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  • 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:

  • Weekend Preview: Hope You're Ready, Here Comes the Season

    Cycling Events
    Thursday April 21st

    Campus Cycles: Heels on Wheels
    Denver

    Don’t miss a great evening of fun.
    An evening to celebrate Heels on Wheels: Ladies Night at Campus Cycles Denver. Beer, Wine, Munchies & a Chocolate Fountain!


    Big Head Short Track
    Ft. Collins

    Short Track format with a ditch crossing.
    2 categories. 45 minutes or 30 minutes. Boys and Girls race together.


    Saturday April 23rd
    Saturday Ride from Cenna’s Cycling
    Prospect
    Back to Basics: Women’s Cycling Skills Clinic
    Centennial

    This clinic lays the foundation for everything you do on the bike. Whether you are new to cycling or just need a refresher, these skills affect your ability to ride safely and confidently.
    Run by Coach Kathy Zawadzki


    Leadville Winter MTB Series
    Leadville

    A tour of Leadville’s historic Mining District
    Last in the series of four. Don’t miss it.


    Clasica de Rio Grande
    Johnstown

    A 17.5 mile loop on rolling paved roads except for one mile of straight dirt road. Sag wagon only, no mechanical support. Bring stuff to fix a flat.


    Rumble at 18 Road
    Fruita

    Dust off your legs with this early spring fast mountain bike race in the Grand Valley!


    Squawker Road Classic
    Durango
    Sunday April 24th

    Squawker Road Classic
    Durango


    Rumble at 18 Road
    Fruita

    Dust off your legs with this early spring fast mountain bike race in the Grand Valley!


    REI Women’s Intro to MTB
    Boulder, Flatiron Vista

    Experience the thrill of mountain biking in a women's only environment with our enthusiastic, knowledgeable female instructors! We'll start by addressing proper bike fit, demonstrate riding techniques, including body and pedal position, shifting, braking, climbing, descending, and navigating minor obstacles on the trail. We'll also go over important communication skills and mountain biking trail etiquette with the aim of keeping multi-use trails open and safe for everyone. Finally, we'll practice all these new skills on a great trail ride! Don't have a bike? We'll provide full suspension Ghost mountain bikes at no additional charge.

    Recommended for those 14 and older; those under 18 must be accompanied by female parent or responsible female adult. No rider will be left behind!


    Denver Federal Center Classic
    Denver

    Located on the grounds of the Denver Federal Center in Lakewood, this technical and challenging circuit race is one of the toughest on the BRAC calendar. The course features 16 corners spread over 4-plus miles of smooth tarmac. There are some tricky transitions, hot corners and a long straightaway finish that will settle any argument about who has the best sprint in the pack.



    Triathlon Events
    Thursday April 21

    CMS Performance Series
    Boulder

    Tonight is all about the RUN. We will have Joanna Zeiger, Mark Plaatjes, Lee Troop, Abby Levene, and Michael Lovato on hand to answer all of your run related questions. We will start off by asking the panel guests a series of predetermined questions, but will open it up for a Q&A session at the end.

    We will provide some snacks and drinks for you. The event starts at 5:30pm with the talk beginning at 6pm.


    Campus Cycles: Heels on Wheels
    Denver

    Don’t miss a great evening of fun.
    An evening to celebrate Heels on Wheels: Ladies Night at Campus Cycles Denver. Beer, Wine, Munchies & a Chocolate Fountain!


    Friday April 22nd

    USAT High School National Championships
    Clemson, SC

    The Inaugural USA Triathlon High School National Championships will be hosted in conjunction with the USA Triathlon Collegiate Club National Championships on April 22, 2016 at the Clemson University Campus Beach in Clemson, South Carolina.


    USAT Collegiate National Championships
    Clemson, SC

    Over 1,250 collegiate men and women took part in the 2015 USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships in Clemson, South Carolina. USA Triathlon is pleased to call Clemson home once again for the Collegiate Club National Championships in 2016.


