• Shine Bright Like a Diamond, Cyclists... (days are getting shorter)

    From the Hottman Law Office, P.C.
    September and October are the very best months to be outside here in Colorado. While it remains warm, it is not intensely hot. The leaves change colors, there is that crisp cool snap in the air when you wake in the morning, it rarely rains or storms, and it is predictably sunny and gorgeous almost daily.

    It is, therefore, the ideal time of year to bike commute! (ahem, #ridemoredriveless).

    However, commuting this time of year means something else: the loss of daylight on both ends, with later sunrise and an earlier sunset, and sometimes it can change quite a bit from one day to the next. (On average in September, the sun rises 1 minute later each morning and sets 2 minutes earlier each evening). September 1 sunrise was 6:28am, whereas by September 30, it does not rise until 6:55am. September 1 sunset was 7:31pm, but by September 30 it will set at 6:44pm.

    In other words, if you are leaving your office around 5:30-6pm to start your ride home, these daily changes require different lighting considerations each trip.

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  • Looking to own a race, USA Pro Challenge may be up for sale

    From the Denver Post

    Rick Schaden, who launched the Pro Challenge in 2011 with a promise of a five-year commitment, said he does not foresee selling but does hope to keep the race afloat.

    "This is not a sellable race, in my opinion," he said. "We will be working the phones real hard for a little more government support and a little more support from cities that benefit."

    Losses have dwindled every year, from an estimated $10 million that first year to $2 million this year.

  • Did you ride Deer Creek Sunday morning September 20th?

    Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is looking for anyone who can help in their investigation of a death in a burning car off Cougar Road around 10:30am.

    They would especially like to hear from you if you have any video of your ride in the lower canyon, whether you rode Cougar Road or not.

    Contact the Sheriff’s Office tip line at


    More incident info at http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_28851531/jefferson-county-autopsy-set-...

  • What is the Chesaux Cup

    LONGMONT, Colorado -- For Cyclocross race fan Loni Sullivan-Chesaux, the series of events that make up the Chesaux Cup will never be just another a race.

    For this spirited brunette who's become a fixture at the start and finish lines of each race included in the Shimano Cycle X Series, the Chesaux Cup is a living, breathing, rolling memorial to a man who lived and breathed the sport.

    Founded in 2011, The Chesaux Cup is named for Sullivan's late fiancé Boulder-area cyclist and all around outdoorsman Matthieu Chesaux who died tragically in backcountry skiing accident in 2008. "Cyclocross is all about the suffering and Matt loved to suffer," Sullivan said. "He was into adventure races, mountain climbing and ice climbing - pretty much anything that after you are done and come home you just want to roll up into a ball."

    After the initial shock of Chesaux's death passed, Sullivan was left wanting to do something to honor the memory of someone she describes as “a man in motion.” Sullivan’s first thought, she said, was organizing a ski race, but after
    talking with Lance Panigutti with Without Limits Productions, (http://www.withoutlimits.co/#!series-points/c7cb) she began thinking more and and more about cycling and what it meant to Chesaux, a man who had at least a half dozen bikes at the time of his death. “Matt loved skiing, but I knew he loved his bicycles,” she said. “I dropped Lance a line and he told me about the Shimano Cycle X Series and they would love to have a cup to be awarded.”

    From there, the Chesaux Cup was born. This is the fifth year of the Chesaux Cup,the last race in the series November 21st at the Louisville Rec Center. This years winner will be joining 2011 champion Brandon Dwight, 2012 champion Ken Benesh, 2013 champion Robin Eckmann and last year's champion Spencer Powlison.

    Lance Panigutti explained the Cup this way, "The Chesaux Cup is the only memorial that can live up to the kind of life Matthieu Chesaux lived - an outgoing, adventurous life, always on the move, never content to simply sit and watch the world go by. Matt had to move with it. Even when he was sitting down, he had to keep his mind moving, book in hand. For this reason, a memorial for Matt cannot be a stationary one. A memorial for Matt cannot be rooted to the ground or a wall somewhere, staying in place for an eternity. Like Matt himself, his memorial has to move. And so, the Chesaux Cup is perfect. It combines one of Matt's favorite passions - cycling and cyclocross - with the movement and constant change that was so essential in Matt's life. And it is not something that can be kept forever. Matt was a strong believer that victory is not a one-time achievement, it must be continually earned. You can win the race once, but if you want to keep your victory, you'll have to win it again."

    Like its namesake, the Chesaux Cup is in constant motion. Winners retain the award for a year, but must defend their title the following race season. “Matt would want it this way,” she said. “The fact that it is a living, moving memorial is why it fits him so well. Even when he was sitting, he was doing something.”

    The Chesaux Cup consists of six races, each one typically held in the middle of the race day in the Single Men’s Open Cyclocross series held in different locations in and around Boulder County from September to November. (Race dates and locations: 9/19/15 at Valmont Bike Park, 9/26/15 at Xilinx, 10/25/15 at Flatiron's Mall parking lot, 11/7/15 at Interlocken, 11/14 at Siena Lake, 11/21/15 at Louisville Rec Center; all races start at 1:40pm) The last race of the six races is Saturday, November 21st at the Louisville Rec Center, with the SM Open start at 1:40pm. As she has been for each of the prior races in years past, Sullivan will be at the start and finish. “I have to be there,” she said. “This is so important and such a perfect memorial, I just want the racers to understand who Matt was, what he represented and how he lived.” The past years winner agree, and had these things to say about winning the cup.

