• Boulder Creek Path to be extended to Betaso Link Trail

    From the Daily Camera:
    Runners, cyclists and hikers in Boulder County will soon have new trails to look forward to exploring.

    The Colorado Department of Transportation recently approved a $4.4 million grant for the county to extend the Boulder Creek Path, connecting it to the Betasso Link trailheads.

    In the application for the grant, the county names increasing safety on Colo. 119 as a significant benefit of the project, citing narrow shoulders, high uphill speed differentials for cyclists and vehicles, low visibility around corners due to canyon walls and vehicles forced into opposing traffic when trying to overtake cyclists as existing dangers.

    Currently, to reach the Betasso trailheads, runners, cyclists and hikers have to use shoulders that range from 0 to 2 feet on the side of the road.

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  • Prestige Imports Vuelta - a Keystone fondo style road event is slated for 6/27/15

    Special $50 event rate is offered.

    Keystone. The 2015 Prestige Imports Vuelta a Keystone is on and slated for 6/27/15*. The 90, 60 and 20 mile routes are the same as last year with an additional 1,000 feet of climbing since Montezuma road is expected to be open.
    The event is priced at $50 until 1/1/2015. In addition to the timed event each participant will receive an event T-shirt, water bottle, cycling sox or hat and a post event beverage.

    The post event party starts at Keystone Village with live music and a kids race at 2 PM.
    Stay tuned for lodging specials and the announcement of the 2015 Person of the Year.
    A percentage of each entry is donated to the Colorado High School Cycling League.

    More information is available at www.vueltakeystone.com

  • Women Wednesday - USA Pro Challenge add Women's multi-day race

    From Cycling News

    The USA Pro Challenge will add a multi-day race for women that will be held in conjunction with the professional men’s stage race during the 2015 edition next August.

    The event’s CEO Shawn Hunter expects the inaugural women’s edition to attract the best female racers in the world and include a parcours that uses many of the same roads as the men’s race.

    "We're very excited about it. Some of the great riders, not only just in the US but from Europe, probably will be racing here in Colorado next August," said Hunter in an interview with KUNC.com, a community radio station in Colorado.

  • Watts joins USA Cycling Board of Directors as Cyclocross Committee Representative

    Colorado Springs, Colo. (Nov. 10, 2014) – Brook Watts, a longtime marketing and promotions executive with more than 35 years of sporting events production experience, was appointed to the USA Cycling Board of Directors as the Cyclo-cross Committee Representative by the Cyclo-cross Sports Committee. Brook Watts during the masters men's 55-59 race

    “I’ve been involved in the growth of cyclo-cross for the past 35 years,” said Watts. “I value the strong relationships I’ve built over that time with USA Cycling, the UCI, as well as with racers and race directors from the U.S. and abroad”

    With more than three decades of experience planning and executing sporting events with a strong emphasis on cycling, Watts is best known as the organizer of CrossVegas, the largest cyclo-cross race in the U.S., but his cyclo-cross production experience extends back to his organization of the 1978 U.S. National Championships in Austin, Texas, which was held at the same venue where the 2015 Championships will be held.

    “We are very fortunate to have Brook join the board of directors as the Cyclo-cross Committee Representative,” said USA Cycling CEO and President Steve Johnson. “As the director of the very successful CrossVegas event, and a longtime advocate for the discipline, Brook brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the USA Cycling Board."

    As the Cyclo-cross Committee Representative, Watts will serve as a voice to members nationwide as well as bring knowledge and experience to continuously improve the cyclo-cross discipline from the grass roots to the elite level.

    “One of my proudest accomplishments is the role I’ve played in bringing the first-ever Continental Championships for the Americas to Cincinnati this November,” said Watts. “After years of watching U.S. cyclo-cross athletes lose out on valuable UCI points, I worked hard to lay the ground work to secure a partner organization, ascertain the standards and requirements, liaise with the UCI and obtain unanimous Pan-American Cycling Confederation approval to create the inaugural Pan-Am Cross Championships. I am proud that the Americas now have the same type of competition that the Europeans have.”

    In 2011, Watts was elected to the Cyclo-cross Management Committee of USA Cycling, and is a member of the board of directors of AIOCC, the Association of International Cyclo-cross Organizers.

    Watts is a graduate of the University of Texas and an avid cyclist who proudly – or embarrassingly – claims to have cyclo-cross shoes older than any current professional racer. Watts' lifelong passion for cycling is infectious as he continuously raises the bar to expand the sport.

  • Kiel Reijnen and Alex Howes Off Season Training Ride

    An offseason ride with Kiel Reijnen and Alex Howes on the paved and not-so paved roads of their Colorado training grounds.

    Pavé Brand Classics Jacket from Pavé Brand on Vimeo.

  • 2014 USA Pro Challenge - Economic Impact

    From BRAIN
    DENVER (BRAIN) — The 2014 USA Pro Challenge stage in August brought $130 million in spending to its home state of Colorado, according to a study by sports research firm Sponsorship Science. The USA Pro Challenge commissioned the study.

    “The Pro Challenge delivered another strong economic performance in its fourth running, with direct spending by traveling spectators contributing a significant portion of the economic impact,” race organizers stated in a release. “Both those fans from outside the state and Coloradans traveling 50 miles or more to take in an event stage contributed $130 million on lodging, food, transportation and entertainment, an increase of 12 percent year over year. ”

    The race traveled to 10 host cities for starts and finishes from Aug. 18-24. Some 56 percent of spectators surveyed indicated they would not have traveled to the state at the time if it were not for the race, and 70.9 percent of spectators stated they are likely to return to the race next year.

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  • Bicycle Colorado - Six ways you can help cycling

    From Bicycle Colorado
    Before I started working for a bicycle-focused organization, I didn’t realize that there were ways that I could help change the things that I found difficult. Now I know there are ways to do it. If you want to help change things for the better but aren’t sure how, try some of these ideas:

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