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June 2012


                     COLORADO CYCYLING TEAM


June 2012 Newsletter


Upcoming Team Events


August 11, 2012:  BStrong Ride, Boulder, Colorado

Don’t forget to register for the BStrong ride in August.  We’d like to have a good team showing at this event, and it promises to be fun for all.  There will be options for either a 69-mile “Mountain Loop” or a 25-mile “Countryside Loop” starting in north Boulder.   Proceeds from this ride will benefit LIVESTRONG, the Boulder Community Hospital, and the George Karl foundation.    Register by June 30th to get the early bird discount at


The Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in Durango

Twenty-two CCTBL members participated in the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in Durango, Colorado, over the Memorial Day weekend this year.  We had team members doing the Classic 50-mile ride from Durango to Silverton, the 25-mile Quarter Horse ride to the Purgatory ski area, and also the mountain bike race on Sunday.   This was a Team LIVESTRONG event, and CCTBL raised over $8,000, making us the second biggest fundraising team for LIVESTRONG. 

Durango is an absolutely beautiful location and the scenery on this ride is unbeatable.  We had generally good weather, except that on Saturday we had high winds coming up around 10:00 in the morning.  Those who rode the shorter Quarter Horse ride were fine, but for those going on to Silverton it became a somewhat daunting task to make it over the more exposed sections of Coal Bank and Molas passes.  Overall, the team did really well. We did have one person get involved in a crash (riding in a tight peloton can be risky business!) but luckily there were no serious injuries involved.

We got to meet other Team LIVESTRONG members from all over the U.S. and even Canada at the LIVESTRONG party on Saturday night.  We tried to put a sizable dent in the Ska Brewery production for that night – many thanks to LIVESTRONG for hosting a great celebration dinner after the ride.

Thanks to all who participated and made this a great team event. 

CCTBL at Leaves of Hope



Our Colorado crew represented LIVESTRONG at the Leaves of Hope 5K/10K at Exempla Lutheran Hospital in Wheat Ridge, CO for National Cancer Survivors Day. Lance Armstrong Foundation board member Blaine Rollins (pictured at far left) served as a bike riding course marshal, along with Ryan Mullican, Dominic Mendoza, and Carlin Rogers.  Erik Pearson manned our LIVESTRONG booth. 


June Trivia Question

What is the world’s smallest bicycle that is ride able by a human being?


The answer is at the bottom of this column.


Recipe of the Month – Shrimp Pasta Salad

Here’s a low-fat, healthy version of a summer favorite.   This is great out on your patio with a cool drink during the heat wave.  It’s also really good left over the next day. 


1 lb. shrimp, peeled, deveined, and cooked (if you are using frozen shrimp, thaw it).

8 oz. whole wheat farfalle (bowtie) pasta, cooked

2 stalks celery, diced

2 carrots, cleaned and diced

½ cup black olives, cut in half

1 cup broccoli , chopped and blanched

1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half

3 green onions, chopped

1 tsp. dill weed

1 tsp. rosemary

½ tsp. thyme

fresh ground pepper to taste

1/2 Cup Vegenaise


Cook shrimp, pasta, and broccoli.  Rinse everything in a colander


and then mix in a big bowl with chopped vegetables, seasonings, and Vegenaise.


Trivia Question Answer

The world’s smallest rideable bicycle was built by “Circus Boy” Bobby Hunt.  It is only 7 ¾” tall and is 3” from axle to axle.  It has wheels the size of silver dollars.  You can see Bobby riding it on YouTube at this link:


Team Member Monthly Profile – Susan Bockhoff




Susan at the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in Durango


Susan Bockhoff has been a member of CCTBL since 2011 and currently serves on the Board of Directors as Secretary.


Susan grew up in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and attended Oberlin College.   After college, she got married and moved to Denver where she received her Masters’ degree in Sociology from the University of Denver.  From there, she got a job as a criminal justice researcher working on a grant at the Denver Police department.     During the Reagan years, funding for many government research programs became more difficult to obtain, so she went back to school to learn computer science at Metropolitan State College.   Susan had two sons, Greg, born in 1982 and Ross, born in 1986 while starting a career in computer science.  During this same time period she went to work for Coors in Golden, helping to design and program systems used in the beer brewing process.    In 1995 she went to work for Gambro BCT, a medical device manufacturing company, as Manager of Information Technology.  

      Following a divorce in 1995, Susan married George Florentine in 2001, and she is now the stepmother of Caitlyn and Kyle Florentine.   

      Susan was working at J.D. Edwards as a Software Quality Assurance Manager in 2003 when she was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer.  The diagnosis rocked her world, as it does for so many people.  She recalls being at work in her office and picking up the phone and being told “you have breast cancer” and almost falling to the floor.   Following a harrowing time of biopsies, MRIs, ultrasounds, and lumpectomies, it was found that the cancer was everywhere in her breasts and consisted of very aggressive cells that were not hormone receptor positive (which makes them more treatable), so she opted for a bilateral mastectomy with reconstructive surgery. 

     “The funny thing is that I felt ashamed of my diagnosis and treatment – I thought it would make everyone at work see me as a weakling,” says Susan.  “Having struggled to be taken seriously in a male dominated workplace, I didn’t want my diagnosis to be generally known, so I hid it and only told people I had to take a month off for surgery.   Since I didn’t end up having chemo I never lost my hair, and no one knew what had been wrong with me.”    During this whole time George was her caregiver and her rock in a world that had become terrifying and unreliable. 

     Susan is now an eight year survivor and feels healthy and energetic.  However, in 2010 George was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma and so she was now in the role of being caregiver for the next two years as he underwent three rounds of chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant.

     “I noticed a big change in attitudes toward cancer survivors between how I thought about it in 2003 and what George went through in 2010,” says Susan. “While I hid my diagnosis, George was quite open about it and had a lot of support from his co-workers and the community in general.  I attribute much of this change in attitude to LIVESTRONG as well as to improved cancer treatment techniques.  We now realize that people can live a long time a cancer survivors, and you should never give up hope.”

     One thing Susan and George have learned from all this is that you should live every day that you have to its fullest.   They have also become active with LIVESTRONG to help bring the “Fight Like Hell” message to others.    They are taking this time when both of them are healthy to be active, travel, and enjoy life.   “We have four beautiful children, we have our health, and we have each other,” says Susan.  “That’s just about everything!”