    Saturday April 23rd

    Saturday Ride from Cenna’s Cycling
    Prospect


    USAT Collegiate National Championships
    Clemson, SC

    Over 1,250 collegiate men and women took part in the 2015 USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships in Clemson, South Carolina. USA Triathlon is pleased to call Clemson home once again for the Collegiate Club National Championships in 2016.


    Back to Basics: Women’s Cycling Skills Clinic
    Centennial

    This clinic lays the foundation for everything you do on the bike. Whether you are new to cycling or just need a refresher, these skills affect your ability to ride safely and confidently.
    Run by Coach Kathy Zawadzki


    Sunday April 24th

    REI Women’s Intro to MTB
    Boulder, Flatiron Vista

    Experience the thrill of mountain biking in a women's only environment with our enthusiastic, knowledgeable female instructors! We'll start by addressing proper bike fit, demonstrate riding techniques, including body and pedal position, shifting, braking, climbing, descending, and navigating minor obstacles on the trail. We'll also go over important communication skills and mountain biking trail etiquette with the aim of keeping multi-use trails open and safe for everyone. Finally, we'll practice all these new skills on a great trail ride! Don't have a bike? We'll provide full suspension Ghost mountain bikes at no additional charge.

    Recommended for those 14 and older; those under 18 must be accompanied by female parent or responsible female adult. No rider will be left behind!


    Life Time Tri: Indoor Tri Hour
    Colorado Spring & Westminster

    The Fastest Hour of Your Life!

    Become a triathlete in 60 minutes. One hour, then BAM, you're a triathlete. It will happen so fast you won't know what hit you. The Life Time Indoor Triathlon is a fun challenge that appeals to everyone — from seasoned triathletes to first-timers — because you set your own pace. And all the action takes place in one convenient, weatherproof location — your local Life Time club.

  • Women On Wheels, WOW: Social Events

    Women on Wheels (WOW) Series Part 1: Social Events

    By 303 Ambassador Erin Trail

    Spring is in the air and it seems that everyone is dusting off their bike and checking out their bike gear from previous seasons. April and May are stacked with some great events geared towards cyclists and women alike. Come join in on the fun!

    Women Bike Colorado Happy Hour Women Bike Colorado is a subset of Bicycle Colorado with the mission of promoting everything involving women on bicycles, from learning how to ride, to commuting, to racing. Join their Facebook page or check out the calendar on their website to see the event schedule. This is a monthly event.

    April 21: Campus Cycles Heels on Wheels Night. Rumor has it, there will be local female cyclists modeling some new Spring Clothing...

    April 29: Bicycle Colorado's Annual Gala. 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.

    April 30: Colorado Springs Bike Swap. 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.

    May 5: Wheat Ridge Cyclery Women’s Night Out. 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!

    May 13-14: Colorado Bike Expo. This free two-day festival brings together all things cycling and Colorado; pairing industry professionals, recreational riders, cycling enthusiasts, hardcore roadies and utilitarians with the latest products, consumer trends, deals, organized rides, clubs, nonprofits and cycling destinations. Featuring more than 100 exhibitors, the expo also includes fun and engaging activities for all ages! There’s even a women’s specific section to the expo, so bring your girlfriends!

    May 22: Women Bike Colorado Meet and Greet. WBC has experienced monumental growth this past year and Bicycle Colorado would like to celebrate this new community by bringing us together for a first annual WBC Meet and Greet picnic/potluck! We love that WBC has become a forum for so many of us to meet, ride, exchange cycling information and support both online and in person. We want to get together, put faces with names and continue to talk and make connections.

    October 22: VeloSwap. Buy … Sell … Recycle! Subaru VeloSwap is the world’s largest consumer bicycling and sports expo that celebrates all things cycling. This cultural cycling event is a not-to-be-missed experience where you can feel the pulse of the cycling community and rub elbows with like-minded-cyclists. At the Subaru VeloSwap, you have the opportunity to see, swap, buy and sell your new or used bikes, components and cycling accessories. You can also take part in cycling clinics hosted by cycling celebrities and industry experts, family events, product sampling and the all-new EcoVillage.