2019 Colorado Bicycle Summit

Monday, October 7, 2019

This year, we’ll be focused on building the movement, shaping what it means to be a bicyclist and much more. We hope you’ll join us for a day full of engaging panels and speakers on October 7. 

Registration is open! Click below to save your seat. 

Introducing our inspiring keynote: Rebecca Rusch

A 7x-world champion and celebrity in the ultra adventure/endurance realm for nearly 3 decades, elected to the prestigious international Mountain Bike Hall Of Fame, her status as a fierce competitor and inclusive influencer motivates millions.  Recognized by Outside Magazine among the Top 40 Women Who’ve Made the Biggest Impact, and by Men’s Journal with the 25 Most Adventurous Women, she’s a maverick whose grit, determination, and perseverance labeled her the “Queen of Pain.” By repeatedly embracing risk she has reaped the reward of championship titles, course records, “first-evers” and myriad accolades, but it’s her desire to share the journey that sets her apart and attracts a loyal following.

In addition to all that, Rebecca has long advocated for using the bicycle as a tool for positive change, underscored by the fact that she was the first person to ride the entirety of the Ho Chi Minh Trail, documented in the Emmy-winning film, Blood Road, which we’ll be screening the evening of October 7 in conjunction with the Summit. 

Known for seeking the toughest challenges imaginable, pushing herself into  unknown territory has yielded a first female ascent on Yosemite’s 3000-ft. El Capitan, a first descent river boarding 300 miles of the entire Grand Canyon in 18 winter days, and a charitable cycling expedition up and down Mt. Kilimanjaro. She’s the only female competitor to win the iconic Leadville 100 four times; she’s won the renowned Dirty Kanza gravel grinder in 6 of 7 attempts; she’s the fastest woman to complete the 142-mile Kokopelli Trail through Colorado and Utah, and, as mentioned above, the first person to ride the entire 1,200-mile length of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. These are just a few of her many accomplishments.

As she enters her 50s (or, as she likes to call it, version 5.0), Rusch’s inimitable brand and redoubtable resumé continue to expand. Combining ongoing athletic pursuits with entrepreneurial interests as CEO of Rusch Ventures, she oversees an impactful network of events, products, experiences, and content designed to elevate possibilities for people and their bikes. Whether in print, on the trail, via her popular digital platforms or as a keynote speaker, she inspires and emboldens countless people. For Rebecca’s full bio, please click here

(Re)volution: Bicycling in Colorado has an inclusion problem

Our Summit plenary panel

Colorado’s current on and off-street bike infrastructure will not support our state’s projected population growth. To address this challenge—and to get more people riding bikes more often—now more than ever, Colorado needs a strong and sustained bicycle advocacy movement. One key to building this movement is ensuring that bicycling—in all of its wonderful forms—and the bicycle advocacy movement is welcoming to ALL people. This session will celebrate some of the diversity in the world of bicycling and explore strategies for creating an inclusive bicycling community and advocacy movement.


  • Rebecca Rusch, ultra-endurance professional athlete, activist, author, entrepreneur
  • Jose Santiago, recreational road rider and military veteran who uses biking to help other vets with PTSD
  • David Chen, avid e-bike commuter and bike advocate
  • Nina Buitrago, Pro BMX icon, olympian and bike advocate

Breakout sessions for attendees of all interests! 

Get the Game Plan: Local advocates share their playbooks

Creating better bike conditions in local communities takes people power and know-how, but there’s no Advocacy University or guiding document to turn to. Learn from local advocates who found the path to success by strategizing with other supporters, getting to know elected officials, and learning how to use their voice effectively.

Behind the handlebars. What does research tell us about bicycling behaviors?

Bicyclists are perceived negatively in the public eye by some. Come hear from experts in the field of data research on the true story. Dr. Andy Duvall and Dr. Aaron Johnson will share their academic research to show the facts of the matter.

Shifting public perception: Bicycling in the media

Shifting public opinion is a steep hill to climb, especially when the gap between riders and non-riders goes deep, and when people who ride bikes come in all styles, shapes and sizes. Learn different techniques others are using to change the conversation across the state.

Meet the People of the Movement

Our gender, our age, our abilities, our race, our bodies and much more contribute to the experience we have as individuals when riding a bicycle. Together, we form the kaleidoscope of experiences that is the bicycle community. Hear from some stellar humans about their riding and join a small group discussion so we can learn from each other to build a more inclusive bicycling movement.

