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Colorado bike businesses gather donations for flood victims

Published September 16, 2013
Look for these stickers around Interbike this week.

LAS VEGAS, NV (BRAIN) — As rains continued to fall in Colorado Monday, several cycling businesses in sunny and dry (and hot) Las Vegas for the Interbike expo were gathering donations for Colorado flood victims.

One group has produced 20 contribution containers and is working to place them throughout Interbike in hopes that folks will drop in some donations for the cause.  

After the show the group will distribute the funds between a handful of organizations: Foothills United Way Flood Relief; Boulder Flood Relief.org; Colorado Red Cross and Help Colorado Now.

Exhibitors interested in hosting a donation container at Interbike can contact Holly Wiese at holly@3dotsdesign.com.

Other Colorado businesses are also contributing in various ways. 

Boulder-based RockyMounts was untouched by the floods. The rack manufacturer operates a retail store in central Boulder that remained open regular hours during the flood and offered to help anyone needing a dry place to regroup. The company also put its Sprinter van to use helping flood victims relocate their belongings.

Fort Collins-based Niner Bikes posted a link to the Red Cross on its website for those wishing to make donations for Colorado flood relief. 

Meanwhile Chris Conroy, president of Yeti Bikes in Golden, Colorado, said the full effects of the storm have not been assessed yet. Conroy predicted that many mountain bike trails near Golden are likely wiped out. Many paved roads popular with cyclists were damaged as well.

"It's going to be a crazy time out there for a while. It will take a long time before we even know about all the damage."

Conroy said Yeti suffered no damage from the storm but several employees, including himself, had some household flooding.

A spokesman for IMBA, based in Boulder, said the organization's headquarters was undamaged, despite its proximity to Boulder Creek. However, several IMBA employees suffered significant damage to their homes.

Topics associated with this article: Interbike

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