Hayden ride, music festival to benefit ALS cause
Steamboat Springs — Organizers of a Lou Gehrig’s disease charity bike ride in Hayden said the June 7 event is a big event not to be missed.
“The idea is to go out and ride and come back to a music festival,” said Wes Dearborn, who is putting on the event with Diane Heavey.
Dearborn is known locally for putting on an annual private music festival at his 40-acre property on top of the Cog Road with 360-degree views that overlook Hayden. This year, Dearborn and Heavey decided to turn the event into a fundraiser for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, an incurable neurodegenerative disease that eventually leads to death.
Heavey lost her father to the disease nine years ago, and for the 10th year, she is traveling to the East Coast in June to participate in a three-day, 270-mile ride that benefits the ALS Therapy Development Institute. Heavey also is a certified nursing assistant who works with local ALS patients.
The organizers have ordered 150 water bottles for the 30-mile Hayden ride that will start at noon at Dearborn’s property, and then head south for an out-and-back course. The ride has 2,200 feet of elevation gain, with the most challenging part being at the end with the climb back up the Cog. A shuttle also will be available for those who don’t want to pedal those final 3 miles.
The cost for the ride, barbecue and music entertainment is $50 for those who sign up in advance on the event website at http://community.als.net/cogride. Those who just want to come for the food from We B Smokin’ BBQ and music will pay $30. Three bands are lined up, including the Johnny O Band, a bluegrass act from Boulder. The other acts are Yer State Birds and The Brian Smith Band.
Butcherknife Brewing Co. will be on hand for a beer tasting.
The goal is to raise at least $25,000. There will be a silent auction, and Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare has donated a cruiser bike to be awarded to the person who raises the most money.
Shuttle service will be available from Steamboat, and people can camp at the property.
This year, a handful of Moffat County High School graduates are setting out to carry on the family tradition. From business to education, these students plan to follow in the footsteps their parents and in some cases, grandparents and great-grandparents.