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  • Weekend Preview: Don't Forget Your Mother

    Cycling Events
    Thursday May 5th
    WRC: Women’s Night Out
    Wheat Ridge

    Just for the Ladies!

    This night is all about you -- the woman cyclist. Over 30 industry reps, complimentary Cinco de Mayo cuisine, margaritas, and chocolate! WNO is THE early sales event of the season. See all the latest designs and technology, enjoy special pricing, and get your cycling season underway!


    Friday May 6th

    TriVelo Youth Camp
    Divide

    - Master bike handling skills such as starting, stopping, shifting, hill climbing, descending, cornering, sprinting and passing Understand road rules and strategies to staying safe
    - Learn road riding etiquette Learn advanced skills like riding in formation (drafting, pace-lining, and echeloning)
    - Gain confidence and learn teamwork
    - Above all, the road camp is fun and will prepare young riders for recreational or competitive riding.


    Saturday May 7th
    Project Recycle: Dream Bike Event
    Littleton

    Project ReCycle was started in 2010 with a purpose of making children smile by providing them a bicycle. Our firs run at this venture lead us to create a program that would not only guarantee smiles but would also influence children behavior in a positive manner. Children are encouraged to earn a bike by improving in 3 areas; Respect, Attendance and Academic Growth. Our Dream Bike program (DBP) has benefited over 3000 children since its inception.


    Turin MTB Demo
    Green Mountain
    We will have mountain bikes from Cycles Devinci and Specialized Bicycles. Models include the Django 27.5, the 27.5 Troy and 27.5+ Hendrix from Devinci. Specialized Bicycles will have there onsite demo truck and trailer with a full selection of Specialized bicycles.
    Biking Basics for the Beginner
    Longmont

    No fancy bikes or lycra required - or even allowed! Two hours of classroom time and two hours of instruction on the road/in the saddle to help get "re" beginners back to feeling comfortable. Gearing, where to ride, what to wear, bike safety checks, helmet fits, etc


    Spring Dual Slalom Series SMBA
    Valmont Bike Park
    CGGC Encierro Velo
    Elbert

    Colorado Gravel Grinder Championships is a new event for Colorado cyclist


    OZ Road Race
    Watkins

    The brand new OZ Road Race has two key defining characteristics; long and wide open! You're not in Kansas anymore toto. Come May 7th the longest road race in Colorado History makes its debut out of the Front Range Airport.


    Sunday May 8th
    Ridgeline Rampage Rocky Mountain Endurance Series
    Castle Rock

    This lengthened 16-mile circuit now includes the new Phillip S. Miller trail system as well as the Ridgeline trails. The tight course winds through Gambel Oak, Ponderosa and Pinyon Pine. Designed like Battle the Bear, the neutral aid station every lap provides excellent spectating opportunities and fast racing action.



    Triathlon Events
    Thursday May 5th

    WRC: Women’s Night Out
    Wheat Ridge

    For the Ladies Only!
    This night is all about you -- the woman cyclist. Over 30 industry reps, complimentary Cinco de Mayo cuisine, margaritas, and chocolate! WNO is THE early sales event of the season. See all the latest designs and technology, enjoy special pricing, and get your cycling season underway!


    Saturday April 30th

    Cenna Cycles Weekly Ride
    Prospect

  • Boom: A Firsthand Account of a Red Hook Crit Crash

    By Scott Downes

    From the outside looking in, the field of the Red Hook Crit somewhat resembles a swarming cluster of undetonated torpedoes, lurking and looking to target the front of the race. It’s all power and fury, rigid and taut, comprised of pieces and parts that don’t really bend.

    When the lead race moto stalled not even thirty seconds into the men’s final on Saturday night, in the middle of the road, just past a tight right hand corner, those pieces and parts broke.

    In a video clip that made the social media rounds, as the peloton abruptly splits down the middle, you can barely identify an aqua-colored blur of a rider barreling into the right rear flank of the stalled moto, then disappearing from the screen altogether, under a pile of bikes and bodies.

    That rider is Scott Piercefield.

    “I remember hitting the motorcycle straight on, falling to the right of it, and having the entire peloton pretty much trickle in on me,” said Piercefield, 28, who lives in Golden, CO, and races with the State Bicycle Company team. “By the time everything was done, I was screaming because I had a chainring going in my back. I thought I broke my back - it was the weirdest pain. I had probably five bikes on top of me at the time. My teammate got me up, and I looked at myself and was like ‘Holy crap, I made it out alive.’”

