Photos by Charlie Ekburg
Saturday, June 18th
In June of 2021 the Rotary Club of Elko Desert Sunrise held the first, annual, Ruby Roubaix (pronounced Roo-Bay) Gravel Fondo and watched a great idea turn into a reality. Our Rotary Club entertained just over 200 cyclists from Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Montana, Colorado, California, Washington, and Texas communities, in a safe, family-friendly and Wild Beautiful Nevada setting. This event is something for every level of experience 117 miles – 62 miles – 38 miles – 22 miles. This event can be competitively raced, or you can register today to enjoy the ride and the beautiful scenery!
Thanks to our community’s generous donation of time, talent, and financial support:
• Five, fully sponsored, Elko County High School students are scheduled to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Awakening (RYLA) this year in Portola, California. https://www.camp-ryla.org/about/
• Two, $1,500 cash scholarships will be awarded this year to Elko County High School graduating seniors who are enrolled to pursue a college degree.
• The City of Elko collaborated with our Club to renovate the Pickle Ball Courts at Southside Park.
• We will leverage a matching Rotary District Grant to add additional bike racks for youth to park their bicycles at busy school bus stops located throughout the Spring Creek community.
• We are volunteering professional expertise and purchasing materials to maintain the integrity of handicap access into the building and improve parking for all scheduled events at the historic Lamoille School House, where our event was headquartered.
Every service club hopes to create a fundraiser that will benefit local business, is fun for the community, attractive to travelers and is repeatable year over year because it was worth all the effort. As a result, we have scheduled the “Second” Hottest Event in the Rubies, this summer, on Saturday, June 18th. For additional information and to register for the event please visit www.rubyroubaix.com