While 2015 marks the second anniversary of the Ridge At 38 Criterium, the history of cycling in Wheat Ridge is long-established.
Wheat Ridge criteriums began in the early 1980s fostering the development of some of the nation’s early cycling legends. Ron Kiefel, the President and General Manager of Wheat Ridge Cyclery, participated in these early races organized by his father, Eugene Kiefel. Ron and his then rival, Davis Phinney, battled head to head around the streets of Wheat Ridge lapping other racers in their fight to the finish. The pair later went on to win the bronze medal in the 1984 Olympic Games in the team time trial.
The contemporary critierum celebrates this history as it inspires a new generation to get involved in cycling but also in their community at large. Ridge at 38 is [SOMETHING] whose mission is to be a hub of positive growth for the community by hosting events like the Criterium, promoting local restaurants and shops, and supporting close relationships between community.
Ron’s list of accomplishments is long–the first American to win a stage in the Firo d’Italia, 7 Tours de France, US National Road Champion in 1983 & 1988, in addition to his Olympic success—but not over as creating a legacy of cycling in his treasured hometown can surely be added to that list.
Come and join in on the fun! Interested bike racers can sign up to compete in the USA Cycling and BRAC sanctioned race, cycling fans can come watch a fast-paced spectator sport and even non-cycle enthusiasts can enjoy live music, face painting and food vendors and much more along Ridge at 38.