• The Pro's & 303Triathlon.com take on the West Elk.

    From 303Triathlon.com
    Tri-Hearter: Fall Transition
    -Bill Plock, 8-15-2014

    It’s time for yet another transition, T3 and away from triathlons for now. Almost two weeks have passed since Ironman Boulder and it feels like a year. My lungs however won’t seem to entirely let go of the effort and make their frustration known when I do things like race up a flight of stairs. But, they need to rally in two weeks for my next adventure in Crested Butte.

    I plan to tackle the West Elk Bicycle Classic covering 134 miles of pure Colorado with a route touching several ecosystems showing the broad range of beauty our state has to offer. Along the way we will climb about 10,000 feet with one spectacular view after another. Having spent the last few months preparing for Ironman Boulder, too often my rides were lost in worry about watts and heart rates and maintaining this or hitting that. Not to say I didn't take in the beauty of the roads, but certainly the environment took a back seat.

    The West Elk is a timed tour providing for a competitive flavor so I’m told. I suppose some bragging rights can be found and I’m pretty sure the field of cyclists will be fairly hardcore.

  • For Bill's entire article click here.
  • Bill is absolutely correct. There will be some hard-core cyclists in the mix on August 31st. In fact, today's USA Pro Challenge will roll through portions of this very ride. This picture from Steephill shows mile 8 of the West Elk route from 2012. Check out miles 100-134 today.

    Who will climb the monster Kebler fastest? Will they be able to keep the lead on the descent? The final climb up to Mt CB? Jens Voigt? Tom Danielson? Tejay van Garderen? Best of luck to the Pro's and to every one who will be taking the West Elk Bicycle Classic on August 31st. Should be a wild ride.

  • B-Cycles up Evans Video

    *For the full picture gallery, click here.

  • Temporary Asphalt Paving

    Expect travel delays; Cyclists asked to avoid the area during working hours due to safety concerns

    Boulder County, Colo. – Boulder County will begin laying asphalt on portions of Lefthand Canyon Drive between US 36 and Hwy 72/Peak to Peak Byway that washed away during the September 2013 flood on Monday, Aug. 18. The same operation will begin on James Canyon Drive in James Canyon the following Monday, Aug. 25. Work in both canyons will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Work in James Canyon is expected to end in mid-October, while work in Lefthand Canyon is planned through the first week of November.

    Travel delays of up to 15-minutes can be expected during working hours and traffic control personnel will be used in sections to direct traffic through work zones.

    The work will consist of paving a 22-foot wide asphalt road on the gravel sections of the canyons. In addition, repairs will be made to roadway shoulders and slopes to improve their stability. Striping work will follow the paving operations. The damaged areas of canyon roads are receiving temporary asphalt patches at this time in order to ensure that the roads remain safe and passable for all users through next fall, winter and spring run-off while permanent roadway design plans are completed.

    Because permanent reconstruction is not expected to start until the spring of 2015, the asphalt patching will be easier, and less costly to maintain throughout the winter and will improve safety by reducing the number of potholes, ruts and potential for washboarding. The paving project will also include shoulder stabilization work in order to strengthen the roadway in areas where the creek could erode the stream bank and cause structural problems for the road.

    Cycling in Construction Zones
    Cycling in James Canyon will remain restricted to everyone but permitted locals who commute primarily by bicycle, as it exists today.

    Boulder County project managers and engineers and emergency service providers will routinely evaluate cycling safety in Lefthand Canyon during the project and may close the road to recreational cyclists if conditions dictate. Cyclists can expect to see large volumes of heavy machinery and semi tractor-trailers navigating the length of canyon roadway throughout the construction period each work day. In many areas, the roadway shoulder has been washed away, leaving little room for passing cars and forcing cyclists into the main flow of traffic with motor vehicles. When large trucks hauling materials navigate the current state of canyon roads they are forced to cross the center-line in many areas in order to safely travel around some of the sharper corners. While the cab of the truck may now be in the outside lane, the trailer will still be on the inside lane and can actually track onto the outer-half/shoulder and create a dangerous situation for cyclists and other roadway users. The graphic attached to this email depicts this situation.

    Boulder County asks that all roadway users navigating these stretches of road be vigilant of their surroundings as travel conditions can change quickly. Cyclists are being asked to ride single-file at all times in Boulder County mountain canyons that are under construction. Motorists are asked to be patient when cyclists are forced off the shoulder and into the roadway, and to use caution when passing cyclists heading up and down the road. Visit the Safe Cycling on Boulder County Canyon Roads website to see current roadway conditions and learn how cyclists and motorist can travel together on county roads.

    After the road is repaved, new striping and signage will be applied, which should help alert roadway users to the changing conditions and widths of the road. A motorist-cyclist working group was convened by Boulder County in June of this year that met several times to discuss ways to make travel safer for both groups when using flood-damaged and temporarily repaired canyon and mountain roads. The striping and signage solutions were some of the ideas the group came up with to help everyone safely navigate area roads.

    While Boulder County Transportation strives to complete all projects on-time, work is weather dependent and there may be delays due to rain or other unfavorable working conditions. If there are delays due to weather, Boulder County may allow the contractor to work on Saturdays in order to complete the project.

  • FirstBank Pro Challenge Twitter Take-over

    LAKEWOOD, Colo., Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/
    FirstBank, Colorado's second largest bank by deposits, announced today it has partnered with cycling expert and former journalist, Jasen Thorpe
    (@jasenthorpe), and recognized cycling fashion and race commentator, Maiko (@mmmaiko), to host daily updates, interviews and Q&As during the week long USA Pro Challenge professional cycling race on FirstBank's Twitter page:@efirstbank..

