• IronLove: Behind the Scenes of Ironman Boulder

    In anticipation of the inaugural Ironman Boulder in August, 303 staffers Dana Willett & Jen Findley take a magical mystery tour of the Ironman Boulder offices.

    As you drive along Boulder's Foothills Parkway you see... warehouses. So many, in fact, that they all start to blend together. But there's one that should stand out. Not only does this facility hold a special significance to Boulder-based races, but it's known throughout North America and even internationally. All the magic happens here at the Ironman Boulder offices. Last week, Ironman Boulder Race Director, Dave Christen, invited 303Triathlon inside. . .

    Read on at 303triathlon.com

  • Boulder Bike Counting Results and Success

    Boulder County is making headlines in their means to measuring bicycle traffic (see Press Release below) and with their new tool it has shown that Lefthand Canyon is the counties more popular bike route

    On average, Lefthand Canyon sees 750 cyclists on a weekend and between 360 to 570 on a weekday, depending on how high bikers ride, said Alex Hyde-Wright, the county's assistant transportation planner.

    Read about the new findings and how other routes in Boulder County faired in the Colorado Daily

    However even though this is the counties most popular route, remember that it is still Closed until May 1st

    Related Boulder Bike Counting Presentation


    Press Release - Innovative Bicycle Counting Procedure Gains National Attention

    Boulder County, Colo. – Thanks to a new technique, Boulder County was able to count bikes on the roadways at over 100 locations in 2013. County staff presented their work at three national conferences over the past several months and the research was just published in February’s Institute of Transportation Engineers Journal which reaches more than 18,000 subscribers.

    It is widely recognized that better bicycle data could help prioritize maintenance and capital improvements to enhance bicycle safety and comfort, but counting bicycles on roads with bike lanes and shoulders has historically been too expensive for many agencies to perform. The specialized hardware, software and staff management leaves most city, county and state governments with only anecdotal data on the location, time of day and volume of cyclist on the roads.

    For many decades, the Boulder County Transportation Department has had dedicated staff and budget to obtain 24-hour vehicle counts at close to 300 locations throughout the county. The new bicycle research focused on how to accurately collect bicycle data using the existing vehicle counting equipment, thus leveraging a standing investment.

    Vehicle counters had been counting some bikes, but the software was incorrectly categorizing them as trucks and/or motorcycles. Through additional research and experimentation, staff was able to make small tweaks to the traditional tubes to get more statistically reliable bike-count data. Initial data has been valuable in determining what days of the week and what times of day cyclists are using the road network. Using before and after data of road segments with recently-added bike shoulders, staff expect to determine the effect that enhanced facilities have on cycling.

    “Swapping out the existing tubes with slightly thinner tubes and changing the connections to the counter box now gives us satisfactory level of accuracy for bikes,” said Alex Hyde-Wright, Assistant Transportation Planner.

    Staff hopes to continue to develop the counting technique this summer when the counting program starts up again.

    To see these results of the bicycle counts, visit www.bouldercounty.org/bikecount and click on the 2013 Bicycle Count volumes maps.

    -BoulderCounty.org-

  • Gravel Grinders--the new road race?

    Photo courtesy of Joe Tonsager

    Gravel races/events are catching on like wild-fire here in CO (maybe a poor choice of words, but you get the point). Are gravel rides the future of road races? Unsupported (which appeals to many traditionalists who love the suffer-factor), free (appeals to all of us), no license, no...anything, really. Just you, your bike, your friends and the road (and a beer after, of course).

    So what was The AntiEpic 50? So glad you asked. The AntiEpics are a part of a larger on-going series: Riding Gravel founded and organized by Ben Welnak.

    "The AntiEpic 50 is a free, unsupported gravel bike ride. You can ride whatever bike you’d like – gravel-specific, mountain bike, or road. Go fast, go social, go however you’d like. Just realize that you are completely responsible for yourself. It’s early April, so please expect wind, cold temperatures, and possibly snow and mud. This is a self supported route that we only provide the information for you to know what others will be doing. We do not charge a dime and are not liable for anything you do." [Editor's note: that sentence is perhaps my favorite part.]

