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  • Team 303 Crushes Bike MS

    Originally posted on 303triathlon.com

    Team 303 has raised over $15,000 for the National MS Society (and we actually have until September 30th to keep raising money!) Thank you so much for your support!!!

    Weather was fantastic as the ten riding members of the team and almost 3000 other participants made our way on our two-wheeled steeds from Front Range Community College in Westminster, CO on Saturday to the Colorado State University campus in Ft. Collins.

    This was a very well-supported ride, with people looking out for the riders pretty much everywhere. Motorcycle and vehicle support, medics on bicycles, cheerful volunteers on route at many of the intersections, and aid stations every 10-15 miles. Fortunately for me, most of the aid stations along the way were also stocked with cupcakes. "Where there is cake, there is Nicole." About half-way through the route was a lunch stop with plenty of carbs to keep us fueled. There were individually wrapped sandwiches, couscous salad, chips, cookies, and rice krispie treats. Yum!

    As we made our way north in the 303 towards the 970, we were wowed by how the rains that plagued us in May made for stunning fields of green along the front range countryside. The route was absolutely gorgeous and the planners saved us the best part for the end of the ride, where we climbed up and around Horsetooth Reservoir before dropping into Ft. Collins.

    To prepare us for the climb, there was an aid station complete with snow cones to cool us off and fuel us with the that wonderful brightly colored sugary syrup. 77 miles were crushed. Some Team 303 opted for the other distances; you could choose a slightly shorter 68 miles, a century or a double metric century.

    We rolled across the day 1 finish line and joined the big celebration in the "Team Village" on the CSU campus. The participants and teams got to hang out and enjoy summer in Colorado, relax with a few beverages provided by Left Hand Brewing Co, and refuel with a surprisingly good catered dinner. Team 303 combined tent space and shared snacks and drinks with Team Linda Lou, as we figured the more the merrier!

    Sunday started early with the provided breakfast (plenty of carbs to go around!) and the team got rolling for another 67 miles back to where we started. The route began with the climb back over Horsetooth just a few miles in. (That'll wake you up!) Once over that hill, we had a perma-grin descent and a fairly speedy trip back to Westminster, and it is even faster when you let a group of 5 guys pull you along. True to well-supported ride form, more cupcakes were to be found, as well as another amazing lunch stop. (Dana, our wonderful editor of 303triathlon.com, was unfortunately unable to ride, but she did swing by the lunch stop to make sure I was fueled, hydrated, and covered in sunscreen!)

    The finish line back in Westminster was packed with cheering and cowbell clanging supporters. More food was to be consumed. And one last cupcake. One Team 303 member commented she was pretty sure that was the first time she had three full meals, all before noon!

    On a more serious note about the ride, I thought I would share a little bit about what it means to me. I went through a variety of emotions during the weekend. As I was just diagnosed a year ago, part of me is in disbelief that I am dealing with this because right now I don’t have any limitations. I feel lucky that I don’t have balance problems or issues with heat and fatigue. But I have to live with knowing that could change at any time. It’s definitely a mix of feeling fortunate for not having significant issues and also perhaps some guilt when I see someone who does.

    I was part of the I Ride With MS program, which is there so that the ride support knows who might need a little extra help (heat can wreak havoc on someone with MS) and so that other participants can be inspired and motivated. We had special jerseys that we could wear to make it known we are dealing with what they are supporting. There were riders with MS that were just hammering it, but there were others on recumbent bikes or on the back of tandems. Some clearly had mobility issues when they were walking. But what is absolutely fabulous is that they were out there riding. We were riding for ourselves and we were all riding for those with MS who can’t.

    I’d like to thank all of Team 303: Dana, Rob, Tom, Khem, Tim, Karen, Marlene, Dottie, Naomi, Joe, Donna, Doug, Scott, and Carey. I know some of you couldn’t make the ride, but you still helped bring money to the cause! Thank you so much for all your support so that we can keep helping those affected by MS, understand more about the disease, and work to find a cure in my lifetime!

    More pictures of the event are on our public facebook album.

  • 2015 - Annual chip sealing of county roads starts June 15

    Avoid construction zones, if possible

    Boulder County’s Transportation Maintenance Division will begin annual chip seal work on approximately 17-miles of county roadways on Monday, June 15. The work will take place from approximately 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and is expected to last two weeks, weather permitting.

    Chip sealing work consists of applying asphalt to a road surface followed by a layer of one-quarter inch chips that essentially create a new layer on top of the road. A week after the chips are applied, crews return to the area to apply a sealant designed to help the chips adhere to the road. This work is followed by roadway striping operations.

    To aid in cycling safety, Boulder County uses a smaller chip size than is typically applied on other non-county maintained roads around the area. The smaller chip creates a smoother surface and reduces wear and tear on bicycles.

