Team Mission //
Team DGBG (Denver General Bike Gang) is made up of a group of dedicated, skilled and passionate athletes who compete in several sports on the local and national scene. During the day many work in the emergency department of Denver Health Medical Center where we are physicians, pharmacists, paramedics and nurses. In our free time we are triathletes, runners, mountain bikers, road cyclists and Xterra racers. All of us believe that living the way we do, working hard and playing hard, is the key to a healthy work-life balance and to our own happiness. We also hope that in doing so, we can serve as role models for our community demonstrating that long work hours in a stressful job need not serve as an excuse to not take care of oneself.
Team Mission //
While we could come together and just form a team, we wish to do something more than that. Just as collectively we can do more for one another with respect to training and racing, it is also true that together we can accomplish more than we could individually with respect to a mission of giving back to our community. Our team is to have as its primary mission: To serve each other, our community and the world.
We aim to accomplish the latter objectives through charitable giving. We will sign on sponsors who will share in our mission and will agree to donate funds towards charities of our choosing. Initially, we will choose one local charity. As we grow, we will explore the idea of one local and one international charity. Since 2016, our team charity has been Wish for Wheels. Wish for Wheels has as its mission “to transform the lives of kids from low-income families, broadening their scope for personal growth and a healthy lifestyle through the gift of a new bicycle”. Since 2004, Wish for Wheels has given away more than 10,000 bicycles and helmets to children in the Denver area. For most of these kids, it is their first bicycle and their first experience with cycling.
To further this mission, every Team DGBG member pledges to donate at a minimum contribution to this organization and most will donate or raise much more. In addition, team members will donate their time to work with Wish for Wheels to build and distribute bikes.
Team Participation //
This team will be all-inclusive. Anyone who wants to be a member will be gladly welcomed. Membership however, will be contingent on members agreeing to perform a few team related actions:
Contribute to the team mission by pledging to donate a minimum amount per year of membership to the selected charity (or charities). In 2019, this will be a minimum $100 contribution to Wish for Wheels.
Contribute to team related activities-this will not be mandatory but strongly encouraged! We will likely do certain races where we would like to get maximal team participation- for example, the Colfax marathon with individuals or teams, Boulder Peak Triathlon etc.. We will likely also do social events and fundraising activities in conjunction with or independently for our team charity.
Wear the team gear when racing and training (within reason). New kit options for 2019 available soon.
Be active on social media to promote the team and its sponsors
How To Join //
It is easy, just send an email to TeamDGBG@icloud.com! Let us know of your anticipated donation so that we can keep track of the team total. This does not need to be a firm number just what you think you will be able to do. Remember, $100 is the annual minimum.