    303 partner and resident geek Oz behind the curtain, David Kuticpal is no stranger to racing. After years (and years) of abusing his body running marathons, ultras and 24 hour races, he got on a bike to save himself. He started racing bikes in 2003 and has enjoyed road, cyclocross and MTB. In light of this, I was curious to find out what David thought about the Anti-Epic. Just be forewarned: David only reads and responds to my emails if they are 140 characters or less. This interview is quick and to the point.

    Katie: Was this your first gravel race? If so, first impressions?
    David: This was my first gravel race. I had a blast. Super low key but competitive for sure.

    Katie: What kind of bike did you use? Tires/pressure/etc. Were you happy with this choice?
    David: I was riding a Matter Cycles Wolf Beard. It was the perfect bike for the race. I used Clemant X'Plor MSO 700x40 which were awesome. They took the sting out of all those washboards. As far as tire pressure I went with 40 in the front and 45 in the rear. I probably could have gone a little lower but I am still getting used to the setup.

    Katie: Was there a big variety of bike choice for this race?
    David: There were all sorts of bikes in the race. I saw everything from cross bikes to mountain bikes to fat bikes. Most people were on cross bikes with 700x35.

    Katie: What was the ambiance like pre/post-race? Similar to the "normal racing scene" in CO?
    David: It was great. As I said super low key. No one was warming up on a trainer just people hanging out like it was a big group ride.

    Katie: What was your biggest challenge out there?
    David: Who said east of the divide was flat?!

    Katie: Okay, you've done great. We are almost done, David. Ben's tagline on the Riding Gravel site says "All we need are bikes and friends." So my last question: did you make any friends?
    David: I chatted with quite a few people but toward the end I was suffering pretty badly and there was no making friends. I rode with Jared from Lakewood for the last 5+ miles which definitely took the edge off.

    Katie: Thank you, David. That was perfect. I really enj...
    David: (silence as he'd already hung up).


    Photo courtesy of MTB Radio's Ben Welnak.

    Are you Gravel curious now? Of course you are. Everyone is. Even the USAC car showed up to scope things out. For more info. on riding gravel, see below.

    Gravel Goods:

  • Feedback Sports Maintenance Tracker App

    Feedback Sports is a Colorado Company we LOVE. As far as bike maintenance and storage products go, they've got it down. So it came as no surprise when they took this knowledge and applied it to the app world. It's our pleasure at 303 to introduce you to the new Feedback Sports Maintenance tracker app. It was officially launched to the public at the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey California.

    We got a chance to visit with Jeff Nitta (Director of Sales / Marketing) at Sea Otter. When speaking of the app's origin, Jeff said, "Well, Doug (Hudson--Founder and President of Feedback) is obviously pretty into maintenance. He was tired of having yellow sticky notes all over to keep track of when he last replaced a part, bled the brakes, etc. So he started working on this about a year ago. And here it is."

    As Jeff walked me through it. I said aloud, "This app is a Type-A-er's dream." He laughed. "Yes. Yes, yes it is." But it will appeal to all riders. Great, in fact, for those of us who have no idea the last time we replaced our chain. None. No recollection whatsoever.

    We also loved it because it's a way to accurately record the worth of your bike. Let's say you built your bike up, piece by piece and one day it gets stolen or wrecked. You will need to know the worth for insurance purposes. This app will help. Record your serial numbers, what shop you bought the bike from, everything. And this is just for the regular rider/racer. Imagine the possibilities it could hold for bike shop owners when it comes to tracking maintenance/sales and getting repeat business.

    From Feedback:

    During the development of this app we explored many different ways this could benefit all levels of cyclist. In addition to this we believe there are many benefits to the bicycle dealers as this can be used by them as a means of getting return business on service and service items. This app is FREE for all IOS users and is compatible with iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices. Please explore this app and it's many functions for bicycle maintenance. Let us know if you have any questions, comments and of course Feedback!
    -The Feedback Team

    Another fantastic product from Feedback. Way to go, guys.

  • Spring Road Projects affecting Cyclist in Boulder County




    From Boulder County Transportation
    Attn: Boulder County Cyclists!!

