• NEW! Oz Road Race by Without Limits

    The OZ Road Race – Colorado’s newest and longest road race in history

    This past winter has been a busy one for many in the Cycling industry. 303 has entered a new era and just announced its partnership with BikeState38, the Boulder Bike & Brew Festival is undergoing some soon-to-be-announced changes, meanwhile BRAC and local race directors are breaking bread and talking on a regular basis. One of the biggest changes to emerge from these cold winter months is the announcement of a brand new road race set to take place on May 7th, 2016welcome to OZ! 303 caught up with Without Limits Race Director Lance Panigutti to get the inside scoop.

    303 Cycling: So please tell us a little bit about this new road race. Why now, why a road race?

    Without Limits (Lance): The better question is why not a road race. The largest complaints we’ve heard for the past 8 seasons are always the same; the road scene is stale, the road scene is criterium heavy, criteriums are not beginner friendly. I know it’s pretty unusual to hear road cyclists complain, but in this regard they had a legitimate argument. There’s a time and place for criteriums, hill climbs, and time-trials, but the foundation of a road cycling scene should be road racing. Outside of the Morgul Bismark, Rio Grande, and Boulder Roubaix there’s been a real void of viable road races close to the Front Range. Since 2013 we’ve had “ROAD RACE?” In bold red ink circled on a white board for future plans, but have struck out on a number of courses and venues we’ve pursued. However, all the cards finally fell into place a few months ago. The event had to meet three main criteria 1) reasonably close to Denver 2) a single loop course over 25 miles in length 3) a venue with parking for 500+, self-contained with a wide finish line area. OZ meets all those and so much more. Is it a race for everyone? No, of course not. Will all our “anonymous” friends emerge from their parent’s basement to enter the masters divisions? We hope so, but then they’d have less to complain about. In the end this race is about one person, the road cycling enthusiast looking to experience true road cycling racing at its best.

    303 Cycling: How did this event come about?

    Without Limits (Lance): The course was literally a “lemons into lemonade” story. As many in the triathlon world know this past season the Arapahoe County Sherriff woke up one day and decided they didn’t like cyclists anymore, so all triathlons taking place out of Aurora Reservoir were effectively cancelled. One of our events, the Harvest Moon Half Ironman, after 16 great seasons went “poof – gone”. The silver lining was the northern part of that course took place in Adams County, so Tony and I sat down and said, “what about going north, there’s no water for a swim, but there’s some great routes for that elusive long road race”. We were able to get Front Range Airport on board, State Patrol and Adams County love the route, so last week the OZ Road Race was officially born.

    303 Cycling: We have to ask, the name? We know a lot of your triathlon brands are pretty generic like the Summer OPEN or Oktoberfest, so why OZ?

    Without Limits (Lance): Look around and you see the next generation of events speaking to a creative audience, so your brand should reflect that. Everyone looks across the pond and thinks we need to brand our events after the “Tour de….” But why? The long standing joke in Colorado is to do a race over 40 miles you have to go to Kansas. Well Toto, you’re not in Kansas anymore – this is OZ, this is the OZ Road Race!

    303 Cycling: What are your expectations for the first year this season?

    Without Limits (Lance): For a first year event we try to dampen expectations, but overall I’d like to see a challenging event that resonates with racers. We’d like to see it welcoming to new cyclists, but also be a true test for those cat 1-2’s looking to get ready for their late season events. We’re also trying some new concepts in regards to the entry fee based on the distance raced, and set a schedule to give a few categories choice over the distance raced.

  • Colorado Bike Summit Recap

    By Bill Plock

    What is your vision for the best biking experience possible in Colorado? Is it having safe, designated roads to help you bike to work? Perhaps it’s having trails and roads seamlessly connected and well-marked to make travel to other cities and regions easier. Maybe it’s simply riding in the dirt for fun, or climbing through our hundreds of miles of mountainous roads.

    The vision is the key. But whose vision- or visions- drive the questions, and ultimately the answers?

    Leaders from all levels converged yesterday at the Colorado Bike Summit hosted by Bicycle Colorado and presented by Primal.

    Here, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Mikael Colville-Andersen, a global voice in urban planning from Copenhagen, Ken Gart, the Colorado Bike Czar, Tim Blumenthal, President of People for Bikes, and Shailen Bhatt Executive Director for the Colorado Department of Transportation all shared their vision of cycling in Colorado. Each with their own twists and experience, but with a common goal - to make cycling in Colorado the best it can possibly be.

    Over 200 people ranging from local advocates, city planners, industry leaders and cycling enthusiasts came to listen and offer their visions about ways to keep moving Colorado forward toward Governor Hickenlooper’s ultimate goal - to be the "best bike-friendly state in the country."

