Mike Creed, of the Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies team, had a unique opportunity after the race in his hometown of Colorado Springs – he deservedly was awarded a special jersey for the fundraiser he recently spearheaded to benefit Pike’s Peak Red Cross. Creed single-handedly organized an auction of cycling memorabilia to raise money for the victims of the recent Colorado wildfires. He presented a check for nearly $35,000 to the Pike’s Peak organization, and scored a new kind of leaders jersey – a red volunteer’s vest from the Red Cross.
“It always feels good to pick up a leaders jersey on the podium, but this one was extra special,” said Creed. “I live in Colorado Springs and the fires devastated a lot of what I know and love about Colorado, so I wanted to do everything I could for the victims. It was a lot of fun to present the check today in front of a hometown crowd.”
Before the ceremony, Creed had another solid day in the saddle, initiating a late race attack with two other riders in an attempt to bridge across to the breakaway through a final uphill stretch through scenic Garden of the Gods National Park. He currently sits 22nd on GC, one minute and four seconds behind yellow jersey holder Teejay VanGarderen (BMC).
Using twitter and his numerous, Creed was able to auction items by the cycling community ebay hosted by The Pro’s Closet. The Waldo Canyon fire displaced over 30,000 people in one day and the Red Cross was there to provide housing, food and counseling. Proceeds from these auctions will go to the Pikes Peak Red Cross.
There are still two items up for auction, a 2012 Liquigas Cannondale Team Peter Sagan Signed Tee and a Fizik Arione Autographed Seat 2012 Tour de France Team Garmin Sharp Saddle.