    One of the teammates who helped pull bikes off Piercefield was Andrew Hemesath, who was riding in his first Red Hook Crit.

    “I’m pretty sure I hit Scott,” said Hemesath, 24, who lives in Wheatridge, CO. “I landed on top of bodies. I didn’t even see the motorcycle, I thought someone had hit the barriers and the crash had spread across the course.”

    Bike carnage and chaos ensued. The race was red-flagged, and did not resume for nearly an hour. “That gave everyone time to fix their bikes, borrow wheels, do whatever they needed to do to get back into it,” Piercefield said.

    At least five people were taken to the hospital by ambulance. Some 70 of the 85 riders in the men’s final were able to restart. However, the race was suddenly over for both Piercefield and Hemesath.

    Piercefield’s bike looked like “someone took hammers to the back of it,” and he sustained injuries to his back, arm, shoulder, and chin. Miraculously, though, he escaped without any broken bones or worse.

    Hemesath was not able to continue either. His bike broke in the crash - his fork severed, leaving his wheel to roll about 50 meters down the course. He too somehow avoided any serious injury.

    Red Hook began in 2008 as an unsanctioned, underground race with a few dozen riders from the local bike messenger scene. It’s grown into a four-race international series – in Brooklyn, Barcelona, Milan, and London - that attracts major sponsors, tens of thousands of fans, and several hundred men and women who compete on track bikes on a short, technical circuit.

    Saturday’s marquee race in Brooklyn was on a 1.13km circuit with six left turns and four right right-handers. The women race 24km over 22 laps, with a 100-rider limit. The men race 30km over 26 laps, with 250 riders attempting to qualify for 85 spots in the main race. It looks like a high-speed cyclocross course, but on pavement and at night. With one, fixed gear. And no brakes.

    Not that many years ago, “people were qualifying in jean shorts,” Piercefield said. The jean shorts have since given way to skin suits, tubulars, and trainers. The Red Hook field is not just bike messengers anymore. It’s elite crit racers, domestic and international pros, and, in some cases, pros who have raced Paris-Roubaix and the Giro d’Italia who don’t even qualify for the final.

    Piercefield has raced – or survived, as he says – 10 Red Hook events, in Brooklyn, Barcelona, and London. And he’s been doing underground races, and other brakeless, track bike crits for years. Both he and Hemesath have previously raced in the Wolfpack Hustle series in California, among others.

    There are almost always gnarly crashes at Red Hook. Five minutes on YouTube shows you what you’re getting yourself into. And that’s part of the appeal for many, the risk and reward of high stakes racing.

    By Piercefield’s estimate, racing Red Hook is one part power, and two parts technical skill, with a dash of “kamikaze mentality...where you’re shutting off your brain to do this race and not thinking about going to work the next day.”

    “I know how to get around crashes, and I’m always thinking ahead,” Piercefield said. “I use the crowd. Whenever I hear the crowd go ‘yay’ and then go ‘ohhhh,’ I know I need to start looking for holes because there’s a crash ahead of me.”

    That’s exactly what he did on Saturday night. The field was splitting ahead of him to avoid the moto. He saw it and immediately found a hole. But there would be no hole.

    “I jumped in that hole to the right, not even slowing down, because that’s just Red Hook,” added Piercefield, who said he was going about 25mph. “As soon as I switched lines, it was instant, boom.”

    Though rider safety is always a concern, especially at a narrow course like Red Hook, both Hemesath and Piercefield carry a healthy perspective on the crash and the race as a whole.

    “It’s a little bit of mixed emotions,” Hemesath said. “But being in it, it doesn’t seem that remarkable, it just happens.”

    “It’s what you sign up for in Red Hook,” Piercefield added. “I was disappointed in what happened immediately, but I wasn’t angry. I think a lot of people were in the same boat, where they’re trying to collect themselves and make sure they’re alright more than anything.”

    This particular crash may have gained more attention because it was caused by a race moto. And it comes on the heels of several incidences in recent UCI pro races where race motos and media cars have caused crashes in the peloton. On Saturday night in Brooklyn, it wasn’t a VIP car or a race moto carrying a photographer, it was the lead moto, which is there as a safety measure.

    “It prevents all the drunk people from getting on the course, it’s making sure the course isn’t disrupted, pulling lapped riders, and showing the lead pack what lap they’re on,” Piercefield explained, referring to the small LED screen on back of the moto. “So it’s a huge convenience to have that moto out there, and makes a world of difference, especially when you’re racing aggressively off the front.”

