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  • Haute Route Is Coming: A Preview Ride
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    All photos: Courtesy of Mavic Haute Route Rockies

    By Scott Downes

    As the clock ticked past an hour straight of climbing above Boulder on Saturday morning, I chuckled about the fact that, in more than a decade of living and biking in Colorado, I had somehow never ridden the iconic climb I was suffering on now. Or the fast, flowing canyon descent that followed. Or the gravel rollers that came after that, dry and scorching in the midday sun.

    Shame on me.

    It was a small taste of what is to come over a seven-day test ride for the Mavic Haute Route Rockies.


    On Saturday, 303Cycling was invited to join a small contingent of other cycling media and some of the who’s who of Colorado cycling for Stage 1 of the preview ride, in preparation for the recently announced Haute Route Rockies that will come to Colorado in June 2017. And with it, our very own backyard will join the Alps, Pyrenees, and Dolomites in this prestigious series of some of the world’s greatest cycling routes.

    “This is as high as I’ve ever been on a bike,” said a woman from London, barely halfway up the first ascent. It would only get higher from there.

    Stage 1 of the test ride tallied some 7,000 feet of climbing. Sunday’s stage offered almost twice that. And there are five days left.

    The rest of the route, which organizers are keeping close to the vest until it’s finalized for 2017, will take the long, high roads further up and around the Rockies, ultimately finishing in Colorado Springs. Seven stages, 550 miles, and more than 50,000 feet of climbing.

    What is familiar terrain for local Colorado cyclists who tackle it on lunch rides and weekend outings will be a lung- and leg-busting experience for those new to these roads. And for locals, Haute Route Rockies will offer a unique way to experience some home turf, with pro-level support.

    Haute Route events are aimed at providing amateur cyclists with a high-end experience and a level of support to match, with iconic, challenging routes in the cyclosportive tradition.

    On Saturday, our contingent of a few dozen cyclists was backed by full mechanical support from Mavic, medical teams, and well-stocked aid stations. There were even rumored to be some magical, Nutella-based Skratch Labs cookies being handed out, though I never was able to track down the mystery musette bag with the remaining goodies.

    When Haute Route Rockies arrives in 2017, participants - limited to 600 riders - will enjoy this type of support and more, with timed sections of the course, race villages at each finish, daily massages, point-to-point luggage transfers, and film crews to document the adventure.

    On Saturday, the ride finished with some welcome shade in the park next to the Boulder Farmer’s Market, where burrito bowls and tacos and Thai iced tea welcomed riders in salt-stained kits. Smiles and stories of the day were shared amongst strangers and old friends alike, as thoughts turned to rest and recovery - an intimate preview for what’s to come this week, and more so for what’s to come next year.

  • Weekend Preview: Be Extra Good to Dad

    Cycling Events
    Friday June 17th
    3 Days in Parker CANCELLED


    Saturday June 18th

    Grace Ragland Beginner MTB Clinic CANCELLED


    VIDA MTB Series Clinic
    Castle Rock


    Riding bikes is our passion, but the greatest benefit is having a community of people to share the trails with. We take this to heart at VIDA, and go beyond by providing more than the highest quality instruction: our purpose is to establish bonds among our participants and coaches to engage a lifelong community of riders.
    Cenna Cycles Weekly Ride
    Prospect
    Coldwell Banker Century Ride
    Denver


    As Denver’s only urban-based century, the Denver Century Ride inspires cyclists to EXPLORE, DISCOVER and EXPERIENCE the diverse terrain of the Denver metro as they roll through Downtown Denver on a closed street, climb the hills and cruise the flats on bicycle safe streets and paths. The Denver Century Ride offers experiences for all skill sets ranging from novice to expert with five route options for any skill level
    HUNDO & HUNDito MTB
    Bailey


    The Bailey HUNDO supports two youth biking initiatives in Colorado: Trips For Kids Denver/Boulder, which offers mountain biking opportunities to under served youth and changes lives “two wheels at a time”! Colorado High School Cycling League, a new resource for high school students around the state to be exposed to the world of mountain bike racing--and developing the racers of tomorrow who will ride YOUR legs off!
    Pedal 4 Possible
    Louisville