    In his presentation yesterday, the Governor committed to riding every one of his 16 trails for 2016 that were identified a few weeks back as part of his pledge to infuse 100 million dollars into making Colorado just that---the best biking state in the country.

    But it starts with small visions, and the goals and hopes we all have. Mikael Colville-Andersen works with cities all over the world helping them craft their visions into realities. He says it begins with observations, and no assumptions. He studies human behavior and has coined the term “desire lanes” to help map where people want to go, not where they are forced to go. He looks at streets like democracy - venues to serve all people, not just cars. He boils it down to the simple, how many people can we move down streets. “A-to-B-ism,” he calls it, simply: people want to move from point A to point B as easily and efficiently as possible.

    Executive Director of CDOT, Shailen Bhatt, admits the landscape is fiscally difficult to provide ideal roads for the safest possible cycling, but shared his vision for a future of safe biking in Colorado. He would not oppose a hike in the gas tax to help pay for it and said, “After the the Highway 36 project ribbon cutting and biking home to Stapleton, I’m lucky to be here-- it’s not safe.”

    Of course cycling is much more than commuting as we all know. The Bike Summit brings all concerns and visions to light and gives everyone a chance to be heard. Breakout sessions tackled challenges specific to women cyclists who hope for more group rides, workshops and education and simple inclusion.

    Groups conversed about ways to make roads safer and how to spread the word of concerns to lawmakers and city planners. Others shared thoughts on improving recreational paths and linking mountain bike trails.

    Like the roads and trails we ride, it’s a network. Yesterday and today a network of people who all deeply care about cycling converged to make a difference. People for Bikes President Blumenthal rephrased a popular quote of John F. Kennedy when he said, “Think not what communities can do for cyclists, but what cyclists can do for communities!”

    The Summit provides a framework for effective networking with people with unique visions while listening to those who influence populations the most. Today, attendees congregated at the Capitol to engage with state legislators and share all of these visions and challenges in hopes that together amenable solutions can be found for all citizens.

    For detailed play-by-play of the presentations, and more photos, check out 303cycling's twitter feed

  • 2016 - KHMTT Registration opens early

    The COBRAS, the organizers of the KHMTT have announced that they have opened up registration for the KHMTT series early this year.

    Since 1991, the KHMTT has taken place Wednesday evenings in Cherry Creek State Park during April and May. The seven-week series will be starting on April 6th with a makeup date in case of a cancellation due to unforeseen weather conditions.

    New this year is the ability for racers to purchase a discounted Annual Colorado Start Park pass that includes the required CCWB sticker. Normally $73 the COBRAS are offering the passes for $58 (their cost) to all KHMTT racers.

    In addition, the COBRAS have streamlined the process of obtaining your start time. Gone are the days of trading emails, and now racers will select their start time when they register. This makes the process much easier for both the KHMTT organizers and the racers. The KHMTT is still one of the few time trial races where racers can select a start time for the series to fit their schedule.

    The series cost is the same as last year, $160 for the series for adults and $60 for juniors. Racers can enter a second category race for the entire series for only $40 additional.

    For additional information or to register, go the the KHMTT web site at http://khmtt.com

  • 303cycling, 303Triathlon Partner with BikeState38

    Chandler, Kris, Dana, Scotty

    "If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself." --Henry Ford

    We at 303 have long admired the terrific work of Chandler Smith and Scotty Olmsted at BikeState38, so we are super honored to put our logos next to theirs in this joint venture.

    Here's the official news release - together, we will work to serve Colorado's cycling & multisport communities, with even more talent at the helm.

    303Colorado & BikeState38 Partner to Share Resources, News, and Events
    Better serving Colorado’s cycling and triathlon communities

    Boulder, CO (February 4, 2016)
    The 2016 calendar year brings to fruition a working arrangement between 303Colorado (parent company of 303cycling.com and 303Triathlon.com, news websites for the sports of cycling and triathlon in the state of Colorado) and BikeState38, an internet-based resource for recreational riding, organized events and travel/tourism in the state of Colorado.

    In an effort to share work product, concepts, creative approaches and resources, this allied working arrangement will help spread news and information to a wider audience, better support the cycling and triathlon communities of Colorado and provide advertisers with a broader base for exposure.

    “On behalf of all the staff at 303, we are thrilled with this collaboration,” said Dana Willett, editor-in-chief for the 303 entities. “BikeState38 has worked hard to establish itself on the recreational side of road cycling in Colorado, and the connections and talent we will share by supporting one another will help the entire close-knit sporting community in our great state. Our primary goal for both cycling and triathlon always has been - and will continue to be - all about community.”

    Chandler Smith, co-founder of BikeState38, says, "Building community and simplifying access are the cornerstones of our shared mission to better the sports of cycling and triathlon in the state. We look forward to working with our friends at 303 to create and share resources and opportunities. We want to shed light on all those who play a role in the industry and benefit anyone looking to experience Colorado from the seat of a bicycle."