    “When it’s only one moto, and it’s the ref, that’s not excessive,” added Hemesath, who also noted that this crash likely drew more attention because it was being livestreamed.

    Both riders are hungry to get back on the bike and race again.

    For Hemesath, he qualified for the final but the crash robbed him of a chance to compete. So the next day he was already thinking about coming back. “Yeah, I’d like to give it another shot,” he said.

    Piercefield is unsure if he’ll continue racing at Red Hook specifically, though he couldn’t help applaud the event.

    “I’ve definitely had a blast with it over the years,” he said. “It’s an incredible race and the crowds are crazy. I’ve never done something that’s been so exhilarating in my life.”

  • Weekend Preview: Great Events this Weekend!

    Cycling Events
    Friday April 29th

    Fruita Fat Tire Festival
    Fruita

    The Fruita Fat Tire Festival offers mountain and desert rides, a bike expo in downtown Fruita at the Civic Center Park, the ever popular beer garden and more! Plus, road rides through Colorado National Monument, over Douglas Pass, and through wine country.


    Pastries on the Path
    Boulder
    Goose Creek Path next to Community Cycles (between 30th & Foothills)

    Three bike-loving organizations Community Cycles, Boulder Food Rescue, and Conscious Coffees have teamed up to offer free coffee and pastries to bike commuters on the last Friday of the month from 8:00-9:00 am through June's Walk and Bike Month


    Bicycle Colorado Gala
    Denver

    A fundraiser for better bicycling and a party you won’t want to miss! This annual celebration is the official kick-off to the cycling season.


    Saturday April 30th
    Colorado Springs Bike Swap
    Colorado Springs

    The Colorado Springs Bike Swap is a one-day event that connects folks with bike stuff to sell with people who want to buy it. With plenty of vendors registered to sell stuff like Mountain, Road & Cross bikes, cycling attire, shoes, frames, forks, cranks, pedals -- you name it, it's probably at the swap meet. The exact vendors vary from year to year, but it's a good bet that you'll find some spectacular deals, and meet a bunch of great people


    4th Annual BRAC Women’s Camp
    Boulder

    Brush up on your skills and refresh your racing knowledge in a safe environment with supportive and experienced coaches. Topics will include: the basics of sprinting, pack handling, emergency braking, cornering, race tactics and more! This camp is for both novice and experienced racers.


    Maverick Classic
    Grand Junction

    More than 300 cyclists from the western United States converge in Grand Junction for the three-race Maverick Classic, which is the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference Championship. The three-race event takes the riders through Fruita, Grand Junction, and Palisade.


    Fruita Fat Tire Festival
    Fruita

    The Fruita Fat Tire Festival offers mountain and desert rides, a bike expo in downtown Fruita at the Civic Center Park, the ever popular beer garden and more! Plus, road rides through Colorado National Monument, over Douglas Pass, and through wine country.


    Sunday May 1st
    Fruita Fat Tire Festival
    Fruita

    The Fruita Fat Tire Festival offers mountain and desert rides, a bike expo in downtown Fruita at the Civic Center Park, the ever popular beer garden and more! Plus, road rides through Colorado National Monument, over Douglas Pass, and through wine country.


    Maverick Classic
    Grand Junction

    More than 300 cyclists from the western United States converge in Grand Junction for the three-race Maverick Classic, which is the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference Championship. The three-race event takes the riders through Fruita, Grand Junction, and Palisade.



    Triathlon Events
    Friday April 29th

    Pastries on the Path
    Boulder
    Goose Creek Path next to Community Cycles (between 30th & Foothills)

    Three bike-loving organizations Community Cycles, Boulder Food Rescue, and Conscious Coffees have teamed up to offer free coffee and pastries to bike commuters on the last Friday of the month from 8:00-9:00 am through June's Walk and Bike Month


    Bicycle Colorado Gala
    Denver
    A fundraiser for better bicycling and a party you won’t want to miss! This annual celebration is the official kick-off to the cycling season.
    Saturday April 30th

    Saturday Ride from Cenna’s Cycling
    Prospect


    Colorado Springs Bike Swap
    Colorado Springs

    The Colorado Springs Bike Swap is a one-day event that connects folks with bike stuff to sell with people who want to buy it. With plenty of vendors registered to sell stuff like Mountain, Road & Cross bikes, cycling attire, shoes, frames, forks, cranks, pedals -- you name it, it's probably at the swap meet. The exact vendors vary from year to year, but it's a good bet that you'll find some spectacular deals, and meet a bunch of great people


    Sunday May 1st

    USAT Off Road Triathlon National Championships
    Arkansas

    The 2016 USA Triathlon Off-Road National Championships will take place May 1st as part of the XTERRA Gator Terra in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. The XTERRA GatorTerra will be celebrating its 20th Birthday in 2016, the oldest, longest running XTERRA race on the U.S. mainland.