    Ride along the Rockies in Craig Hospital’s Century Ride Pedal 4 Possible, a scenic century ride along the front-range in Boulder County, Colorado. The ride starts in Louisville, at the headquarters of Pearl Izumi in the Colorado Tech Center. Venture north along the flatirons to complete the true century. Pedal for Possible features courses for all skill levels.
    Little Bellas Camp
    Castle Rock


    The Beti Bike Bash, held in both Arizona and Colorado, creates a positive experience for the whole family. The Little Bellas runs programming for girls all weekend long to teach mountain bike skills, having fun, and allowing the girls to race in a low-pressure, supportive race environment.
    The FAST Lab Climb and Descend Clinic
    Morrison


    Learn how to climb like a pro – seated and standing climbs, short climbs, steep climbs, extended climbs. After going UP, we’ll teach you how to descend safely
    Sunday June 19th
    Parker Mainstreet Criterium
    Parker


    This father's day get ready for a brand new criterium race with one of the best finish lines in the sport! This course takes center stage for its wide open roads, amazing smooth asphalt, and a downtown race feel that's the perfect outing for the family!
    Thank you to the Town of Parker for opening their downtown district for a course that will have all racers, and especially fathers on their day, asking for a hall pass to burn up the roads of Parker for a few hours!
    The FAST Lab Group Riding Clinic
    Centennial


    Learn how to save energy by riding in a pack. Get comfortable riding closely to other riders. Learn and practice proper pack etiquette and communication skills
    KEEN Urban Assualt Ride
    Boulder
    Beti Bike Bash
    Castle Rock


    Come and be a part of the largest women's mountain bike event in the world at the 7th Annual Beti Bike Bash, now in Arizona and Colorado! Whether you like to ride, race or just enjoy getting outside with your friends, the Beti Bike Bash brings together the cycling community in a unique and supportive environment. The highlight of the weekend is a women's mountain bike race catered to all levels, including juniors, the Never Ever category, all the way up to the seasoned professionals.
    Grace Ragland Int/Adv MTB Clinic CANCELLED

    Triathlon Events
    Thursday June 16th

    Denver Aquaman Series
    Cherry Creek State Park


    Series starts tonight! Denver's favorite Summer Series is ready to roll for 2015! The AQUAMAN Open Water Swim and Aquathlon Series is the perfect opportunity for swimmers and triathletes of all ages and abilities to practice their open water swimming in a fun, competitive environment and at distances not previously offered at other venues.


    Stroke n’ Stride Series
    Boulder Reservoir
    Skirt Sports Store Grand Opening
    Boulder
    Saturday June 18th
    Cenna Cycles Weekly Ride
    Prospect
    Lookout Mountain Triathlon
    Mt Vernon Country Club, Golden


    The Lookout Mountain Triathlon kicks off with a 525 yard pool swim at the amazing aquatic facility located within the Mount Vernon Country Club atop Lookout Mountain in Golden. Next, comes a challenging 10 mile bike course that features some good climbs and fast descents as you travel the well maintained paved roadways on top of Lookout Mountain. Following the ride, you'll complete a rolling 5K run on dirt roads, entirely within the Country Club property.
    XTERRA Lory
    Ft. Collins


    XTERRA Lory is the perfect kick off to the season for the seasoned off-road triathlete, or a great opportunity for the road triathlete wanting to try out a mountain bike triathlon for the first time.
    Sunday June 19th

    Training Day with Rachel Joyce and Ivan O’Gorman
    Boulder Reservoir


    Join Ivan O'Gorman and me, Rachel Joyce, for a full day of triathlon training in beautiful Boulder!! Fully supported: it's going to be a great way to get some good miles in while being fed and watered along the way. The company should be top notch too.


    Beti Bike Bash
    Castle Rock


    Come and be a part of the largest women's mountain bike event in the world at the 7th Annual Beti Bike Bash, now in Arizona and Colorado! Whether you like to ride, race or just enjoy getting outside with your friends, the Beti Bike Bash brings together the cycling community in a unique and supportive environment. The highlight of the weekend is a women's mountain bike race catered to all levels, including juniors, the Never Ever category, all the way up to the seasoned professionals.
    Active at Altitude Women’s Camp
    Estes Park
    BAM: Bare Bones OWS
    Boulder Reservoir


    ONE, TWO AND THREE MILE OPTIONS
  • Parker Mainstreet Criterium UPDATE - New Cat 5 Crown

    Parker Mainstreet Criterium – Sunday June 19th and the new Cat 5 Crown by 303 Media

    A few weeks back we ran a story about the cancelled Parker weekend and the resurrected Parker Mainstreet Criterium by Without Limits. We’ll, it’s race week, so we’re catching up with Without Limits Race Director – Lance Panigutti to talk about all the latest and greatest with this event.

