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KUSA - For the last 27 years on the first Sunday in June, riders have flocked to Douglas County for the Elephant Rock Cycling Festival and thousands will do the same this year on June 1.

Elephant Rock has become a lifelong cycling event for riders from age 5 to 85. This year riders have a choice of 5 course lengths located throughout beautiful Douglas County. Their event staff and volunteer crew of 650 people have made the cycling experience for 7,200 riders an annual ritual.

ERock generates about $1.1 million in local economic benefits to Castle Rock and the Denver-area non-profit community between pledge teams and volunteer groups. The event also supports more than 40 non-profits who have pledge teams and help with the event.

One such team is Team CNI (Colorado Neurological Institute). Team CNI gathers brain tumor patients, their families, doctors and co-workers to raise money for the brain tumor program at CNI. The team is captained by Susie Wargin and filled with wonderful fundraising cyclists. Elephant Rock organizers give CNI 100 registrations each year and there are still slots available to join Team CNI – the registration costs the same as signing up via Elephant Rock, however the dollars will go to support CNI.

For full registration and course details, visit http://www.thecni.org/elephant-rock-cycling-festival/

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