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There’s nothing like a 100-mile bike ride to start cutting into that pasty layer of flab that’s been accumulating around your waistline like delicious, delicious pudding all winter, but there’s also nothing like the risk of grievous bodily or bike failure to keep you from actually doing it. That’s where the first BoCo Loco Bike Bash comes in.

The ride is sponsored by Boulder Community Hospital Foundation and the Justin Parker Neurological Institute, the non-profit arm of Boulder Neurological and Spine Associates; proceeds will go to neurological research and providing medical care to injured high school athletes. “Athlete-driven spine care is a big portion of what we do,” says Kathy Borgais, who represents the institute. “Our physicians are very healthy and athletic; one is a triathlete. They’re very focused on health and healthy living, so we wanted to offer a fundraising bike ride to kind of initiate the season.”

The ride gets started at 6:30 a.m. at the Gerald Stazio Softball Fields, 2445 Stazio Drive in Boulder, and features 30-, 50-, 75- and 100-mile courses, all tended by way stations stocked with food and drink, plus a couple of mechanic stations provided by Bicycle Vil-lage in case your bike breaks down (there will also be paramedics close at hand in case you break down). It concludes with an expo from 1 to 3 p.m. at Stazio Fields, with food, raffles and a performance from the Deciders.

Registration is $60 to $70, depending on the course. To register or to get more information about routes and activities, visit
Sun., May 15, 6:30 a.m., 2011


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