How extensive is your Boulder/Denver History knowledge? Can you help presearve history and fill in all missing gaps you know of. With the comments I'll rebuild the page. Should be fun. I'll also gladly take photos to post, send them to kris at 303cycling . com
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Boulder Velo Racing Team cira late 80's?
Niwot Road Race: 1971-1980(?): 70 mile race (7 laps), traditional start of the CO “spring classics”
Grey Quiz: 1971-‘73: One of the spring classics, week after Morgul Bizmarck (I won Morgul in 1974) (the name of the companion cat to Morgul Bizmarck, that I am pretty sure owned by Kalman Halsi, a pretty classy rider—looked like Jacques Anquitil.) The race was a two-lap eighty mile road race that touched on the flatter sections of the Morgul then went north through Boulder County.
Vail Criterium: 1972 & 1973 & 1976 (@ Lionshead in ’76 – I was 2nd)
Horsetooth RR: 1972.
Flagstaff HC 1971-1976 (I won in ’76… 16:52 that included lap at Chataqua Park)
Larimer Square Criterium (Denver) 1973-1979 (I won in ’77 when it was Pro-AM)
Aspen Alpine Cup 1971-1976. A 3 day stage race. Day one: 15 mi TT, day two: Aspen to Vail, final stage: Vail to Aspen. (3rd in ’75)
Boulder Mountain Road Race: 1973(?) – 1975 (I won the race alone by 5+min and the prize? $5.00 gift certificate at Baskin Robins!) When I was racing in France in ’76 there was this slogan above the door as you entered the director sportif’s office. Can’t remember the French but it goes like this: “If you enter the race to when the prize, you’ll lose the race, but, if you enter the race to when the race, you’ll win the prize.”
Keystone Classic Stage Race 1975-1979 2-day stage race that had TT RR and Crit (I was first in ’75.)
Denver Bike Shops:
Ross Bike Shop Denver
Big Wheel Owned by Chris Van Ghent—a former 6-day rider. Went back to 1968? Had a mail order catalog as well as store. One of the top stores in the country until mid 70’s, then competition
Both Ross and Big Wheel were the places in Denver to get started in bike racing. While I was working at Ross, I met Steve Tesich, (Oscar winner for Breaking Away and movie American Flyers, among other movies!). Steve really got me started into bike racing. We were great friends. Steve died in 1996
Life Cycle: Started by Bill Snider (longtime great sports filmmaker) opened a classy store in Larimer Square. It was the classiest store for several years. Bob Cook and I worked there trading off training days.
Cool Gear in Boulder. I worked from 1974 – 1976. They produced bike clothing & kids ski wear called hot gear. They sponsored many teams that included Bob Cook, John Howard, Tom Sain and others (sorry if I left some guys & gals out). We had week nite races that would leave from their facilities and do various loops around Boulder county.