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  • 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 Blunenthal, 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 Blenenthal 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

  • The Colorado Bicycle Event Coalition: Collaboration at its Best

    By Dana Willett

    Last Thursday the expansive windows and historic brick walls of REI’s flagship store welcomed roughly 30+ bicycle event organizers, race directors, and associated entities for the annual Colorado Bicycle Event Coalition meeting. Originally formed in 2008, the Coalition’s purpose is to bring cycling event organizers together to work with government agencies, collaborate calendars, educate, socialize, share resources, and ultimately work together.

    Until this year the Coalition was focused on recreational rides; the meeting last week for the first time opened the field to all cycling events, including competitive race directors.

    While about 30 rides and races were represented at the meeting, there are over 150 in the state, “so there is definitely opportunity for growth,” said Chandler Smith, co-founder of CBEC and co-owner of the online resource, BikeState38. The CBEC web page is housed on the BikeState38 site, and Chandler facilitated the 90-minute meeting.

    Attendees included representatives from Ride The Rockies, Pedal The Plains, Mountain Top Cycling Club, Elephant Rock Ride, Copper Triangle, Tour of the Moon, Bike MS, Team Evergreen, CF Cycle for Life, Bicycle Tour of Colorado, Bicycle Colorado, Denver Century Ride, Tour de Ladies, Triple By[ass, Red Rock Gran Fondo, Lookout Mountain Hill Climb, Mt. Evans Hill Climb, DBC Events, Death Ride Tour, Colorado Park 2 Park, Mile Urban CX Chaos, Wacky Bike Ride, and Good Sam Bike Jam.

    Colorado Bicycle Event Coalition
    The goal of the coalition is to foster cooperation among recreational ride promoters and to provide a forum for the exchange of information and experience among the membership. CBEC maintains a master calendar of events to avoid conflicting dates and to provide a vehicle for cycling enthusiasts to navigate all of the state’s bicycling opportunities. Today the membership is statewide and is comprised of both non-profit and for-profit organizations. The CBEC membership includes bicycle clubs, one to three day special event rides and domestic week-long tours. This year, membership has been expanded to include both recreation and competitive events, across all biking types – road, mountain, cross and social rides.

    After introductions and a brief overview, Chandler turned the meeting over to Scott Christopher of Bicycle Colorado. Scott recapped the storied history of BC and the state patrol, and said, “Now, we couldn’t be prouder of our working relationship, with the state patrol and other agencies.” He went on to discuss the benefits of the coalition, with an anecdote about the Colorado cycling event calendar: “We used to step on each others' toes with dates; in fact, there are stories of organizers pretending to be participants to get event info. But that was in the past..."

    Scott then discussed Governor Hickenlooper’s Pedals Project, telling the story of People for Bikes inviting the governor to Interbike in Las Vegas as the keynote speaker, which hatched the idea and brought momentum to the initiative.

    The governor's Pedals Project will apply $100 million over four years, $25m per year. The program does not require any new funding - it is not a grant program. For each of the four years $15m will come from CDOT, $7.5m from Great Outdoors Colorado (which is funded by the lottery), and $2.5m from CDOT’s budget specifically for Safe Routes to School.

    Bicycle Colorado is raising its own funds for initiative in order to add staff and provide oversight of the program.

    “We all should be public representatives of the bike industry,” Scott concluded. “We need to improve opportunities for riding bikes, including the 5 Es: Engineering, Education, Enforcement, Evaluation, and Encouragement.”

    Chandler then opened the floor and county permitting processes were discussed. This led to a broader discussion of fees and permits on a state level, and it was suggested Bicycle Colorado connect with the state tourism office, the office of economic development, and other departments to engage in a conversation about statewide standards.

    Scott Christopher noted that an RFP is currently being written for an Economic Feasibility Study addressing all of these issues.

    Next up was Sergeant Chris Augustine, speaking about - of all things - drones and counter-terrorism. He cited accidents involving drones, such as a recent incident where a skier was nearly cut in half, and pointed out dangers many of us may not have thought about.

    "Drones are programmed to land if a signal is lost. Imagine if a child at one of your rides or races reaches into the blades to grab the unit just as it reactivates."

    From a risk management standpoint, there is great concern. Sergeant Augustine says awareness is the best method for safety. "Talk to your people," he suggested. "Let everyone know drones are in use, and provide reminders to never touch a unit."

    In terms of counter-terrorism, the concern with drones is that they have become "gray noise." They have become so common that they tend to go unnoticed.

    Currently the FAA is pushing drone safety education. The state patrol is working with Chandler and will be using his mailing list to notify ride organizers and race directors of an awareness training event that will be held in March. The event will be conducted by Homeland Security and will be a one day class.

    The next presenter was Jeff Hunt, founder and CEO of the Avinova Media Group. Jeff provided an overview tutorial of digital advertising, including targeted advertising on Facebook (a great way to utilize digital advertising on a limited budget), keyword advertising (such as Adwords with Google), and conversion tracking (asking customers how they heard about you).

    Jeff pointed out the keys to digital advertising are to first find the right audience, and then stay in front of that audience.

    Up next was defense attorney Jim Moss of Recreation Law. Jim provided an entertaining talk on the very serious subject of crisis management.

    He had great advice for avoiding getting sued in the case of an accident, in addition to helping event organizers understand the emotional elements that prompt victims to sue in the first place.

    Jim emphasized the importance of good, healthy communication, in addition to excellent listening skills for solving problems. "If you act like your mother taught you, you won't be sued," he concluded.

    Chandler closed the meeting with instructions on how to join the Coalition, benefits of membership, and reminders for upcoming events. For more information on CBEC, visit the web site.