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  • Boulder Valley Velodrome asking for help from Erie

    From the Daily Camera
    After more than two-and-a-half years of building, and some notable setbacks, owners Doug Emerson and Frank Banta are asking for help from the town of Erie to get things rolling at the much-anticipated Boulder Valley Velodrome.

    The financial situation surrounding the outdoor cycling track — at the northwest corner of Bonnell Avenue and County Line Road — is running "a little thin," Emerson said, partly because of two major weather events that severely delayed construction.

    The first setback came Aug. 3, 2013, when a violent thunderstorm blew through Erie and flattened the easternmost portion of the open-air structure, a calamity that set back completion a full year, Emerson said. The historic Boulder County flood of 2013 came a month later, doing less physical damage but further delaying construction.

    As such, Emerson said he and Banta are seeking short-term exemptions from some town building codes and a temporary certificate of occupancy so they can start offering classes and other services at the velodrome and infuse the money into completing the final details.

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  • Welcome Addie to sales at 303Cycling

    Addie Levinsky

    As some may know, Katie has left us to join Feedback in Golden where I know she will do great. In her place Addie Levinsky will be replacing her. We are excited to have her onboard in the critical position and one that we hope can grow over time. Who is she? Well without overusing the word, Addie lives for adventures in the mountains. She discovered cycling just over five years ago and became enamored with pounding on the pavement for hours at a time and riding fast in circles around office parks. Then, she discovered the dirt and everything changed. Now an enthusiast for back-country mountain biking and rock climbing, she firmly believes in suffering all in the name of fun (and post-ride coffees and pastries, always). She holds a degree in philosophy from the University of Colorado and interned with VeloNews for six months fueling her passion for journalism and writing. She now handles sales at 303Cycling is extremely excited about the Colorado cycling community. She also writes freelance for various publications, and is working on starting her own adventure zine.

    To get in touch with Addie drop her a line at addie at 303cycling.com or sales at 303cycling.com

  • Matter Cycles - Photo Essay

    Matter Cycles offers modern, custom bikes, handmade in Boulder, Colorado by Collin Schaafsma. Collin grew up on a farm racing motocross, building dirt jumps, and tinkering in the shop with a welder. This somehow led to art school, software engineering and a ton of bike riding/racing along the way.

    Two years ago Collin felt the pull of getting back to the shop and started designing and building the bikes he wanted: born from smart geometry and designed for today’s style of riding in high-end steel. Because a limited amount of Matter bikes leave the nest each year, Collin also gets to build the bikes the way he wants to: no detail is overlooked. Each bike is made by hand using very exact, repeatable construction methods, and carefully TIG welded in an extremely clean environment. Made to order, made to be ridden and made to last, his bikes are also a ton of fun.

    Matter Cycles specializes in bikes that like to get dirty and offers six models for the ultimate quiver. Here is a little photo essay of whats going on and coming out of the shop.

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  • James Canyon Rd to not be restored with all bike lanes

    According to a citizen who attended at recent meeting with county officials on Jamestown and Lefthand Canyon road repaving, which is scheduled for LATE 2015 it was learned that due to funding (from outside the county assumed) the reconstruction is not planned to have a downhill bike lane, only an uphill lane. For some less confident cyclists this could be a deal breaker for riding that road anymore

    - Post flood Lefthand Canyon Road

  • Pro's Vs. Industry Mo's

    I've had three major realizations over my very short time as a "bike racer".

    1. I'm not very motivated by "winning". I like to race for fun (this came as no surprise).
    2. There aren't enough women out there who race (for fun or otherwise).
    3. When I find such a women, I immediately try and befriend her simply because we have at least one thing in common: we get joy out of riding our bikes fast(ish) around others.

    You can imagine then, my insane, bike geekish, joy when I got to meet two of the finest female bike racers--Katie Compton and Georgia Gould.

    I met Katie at a cx clinic she put on in Boulder last summer. She heckled me for being in a "wussy gear" when I rode through the sand pit in front of her. She was right. I WAS in a wussy-gear. She also didn't mind when Amanda Cyr and I created an animated gif of her hitting the deck at last year's Boulder Cup and posted it to Twitter. It was then that I knew she was a great person, not just a fast racer.

    I had the pleasure of riding with Georgia (and a small band of happy kids) on North Table Mtn last Spring for a Colorado High School Mountain Biking League event. I knew she was amazing when she insisted on carrying a 9 year old's insanely heavy back-pack saying, "No really. I need to! I'm in training!" and then encouraged him all the way up to the top. Switch-back, by s-l-o-o-w switchback. She also heckled me from about 500 yards away through a walkie-talkie when I later got a flat. Yep. Keeper.

    Over the summer what began as harmless social media heckling, soon evolved to a silly competition. Katie Compton and a crew of pro-cyclists vs. myself and a crew of...non-pro's. We had a cookie bake-off, followed by a Dodgeball tournament. My face is still stinging from Cari Higgins' over-hand and my soul is still stinging from being defeated by Katie's GLUTEN-FREE COOKIES. Mary Topping documented the entire hilarious affair. If you want to read more, click here.

    No sooner than we were sweeping up cookie crumbs, I immediately challenged Katie to a re-match in the Fall. Fall Breads for the bake-off and then the rest was to be determined. A "Just Dance-off"? Perhaps a "Karaoke-off"? I needed to find a physical competition that Katie might not have as much experience with and where athletic talent wouldn't necessarily get you a win. Finally it came to me. I would have to pull out a mom-skill. Even more mom-ish than baking--getting your child to school.

    So I devised a Pro's vs. Industry Mo's (short for moms) competition. Four women: Katie Compton (Pro), Georgia Gould (Pro), Cheri Felix (Free-lance writer, CO High School MTB coach and new to cx) and myself. And everyone agreed to my plan. You guys. Did you read that? Stop for a second. Everyone. Agreed. The race will take place after the Men's Elite race at the Boulder Cup (around 5:30 pm) in the start/finish alley. Larry G will be announcing (of course).

      Here's how it's going down:
    • We'll line up with our cx bikes at the start line.
    • Katie and Georgia are not allowed to shift out of their small chain-rings.
    • At mid-point we have to dismount to where a partner* awaits with two items: a backpack and a bandaid. Partner also has one shoe untied.
    • We must open the backpack, take an item out, and place backpack properly on partner.
    • We must put the bandaid on our partner and kiss their ouchie.
    • We must tie the untied shoe.
    • We must mount up (grabbing the item we removed from the backpack) and cross the finish line with our respective Pro/Mo team-mate.

    *Partner can be a child, friend or spouse. Item in backpack will be something like a Trapper Keeper, a sack lunch or a musical instrument. The Bake-off will follow on the announcer's stage.

    You might be asking, "Wait. What does this have to do with Cyclocross?" It doesn't. Or my favorite response to my articles, "HOW is this NEWS?" It's not. It's simply four women having a good time together who like to ride their bikes.

    We all have our strengths. Georgia has a very intense race face and rides over...lots of stuff, all speedy-like and with ease. Katie runs up steps fast, rides through mud effortlessly and bakes gluten free. Cheri races short-track, has ridden a camel and she trains her kids in the art of whittling with knives. I often ride with children's backpacks in panniers, bleed really well and always save enough in the tank to sing to my competition during races.

    If you want to witness this battle of battles, The Pro's against the Mo's, we invite you. It should be a blast. But bring a Trapper Keeper just in case. You never know.