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September 2012




September 2012 Newsletter

Upcoming Team Events


October 19-21: LIVESTRONG Challenge and Ride for the Roses, Austin, Texas


This year’s LIVESTRONG Challenge and Ride for the Roses will be held from October 19-21 in Austin, Texas.    So far ten people from our team are planning to attend.  There is still time to sign up, but act quickly because hotel space in Austin is quickly filling up.   For more information, go to:


Team Ride Calendar

Saturday, September 29th:  Tour de Bikepath around Boulder.  Meet at the Southern Sun at Table Mesa and Broadway at 10:00 a.m. for a mellow 15-mile loop around Boulder’s scenic bike paths followed by lunch at the Southern Sun.


CCTBL at the Pro Cycling Challenge



Meg Halford worked at the CCTBL Booth at the Pro Challenge in Boulder


From August 20-26, 2012, cyclists in the USA Pro Challenge rode 683 miles in 7 days, riding over mountain passes above 12,000 feet three times.    The Pro Challenge was started in 2011 and is now one of the largest professional cycling events in the United States.  This year’s race course covered breathtaking mountain terrain from Durango to Montrose, from Crested Butte to Steamboat Springs, through Colorado Springs, Boulder, and finally, finishing in Denver. 


As part of this event, CCTBL set up LIVESTRONG booths at the finish areas in Colorado Springs, Boulder, and Denver.  The event created a huge amount of excitement, support, and visibility for cycling in Colorado, and people from around the world got to see what we’ve known all along:  Colorado is a fantastically fun place to bike. 


For those CCTBL members in the booths, it gave us a chance to talk with hundreds of people about our mission to help cancer survivors, about LIVESTRONG, and our team.    We raised money by asking for donations for yellow bracelets and water bottles, all of which went directly to LIVESTRONG.  A big THANK YOU is in order for the many CCTBL members who donated their time and energy to help cancer survivors and to raise money for LIVESTRONG.


September Trivia Question

How many people rode in the very first Ride for the Roses sponsored by the Lance Armstrong Foundation in 1997?


The answer is at the bottom of this column.


Recipe of the Month – Grilled Salmon with Mustard Dill Sauce

September is still grilling season in Colorado, with our sunny days and beautiful blue skies.  Here’s a tasty salmon recipe I found at Whole Foods.


1 lb. salmon steak or fillet



¼ Cup spicy brown mustard

1 tbsp mayonnaise or Vegenaise

2 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp. fresh dill or 2 tsp dried dill weed

1 tbsp fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried thyme

1 Tbsp honey or Agave nectar

salt and pepper to taste


Whisk all sauce ingredients together in a small bowl.  Spread sauce over salmon and let marinate for 30 minutes.  Grill the salmon with more sauce on it as it’s grilling and serve with the extra sauce, fresh lemon and fresh dill as garnish. 


Trivia Question Answer

In 1997, about 1,000 people participated in the  Ride for the Roses.  This number grew to 4,300 participants in 2011 who raised over $2.5 million to fight cancer. 


Team Member Monthly Profile – Chris Voeller



Chris Voeller joined the Colorado Cycling Team Benefiting LIVESTRONG in 2012  and is currently serving on the Board of Directors.  He has been active in fund raising and also participated in multiple Team LIVESTRONG events this year.


Chris was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Shaumburg, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.  After moving to Florida with his parents at the age of 17, Chris attended the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design.

Post college Chris worked as an in-house designer for a surgical device company. It wasn't the most glamorous of jobs but it was great experience.  After a couple of years in Florida he moved to Winston-Salem, NC where he was lucky again to work for a mid-sized advertising/branding agency. After about eight years there he followed a girl out to Colorado: the girl didn't last but Chris liked Colorado so much that he decided to stay.  While looking for a job he started to freelance for a few of his old North Carolina clients, and this convinced him to start his own one-man design shop.

When Chris’ father was around 70 he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.   Says Chris, “I still remember getting that e-mail late one night with those dreaded 3 words ‘I have cancer’.  I remember staying up late that night searching what ever I could find on the Internet.  My dad found a good clinic in Florida and went through seed implants for his treatment. During this process I would try to visit as much as I could and was able to watch his body change over time. He was semi-successful with his treatment at first and actually was in remission - but for what only seemed like a week. His cancer had spread and was in a sense floating around in his blood stream. He did what he could and never gave up hope but after 6-years of putting up a great fight he just didn't have enough and passed.”

As a cycling fan, Chris had heard about the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Chris’ father found inspiration reading Lance’s book, It’s Not About the Bike, and Chris’ mom and dad started wearing the yellow LIVESTRONG wristbands.  Chris joined Team LIVESTRONG in 2007 for the first RAGBRAI cycling event across Iowa. That week on the bike was life changing, and Chris earned his father’s pride in his accomplishment.  Chris’ father lost his fight with cancer later that year, telling Chris “don’t get sick” just a few days before he passed away. From that point on Chris knew he had to give back in some way. Since then he has done one or two LIVESTRONG events each year and has made some lifelong friends along the way. 

These days Chris continues to enjoy the outdoors in Colorado.  He spends much of his free time biking, running, and doing triathlons.  He has done several marathons, two Ironman competitions, and many other cycling events.  He just celebrated his first wedding anniversary to his beautiful wife, Christie.

In 2011 on a ride up Lookout Mountain Chris saw Kelly Burns wearing a Denver Cycling Team Benefiting LIVESTRONG jersey. After a quick conversation he went home and looked up the team’s website.  CCTBL seemed like a great way to support LIVESTRONG on a local as well as national level.

Chris says, “I'm still trying to find wisdom myself but I would say if you haven't experienced a LIVESTRONG event you should and it will give you a new perspective on life”.


Team Ride from Breckenridge to Vail Pass on September 15th

We had our largest ride turnout ever for our ride from Breckenridge to Vail Pass.  It was an absolutely perfect day, with a deep blue sky and golden aspen trees lining our path.   Thanks to  Rich and Diane Easton for sharing their home for a delicious team lunch following the ride.