For the second time in its history, the Pikes Peak Range Riders have canceled their annual ride into the mountains surrounding Colorado Springs.
The Black Forest fire – and the extent of its damage – are the reasons behind the cancellation, just as the 2002 ride was cancelled because of the Hayman fire.
“We believe that our presence at home, and our continued support to the community, and to our members and friends, is a far better use of our time and resources this next week,” said board president Ted Severn in a press release announcing the decision.
The Range Ride usually kicks off festivities for the Pikes Peak or Bust rodeo, scheduled this year for July 9.
There is some good news, however. The Colorado Springs Street Breakfast will go on as scheduled Wednesday, June 19 from 5:30 to 9 a.m. at the corner of Pikes Peak and Tejon St. The money raised from the street breakfast benefits agencies at Fort Carson that provide services to families and soldiers. The breakfast is $5. In addition, the Pikes Peak Range Riders will be raising money for people affected by the Black Forest fire.
The street breakfast includes displays from the Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center, a kid area with face painting and western art silhouettes completed by area high school students. The Durango Drifters will perform.
The traditional cowboy breakfast includes eggs, pancakes, milk, coffee and juice – and is prepared by volunteers from Fort Carson.
The Range Riders, Pikes Peak Pivots, Girls of the West and Fort Carson Color Guard will ride out of town at 8 a.m. – just as if the ride was taking place.
Tickets can be purchased from the Sertoma Club of the Pikes Peka region, the morning of the breakfast, or at Springs Spree in downtown Colorado Springs Saturday and Sunday.