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March 2012




Our CCTBL Team Web Site is Up and Running

Our CCTBL Team web site is now up and running with lots of excellent information on it.  Go to for information on who we are, upcoming events,  community outreach activities, corporate sponsors, and some great pictures of our team members.    Our team ride calendar is posted under “Events”, so check it out.   If you have pictures that you’ve taken of the team at any of our rides and you’d like to see them posted on our web site, e-mail the pictures to George Florentine at



Register now for the CCTBL/Wheat Ridge Cyclery Ride on May 5, 2012!

Cycling at Red Rocks


Team, don’t miss out on OUR team ride this year.  CCTBL co-sponsors the ride along with Wheat Ridge Cyclery , and proceeds go to benefit LIVESTRONG and the Boulder Community Hospital.  This year’s “Ride with the Pros” day is shaping up to be a great event.    The ride will be led by two former members of the 7-Eleven racing team, Ron Kiefel and Andy Hampsten.  There will two routes to choose from:  a 40-mile route that goes west from the Wheat Ridge Cyclery in Lakewood and includes a climb up Lookout Mountain and a 25-mile “Family Friendly” route that turns around in Golden and does not include the climb.  Last year’s ride was a big success and we are looking for an even bigger turnout this year, so sign up now!

To get more information and register, go to our team website at   There is a link to sign up on our home page.


Team Rides

On Sunday, March 11, a group of CCTBL members rode up to Red Rocks as a practice ride for the Wheat Ridge Cyclery ride coming up in May.  Although the weather started out chilly, we warmed up climbing up to the amphitheater where Mike Benak took some pictures of the team.   A group led by Rich Easton then went on an additional ride west on U.S. 40.   It was great to see some of our new team members out there.  We are looking forward to more rides of varying levels each weekend after this.

May 26-28, 2012Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, Durango, Colorado

Register at  Several members of CCTBL will be there.  The 50-mile “Citizens Tour” is sold out, but all other events are still open. If you do sign up, search for “Colorado Cycling Team Benefiting LIVESTRONG” on the Teams page.   

August 11, 2012:  BStrong Ride, Boulder, Colorado

Registration just opened up for the BStrong ride, which will have 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.    You can register at


Monthly Member Profile – Sarah Schwiesow

Josh and Sarah

Sarah and Josh Schwiesow at the Leukemia Lymphoma Society ride in Wisconsin, 2011



On January 11, 2010 at age 32, Sarah Schwiesow’s world came crashing down.  Her husband, Josh, was diagnosed with Stage III Hodgkins Lymphoma.   Both of them had spent years pursing training as pharmacists in their native state of Wisconsin before moving to Golden, Colorado.   They were ready to begin the next chapter of their lives when the diagnosis hit out of the blue.


Josh received six months of chemotherapy.  In addition to working full-time, Sarah took care of Josh. While accompanying Josh to oncology visits and educating herself on Hodgkins Lymphoma, Sarah found out that she still needed to worry about bills, household chores, and taking care of their new boxer puppy.   She hardly slept during those six months and struggled to get through the day (though work was a welcome distraction). The new boxer puppy was a handful and Sarah found that her patience was limited. Like so many caregivers, Sarah did not take adequate time for herself because she did not want to leave Josh by himself. She felt very alone because when Josh was not at work he was sleeping or in a ‘post chemo daze.’ She also felt like no one truly understood what she and Josh were going through. She describes herself in these words: “Okay, I’ll be honest…I was pretty much a mess who would cry ‘at the drop of a hat.”


Sarah and Josh joined the CCTBL team as charter members in February 2011 because it afforded the two of them the opportunity to ride with people who had similar experiences.  They learned about the team from Steve Burns, whom they had met at a LIVESTRONG workshop in July of 2010. They met Steve’s wife, Kelly, soon after the workshop and instantly clicked.


As Josh, who had always been an avid cyclist, was recovering from his successful chemotherapy during the summer of 2010, Sarah started riding with him.  She figured if Josh could ride up Lookout Mountain during chemotherapy, so could she.  Josh was very supportive and believed in her more than she believed in herself. In fact, during the summer of 2011 he convinced Sarah  to participate in many cycling events, including the Iron Horse, Scenic Shore 150 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Hotter N’ Hell Hundred and Buffalo Bicycle Classic Century.