  • 2016 - Encierro Velo

    April 28 UPDATE:

    Greetings Encierro Velo Entrants:

    After much thought, we have decided to postpone one week to May 7, 2016. As of 8:00 pm this evening, Wednesday, April 27, the forecast is for all areas of the course to receive snow on Thursday night and all day Friday. Monument, which is where the southwest corner of the course lies, is projected to receive 8 to 16 inches of snow. Other areas of the course will receive lesser amounts. While Saturday has a 20% chance of snow, it is unlikely that all areas of the course will be plowed by Saturday morning. For now, all details will remain the same for the May 7 date. But check the website, as some details may need to be tweaked at the last minute. We apologize for this necessary weather postponement, but feel it is the best decision based on the current forecast. If you are unable to attend on May 7, we apologize that we will not be able to issue a refund; however, we will offer a discount for next year’s event. We will keep registration open until May 6.

    Thank for your understanding and continued willingness to support this new event.

    Sincerely

    Phil Schweizer
    Race Director

    More Info HERE

    Colorado Gravel Grinder Championships is a new event for Colorado cyclist.

    For 2016 it will consist of 2 gravel grinder events. They are the new 100K and 50K Encierro Velo on Apr 30 in Elbert CO

    Visit http://www.ColoradoGravelGrinderChampionship.com for complete information.

  • "Dear Angry Drivers" Letter causes uprising in Omaha

    Recently a cyclist vs. driver story in Omaha made waves around the community, with both sides chiming in (well, "chiming" is a rather tame word for some of the comments and exchanges...), and even Colorado cyclists involved in the discussion.

    Here's the story.

    Michelle Bandur - cyclist, triathlete, Communications Director for the City of Council Bluffs, wrote a guest column for LiveWell Nebraska titled, "Dear Angry Drivers."

    Dear angry drivers,

    How have you been? Still mad at me? Well, like it or not, warm weather is back, and so am I. Yep, the cyclist is back on the same road where you drive your car.

    Just like the wheels on my bike, your head keeps spinning every time you see me on the road. Deal with it. I'm not going anywhere.

    Read the full letter HERE.

    The comments following that post go on for pages, and include such viewpoints as,

    ...if only bikers would follow the rules of the road, few do. Just watch a bike rider for a few minutes and you'll see a violation within a few minutes-not stopping at intersections, failing to yield the right of way, riding across pedestrian crosswalks, darting in and out of traffic, speeding- if biking is SO dangerous, why do it, Michelle? I have nothing against bike riders, but please, this holier than thou attitude is a little rich considering the way most of the bicyclists I see violate road rules, putting themselves and others in danger...

    And,

    YOU deal with it ... GET ON THE PATH ... GET ON THE SIDEWALK ... or figure out a way to NOT IMPEDED TRAFFIC. This is NOT OK ...

    And this,

    Auto drivers always sound like you, even though they ignore the law as much, or worse, than any cyclist I've ever ridden with. Turn signals are merely optional, as is stopping as the light turns red (let alone yellow), blowing through right turns on red without stopping, texting while driving, and the eighty other things I can think of off the top of my head. The big difference is the idiot drivers are guiding a 3000-4000 lb vehicle, not a 20 lb bicycle. And god forbid that you should have to slow to pass a cyclist on the road...

    This yin-yang diatribe caught the attention of Scott Voorhees of KFAB News Radio, who interviewed Michelle and asked why she was so PO'd. She was quick to correct, "I am not angry - I'm frustrated. It's the drivers who are angry. Why are they so angry?"

    To which Voorhees offered this explanation:

    ...you're physique is enviable. You're tone, you're tan, you're strong... they see that and see you there exercising and it reminds them that they're petty, terrible, selfish scumbags... they see you out there and it reminds them what a jerk they are, and so they're going to take out their self hate on you...

    Michelle is glad to have provided a catalyst to encourage dialogue on this subject. She says, "I'm glad my letter is getting people talking. Everyone could be safer on the road, whether it's on two wheels or four. Be safe!"

    Listen to the full podcast here: