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January 2013


                     COLORADO CYCYLING TEAM



January 2013 Newsletter

Upcoming Team Events

Start up your 2013 training, because we have some great bike rides and volunteer activities planned for the year.

First Ascent Ride – May 18

This year CCTBL will be sponsoring a ride in conjunction with Ride the Rockies.  The ride is called First Ascent and it will be marketed as a precursor and example ride day for the week long Ride the Rockies tour in June.   The ride will be 62 miles (a metric century) and include over 4,000 feet of elevation gain.  It will start in Golden, climb up Golden Gate Canyon, loop around Peak to Peak Highway and descend through Coal Creek Canyon and back into Golden.  Our team is doing all the planning for this ride and we need more team members to volunteer, so please contact Rich Easton at if you can help. Registration will be open in February.  We’re looking forward to having great CCTBL team participation in this exciting event!

Iron Horse Bicycle Classic – May 25-26

Once again we hope to have a good CCTBL showing in the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic.  Various cycling events will be held in the beautiful Durango area over Memorial Day weekend.  The 50-mile Citizens’ Tour is sold out for the general public, but there are still spots available if you sign up as part of Team LIVESTRONG.  The 25-mile Quarter Horse ride and the Mountain Bike Race also still have openings. To register as part of Team LIVESTRONG go to

New Membership Director – Carlin Rogers

Carlin Rogers is the CCTBL team’s new Membership Director.  He will be helping to bring new members on board and maintaining our current member list. Look for an e-mail from Carlin in the near future for renewing your 2013 CCTBL membership dues. 

Team Member Profile – Bob Wolfe


Bob Wolfe (center) running the New York Marathon with Team LIVESTRONG in 2011

Bob Wolfe grew up in Rye, New York, a suburb of New York City.  He attended Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, majoring in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation with the goal of becoming an elementary school P.E. teacher.    However, his education was sidetracked when he was diagnosed at age 18 with stage 4 Melanoma.  He spent two years undergoing four major surgeries, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and radiation therapy at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York City. He also received a vaccine protocol that is still used today.  He transferred to East Stroudsburg University in New York so that he could continue his schooling while receiving treatment.  Bob is happy to report that he has been cancer free for 34 years since his last chemo treatment.

Bob worked in and around the New York City  area for 10 years at Foot Locker as well as at other odd jobs. However, he knew he needed to be in a field where he could make a difference in the lives of other cancer survivors.    He went back to school to become a personal trainer and has not looked back.  He graduated from the National Personal Training Institute (NPTI) as a Personal Trainer in 2006, receiving his certification from NPTI and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).  In 2009 he attended the University of Northern Colorado Cancer Exercise Workshop through Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute (RMCRI) and received an advanced certificate as a Cancer Exercise Specialist.  In 2010 Bob received a Level II Certification in Heart Zones.

During the past five years Bob has successfully trained clients with various health and fitness issues in addition to a wide variety of health concerns.

Bob has been married to his wonderful wife, Lori, since August of 2011. In his spare time he loves to ride his bike and run. Bob and Lori are both big sports enthusiasts and like to attend Denver Broncos and Colorado Avalanche games.  They also spend lots of time with their four rescue cats and three golden retrievers that they got from Golden Retriever Rescue.

Bob has done work with various cancer organizations, including the American Cancer Society.  Says Bob, “I was always a big fan of Lance’s work in the cancer community, so I wanted to get involved with LIVESTRONG.”  He ran with Team LIVESTRONG in the New York City Marathon in 2011, and rode in the B Strong ride in Boulder in 2012.   During that ride he met several members of the CCTBL team and decided to join, saying, “I was intrigued and thought it would be a blast to be part of the team.”

Bob currently runs his own personal training program, F.I.T Solutions, where he strives to improve his clients’ health by applying his life experience and educational knowledge to fit his clients’ current fitness levels and life styles.  He helps his clients develop personalized meal plans and specialized exercise programs so that they can achieve the maximum health and fitness levels for whatever stage of life they are in.   You can learn more about it on his website,

As a long-term cancer survivor and fitness advocate, Bob’s personal motto is “Every day is a gift.”

During the month of December most of us have put our bikes away and we relax on training while we get busy preparing for the holidays.  This year our team took on two projects over the holiday season to help cancer survivors along the Front Range.

Holiday Caroling Project – Dec. 8, 2012


On December 8th  CCTBL team members Susan Bockhoff, George Florentine, Steve Burns, and Kelly Burns participated in the CCTBL Holiday Caroling Project, singing holiday carols at the Boulder Community Hospital Flatirons Pavilion.   The team was in fine vocal form and brought holiday cheer to patients stuck in the hospital over the holidays.  After this year’s success, we’re planning on doing more caroling next year during the holiday season.

Operation Christmas Tree

Dec. 15, 2012

Christmas Trees were tagged with our LIVESTRONG message and delivered to cancer patients throughout the metro area

On December 15th CCTBL members Meg Halford, George Florentine, Chris Voeller, Steve Burns, Kelly Burns, Carlin Rogers, Matt Rowley, Mike Dunkle, ant Tim Richter got together for Operation Christmas tree.  Led by Meg Halford, the team took two pickup trucks and three chainsaws to the land of a private landowner in Sedalia who had agreed to donate trees to the cause.   They cut down ten trees that were then delivered to cancer patients throughout the front range.

Recipe – Quinoa “Meatballs” 

If you’re looking for a vegetarian alternative to meatballs, look no farther.  Made from quinoa, an ancient grain that is very high in protein, these “meatballs” are delicious and can be paired with any kind of pasta or spaghetti squash in tomato sauce.  Warning:  don’t attempt to cook them in the spaghetti sauce or they will fall apart!


¾ cup uncooked quinoa

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 cup chopped onions

 2 cloves garlic, minced fine

1 Tbsp fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried thyme

12 oz. fresh mushrooms, cleaned and chopped fine

2 Tbsp canned tomato paste

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1/3 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese

1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped fine

½ cup bread crumbs

Salt and pepper to taste


1.      Cook quinoa:  bring 1 ½ cups water and a pinch of salt to a boil, stir in quinoa, cover and cook over low heat for 20 minutes or until all water is absorbed.  Set aside and cool.

2.      Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

3.      Chop fresh herbs, galic, onion, and mushrooms fine (a food processor works well for this).

4.      Put 1 Tbsp olive oil in a frying pan and sauté the herbs, garlic, onion, and mushroom with salt and pepper until mushrooms are cooked and their liquid has been boiled off.

5.      Combine mushroom mixture with cooked quinoa in a large bowl and cool for at least 5 minutes.

6.      Add beaten eggs, bread crumb and grated cheese to mushroom-quinoa mixture and stir.

7.      Form into 1-inch balls using a tablespoon to measure amount.

8.      Place quinoa balls on ungreased baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Leave in warm oven until ready to serve.