Hick, Vidal praise Coldwell bike event

Coldwell Banker’s second annual Denver Century Ride planned for this summer, has received a shout-out from two prominent politicians – Gov. John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Bill Vidal.

Both Hickenlooper an Vidal were keynote speakers at the Colorado Real Estate & Economic Summit on Thursday evening. The event, which drew more than 1,000 people, was sponsored by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. Before the governor and mayor launched into their talks, they praised the realty’s Denver Century Ride event, to be held from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on June 11 and 12. It starts at Invesco Field at Mile High.

Hick likes to ride

“I’m an avid bike ride myself,” Hickenlooper said, who described the upcoming fundraiser as a ‘”terrific event.” Hickenlooper said. He said events such as this help to “further define” Colorado as a place where residents embrace outdoor activities.

Vidal was as equally effusive, noting that he has ridden in the Denver Post’s Ride the Rockies nine times, which he notes is a great way to visit many of the small towns in Colorado.

“We were so impressed to get the recognition from the governor and the interim-mayor,” said Chris Mygatt, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Colorado. “It was great.”

Last year, they were expecting 800 people to attend the bike ride, but they drew 1,300 – 62.5 percent more than anticipated.

“We have not even begun the marketing yet, and we’ve already had more than 500 people sign up,” Mygatt said. “Last year, we didn’t get 500 people until two weeks before the event. This year, we are going to have to cap it at 3,000. We just can’t support more than that. We’ve also invited the Rocky Mountain Bicycle Festival to hold their event on the same weekend, so we could have 7,000 or 8,000 bicyclists at Invesco Field. It will be a bicycle extravaganza!”

In 2010, the even raised $13,000 for charities and this year they expect to raise $30,000 for two non-profits, Bike Denver and the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center. “It’s our way to give back to the community,” Mygatt said.

For more information on the event, please visit DenverCenturyRide.com

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John Rebchook

John Rebchook has more than 30 years of experience in writing and communications. As the Real Estate Editor for the Rocky Mountain News, he wrote about residential and commercial real estate for 26 years. He has won numerous awards for business stories and columns that he wrote, both as an individual and part of teams. In addition to real estate, he also covered economic development, banking and financing, the airlines, and cable TV for the Rocky. In addition, he was one of the original freelance writers for GlobeSt.com, covering commercial real estate for the Internet publication.

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