First Ride of 2018 Season!

Alumni from the University of New Hampshire joined Eyecycle members for their first ride of the 2018 season.  Thirteen sets of captains and stokers joined in the adventure to Chatfield State Park and back.  The season is fully underway now; check the schedule to find a ride or two that suits your timeframe and desire for fun!

Ride team for first ride of 2018

Meet Theresa Montano

Theresa Montano is President of EyeCycle Colorado, a consultant for the Blind Institute of Technology, and the Solutions Architect for Accessibility for the state of Colorado! She’s an absolutely amazing example of what the untapped talent the blind and visually impaired community has to offer the world!

Here’s two plus minute video showcasing Theresa, please enjoy it!

2017 Cheyenne Lion’s Club Ride for Sight

Every year Eyecycle participates in the Lion’s Club Ride for Sight, which is a fund raiser for screening preschool children for eye disease and for the Lion’s Eye Bank. This cold and rainy day on August 6,  we had 4 tandem teams and the fog and rain lifted for the duration of our ride.  Teams rode anywhere from 30 to 50 miles and once again we had an amazing adventure!  Many thanks to all the  sighted and non-sighted volunteers that make this happen! Please join us next year!Eyecycle riding teams

LightWorkers and EyeCycle

George McDermith makes news again! Here is a short video made by LightWorkers showcasing EyeCycle and George. There is no voice-over for the video, it’s a slideshow of photos of George with the following captions:

37 year old George McDermith was born 3 – 1/2 months premature,
which led to complications causing him to slowly lose his sight.
That hasn’t stopped him from doing the things he loves, like cycling.
In fact George just spent a week biking in “Ride the Rockies”
where he climbed more than 30,000 feet.
George is a part of EyeCycle Colorado,
a non-profit that helps blind riders enjoy cycling,
while staying safe.
Nothing stops George from pursuing his passion.

Click on the image to visit the video on Facebook.

short video about George on Facebook

Donated Tandem Bike!

Eyecycle appreciates Paul and Judy Bay donating this KHS tandem bike in memory of their daughter, Anne. Thank you so much!

Ride the Rockies 2017

Congrats to Eyecycle members George McDermith and Andre van Hall for participating in the 2017 Ride the Rockies!  George was interviewed in this Denver Post article, “At Ride the Rockies, tandem teams with a blind cyclist scale the peaks.

From George:

When I first began focusing on my health I was eager to find anything to keep me active. I was introduced to EyeCycle through an event, and decided to give biking a shot. Little did I know that one thirty mile ride would open for me one of the chief enjoyments of my life. This past June I participated in Ride the Rockies, which turned out to be a 363 mile ride involving 28,000 feet of climbing over the course of seven days. This feat took all the physical and mental energy I could put into it, and provides me with a deep sense of accomplishment. I could not do what I do on a bike without the support, of EyeCycle Colorado. Through the use of their bikes, captains, and camaraderie I have found something that fills a need both on the physical and emotional level. If I, who thought I was going to perish after my first thirty mile ride, can successfully complete Ride the Rockies then you can make positive changes in your life as well.


Sunday Brunch for Eyecycle

Eyecycle cyclists in front of SnoozeBrunch was on Eyecycle sponsor Polidori Sausage on Sunday, July 31! The cyclists left their meeting place of CCB (Colorado Center for the Blind) near downtown Littleton and rode North along the South Platte River to LoDo Denver. Brunch was at Snooze, located in the revamped Union Station. Snooze is a VERY popular breakfast restaurant that also happens to purchase its custom-recipe sausage from Polidori. It was a win-win-win situation. After a leisurely brunch, the cyclists headed back to Littleton to burn off some calories.

Eyecycle's Nathan Elder and Susan GenglerEyecycle vice president Nathan Elder was photographed at Union Station with his stoker, Susan Gengler. The photo was then used in an article written in Denver Water Department’s newsletter. Nathan is water resource engineer for Denver Water. You can read the entire article in the newsletter, Mile High Water Talk.

Thanks Polidori Sausage (and Randie Polidori) for a great brunch!