    Construction season is here and Boulder County has a couple of large projects going on now that were put on hold when the flood hit last September. Also, flood repairs are due to start on Flagstaff Road.
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    51st Street Reconstruction – Jay Road to the Boulder Reservoir.

    Boulder County has started construction on 51st Street from Jay Road to the Boulder Reservoir. Originally scheduled for last September, this project is now underway and should be completed by May 15. The project includes removing the old pavement, re-establishing the old road shoulders and re-paving the entire length of the project. A new connection between the Diagonal Highway (SH119) and “old” 51st Street will be installed as part of the project. Cyclists should exercise caution while using the roadway especially as the top layer of pavement has been removed.

    Please reply to this email if you’d like to be added to the project notification list.

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    63rd Street / Jay Road Intersection Repaving.

    Boulder County contractors will be re-paving the intersection of Jay Road and 63rd Street starting Wednesday, April 23 and continue for one week. Surface will be milled asphalt during that period.

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    Highway 119 Underpass at Airport Road – includes new concrete sidewalk along Airport.

    Boulder County is starting construction on a new bicycle and pedestrian underpass crossing of the Diagonal Highway at the current intersection with Airport Road. Users of the Highway should see some construction activity starting next week. All lanes of the highway will remain open and a bicycle shoulder has been included in the “shoo-fly” detour pavement. Ogallala Road will be CLOSED at the Diagonal Highway starting Monday May 5, and lasting for much of the construction period. The project is scheduled to last through the end of December.

    The current underpass and sidewalk design is available for viewing on the Boulder County website. Please reply to this email if you’d like to be included in construction updates on this project.

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    Flagstaff Road Repairs – Community Meeting.

    Boulder County plans to start repairs on Flagstaff Road this summer which is likely to affect use of the roadway. Preliminary plans and options will be presented at a community meeting on Wednesday April 16 at the Transportation offices in downtown Boulder.

    Flagstaff Road Flood Repair Open House
    Wednesday, April 16, 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
    Boulder County Transportation Department
    2525 13th Street, 2nd Floor Meeting Room

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    Lefthand Canyon / James Canyon Debris Project – No bikes Until May 1.

    Boulder County contractors are clearing debris from both Lefthand Creek and James Creek. Due to unsafe conditions Boulder County is now restricting access for cyclists through May 1. Residents requiring access by bicycle should contact the Boulder County Sherriff’s office for a permit. Full details are available on the County website.

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    · Highway 93 Shoulders – Construction continues through mid-September.

    CDOTs work on the Highway 93 south of Boulder continues. They have made good progress with both adding shoulders to the highway and the new underpass to carry the Community Ditch Trail under the highway.

    The latest construction schedule has the project continuing through mid-September. The trail crossing is currently closed and is likely to remain so throughout the summer. We’ll let everyone know as soon as it is opened.

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    All schedules are subject to change due to weather or other factors. Please use caution when riding and remember, "Courtesy is Contagious"!!!!

  • Glenwood Canyon Bike Path Open for Season

    April 7, 2014 - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - Could close temporarily if weather conditions warrant

    GARFIELD/EAGLE COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation has opened the Glenwood Canyon Bike Path for the season. The path runs alongside I-70 through the canyon between Glenwood Springs at mile marker 116.8 and the east end of the canyon, at mile marker 131.

    CDOT closes the Glenwood Canyon Bike Path each winter, when winter maintenance activities on I-70 above can create unsafe conditions on the path. It may be necessary for CDOT to close the path again for the safety of users, depending upon late spring snow and/or high water.

  • Making a difference riding Elephant Rock

    From 9News
    KUSA - For the last 27 years on the first Sunday in June, riders have flocked to Douglas County for the Elephant Rock Cycling Festival and thousands will do the same this year on June 1.

    Elephant Rock has become a lifelong cycling event for riders from age 5 to 85. This year riders have a choice of 5 course lengths located throughout beautiful Douglas County. Their event staff and volunteer crew of 650 people have made the cycling experience for 7,200 riders an annual ritual.

    Complete Story