Grand Junction Bike Rally Raises Big Bucks for Local Hospitality House
The results are in for the 2016 Rose Hill Rally, and it appears Western Colorado bike enthusiasts raised big bucks for St. Mary's Rose Hill Hospitality House. Here are the results.
The photo above shows my bike helmet as I took it down from my closet. The last time I wore it was last year's (2015) Rose Hill Rally. In other words, I hadn't been on my bike for a solid 12 months. That's just how out of shape I was while gearing up for this year's ride. In any event, my team completed the tour. We weren't pretty, but we made it.
Others performed a little better. The Rose Hill Rally, held Sunday, May 1, 2016, included a total of 495 cyclists and walkers. The first rider pulled into Canyon View Park at 5:45 in the morning. After a brief check in, he was on the route shortly after 6 a.m. That rider, Dave Morrison, was also the oldest rider in the 2016 event, coming in at 93 years old.
When it was all said and done, the event netted roughly $20,000 for the Rose Hill Hospitality House. Those funds were generated by registration fees and proceeds from auction items donated by The Bike Shop and Brown Cycles.
Thank you to everyone who participated. Special thanks to all the fellow cyclists and support volunteers who stopped to check on my team, asking if we needed assistance. Yes, we were the group who spent more time pushing our bikes than riding them.
Will there be another Rose Hill Rally? Absolutely! Next year's ride is set for Sunday, May 7. This will mark the 21st year for the ride. My team will be in better shape by that time. Make plans to participate.