The Ridge at 38 Criterium was held on Sept. 12, and it was a resounding success! We were proud to host the state championships once again this year. This race has been recognized by the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado (BRAC) as one of their favorite events, because our community comes together and creates much more than just a bike race. The festival atmosphere is appreciated by everyone.
As we finish wrapping things up, we realize that this amazing event would not have been what it was without the enthusiastic support of our community. Our volunteer team is truly second to none – from the early set up crew, to the road marshals who kept everyone safe, to our registration team, to the info tent team who made sure everyone had a cowbell, to the beer ticket team who made sure you were never thirsty, and everyone in between, we really could not have done this without you.
The support we received from the City of Wheat Ridge was just phenomenal…what a team! Wheat Ridge Police Department provided event and safety support, and the Public Works Department helped to set us up for success in a very logistics-heavy event. But, possibly the biggest reason this event was so outstanding is the joy and enthusiasm our community brought to the day. Some of you came over to cheer the racers on, did some shopping with our vendors, and enjoyed a beer or cider. Some of you set up chairs and cheered from your front yards. Some of you enjoyed delicious food and drinks from one of the great patios on 38th Avenue. And many of you participated in the Community Fun Ride, making the largest field of riders that event has ever seen! The point is you showed up, and brought friends and smiles with you. And we are so grateful.
We hope that you will join Localworks for other fun events this fall – Trunk or Treat is coming up on Oct. 23 at The Green at 38th and we’d love to have you join us. Decorate your car’s trunk and hand out candy to little ghouls and goblins, help us with a candy donation, or just bring your kiddos and enjoy the fun. We’re also planning the Holiday Celebration for Dec. 4, which serves as the official tree lighting for the city. The excitement doesn’t end there. We are in the process of creating a Makerspace in Wheat Ridge, and have an enthusiastic group of folks moving this project along.
We’d love for you to come join us! Check out our website for more details and find out how to be involved. Localworks puts community connections at the forefront of all that we do – from bike races to makerspaces and everything in between. We look forward to seeing you and celebrating all that makes Wheat Ridge such a special place.
Jenny Snell is Localworks’ Community Programs Manager.