences.

Fees are $60 for the Little Buffalo and $85 for all other ride lengths, and include the minimum donation of $45.
Registration for all rides includes a Ride the Buffalo t-shirt, water bottle, great aid station treats, breakfast, and lunch. Jerseys, socks and other merchandise are available separately. An expo featuring our sponsors will be held at the start/finish where riders can win raffle prizes and enjoy after race food, beverages and entertainment. Riders of all abilities, 10 years and older for the 14 mile ride, and 12 years and older for the longer lengths, are welcome to choose the length of ride that fits their capabilities. Those who are not necessarily cyclists but would like to support the event and scholarships in a bigger way are encouraged to either make direct donations or join the BBC Dean¡¦s Team, for a minimum donation of $300. To generate additional funds, commemorative jerseys, hats and socks are available on line or as an addition to rider registration.

Riders can register online before noon September 8, 2007 at www.buffalobicycleclassic.com. Walk up registration is available for a premium the day of the ride. For information, call 303-735-1569 or email bbc@colorado.edu.

Contact: Susan Holden Walsh, Holden McClure, 303-449-2526
Buffalo Bicycle Classic, 303-735-1569