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Venture for VeteransTM
Colorado Cycling Challenge

$500,000 in fundraising
468 miles in the saddle
18,790 ft of climbing
32 hours to finish
August 31, 2017

Venture for Veterans

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Jerry Schemmel, the “Voice of the Rockies”, will attempt to break the UltraMarathon Cycling Association’s record for fastest solo non-stop cycle across Colorado. Schemmel is taking this challenge to raise funds for Paws for Purple Hearts.

The Challenge is immense! Jerry will begin at an elevation of 3,100 feet, ascend to 12,885 feet at Monarch’s Pass, over the Continental Divide and cross the finish-line at 2,100 feet elevation on September 1, 2017.

At dawn on August 31, Schemmel will begin the 468 miles challenge 30 miles west of Grand Junction, CO at the Colorado/Utah border. He’ll race across the state beginning on Highway 6 which turns into Highway 50 in Grand Junction and remain on Highway 50, concluding at the Colorado/Kansas border.

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Route Details
Route Details and estimated times are outlined below.

Jerry was part of a 4-man team that currently holds the UltraMarathon Cycling record for crossing Colorado. This is his first official solo attempt.

“I’m covering all the costs for this ride so Paws for Purple Hearts receives 100% of funds raised” ~ Jerry Schemmel


With your help, Paws for Purple Hearts can reach the fundraising goal for Venture for VeteransTM Colorado Cycling Challenge. By donating, you’re giving more deserving heroes the tools of canine therapy and permanent placement of service dogs, which greatly aid in their healing.

Ride Details


Official Challenge Cheer Zones will be in Montrose, Gunnison, Salida and Monarch’s Pass. Please come out an hour prior to approximate cycle-through time to give Jerry an extra boost of motivation! Show your support by waving American flags, bringing homemade signs and wearing purple. Your dogs are welcome too (on leash, please).
Click on the map to see the approximate time Jerry is cycling through your town. Get more more details about Challenge Cheer Zones here! 

VIP Reception and auction

Intimate VIP Reception and auction to follow Venture for VeteransTM Colorado Cycling Challenge: 6pm September 1, 2017 at the Coohills restaurant in Denver.

Join the Challenge!

Donate by the mile or donate a lump sum. Your generosity literally saves lives of those who have given so much for us!

Be part of something bigger than yourself by playing a part in the Venture for VeteransTM Colorado Cycling Challenge!  Your donations will assist Paws for Purple Hearts serve more Veterans who have served for us. Participate by attending one of the Challenge Cheer Zones and you’ll help give Jerry the boost he’ll need to break this cycling record. Click here for more information about Challenge Cheer Zones and how you can get involved.

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