Sarah continues to bike because it is something both she and Josh can do together. She enjoys the exercise, camaraderie, and challenges of team cycling.  While working as a caregiver for a cancer patient can make a person feel as if they don’t have control over their circumstances,  Sarah’s experience with cycling has helped her realize that she does have control over how she lives her life. Sarah has recently welcomed new challenges like cooking healthy Paleo meals, joining a Crossfit class, and preparing to run a half-marathon.


Sarah has learned a great deal from going through Josh’s cancer experience, and says, “Would I do anything differently? Yes! I would have looked for a cancer caregiver support group, not been afraid to ask for help (I thought asking for help would make me appear weak), and took care of myself sooner. I think in order to be a good caregiver you need to take care of yourself first. While I hate that Josh and I have had to go through this experience while others our age are getting married/starting families it has definitely given us a new perspective on life and taught us what is really important.”


LIVESTRONG’s Cancer Navigation Services

You probably know how much LIVESTRONG and the Lance Armstrong Foundation contribute to hope and that “Fight Like Hell” attitude for cancer survivors and their families.    But did you know that LIVESTRONG offers a program to navigate the wide array of services available for cancer survivors?   When a person first gets that diagnosis of cancer, they may be baffled and dismayed by the huge amount of information that is thrown at them.  They are asked to make choices that will affect the rest of their lives while being terrified and still in shock from their diagnosis.   It can be hard to sift through all of the options and figure out which path to take. 

LIVESTRONG has built a Cancer Navigation Center in Austin, Texas where anyone can set up an appointment and talk with counselors who will help them figure out how to chart their treatment course.    Plans for building a similar center in Denver, Colorado within the next several years are also in the works.   You can find out more about this program if you or anyone you know needs help by going to the LIVESTRONG website:


Imerman Angels is Looking for Mentor Angels for Cancer Caregivers

Imerman Angels is a national organization that seeks to pair cancer survivors  and caregivers with others in the community who have gone through similar experiences and would be available to talk to people undergoing treatment along with their families.  A “Mentor Angel” is a cancer survivor or cancer caregiver who is the same age, gender, and has beaten the same type of cancer as the person seeking help.   Our CCTBL Community Outreach team has selected this group as one of the organizations with whom we will partner.   They are particularly looking for caregivers right now.  Please follow the link below if you have been a cancer caregiver and would be able to donate some time to talk with other caregivers who need encouragement.


Trivia and Fun Facts Corner

Question:   In what year did Lance Armstrong win his first Tour de France stage?

The answer is at the end of this newsletter.


Recipe of the Month – Vegan Superfood Smoothie

This vegan smoothie was developed by Susan when George was getting his stem cell transplant.  Anyone who has had high dose chemotherapy knows that there are often foods that are not well tolerated and chemo patients can lose a lot of weight.   However, chemo patients will often take their food in smoothie form even when they don’t want to eat anything else.  This smoothie contains no dairy products, which can be upsetting to the GI track. 

This is NOT a low calorie smoothie – it is designed to get vital nutrients into chemo patients.  If you want to reduce the calories and still get the superfoods  just leave out the ice cream and the coconut oil. 

Vegan Superfood Smoothie
1 banana
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 to 1 cup strawberries
1 scoop of soy protein powder
1/2 cup Almond Dream vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup Almond Breeze milk
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 Tbsp Agave nectar

This smoothie has potassium from the banana to help with electrolytes, 23 grams of protein, and 530 calories.  The blueberries and strawberries add antioxidants and vitamin C.   Agave nectar is used instead of honey in case the patient is on a neutropenic diet where honey is not allowed.  If you have never tried it, agave nectar tastes really good and has a low glycemic index - that is, it won't raise your blood sugar excessively. The coconut oil will help to strengthen the immune system, is antibacterial and antifungal, and it adds calories.   Soy protein helps re-build tissues.


Do you have a recipe to share?  E-mail Susan Bockhoff at


Answer to this month’s trivia question:  1993

Lance competed in the 1993 Tour de France, racing for Team Motorola. It was Stage 8; the date was July 11, 1993. Stage 8 was 184.5km long. The stage started out in Châlons-sur-Marne and ended in Verdun. Lance would not gain the overall lead though. A Belgian, Johan Museeuw, would have the lead at the end of the stage. Miguel Indurain would win the 1993 Tour de France.