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  • USA Pro Challenge won't race in 2016

    From Daily Camera

    Organizers call it a pause, say they will keep looking for new owners — and expansion opportunities

    The USA Pro Challenge will not happen this year.

    Organizers of the race, which would have counted 2016 as its sixth year hosting the world's top cyclists pedaling across the state, need more time to establish a new ownership structure and secure long-term investors. Pushing the race to 2017 gives organizers more time to enlist national sponsors and potentially add new Pro Challenge races across the country.

    "What we don't want to do it put a Band-Aid on this. We are going to take a pause and focus," said Shawn Hunter, the longtime chief of the race. "Unless we can pull this off in a manner like we have for the last five years, we think the prudent thing is to hold off and launch in 2017."

    Since October, Hunter has led a volunteer team in a search for community and national sponsors for the high profile race.

    The USA Pro Challenge's founders, restaurant chain owners Rick and Richard Schaden, relinquished control of the race in late September, providing Hunter a chance to build a new ownership model not based on a single family.


    "One of the important pieces is to allow for continued growth of the Pro Challenge but also expansion and the introduction of new races over the next three to five years," he said. "Here is an opportunity to create a platform that has a handful of events in key locations that are attractive to both national sponsors and broadcasters. A one-off cycling event is exciting, but if it's part of a bigger organization or a bigger vision, that's what we think is key to long-term success."

    Colorado will anchor the new series of Pro Challenge races, said Hunter, adding that the East Coast is "the next logical step" for expansion of the Pro Challenge race brand.

    Hunter said there are three pillars needed to support professional bike racing in the U.S. right now: an ownership group committed to the long term, a national network of sponsors and support from communities that host the race.

    He is close on the first two and, in Colorado, community support is strong. . .

    Read the full story HERE.

  • 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

  • Ride the Rockies announces Presenting Sponsor, Route to be announced Saturday

    The Denver Post Ride The Rockies announced that ViaWest has signed on to be the Presenting Sponsor for the annual bicycle tour through the Colorado Rockies.

    “We know Colorado is at the center of the country’s cycling universe, and we’re excited to be affiliated with this iconic event that has been rolling across Colorado for more than three decades,” said ViaWest President & CEO Nancy Phillips. “Ride The Rockies highlights some of the most majestic parts of the state while providing more than $1.5 million in economic impact, and this sponsorship continues our role in championing Colorado and the cycling community.”

    ViaWest was the Presenting Sponsor of the Ride The Rockies Prologue for two years.


    Photo: Helen H. Richardson, Denver Post

    Ride The Rockies Tour Director Chandler Smith said he is excited to continue the event’s relationship with ViaWest. “ViaWest was a fantastic Prologue Sponsor and we look forward to what the future will bring with the Tour," Smith stated.

    Previous presenting sponsors of Ride The Rockies include: Coors, Coors Light, News4Colorado, Public Service Company of Colorado, US Home, Wells Fargo and Zima.

    The route for the 31st Annual Ride The Rockies will be announced on Saturday, February 6th. Registration will open the following day at ridetherockies.com and the 2,000 lottery winners will be notified March 4th. Proceeds from the event benefit The Denver Post Community Foundation.

    Read the Denver Post Story

  • 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.

  • U23 caught with motor at Zolder CX Worlds- "It wasn't my bike"

    Cycling great Eddy Merckx says those caught cheating with motors in their bikes should serve lifetime bans from the sport. Read the story by Velonews


    UCI president Brian Cookson confirmed on Sunday that a Belgian cyclist had been caught cheating at cyclocross world championships, using a concealed motor on a bike being. Femke Van den Driessche, an athlete in the under-23 category is the first rider to be snared by the UCI’s bike checks in a top-level competition.

    Femke van den Driessche responds: "It wasn’t my bike, it was that of a friend and was identical to mine,” a tearful Van den Driessche told Belgian TV channel Sporza. “This friend went around the course Saturday before dropping off the bike in the truck. A mechanic, thinking it was my bike, cleaned it and prepared it for my race”...

    Read the full story HERE.

    "Italian manufacturer Wilier Triestina says it will sue the Belgian cyclist who used a motor on her bike at the cyclo-cross world championships in the latest scandal to rock the sport."
    Read the story HERE.

    From Velonews-Competitor

    ZOLDER, Belgium (VN) — In what appears to be a first in cycling, the International Cycling Union confirmed that it had impounded the bike of Belgian rider Femke van den Driessche following the women’s under-23 championship race Saturday. Van den Driessche was a pre-race favorite, thanks to solid results in the World Cup and a stunning second-place finish at the Koppenbergcross, one of the most difficult races on the calendar, in November.

    In an interview with Belgian TV network Sporza, Peter Van den Abeele, UCI’s off-road manager, said the bike was caught thanks to new technology the UCI has been developing for several years. “For the UCI, this is the first time we have established a technical fraud and for us that’s a downer. Most people are bewildered [by this].

    “Was this a specific control? We’ve been doing tests for a while now at the world championships. In recent years, there’s been some hoopla, and we’ve adapted the technology. The people of the UCI’s technology commission were here in force with good equipment.”

    A separate report on Sporza filled in some of the apparent details of what exactly happened.

    “After one lap of the world championships, UCI took Femke’s bike in the pit area and tested it with some sort of tablet,” said Sporza journalist Maarten Vangramberen. “The bike was immediately sealed and taken. The UCI then called in the Belgian federation. When the saddle was removed, there were electrical cables in the seat tube. When they wanted to remove the bottom bracket, which is normally not difficult, they could not because the crank was stuck. Inside there was a motor.”


    A report in the Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, meanwhile, quoted her father as saying that the bike in question was not used in competition.

    “It’s not Femke’s bike,” he reportedly said. “Someone from her team, who sometimes trains with her, brought the bike to the pit. But it was never the intention that she would ride it. … Femke has absolutely not used that bike in the race. We are strongly affected by what’s happened. Femke is totally upside-down.”

    Read the full story HERE.

    Additional coverage:
    Cycling News
    Peloton Magazine