Wounded Rider Program

YGR Launches Program to Support Injured Riders

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After years of deliberation, I'm excited to announce the YGR Wounded Rider Program. The W.R.P. will support competitive cyclists who are injured while racing and training.  

Here is how the program will work, if a local (Northern Colorado) racer goes down and ends up in the emergency room and/or out of work, YGR will supply the rider with a 'crash kit'.  The kit will include items to help the rider and his/her family during their recovery and lessen the financial and emotional impact on them.  With the support of local, regional and national entities the kit will include; a new helmet, new sunglasses, a RoadID, local beer, restaurant gift cards, massage gift cards, magazines, comfort food, new kit, Neosporin, Tegaderm, bandages, DVDs, toys for his/her kids and something for their spouse...  It could be expanded to include house cleaning gift cards, cooking meals and lawn mowing. 

Each kit will be customized to the rider; i.e., a single rider living on his/her own that was in the e.r. with road rash will get something completely different than a masters racer who is in the hospital with broken bones and has a wife and kids.

Every time a rider would get hurt, I'd start working on the program.  Accidents that included Stuart Culp, Tim Anderson, Steve Porter, Clint Knapp, Matt Kennedy, Steve Workman, Justin Brunner, and myself contributed to the start of the program, the accident that included Paul Bass brought it to fruition.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the WRP, the rider must be; local, a racer or closely affiliated with the local scene (grassroots counts), and injured badly enough to earn a trip to the hospital and/or out of work for a while.  I'd love to help every single injured rider but the program has limited funds, and I have limited time.

The program is currently supported by;

The First City Cycling Team- Financial backing

ProVelo Bicylces- Helmets

Spex Optical- Sunglasses

RoadID- RoadIDs

Backcountry Delicatessen- gift cards

Tokyo Joe's- gift cards

Jon Garcia Massage- gift cards

Podium Massage- gift cards

Fast Freddie Apparel-kits

Stuart Thomas Commercial Real Estate- restaurant gift cards

BRAAP Nutrition- BRAAAP Bars

Even though I am very excited to get this program established, I hope we rarely use it.

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