For the mega serious !
Message from The Directors
Welcome to the Sopris Century – Ride for the Child road bike event !
Home to the mountains of Aspen and Snowmass, the Roaring Fork Valley is best known as a world class ski destination. However, locals here, including several former and current professional cyclists, know that the valley also features some of the country’s best road bike riding in the summer. We have endless miles of paved, gently rolling, scenic and quiet country roads meandering through farm and ranch land with spectacular mountain and river front views that now hosts 4 different distance courses. My vision for this event has always been, to be all-inclusive to the entire community in regards to rider ability, age and fitness level. With our four different course options, I am convinced, anyone who can ride a bicycle will have a phenomenal experience participating in the Sopris Century – Ride for the Child.
The Roaring Fork Valley with it’s uniquely bike friendly community and the small town of Carbondale, which was recently featured as one of the “10 Best Places to Live Now” in a leading national publication, situated at the base of Mt. Sopris, is beckoning you to join us and discover what the essence of bike riding is all about, while simultaneously supporting the critically important cause of CASA.
Ride at your own pace – Savor the experience – Prepare to be amazed !
CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer is the one constant adult presence in their lives. Independent research has demonstrated that children with a CASA volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care and less likely to reenter care. Children with a CASA do better in school and overall–receive more services than children without a CASA volunteer.
CASA of the Ninth serves children in Pitkin, Garfield, and Rio Blanco counties. A wide variety of demographics and communities are served throughout this geographical area, and each community presents its own set of challenges and needs to be met. Because of the uniqueness of each community, it is important for courts to understand the full picture of a child’s life. This is the role CASAs can fill—providing input and the community’s voice with regard to the best solutions for the child. CASA Volunteers help by providing an objective and independent voice as to the steps towards achieving a positive outcome for each child.