Ride to raise money for women in need

Family route doubles in length this year

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The Young Citizens of Philanthropy will be hosting their Cycle against Violence bicycle ride May 17.

The ride will begin at the Douglas County Events Center at 500 Fairgrounds Road in Castle Rock, and it will benefit the Women's Crisis & Family Outreach Center.

Registration can be completed online at cycleagainstviolence.com through May 16.

The cost for the event is $40 per rider and includes lunch from Jason's Deli and a T-shirt.

There will be a half-century ride, a 30-mile ride and an eight-mile family ride.

“This is a fun ride. This isn't a competition,” ride director Jason Golden said. “It's a great event where people can come out and have fun and help a good cause.”

The 50-mile ride will take riders south through the Larkspur and Perry Park communities, and the 30-mile ride takes much of the same route. Heading north out of Perry Park, riders will go to Wolfensberger Road to return to Castle Rock. This portion will require a challenging 5 percent uphill grade, offering a view of Castle Rock's namesake geological formation before returning to the event center.

The eight-mile route will take riders along the East Plum Creek Trail and back to the event center.

Last year's family ride was only four miles long.

“One of the main things we heard after last year's event was that the family course was too short. So it's twice as long this year,” Golden said.

Young Citizens of Philanthropy is a group of young professionals who are dedicated to furthering the work of the Women's Crisis & Family Outreach Center by educating and creating awareness.