    The very first winner of the Chesaux Cup, Brandon Dwight had this to say "it was a huge honor to win the Chesaux Cup in memory of such a great person. We had the Cup at the bike shop all season and it was nice to talk about the meaning behind it with friends and customers. As I get older and slower I'll likely never win the Cup again, but I'm glad I helped carry on Matthieu's legacy.”

    Ken Benesh said "Winning the Cup was truly an honor as it had much more meaning than "just" a bike race or a series. Having my name associated with the Cup representing a rider with such a passion for the outdoors and cycling is a real privilege. I didn't know Matt but I know I would have liked him! This is a great way to keep his legacy alive.”

    Robin Eckmann said “When I won the cup I was very proud of it especially because it was in memory of Matthieu. I was also really excited because I have the feeling that this trophy is going to be around for a while. Meaning people especially the young kids now in the CX programs around the state looking up to the cup. It gives them a good goal line in the young racing career. Year by year it will come with more history. I am hoping that it will be like the legendary trophy from Europe that have been around for a few decades."

    Last years winner Spencer Powlison said "I've placed second in the cup the last two years, so it's really great to win it this time around. Of course I'm an avid cyclist, but I also ski backcountry quite a bit in the winter, so it's really meaningful to to have this series be a tribute to Matthieu. I never had the chance to meet him, but if I did, I'm sure we would have hit it off.”

    Matthieu Chesaux was only 40-years-old when he died doing what he loved. This is the 5th year of the Chesaux Cup, it seems amazing that we have already had 4 very successful years and that this year will surely not disappoint! Matthieu passed away on the last day of September in 2008, and with the races starting in September it brings love and light to such a hard time of year.

    Thanks to the efforts of Sullivan, Without Limits Productions, Panigutti, the racers like Dwight, Benesh, Eckmann and Powlison along with others in the Boulder cycling scene, his memory will live forever honoring his life and the people participating in a sport he also loved.

    For information on the Chesaux Cup, please contact Loni Sue Sullivan-Chesaux loni.sue.sullivan@gmail.com

  • City of Aurora named Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Business

    AURORA, Colo. – The city of Aurora is earning national recognition for its efforts to make its campus more bicycle friendly for its employees and visitors to its Aurora Municipal Center campus.

    The League of American Bicyclists on Aug. 26 honored the city of Aurora with a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Business SM award. It’s the first business in Aurora to earn the designation, and the city of Aurora joins 83 other businesses in Colorado who have earned this recognition since it began. With the announcement of 100 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses today, the city of Aurora joins a cutting-edge group of more than 1,050 local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies in 47 states and Washington, D.C., that are transforming the American workplace. “Sustainability is a critical component of Aurora’s comprehensive plan, and part of that is supporting alternatives modes of transportation,” Aurora City Manager Skip Noe said. “These efforts include encouraging bike riding to our campus for work or doing business. Grant-funded projects have enabled us to add amenities to make bike riding an easy option for transportation to the campus.”

    The city of Aurora provides its employees with bike lockers for storage and access to showers and a place to change following a commute to work. Each year during Bike to Work Day, the city operates an official station to reward bicyclists who ride to work that morning with breakfast and other rewards. This year, the city began offering a series of bicycle lunch-and-learn workshops on such topics as maintenance, safety, trail overviews and more to alleviate fears and boost ridership among employees. In addition, a Kaiser Permanente Walk and Wheel grant is providing funds for the city to add more bike lockers as well as wayfinding signage and bike sharrows on the campus. With this designation, the city of Aurora will have access to a variety of free tools and technical assistance from the League of American Bicyclists to become even more bicycle friendly. The city also has volunteered to provide assistance to any Aurora business interested in applying for Bicycle-Friendly Business recognition.

    About the Bicycle Friendly America SM Program
    The Bicycle Friendly Community SM, Bicycle Friendly State SM, Bicycle Friendly Business and Bicycle Friendly University SM programs are generously supported by program partner Trek Bicycle Corp. To apply or learn more about the Bicycle-Friendly Business program, visit the League of American Bicyclists online at www.bikeleague.org/business.
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  • New Junios Club - Golden Bike Experience Juniors

    A new junior cycling club that has formed in Golden! It's called Golden Bike Experience Juniors (GBX Juniors). Their website is: http://www.gbxjrs.com/.

    A group of cycling parents in the Golden area founded the club earlier this year and hired Inspired Training Center and champion mountain bike racer Jesse Swift to help run their inaugural mountain bike camp this summer. GBX Juniors had 40 kids for this first session of mountain bike instruction! The kids, coaches and parents all had a very positive experience.

    The goal of GBX Juniors is to introduce, support and encourage kids to expand their love of cycling by improving their skills and fitness, meeting other kids, and riding new and fun terrain, all led by highly qualified coaches working with small groups of kids. Kids experience appropriate levels of challenge during the sessions, providing a sense of accomplishment and self satisfaction. While some kids may want to pursue racing, the primary purpose of the club is helping kids build confidence and have fun.

    GBX Juniors is about to launch their first cyclocross session this month. The cyclocross session will also be coached by Inspired Training Center coaches, as well as champion cyclocross racer Tim Allen. Starting on August 26, the club will meet at the Lookout Mt. Youth Services facility cx track, and other Golden/Morrison locations on Mondays and Wednesdays through October 7th. Kids who do choose to race will be supported at several of the weekend cyclocross races this fall.

    Anyone interested in participating in the mountain bike session next summer will also be able to find out more details on the website. You can be added to the email list by emailing for updates and reminders by emailing info@gbxjrs.com

  • Bikes Being Stolen At An Alarming Rate In Boulder