    303 Cycling: We heard that the local association BRAC took some heat for the cancellation of the former Parker event, is this true?

    Lance Panigutti – Without Limits Productions: Any heat the local association took was unwarranted and misguided. It should be restated that a local association’s primary directive is to support race directors, so they in turn can support the racer. The BRAC staff was very responsive when it came time for rubber stamping our permit for the necessary insurance, so they deserve some credit for their speed in this situation. I’m sure any “heat” was due to former organizing director Doug Gordon and his affiliation with the local association as president.

    303: Parker Mainstreet Criterium is this weekend, what can we expect?

    Lance Panigutti: It’s turning into an action packed day for the races and their families. We’d love to see a ton of family support on this father’s day as there’s so much to do post-race with a farmer’s market a block away, not to mention the restaurants of downtown Parker just blocks from the finish line. As we stated before we’re looking to turn this into a much larger weekend event and having great racer support this first season will go a long way towards that goal!

    303: The senior state criterium championships did not offer a cat 5 championship race. We hear you’re offering a Cat 5 Crown at Parker to make it up to this disenfranchised group.

    Lance Panigutti: For years we’ve always been disappointed and baffled why in every other sport (ie. mountain biking, triathlon, running etc.) the beginner categories are embraced, but in road cycling the cat 5 men area treated like second class citizens from the governing bodies, officials, and even the attitude from other racers. Every single one of us, even the professionals, started out at one point as either a cat 5 or junior. We didn’t know all the ins and outs of this sport, but had people there to encourage and excite us. The cat 5 is a licensed category just like cat 4 women or cat 3 men and deserves a state championships. It’s time the local associations challenge the governing body to rid themselves of archaic “blue laws” that prevent cat5 men from receiving real awards, having primes, and racing in a championship event. Only the cat5 men may be aware, but we’ve been giving the cat5 men the same awards as other categories for years now and they’re grateful for it. Yes, we broke the rule, albeit a misguided rule. I could keep going but I know we have a series of articles coming out about the “death of road racing” and “role local association’s play in the future” where we’ll discuss tearing down the walls for new blood in the sport.

    303: We’ve also read that Without Limits is paying for all Cat 5 one day licenses at the Parker Mainstreet Criterium, is this true?

    Lance Panigutti: You heard right, Without Limits will be paying the $10 for all one day cat 5 licenses this Sunday. It’s our way to encourage new men to come out and give racing a criterium a try on a beginner-friendly course. Racing doesn’t have to be expensive or confusing, so show up, just pay the entry fee, and we’ll take care of the rest. If you sign up online we’ll be refunding your $10 one day fee at number pick-up.

    303: How are you looking on volunteer support?

    Lance Panigutti: We’ve had a pretty good response from a local triathlon club – Altitude Multisport and local Parker residents - but could definitely use a few more for the afternoon shifts. To volunteer please e-mail me and you’ll earn a free entry for that race or any future Without Limits event.

  • Denver police seek driver in fatal hit-and-run that killed bicyclist

    From Denver Post

    Denver Police have located a vehicle suspected of hitting and killing a bicyclist in a hit-and-run accident early Sunday. But officers have not yet located the driver, according to a Medina Alert issued Sunday morning.

    Medina Alerts are issued in cases involving hit-and-run crashes that cause serious bodily injury. The alerts were established in 2014 and are named for 21-year-old valet driver Jose Medina, who was killed in a hit-and-run accident. A taxi driver witnessed that crash, followed the driver and provided the license plate number to police leading to the arrest of the suspect who was sentenced to the maximum penalty of 12 years for a hit-and-run resulting in death.

    The hit-and-run crash happened about 1:30 a.m Sunday at 1st Avenue and Gilpin Street.

    This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

  • Weekend Preview:

    Cycling Events
    Saturday June 11th

    Guanella Pass Hill Climb
    Georgetown

    The Guanella Pass Hill Climb is one of the most scenic routes in all of Colorado. Riders will leave historic downtown Georgetown and traverse 3,050ft in just over 11 miles on freshly paved roads. The course winds and twists along with some steeper sections near the finish to make that last surge all the more rewarding. Once again the course will be fully closed to traffic!