Start the Colorado Bicycle Summit with PeopleForBikes

We’ll be kicking off this year’s Summit with an optional add-on for attendees: PeopleForBikes’ Action Planning: Accelerating our Progress session, focused on how advocates can work with cities to accelerate bicycle projects that have the biggest impact.

This free add-on is moderated by PeopleForBikes’ Jennifer Boldry and Sara Studdard, and is open to anyone interested in accelerating progress on biking in their community and building the political leadership to do so. It aims to help city leaders pinpoint improvements and take action to make riding better for everyone.

More about the session

Even with committed leadership and engaged community partners, cities struggle to prioritize programs and projects that yield the biggest results. There are many pathways forward to choose from, and it is often difficult to know which programs are appropriate for your community and where to invest limited time and resources. Fortunately, using the example of other U.S. cities we have an opportunity to consider our own efforts and create a plan to accelerate progress locally.

You can expect the Action Planning session in Denver to:

  • Be focused, inspiring and action-oriented.
  • Prioritize relationship-building and best practices to encourage fast improvement.
  • Give you a clear sense of where your community stands and what actions you can take in the next 12 months to make bicycling better for everyone.

The Action Planning session is an optional, free add-on to our Colorado Bicycle Summit. In addition to this exciting workshop, you can join fellow bicyclists, industry reps, city and county planners and decision makers to celebrate bicycles and talk advocacy issues small and large.

Registration is open! We hope to see you at the Summit.
Click below to save your seat. 

Member rates:

  • With film screening of Blood Road: $150
  • Without film screening: $140

Nonmember rates: 

  • With film screening of Blood Road: $170
  • Without film screening: $160

Young professional rates: 

  • With film screening of Blood Road: $110
  • Without film screening: $100


Breakfast session sponsor

Breakout sessions sponsors

Registration sponsor

Contributing sponsors

Supporting sponsors

Blood Road screening sponsor

Beer sponsor

For event or sponsorship inquiries, please contact Wendy Stewart at summit@bicyclecolorado.org 


8:30-10:30 a.m. – PlacesforBikes Action Planning Workshop

10-10:30 a.m. – Summit Registration & Networking with parfait breakfast

10:30-11 a.m. – Welcome and State of the State: Pete Piccolo

11 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – Keynote Presentation: Rebecca Rusch

12-1 p.m. – Lunch 

1-2 p.m. – Plenary Panel

2-2:30 p.m. – Break

2:30-3:30 p.m. – Breakout Sessions

Breakout 1A: Get the game plan: Local advocates share their playbooks

Breakout 1B: Behind the handlebars. What does research tell us about bicycling behaviors?

3:30-3:45 p.m. – Break

3:45-4:45 pm – Breakout Sessions

Breakout 2A: Shifting public perception: Bicycling in the media

Breakout 2B: Meet the people of the movement

4:45-5:45 p.m. – Summit Happy Hour with food & drinks

This year’s summit takes place at the Curtis Hotel in downtown Denver

Discounted lodging sold out

The Curtis Hotel offers discounted lodging for attendees of the Colorado Bicycle Summit. When you reserve before September 5, 2019, you can take advantage of our special $139 room rate. To take advantage of this offer, call the Curtis at 303-571-0300 (or toll-free at 1-866-522-1178) and mention the 2019 Colorado Bicycle Summit when making your reservation. 

Take a look at some images from previous Colorado Bicycle Summits below. 

Bicycle Colorado

A letter from Pete addressing last weekend's post from a Boulder-oriented Facebook page comparing bicyclists to pes… https://t.co/6LZHJqwT3O

  • Our education director, Mo,  just returned from an inspiring trip to Vancouver for the @railvolution conference! Check out the great infrastructure for bicyclists, pedestrians and transit riders that make it easy and safe to get around outside of a car and show drivers that streets are for people! #bicyclecolorado
  • Thanks for hosting Bicycle Colorado last night, #cruisinpueblo and @steelcitycycling. It was great to meet and hear from some members of @activepueblo and go for an informative and FUN group ride through the streets and trails of beautiful Pueblo! #bicyclecolorado
  • @cobrascycling is a social riding club making a big impact in Colorado. They made generous gifts last night to #bicyclecolorado, @BikeJeffco, @BRAColorado, and @craighospital at their annual party! Pictured are Bicycle Colorado executive director, Pete, COBRAS president, David, and Bicycle Colorado membership manager, Erica. Thank you, COBRAS, for your dedication to bike advocacy and making our community a better place to ride!