    Boulder County Transportation encourages motorists and cyclists to avoid unnecessary travel on the following roads on days that the chip application and sealing operations are taking place as there may be travel delays (sealing operations will take place one week after chip application):

    • Oxford Road from SH 287 to East County Line Road (1.89 miles)– Monday, June 15 chip application
    • North 119th Street from Oxford Road to Longmont city limits (2.89 miles) – Monday, June 15 chip application
    • North 115th Street from Oxford Road to Niwot Road (1 mile) – Tuesday, June 16 chip application
    • Niwot Road from North 115th Street to East County Line Road (1.53 miles) – Wednesday, June 17 chip applications
    • Sunshine Canyon Drive from Boulder city limits to CR 83 (5.34 miles) – Thursday, June 18 and Monday,
    • Ridge Road from SH 72 to Cold Springs Road (2.79 miles) – Wednesday, June 24 chip application
    • Hurricane Hill from Ridge Road to SH 119/Boulder Canyon Drive (0.71 miles) – Wednesday, June 24 chip application
    • CR 84 from SH 7 to SH 7 (0.91 miles) – Thursday, June 25 chip application

    Chip sealing operations are part of the county’s primary network roadway rehabilitation plan. The process is intended to extend the lifespan of the roadway and postpone larger reconstruction efforts that would require more expensive work and longer travel restrictions. Primary network county roads are typically chip sealed every six to eight years.

    While Boulder County Transportation Maintenance strives to complete all projects on-time, work is weather dependent and there may be delays due to rain or other unfavorable working conditions.

    For more information on the work, contact Andrew Barth, Transportation Department communications specialist, at abarth@bouldercounty.org

  • Cyclist killed near Fort Collins

    From the Coloradoan

    Emergency crews were dispatched shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday on a report of crash involving a vehicle and a bicyclist about one-quarter mile north of the intersection of Lemay Avenue and Vine Drive. Fort Collins police located a bicycle, a Dodge Durango SUV, and a Ford F-350 truck that was pulling a small boat.

    After a lengthy investigation Saturday, police determined 18-year-old Earl Ong, of Fort Collins, was traveling north on Lemay. Ong realized he was about to hit the truck in front of him, swerve to the right, and crashed into the cyclist, investigators said.

  • Hour Record Attempt at Boulder Valley Velodrome

    (Boulder, CO) Butter (wearebutter.com), purveyor of fine bicycle tools, announces an upcoming Hour Record attempt at the Boulder Valley Velodrome. This Sunday, June 7th, will see two attempts on the Hour Record. There is some guy in jolly 'ol England who will try...Woggi, or Wigoons, or something. If he manages to break the record, it is sure to be overshadowed by what is to come Sunday evening. At 7:30pm MDT, Francesco Assagrande, butter's venerable Test Team Rider, will take to the track at the Boulder Valley Velodrome in the thin air of Colorado. In what some might say is a questionable choice of equipment, he will set out to attempt to break the hour record on a Boulder B-Cycle. Although better suited for collecting groceries and ferrying oneself home after a night of heavy drinking, the Boulder B-Cycle dwarfs the bicycles of his competition with a weight of nearly 42 lbs.

    Francesco grew up competing on the tracks of his homeland, Australia. This record attempt will be quite the change for him, as the tracks here in North America flow the opposite direction. He is conducting a series of riding and equipment tests this week, leading up to his record attempt. Assagrande expects to finish the Hour Record attempt in just over 47 minutes citing great genes; his father could watch 60 minutes in under half an hour.

    When asked about being the second person to attempt the record on the same day, Assagrande replied, "Wiggins? Never heard of him. Well, no matter. I intend to break the record either way...60 minutes, or 54km, whichever comes first."

    Jon Tarkington, head coach for butter's fading star, lamented that while Assagrande was in fine form for a crack at the hour record, he was somewhat directionally challenged when riding on the track. Tarkington concedes however that "riding the wrong way on the track might be an efficient way to produce negative splits."

    See the attempt live at the Boulder Valley Velodrome, Sunday, June 7th. Plan to be there by 7pm to get a good seat. BYOB. The attempt will start promptly at 7:30pm.

    You can also stream the event live worldwide by visiting wearebutter.com. Follow along on social media with the hashtag #butterHour.

    For more information on butter, their fine bicycle tools and Francesco Assagrande, visit wearebutter.com.

  • Boulder removes car lanes to make way for bikes

    City transportation planners say this "right-sizing" effort will make bike travel safer and more appealing for older people, woman and families with children -- the groups that ride less now -- while having only a small effect on travel times and even reducing car crashes.
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    Each street will go from four car lanes -- two in each direction -- to one lane in each direction with a center shared turn lane. The loss -- or "repurposing" of one vehicle lane will allow 7-foot-wide bike lanes, compared to 5 ½ feet today and buffers ranging from 3 to 10 feet.

    Read all at Daily Camera

    Key to this test will be whether this new lanes will be more appealing to those who feel less comfortable with the standard bike lane seen so often around Boulder and the Front Range. It can be surprising the wide range of emotions on the standard bike lanes so commonly seen. Some absolutely love the standard lanes and surprising some still ride on sidewalks even in the presence of a bike lane in the street. Hopefully the haters will try getting out of their cars and give riding along these streets on their bike.