    Pedaling 4 Parkinson's
    Lone Tree

    Pedaling 4 Parkinson’s draws hundreds each year to join the fight against Parkinson’s Disease. Money raised will be donated to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

    Spring Dual Slalom Series
    Valmont Bike Park

    Cenna Cycles Weekly Ride
    Prospect

    Death Ride Tour
    Southwest Colorado

    "The Death Ride Tour is more than a cycling challenge; it's a test of will. A conversation with one's own faith of spirit to endure. The confidence gained by persevering in the face of hardship and exhaustion serves one in all facets of life"

    Ride the Rockies
    Carbondale to Ft. Collins

    The Denver Post Ride The Rockies is an annual bicycle tour that takes 2,000 cyclists, assisted by more than 100 volunteers, on a 6-7 day ride through Colorado’s Rocky Mountains each June.

    REI MTB Demo Days
    Valmont Bike Park

    Join us for a FREE day of riding the latest and greatest mountain bikes on some of our favorite local trails! From Fort Collins to Colorado Springs, we’re taking our demo fleet all over the Front Range this season to give you an exclusive chance to ride a brand new bike from our expanded Ghost and Cannondale lines. All experience levels are welcome.


    Sunday June 12th

    Death Ride Tour
    Southwest Colorado

    "The Death Ride Tour is more than a cycling challenge; it's a test of will. A conversation with one's own faith of spirit to endure. The confidence gained by persevering in the face of hardship and exhaustion serves one in all facets of life"

    Ride the Rockies
    Carbondale to Ft. Collins

    The Denver Post Ride The Rockies is an annual bicycle tour that takes 2,000 cyclists, assisted by more than 100 volunteers, on a 6-7 day ride through Colorado’s Rocky Mountains each June.

    Jesse Swift Benefit
    Littleton

    Please join us at the Alamo Drafthouse on Sun, June 12th at 2pm for a benefit screening of Mel Brook’s classic sendup of the original Star Wars trilogy, Spaceballs. We’ll also be conducting a silent (online) auction with some of the items on display at the theater.

    COMBA Beginner MTB Ride
    Hidden Mesa

    COMBA hosts a monthly beginner ride May through September. Join COMBA on a friendly "NO DROP" ride paced for beginners on nearby front-range trails. Experienced COMBA ride leaders will lead and follow the group, providing skills and trail etiquette guidance along the way.

    Ridge 38 Criterium
    Denver



    Triathlon Events
    Thursday June 9th

    Denver Aquaman Series
    Cherry Creek State Park

    Series starts tonight! Denver's favorite Summer Series is ready to roll for 2015! The AQUAMAN Open Water Swim and Aquathlon Series is the perfect opportunity for swimmers and triathletes of all ages and abilities to practice their open water swimming in a fun, competitive environment and at distances not previously offered at other venues.


    Friday June 10th
    Creative Commuting
    Longmont

    Navigate your way and feel safe out of your car by foot, bike, or bus around the City of Longmont and beyond! Creative commuting will allow you to bus/bike or drive/ride safely.


    Saturday June 11th
    Cenna Cycles Weekly Ride
    Prospect

    IRONMAN Boulder 70.3
    Boulder Reservoir

    This event has been an athlete favorite for over a decade. IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder is one of the fastest IRONMAN events to sell out each year—making it one of the most sought-after races in the country. The extremely fast course provides personal records for many, even our local professional field. Where else in the country can you race against the best in the world on their home training ground?


    Sunday June 12th

    USAT Clydesdale & Athena National Championships
    Grand Rapids, Michigan

    USA Triathlon is pleased to once again call the Grand Rapids Triathlon home of the 2016 Clydesdale and Athena National Championships. The Grand Rapids Triathlon is known for its flat, fast course. It’s ideal for the new and experienced triathlete alike.

    COMBA Beginner MTB Ride
    Hidden Mesa

    COMBA hosts a monthly beginner ride May through September. Join COMBA on a friendly "NO DROP" ride paced for beginners on nearby front-range trails. Experienced COMBA ride leaders will lead and follow the group, providing skills and trail etiquette guidance along the way.