On October 14th I will once again be participating in The Roadless Ride to benefit Brent's Place. Brent's Place is a living facility for families with children who are receiving treatments for cancer, bone marrow or organ transplants in the Denver area. Brent's Place provides a pristine living environment for children who's immune systems are severely compromised due to these treatments or surgeries. The Roadless Ride is a fundraiser held annually at Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club that consists of 12 one hour Indoor Cycling classes where participants make a donation to ride in each class.

I have been involved with this event since it”™s inception, at Greenwood. I was also the first rider to ever complete all 12 classes, what we call the Roadless Century. Since my first solo Century ride, the group of fundraisers attempting this 12-hour cycling journey has grown to and is now limited to 30. We like to “Pedal Hard for a Good Cause” and the camaraderie that is felt by this group throughout the day, knowing we are doing something special for kids and their families with cancer, is something words cannot describe. Over the last five years my sons, Seth and Christian have joined me for this experience and when I think about what we are riding for I realized how blessed I am to have two healthy children that are capable and willing to join me for this event.

If you happen to be in the Denver area on October 9th, please join me and some of the most generous people in the community for this ride. We often raise over $100,000 for the families of Brent”™s Place. Not only will I be riding all 12 classes I will also be leading the 8:00 am class, team teaching with Stage Master Educator Pam Benchley and Stages Indoor Cycling Director of Education Cameron Chinatti at 2:00 pm, as well as leading the 4:00 pm class with a professional rider from the United Health Care Cycling Team. If you cannot make my class, ride with one of the other instructors who prepare for this event for months and often present their best class on this special day. If you cannot join us in Denver, then please donate to our cause.

Here is my fundraising page: http://www.classy.org/TheMellonBoys

Dennis Mellon

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