More than 7,000 cyclists snacked their way to work Wednesday, thanks to 247 breakfast, water, and party stations – the most ever for Boulder’s Bike to Work Day.
Hosted by real estate agents with deep cycling roots, RE/MAX of Boulder’s breakfast station treated riders to a refueling snack bag packed with nutritional products from The Feed, the Boulder-based online source for customizing snack food options to meet the individual needs of endurance athletes.
The station was manned by former pro bike racer and Olympian team member, Timmy Duggan; the Boulder Roubaix’s 2015 winner, Lucy Conklin; and cyclocross and mountain bike cross country racing and adventure biking enthusiast, Art Schwadron.
“We’ve had a lot of cyclists stop by. It’s great to be out here supporting Bike to Work Day for the second year,” says Schwadron, who’s been biking Boulder’s trails for years and competing in races such as CX2014 Cyclocross Nationals held at the Valmont Bike Park.
While Broomfield was the farthest ride of the day, “several people came from Lafayette and Louisville,” says Timmy Duggan.
One longer distance biker was Anni Ellmers. Leaving at 5:30 a.m., Ellmers traveled from Louisville along a combination of bike paths and on-road routes, noting the cool morning air made for “a very pleasant ride.”
Duggan can relate to rising early to beat the heat. He retired from bike racing 18 months ago and is “still adjusting” to the post pro-racing life, pouring his competitive spirit into being a REALTOR® in one of the hottest markets Boulder has seen in more than a decade.
“My favorite part of being a REALTOR® is performing under pressure. Those were my favorite moments in sport, too, those hardest moments when everything becomes clear,” says Duggan.
Also crewing at the RE/MAX of Boulder station was REALTOR® Lucy Conklin, who originally moved to Boulder because she could live here without a car. Initially a mountain biker, juggling working and cycling brought road biking center stage.
“With a road bike, you could just get on and ride without having to drive to a mountain bike trail — it was more efficient,” says Conklin.
Four years ago, road biking led to road racing. Conklin has traveled to competitions throughout Colorado and the U.S., such as stage races in Salida and Steamboat, the Tucson Bicycle Classic, and the Boulder Roubaix, which she won for her category in April.
Currently, Conklin is taking a break from racing and doing more mountain biking because her work as a REALTOR®, which she likes a lot, is keeping her really busy.
The Feed Snack Bags
RE/MAX of Boulder’s snack bags were influenced by Duggan’s pro-racing connections. Long-time friends with founders of The Feed – billed as Food for Athletes, and Skratch Labs — maker of the wonder powder that hydrates healthily and naturally, Duggan took this opportunity to share nutritional fueling foods.
Next week learn more about The Feed and Skratch Labs, innovative companies tapping Boulder’s quest for healthy, natural foods that optimize performance.