In the beginning...
Participants in the first Colorado (L-R):
Sherm Cooper, Dick Singer, Lon Bromley, Wally Dallenbach, Art Lamey, Del Garner, Al Unser, Ed Kretz, Bobby Unser
...There was a ride
When Wally Dallenbach started the Colorado 500 back in 1975, he had no way of knowing how many people his ride would touch. Wally intended for the ride to be a challenge to participants and also an opportunity to raise awareness and support for trails preservation, to support area youth, and fund other important community organizations.
He succeeded mightily on both counts! To date, over 80 scholarships (totaling more than $600,000) have been awarded and more than $2,000,000 has been distributed to community organizations, shelters, and trail projects.
2018 brings the 43rd annual Dirt Ride and the 32nd annual Road Ride. A lot has changed since 1975, but Wally and the Colorado 500 have changed with the times and our riders are true “trail ambassadors.”
It’s all of these things that make the Colorado 500 a great event and a class act. A ride with heart.
The Colorado 500 • 2018
Join hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts from across the US (and beyond), dedicated to helping schools, youth organizations, humanitarian agencies, trail and forest agency alliances, and more for a ve-day tour through beautiful Colorado.
Past attendees include Larry Roeseler, The Unsers, Parnelli Jones, Roger Penske, Chip Ganassi, Malcolm Smith, Kurt Russell, Kenny Roberts, Pierre Karsmakers, and we’ve had participants from around the globe. Factory support provided by Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc., KLIM, Kawasaki, KTM, Yamaha, and Honda.
• 32nd annual road ride
June 10 – 14, 2018. 4-day motorcycle ride through the wilds of Colorado. You’ll begin at Wally’s ranch and end there for the closing banquet and live auction, but the route changes every year. All street bikes are welcome, including adventure bikes.
• 43rd annual dirt ride
August 19-24, 2018. 5-day, invitational o -road ride starting in Basalt at Wally’s ranch. Riders then journey to Crested Butte, through Ouray, and back to Wally’s ranch for the closing banquet and live auction events. Street-legal dirt bikes and adventure bikes welcome.
how you can help
In order to continue donating to worthy causes, we need your help. Our funds come, in part, from the generous donations of charity-minded folks such as yourself. Contributions range from cash, to prizes and auction items, to food and beverages for the event participants. All donations, volunteering and support of any type help with the success of our annual events.
- Gold, Silver and Bronze Sponsorships
Contact us to learn about the bene ts and recognitions you could receive by becoming a named sponsor.
- Colorado 500 Charities Fund Donations
Donations made to the Colorado 500 Charity, Scholarships and Ministry Fund are tax-deductible. The fund is a 501(c)(3) nonpro t corporation.
- Event, Food & Beverage Sponsorships
Not tax deductible but great for companies who want free advertising and sponsor listing. Businesses or vendors can use it as advertising write o and we provide lots of media attention. Other food or beverage sponsors needed are beer, wine, water, sodas, energy drinks and bars, etc. (these above items are not sold, they are given out as promo).
- Other Items
Goody bags, products, gear, prizes, store items, silent and live auction items, etc.
(2017 Partial List) Basalt Public Schools · Basalt Lions Club · Beta Chi Sorority · Colorado 500 Ministries · Crested Butte Community Schools · Crested Butte Search & Rescue · Haven House, Ouray · Fragile Kids Foundation · Valley Chaos Volleyball Program · Hinsdale County EMS · Lake City Medical Center · Lake City School K-12 · Grace Church, Basalt · Ouray Ambulance · Ouray Community Schools · Ouray Mountain Rescue · Gunnison 4H Club · Roaring Fork Conservancy · Frying Pan River Clean Up · Silverton Public Schools · Gunny/CB Goats · Keith Harrison Fund · Austin Kruger · Samaritans Purse · Colin Collins Memorial Award · Youth Zone · Tim Burleson · 2-Mile High Club Cripple Creek · Advocates Safe House
For more information, contact us:
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