    The Pro Challenge, which is recognized as one of the largest cycling events in North America and voted a Top 5 Race internationally according a recent poll from Cycling News, will take place Aug. 18-24 and will travel through many cities in Colorado where FirstBank has branch locations such as Aspen, Boulder, Breckenridge, Colorado Springs, Denver and Vail.

    Photo: courtesy of Zinncycles.com

    In addition to providing ongoing race coverage and updates, Thorpe and Maiko will host live Q&As and interviews with the following experts:

    • Lennard Zinn (@LennardZinn), Boulder resident and longtime technical editor/contributor at Velonews.com, Velo Magazine, owner of Zinn custom cycles and author of the go-to book on bike maintenance, "Zinn and the Art of Bicycle Maintenance," will answer audience questions on bike technology, and provide technical commentary during the USAPC through @efirstBank. Zinn's work can be found at Velonews.com, ZinnCycles.com, and http://www.velopress.com/authors/lennard-zinn/ .
    • Katie Macarelli of 303Cycling.com (@303Cycling) will provide real-time commentary, and help put courses, host cities and riders in a uniquely Colorado context, with advice for fans on spectating, riding opportunities and events in and around the cities. 303 Cycling is the premier source for news on all things cycling in Colorado, and your guide to engaging the cycling community wherever. 303Cycling.com.
    • Dirk Friel of TrainingPeaks (@TrainingPeaks) is among the world's leading providers of training tools for coaches and athletes alike. Friel will provide insight into the athletes' training and preparation, the realities of what it requires to perform at the level of a pro, and analysis of athlete power profiles from each stage of the race. TrainingPeaks is the Colorado-based authority on training for endurance sports and cycling. Trainingpeaks.com.
    • Sarai Snyder (@SaraiSnyder) is the founder of GirlBikeLove.com (@GirlBikeLove) and the global Cyclofemme series of rides (@Cyclofemme). Snyder is also a Boulder resident who has committed her career to expanding opportunities for women inside and outside the sport of cycling. Snyder will join us to talk women's cycling, events and Colorado riding opportunities.

      Photo: fineartamerica.com
    • Jen See (@_Gavia_) is a regular contributor to the most popular US cycling titles and websites, and has built considerable experience reporting on the personalities within the peloton and the broader racing community. She will be sharing these experiences and related insights with us during the race.
    • Ryan Muncy of Rachershots (Racershots.com) The Colorado-based cycling photographer will be providing daily photography from within the peloton and behind the scenes.
  • Meet the Athletes: USA Pro Challenge Cyclists

    Join Carter Jones, Eric Young, Alex Howes and Kiel Reijnen at the Boulder REI for a Q & A panel discussion the evening of August 14th. These top athletes will share their insider tips on nutrition, gear and what it takes to compete at one of the largest cycling events in U.S history. Featuring free giveaways from REI and Velo, this event is sure to fill up fast. Tell your friends and reserve your spot today at Meet the Athletes, REI.

    • Date: 8/14/2014
    • Event Location: Boulder REI
    • Event Fee: Free
    • Time: 6:30 - 8:00 PM MDT
    • Presenter: USA Pro Challenge Cyclists

    More info. about the athletes:
    Carter Jones
    Eric Young
    Alex Howes
    Kiel Reijnen

    *The madness starts next week!! Make sure you are prepared.

  • Jelly Belly Cycling Team Training Camp

    Press Release, Aug 5, 2014
    Get excited for the Pro Cycling Challenge with the Jelly Belly Professional Cycling Team. The fun, down-to-Earth, Professional Cycling Team will be at Keystone training for the Pro Cycling Challenge August 11 - 13. They're offering a day of fun and info. free to the public! Activities include; a Training Ride, Q & A sessions with the riders and kids ride and obstacle course!

    Date: August 13, 2014
    Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm
    Cost: Free
    Parking: Free parking will be available in the River Run Parking Lot.

    Schedule of Events:

  • 9:00am- 9:45am - Meet and greet.
    Join the Jelly Belly Professional Cycling Team in the Village Square at River Run. Jelly Belly and Prestige Imports will display all team support vehicles in the Village Square on Wednesday morning.
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm - Ride up Loveland Pass
    Join Jelly Belly and Prestige Junior teams on a training ride up Loveland Pass! Jelly Belly and Prestige Junior teams will lead the ride. All adults are invited to attend. Prestige Imports team car will provide ride support.
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm - Lunch
    Join them for lunch at Luigi's (located in River Run).
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm - Kids Ride and Obstacle Course followed by Q&A Session.
    Fun for the whole family. Have your kids participate in this fun ride and obstacle course then learn what it takes to ride in the Pro Cycling Challenge and what training entails.

    *There will be FREE jelly beans, t-shirts, water bottles and other giveaways.
    - See more at:
    Jelly Belly Training Camp.

  • Wake up Call: Laura Weintraub

    If you're not familiar with Laura Weintraub's FIRST claim to fame, read this article from Bicycle Magazine first.

    Act 1: To summarize it, she filmed herself as a passenger in a van spewing hate and the intent to harm/harass cyclists in LA. The best part? She WAS (until her brilliant film debut) a reserve police officer. *I can't even find this video to post, as it's been removed. Probably for the best. It was awful.

    Act 2: Obviously there was quite a backlash. She was suspended, received hate-letters, calls, death-threats, etc.

    Act 3. May we present for your enjoyment, Ms. Weintraub's "Wake-up Call". Gosh. She seems so sincere.