On more than 50 different days, more than 60 volunteers – all mountain bikers – put in over 600 hours to get Apex Park re-opened.
In the process, we developed strong relationships with the staff at Jeffco Open Space, but most importantly, we developed a strong respect for all it takes to maintain the trails we love so dearly, and an appreciation for all of the work that went into procuring and preserving the land our trails are on in the first place (read more about PLANJeffco).
With Apex open and strong relationships formed, we wanted to find a way to do two things: First, we wanted to continue giving back to the trails, formalizing the “Friends of” efforts, and possibly replicating the model at parks across the system, engaging mountain bikers in ways not seen in Jefferson County before. Secondly, we wanted to celebrate the trails we love and the people and community who make them possible.
A long time dream, we broached the idea of a cycling event and festival with Jeffco Open Space and we were met with positive support.
Working with the JeffCo Outdoors Foundation, we partnered up with Team Evergreen, known for their outreach work in the cycling community as well as their event production (including the Triple Bypass, the Mount Evans Hill Climb, and others), and OnSight Public Affairs, known for their work with The USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Pedal The Plains, and a few other notable ventures.
The Golden Giddyup was born.
In the years since, our volunteers have logged thousands of hours improving our trails. As part of our commitment to stewardship and helping maintain our trails, the Golden Giddyup is committed to a minimum of 600 hours of stewardship per year, or one hour per rider (a benchmark we continue to exceed in excess). Every penny of profit that comes from the event is invested back into making our trails better through the stewardship efforts of the Giddyup Trail Team. Marion Wright Edelman once said that “Service is the rent we pay for living.” At the Golden Giddyup, we think service is the rent we pay for riding. We hope you’ll join us.