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Who We Are

The Village Idiots Cycling Club was founded in 2007 by people who love to ride, socialize, and give back to the community.   Over the years we have ridden thousands of miles, shared countless experiences and stories, and raised nearly $200,000 for charities.  We are open to community-focused people who are aged 14 or older, of all cycling abilities, and hailing from near and far.  Check out our FAQ Page for more information!

 

We cater to all types of riders, from bike paths to the open road.  For a description of our ride types, click here:  Ride Types. In 2019 we held over 90 organized rides and collectively rode over 15,000 miles.

We also support the community in a variety of ways:

  • Donated over $4,300 to the Douglas County Help and Hope Center, a non-profit organization that provides support for local residents facing financial difficulties.  We also coordinated two dedicated volunteer days on-site at the Help and Hope center
  • We are the proud “owners” of a stretch of South Havana Street near Castle Rock, and conducted clean-up days in the spring and fall as part of the Douglas County Adopt-A-Road program.  
  • Sponsor a used bike drives for Project Recycle, a local non-profit that repairs and repurposes used bicycles, turning them into “good as new” bikes for needy children. Our drives have collected as many as 80 used bicycles annually.

10-20 enthusiastic volunteers typically participate in each event.  

We plan to continue with all of these community support activities in 2020.






Recent VIC² News


Cycling in 2020

A little bit of normal in a year that has been anything but

 

The effect of the COVID 19 pandemic in 2020 has been far-reaching, impacting most aspects of our professional and personal lives and requiring us to adapt along the way. While we have a few rides during the winter months when weather allows, the official ride season for the Village Idiots Cycling Club (VIC2) typically kicks off in late April or early May with the much-anticipated unveiling of the club’s newest jersey and a celebration of the many days of cycling yet to come. This year, however, was not typical.

The jersey reveal party was canceled and organized rides were put on hold as we dealt with the uncertainty and fallout of rising COVID cases: illness, the closing of schools and businesses, travel restrictions, face mask requirements, curtailed social engagements, etc. Life slowed down considerably with canceled travel plans, limited entertaining and lots of time at home. As guidelines for outdoor activities were put into place VIC2 proceeded with caution and started to post some rides. Those early rides were treasured by those of us who were starting to tire of walks around the neighborhood and the nearly exclusive company of our household members! It didn’t take long to adjust to spacing ourselves further apart while riding, conversing from a distance, having post-ride coffee outside and wearing masks where required. The benefits of fresh air, exercise and the company of others far outweighed these minor adjustments.

Despite the slow start VIC2 managed to pack a lot into the season. Our charitable efforts continued with the club donating over $3,600 to the Help and Hope Center. We held our bi-annual adopt-a-road clean-up, and at a snowy day bike drive we collected 30 used bikes to help Project Recycle. Collectively we rode nearly 14,000 miles. A silver lining of having schools and many businesses closed was reduced road traffic and the flexibility to ride off hours that working from home allowed. Some of our more memorable rides included our annual Signature ride, which this year was a scavenger hunt competition incorporating some local historical trivia, a beautiful ride in Frisco to see the Fall foliage, and a first ever club ride to the summit of Mt. Evans which was closed to motorized vehicles this year.


The craziness of this year has helped shine a light on some of the simple pleasures in life that we might otherwise take for granted, like getting lost in the joy of a bike ride.

 

 


 VIC² Signature Ride

 

 

Signature Ride 2020

 

VICC had another successful Signature Ride for 2020. Our theme was “Meet you Neighbors.” We chose an outdoor pavilion at Coyote Ridge Park as our base of operations. 16 members gathered for a day of biking and camaraderie.

Members rode a circuit thru local neighborhoods gathering points primarily by three mechanisms. 1) Identifying  items by solving riddles related to objects along Daniels Park Road, 2) Being observant and locating select residential yard decorations in the Surrey Ridge neighborhood, 3) Combining brainpower to answer questions regarding various bike related trivia.

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We enjoyed good weather and had limited congestion at our pavilion site where appropriate COVID-19 measures were followed. The ride looped thru familiar routes to VICC members with a couple minor adjustments to stimulate our desire for something new.

The Cycling committee organized two teams of seven riders competing for the honor of victory. Each team was assigned a monitor/guide to ensure uneventful riding. A checklist of point items and an outline of general rules were provided to each member. The groups rode a leisurely circuit in opposite directions from one another to identify and photograph the various items. The winning team was the recipient of a Colorado made and emblazoned  beer mug. A modest token for their earned efforts, working as a collective. Here are the proud team members (plus Tom Tulk, as the honorary recipient of the most aggressive advocate for the losing team's point tally) of the victorious team with their prize.

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Mike and Greg were the judges responsible to review the collection of photos required to document the identification of the items and tabulate the points accumulated by each team. Although specific items were envisioned as the correct answers, reasonable alternatives are always considered, and full or partial point value was awarded for inventive submissions. Contrary to vicious rumors, bribes were not solicited by the judges and all rulings were legitimate and final. 

The Social committee made arrangements for prepared food to be provided to the participants following completion of the riding component of the event. No one went home hungry, and due to volume pricing, the club was left with an abundance of snack chips for use on future ride events.

All in all another successful VICC event.


 


VIC² Volunteer Days @ Douglas County Hope and Help Center

VIC² members go over and above to give back to our community.   As a proud supporter of the Douglas/Elbert Task Force (website) which supports those in financial need.  

In the past we have taken on projects at the DETF including landscaping and painting.   We also volunteer in the food bank twice a year in support of 9Cares Colorado Shares.  The community at large donates food and basic needs goods at designated drop off points. The food is then brought to the DETF facility for sorting.

 

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DETF Volunteer 2016-08-13
 

The Village Idiots Adopt-A-Road!

VIC² owns the road!  Well, technically we own the responsibility for one of the many great stretches we have available to us for riding.  

We are fortunate to have such great riding routes in our area, and want to do our part to keep them beautiful!
 
Our adopted "baby" is the one mile stretch of South Havana between Castle Pines Parkway north to Oak Hill Lane (the I-25  underpass road) across from the Surrey Ridge dog park. 
 
We hold a couple of clean up days per year, so come on out and pitch in...members and non-members are welcome to come out and clean up!
 



Annual Out-Of-Town Cycling Adventures

Every year VIC² organizes a long weekend getaway event, alternating between out-of-state, and within our beautiful state of Colorado.  The past several years have included Napa, Aspen, Santa Barbara, Steamboat Springs, Moab and Sedona.

 

The weekend includes a combination of dinners, sightseeing, and organized rides.  Riding memories from the past trips include riding the Ink Grade in Napa, The Fig in Solvang, Independence Pass, Rabbit Ears Pass, The Big Nasty in Moab, and Mingus Mountain.   Our visits to the Silver Oak Winery, Salvatore Espresso Machines, Woody Creek Tavern, Moots Bicycle Factory,  Strawberry Park Hot Springs, Arches National Park and Page Springs and Winery have been among great sightseeing events. 

 

You need to be a member to join us, so sign up for the 2020 season and we hope to see you our next adventure. 


Year-End Celebration Parties


At the end of a successful riding season, nothing says "Idiots", like a great party!  Members gather to celebrate another successful year of "Pedal. Play. Purpose."   Members and guests share stories from the year, partake in culinary delights, and raise a glass or two the Club.  Check out the article on all of our 2020 social activities here:   News / Articles
 

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