    About 303cycling & 303Triathlon: The 303 websites are your source for cycling & triathlon news in the state of Colorado and have the best consolidated calendar covering all events including racing, training, tours, events, and more. The jobs page allows those in or out of the state looking for employers who support your interest and values. Directories for coaching and clubs, as well as resources, rides and climbs are featured. Additionally, 303 is Colorado's daily news source for cycling and triathlon; whether your interest is in racing, training, commuting, advocacy, industry news, or recreational aspects, 303 has got you covered. For more information on 303Colorado (303cyling, 303Triathlon), please visit the websites 303cycling.com and 303Triathlon.com, or email info@303Colorado.com.

    About BikeState38: BikeState38 is your hub for all things cycling for the state of Colorado; a directory of resources to navigate all the rides, destinations, bike shops, manufacturers and nonprofits that make up Colorado’s cycling landscape. BikeState38 covers most means of biking but their primary focus is road cycling and touring; with an emphasis on organized recreational rides. From event directors to industry professionals, bicycling newbies to fanatics, BikeState38 has a little something for everyone with access to free wheeled experts, clubs and advocates. BikeState38’s site is undergoing a number of updates in preparation for the spring, when they’ll introduce Your Bike Hub, a Brand Ambassador program and a pilot membership/rewards opportunity called Pedal Points. For more information on BikeState38, please visit the website BikeState38.com, or email info@BikeState38.com.

  • Cheri Felix on Snot Rockets and Measuring Sticks

    By Cheri Felix

    Whether you are a man or woman, pull up a chair. This applies to all of us. From the average (like me) to the very best and most talented.

    I’ve never done a “farmer’s blow” or “snot rocket”. By that I mean I use a tissue when I need to blow my nose on the trail. Which means I stop the bike, reach into the pack for a tissue and proceed to clear the passages. I just don’t know how to do it any other way but during the fat bike race in Fraser my nose was able to manufacture an alarming combination of frozen and drippy snot. And I won’t stop during a race (unless I’ve fallen in the snow) but I had to clear my nose and so I tried it. No go. I inhaled when I was supposed to exhale. So typical of me. I almost choked on my own snot which almost made me panic. Clearly this is not a good option for me.

    There are some things I’m just not good at and snot rockets are one of them. Yes, I could get better with practice but really, it’s not on my top 10 list. Or top 20. I’m also not great at peeing with my skin suit on without letting the arms dangle to the floor. Of the port-o-potty. I also have to step completely OUT of my shorts to pee off trail (look for this show in Fruita coming this spring). There are other things too. You have a list too. I’m sure of it. We all have things we’re not great at (like me trying to figure out how to end a sentence without a preposition).

    Since it’s a new year and I know many of us are filling the calendar with race dates and bike trips and training camps and god only knows what else, let’s dial this in now. There’s always going to be someone who is better than you at applying chamois creme, pulling the ponytail through the helmet (don’t get me started), starts, turns, finishes, the uphill, the downhill, training, pinning on the race bib, changing a tire, talking about changing a tire, riding rocks, blah blah blah.

    No matter what your proverbial ‘snot rocket’ is, accept it and move on. Use your own measuring stick. Don’t compare yourself to others unless you can do it in a constructive way. Measure up to no one but yourself. Weird and unrealistic expectations can make all sorts of people do things to win (like racing with motorized bikes). And at the end of the day, you are more than your bike (even if it’s carbon) and you are more than a race (even if you come in second to last place or 1st) and you are certainly more than how fast you can ride up a hill. Now go on, get. Find your snot rocket.

  • Fat Bike World Champs: Winners Crowned, Advocacy Discussed

    Photo Credit: Fred Dreier

    From VeloNews Competitor

    The growing tribe of fat bike enthusiasts met in Crested Butte, Colorado on Saturday to crown the discipline’s first-ever unofficial world champions. After nearly two hours of racing, professional road cyclist Robbie Squire and local mountain bike racer Amy Beisel emerged from the snowy race course as elite winners.


    Held by the Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Borealis Fat Bikes, the world championship event marked the cornerstone of a five-day fat biking festival, which included two other races as well as a daylong conference on fat biking advocacy. Similar to first-generation mountain bikers, who regularly struggled with trail access problems, fat biking riders also struggle to find suitable places to ride.

    Read the full article HERE.

  • Full Cycle's Open House Celebrates New Ownership

    It was a great turnout at Pearl Street's Full Cycle, which recently came under new ownership.
    Check out all the pics!

    Scores of area supporters (and Marianne Martin, the first winner of the women's Tour de France!) turned out in show of...

    Posted by 303Cycling on Sunday, January 31, 2016