Ride the Rockies 2016

randie polidori andre van hall eyecycle colorado

Here’s a photo of Eyecycle Colorado’s Randie Polidori and Andre van Hall during their Ride the Rockies tour this June 12-16, 2016.

Great job Randie and Andre!

From the Denver Post:

Three … two … one, quietly says Andre van Hall, as he and riding partner Tim Jackson push off on their Santana tandem bicycle for the third leg of this year’s Ride The Rockies tour on Tuesday.

It is just after 6 a.m., and the temperature hovers around 35 degrees. A fresh coat of frost lines the mountaintops above, and ice coats the bicycle’s orange and maroon frame and two leather seats, leftover from the rain the day before. Jackson is captain, sitting in the front, and van Hall is the so-called “stoker” — the person pedaling behind.

van Hall, the former general manager of the Denver Athletic Club, is a full-time motivational speaker. Efforts like this 399-mile, six-day odyssey are easy to see why: In 2008, he lost his vision in his left eye, and the same degenerative disease then claimed the vision in his right eye three years later, in 2011.

Read the rest of the article in the Denver Post.


Why we ride in the Tour de Cure Colorado…

Eyecycle rides because we are proud to do our part to Stop Diabetes! Eyecycle has been a part of the Tour de Cure Colorado for the past three years and we are excited to take on our fourth year riding to Stop Diabetes right here in Colorado. We initially decided to team up to change the future and make a positive impact in the lives of those who are affected by diabetes.

We are motivated to ride because our team members understand the link between diabetes and visual impairment. We are committed to ride and raise money in this inspirational event not because 29 million people in the United States have diabetes, but because we personally know some of them, and want to do something about it!

You can register to ride with us on August 15th at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont, Colorado! Just visit our Team Page and select “Join This Team” on the right side of the page. We are proud of all that our team members have accomplished. Most of our team members are blind and visually impaired and ride the 100K Route behind a volunteer captain who leads the way. In 2014, one of our team members even completed the 100 mile route!

If you can’t join us on August 15th, please consider supporting us!

By making a donation or joining our team, you will be helping the Association provide community-based education programs, protect the rights of people with diabetes and fund critical research for a cure.

As a team, united in our desire to Stop Diabetes, we are asking for your support. Please make a donation to one of our team members or become one of us by joining our team. When we bring together dedicated team members and kind donors, the power we have as a group far outweighs what any of us could do alone.

We are determined to reach our team goal, one rider at a time. So let’s get in gear and ride to Stop Diabetes!

From the President: Tour de Cure 2014

WOW and CONGRATULATIONS to Team Eyecycle at the Tour De Cure on Saturday,  August 16th.

It takes a great deal of time and effort to prepare for a 100 mile ride or a 100K ride and we had fine representation from Team eyecycle. Team roster included Captains Jill Beckman, Rick Barcelow, and Scott Baumfalk.  Stokers included Susan Gengler, George Mcdermith and David Thomas. It was a hot day with temperatures in the mid 90 range,  and climbing around Carter Lake from the Boulder Fairgrounds was not easy as the heat became more and more intense.

CONGRATULATIONS to stoker athlete George Mcdermith for completing his first century ride on Saturday at the Tour de Cure with captain Scott.  It was a hot day and the course included elevation gain and of course distance. Captain Scott and George kept on going despite the heat and fatigue.  Fantastic job guys!

CONGRATULATIONS to stoker athlete  Susan Gengler for completing her first metric century  100K on Saturday at the Tour de Cure! Nice accomplishment with captain Jill.  Ladies rock!

CONGRATULATIONS to David Thomas for having another metric century under his belt. Dave is a great sport in the heat, rain and hail.  On a recent Eyecycle pancake ride, Dave and captain Randie got caught in a down pour that turned to hail and Dave is always rolling with the punches and smiling. This time he managed through the heat with captain Rick—thanks guys!

Much thanks and Eyecycle love to Team Lead Jill Beckman, for putting the team together, gathering up the bikes, changing out pedals, hauling  the tandems and making arrangements to ride.  It is a lot of work and everyone paid it forward  to the American Diabetes Association with contributions almost at the $2,000 mark to fight Diabetes, which is a leading cause of blindness.

Nice work gang!