Boulder Cycling

Open Space Board approves 2 new trails

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From the Daily Camera

The Boulder Open Space Board of Trustees approved two possible mountain bike trails on the open space land west of the city Wednesday night, though both proposals would require cooperation from other landowners.
The two mountain bike trail opportunities that the board approved were the ones originally recommended by Open Space and Mountain Parks staffers. One would connect Eldorado Canyon with Walker Ranch, and one would connect Boulder Canyon to Flagstaff Mountain via Chapman Drive. For either to become a reality, other landowners, including the state park, would have to agree.

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The article goes on to talk about the West TSA issue.

BUT here is where the story is really going!

Gunbarrel Jumps gaining attention

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From the Daily Camera

When Jerad Fischer started digging to build jumps at Eaton Park, he was shoveling on his knees.

"I shattered my ankle 18 months ago, and I haven't been able to get out on a bike, so I started going out there, because digging was my hobby," said Fischer, 31.

Fischer is part of a passionate crew of local mountain bikers who have been revamping and improving the dirt jumps at Eaton Park, in Gunbarrel. (The riders simply call it "Gunbarrel.")

Though there have been jumps there for years, the digging gained speed in the fall. It all started with a web search by Kevin Rauhauser, a CU student who grew up in Boulder and learned to ride in Gunbarrel.

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Openspce to reconsider adding more bike access

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From the Daily Camera

"I'm not convinced that the Anemone Loop is workable (for mountain bikes), but with a little more analysis of where a bike loop might go, it seems like it might be possible," said Trustee Allyn Feinberg.

Trustee John Putnam had similar sentiments about a southern connector that mountain bikers could ride from the center of Boulder to the South Mesa Trailhead.

BMA supporters pack the Council Chambers

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Supports of the BMA and West TSA Access packed the Council Chambers last night and then some to show support of a modest request of 4 miles of new trail.

From the Daily Camera

The Boulder Mountainbike Alliance countered the staff's draft plan with its own "modest proposal" for bike access, which would include a north-south connector from Skunk Creek to Eldorado Springs.

2011 Colorado Bike Summit beyond expectations

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I was lucky enough to have the honor to attend Colorado Bike Summit put on by Bicycle Colorado. The summit was put on because many noticed that Colorado had the largest presence at the national bike summit every year so it was time to capture that energy and start Colorado's own Bike Summit. This year's bike summit was kicked off with the great keynote speeches by John Burke of Trek, Tim Blumenthal of Bikes Belong, Bill Vidal, Mayor of Denver, Randy Neufeld of SRAM and lastly Dan Grunig of Bicycle Colorado.

John Burke of Trek

John Burke of Trek

The speeches say a lot on their own (more to be added as they are uploaded). In addition to the speeches there was as panel discussion on how Black Hawk and the recently failed mountain bike safety bill. The panelist gave a great deal of information on how we should interact with our elected officials. Key take aways were.

    BMA's speech on West TSA at recent Banquet.

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    Speech by BMA's president, Jason Vogel, at BMA Banquet on West TSA access

    Learn more how you can help with Mountain Bike Related issues
    Also check out Jason's Guest Opinion in the Daily Camera

    BMA is asking for us to take action by showing up this Wednesday to the

    City Council Chambers, Municipal Building
    1777 Broadway (SW corner of Canyon and Broadway)
    Boulder, CO
    Wednesday, February 9 · 5:00pm - 8:00pm

    BMA is asking for 4 things

    From the Daily Camera's Letter to the Editor

    Cyclists aren`t the enemy

    I must object to the mean-spirited and ill-informed tirades about mountain cyclists published here recently. As mountain bike riders know, this activity is noble, positive and saturated with spiritual meaning.

    For most of us, this is not some kind of extreme thrill sport, but rather a flowing way to experience nature`s blessing. No one is asking to ride on the Mesa trail or otherwise "take over" all the hiking trails. The current proposal is for a separate route that will provide a critical link in the system; allowing cyclists to avoid riding along Broadway south of Table Mesa, where the "bike path" is on a dangerous sidewalk that crosses numerous blind driveways into a shopping center.

    The negative opinions expressed by the bicycle bigots can be compared to a group of snowshoers who want to ban cross-country skiers because they "go too fast."

    That being said, I know that mountain cyclists are grateful for the off-road cycling opportunities that do exist and can ultimately make do without this much-needed southern connecting link route. But whatever happens, please stop characterizing mountain cyclists as threatening or predatory. Boulder is a cycling town and off-road cycling is a worthy and important aspect of our overall culture.


    Below snippet is from the BMA Facebook Event Page. Lots more details there, some history and resourceful comments

    If you ride a mountain bike in Boulder, and you believe in more trail access from town, now is the time to show up. BMA wants to get 500 mountain bikers there - and we need you to make it happen!

    *** WEAR A GREEN SHIRT AND A BIKE HELMET *** ... and wear them with pride as you fly the BMA colors and visually state "I am a mountain biker!"

    On this Wednesday, the city's Open Space Board of Trustees (OSBT), a council-appointed citiz...en advisory board, will hear testimony on whether or not to continue the Boulder Bike Ban. City Open Space staff said mountain bikers should have NO access to the West TSA. The OSBT meeting is our chance to change that!

    To overturn this ban, BMA wants to show the mountain bike community's numbers - that mountain bikers are not a "special interest," we are the very fabric of Boulder. By just showing up in your green shirt and bike helmet, you cast a vote.

    Or better yet, show up and sign up to speak. Don't repeat what others have said before you. It's enough to just get up there and say your name, your address, and "I support BMA's modest proposal." But feel free to say more if you'd like to. Your comments will dispel the myth that all mountain bikers are 20-something, meat-headed, adrenaline fueled, selfish people with no concern for families, our community, or our environment.


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