Nurturing a Passion for Bikes

| February 19, 2014 | 1 Comment
Axel and his brother Kalden. Photo by Jen and Randy Charrette

Axel and his brother Kalden. Photo by Jen and Randy Charrette

I never knew Axel. But I felt like I did. I know that he was a happy child, a smart little guy, and an avid cyclist—not to mention, absolutely precious. If you’ve followed The Adventure Moms monthly columns, you probably know these things about Axel, too, and would be thrilled if more kids could enjoy bikes as much as he did and as much as his big brother does. Which means you’ll be thrilled to hear that you can contribute toward providing balance bikes and instruction to children (from 18 months to five years old) in need.

This summer’s inaugural Axel Project Bicycle Classic will help fund a mission to introduce bicycles and a healthy lifestyle to kids and families.  Participants in the August 30th charity ride will enjoy a 35- or 56-mile road ride, topping out at 11,018 feet on the iconic and incredibly scenic Red Mountain Pass. The Bicycle Classic will also include a family ride through the town of Ridgway, CO, that day. The Axel Project Bicycle Classic’s post-ride festival will feature a kids’ adventure zone, live music, food, and refreshments.

Axel Bicycle ClassicThe first-time event benefits The Axel Project, a Colorado non-profit created by VeloMom Jen and her husband Randy Charrette in memory of their two year old who was killed in Mexico last February.

Co-founder Randy expressed his excitement for the ride and appreciation for its sponsors, saying, “We’re overjoyed by how many children and families we’ve already been able to help.”

The Axel Project Bicycle Classic isn’t the only way the Charrette family has been working toward the organization’s mission, though.

“We have several exciting things happening this year, in addition to our attendance at the Tour of Utah and USA Pro Challenge. We’ve written a children’s book and plan to launch a KickStarter campaign to fund its printing—we should have copies before the Tour of Utah. Finally we have just been accepted as a collaborative Partner for the 2014 Ride the Rockies. With over 2,500 riders we’re excited to spread the word about the Axel Project.”

For more information on the Axel Project Bicycle Classic, please visit

Donations to the Axel Project can be made at All donations will be used to fulfill the organization’s mission. In addition, for every Strider bike sold on the Axel Project website, one will be donated to a child in need.

The Axel Project

Category: Cycling

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Also called "Editor Jenn" at Women’s Adventure, Jennifer Olson learns as much from you as she hopes you learn from the magazine and this website. Playing with magnetic poetry on her refrigerator helped Jennifer develop a philosophy by which she still lives: “If you publish a cliché, go explore real inspiration." Visit me on Google+

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