One Colorado Stage race ends, Breck Epic, as another is about to start

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So does Breck really have the best mountain biking in the "reasonable driving distance from Denver"? Over the course of the Breck Epic stage race, Jeff Wu from Alchemist, a custom clothing company captured in words and video some of the experiences a mountain bike stage racer "endures" as they spend a week up in beautiful Breckenridge racing the Breck Epic. Read all about Jeff's ride at http://blog.teamalchemist.com/

The Biggest Names in Pro Cycling Share their Thoughts on the USPCC

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Just two days before the start of the 2012 US Pro Cycling Challenge, many key riders got a chance to share their thoughts about racing at altitude, Colorado fans, the Olympics, recovering from injuries and beating American riders on American soil at today's USPCC Press Conference:

Taylor Phinney (USA)
BMC Racing Team

On riding in the London Olympics:
“The Olympics were great. Two fourth place finishes is sort of a bittersweet place to finish up. As a country, I think we really finished up really well there.”

On the USA Pro Challenge:
“I’m excited for this race. This is my home race. I missed it last year. I was just struggling in the Vuelta a Espana. I would go to bed and just be crying watching these guys in the USA Pro Challenge. I’m excited to be here and pay back my friend Tejay for the outstanding work he did in the Olympics. We have a great team here. This is a great opportunity for us and for me. I’m so so happy to be here.”

On his Colorado roots:

Venus de Miles: It’s Not Just for Women with Road Bikes Anymore.

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Listen to Dream Team Rider, Heather Irmiger
and Leah Goldstein, talk about their role
in Venus de Miles

You’ve probably never seen me on a road bike. That’s because I’ve never ridden one. Unless you count my sweet 10-speed bike I had way back when. When I wore monogrammed sweaters and had a bi-level haircut and I thought Shaun Cassidy was cool. That’s why it might surprise you that I’ve decided to ride in the Venus de Miles. Yep. You read that right. I was thinking about riding my pink mountain bike and I know you can ride anything you want but I figure we might as well make this an experience to really remember by putting myself on a bike with very skinny tires. And so I called my buddy at the Trek store here in Boulder. And thanks to Chris and Trek, I will be straddling something with very skinny tires (compared to my mountain bike) and a gearing system I’m sure will be way over my head.

This will be the 5th year for the Venus de Miles and it seems to get bigger and quite possibly better every year. It is not a race and so if you’re thinking to yourself, “I’m not as fast as Cheri” or “I’m not in as good of shape as Cheri” then you can stop right there. Oh. You weren’t thinking that at all? Awkward! But seriously, this ride is about raising money for the Greenhouse Scholars. And the Greenhouse Scholars provides financial, practical and personal support to high achieving under resourced people. Bottom line=It helps people fulfill their educational goals. To date, over $379,000 has been raised! This is an easy way to make a difference and support people who want to get an education and have fun! Win. Win. Win.

There are four options for ride length; 100, 67, 51 and 33 miles. And my favorite part? If you wake up and you’re not feeling the 57 mile ride you signed up for you can change your mind! You can ride the 33 mile route. Lately I’ve been seeing some cyclists around town with a pacer person on a scooter. I think the scooter person carries refreshments and yells at the cyclists for encouragement. I also think I want one of these people. But the closest thing I will come to a scooter person is my Eurovan with my husband and three kids. I can see it now. My kids would be yelling out the window at me, “Are we there yet?” and “What are you making for dinner?” Somehow I think the cyclists with the people on the scooters are having a totally different experience. I knew I shouldn’t have sold my scooter.

Follow the USAPCC for Free with RadioShack Tour Tracker

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RadioShack Tour Tracker Brings Live Race Action from the 2012 USA Pro Challenge to Fans Around the World
Professional Cycling Stage Race Available in Real-Time Online

Denver (Aug. 17, 2012) – Fans around the world will have the chance to watch the best of the best in professional cycling compete in the Colorado Rockies during the 2012 USA Pro Challenge via the RadioShack Tour Tracker app. After setting a new standard for race coverage in 2011, as one of the top-10 most popular sports downloads on iTunes, the RadioShack Tour Tracker is back for 2012 with expended coverage. Featuring nonstop action from start to finish, the RadioShack Tour Tracker will cover the entire race every day, giving people the opportunity to watch the most popular U.S. professional cycling race from the comfort of home or the office.

“With the world’s best cyclists competing right here in Colorado, we want to be sure that as many people around the world as possible have the opportunity to experience the thrill and excitement of the USA Pro Challenge,” said Shawn Hunter, CEO of the Pro Challenge. “In addition to being broadcast live on NBC Sports Network and NBC, through the RadioShack Tour Tracker fans are able to watch the race from anywhere – home, office and even on their cell phones.”

The RadioShack Tour Tracker applications are available to cycling fans around the globe as a free download on iTunes and Google Play and also online at www.prochallenge.com. All versions, mobile and web-based, feature live video coupled with unprecedented real time data presentation, including stats and standings of each rider.

Community Cycles Launches Used Bike Collection Drive

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Community Cycles Launches Used Bike Collection Drive Aug. 20-Sept. 15

BOULDER — Community Cycles, a nonprofit bike collective that serves Boulder County, has launched a used bike collection drive Aug. 20 through Sept. 15. The used bikes will be refurbished and recycled into the community through programs such as Community Cycles’ popular Earn-A-Bike program and Fleet Programs.

Some of the used bikes are refurbished by volunteers and sold at greatly discounted prices or donation prices at annual events such as the University of Colorado Back to School Bike Sale and at the Community Cycles’ Holiday Bike Giveaway. All bike proceeds are used to fund Community Cycles program and advocacy efforts for safe biking in Boulder County.

Used bikes, or accessories can be donated at Community Cycles, 2805 Wilderness Place, Suite 1000, Thursday through Sunday or Tuesdays from noon to 6 p.m.

“Our goal is to help people commute by bike. This is an important time for us as we can catch students when they return, get them on usable, affordable bikes, which cuts down on auto congestion and is healthy for students,” said Sue Prant, Community Cycles’ advocacy director.

Interview with Biju as he cooks for Punk Rock Rollerfest

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George Thomas interviews Chef Biju as he cooks up dinner for the Punk Rock Rollerfest last night, a fundraiser for Boulder Junior Cycling. I had the pleasure to meet Biju last week and I can honestly say this guy is a Diamond in the rough. Look a lot more from Biju in the months to come.

Leadville 100 isn't hard enough to stop rider with MS

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From the Denver Post

For more than 30 years, Ragland has been battling relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, a neurological disease with unpredictable symptoms of numbness, pain and extreme fatigue.

So it's probably best for Ragland not to hop on a bike, pedal more than 2,600 feet up a mountain and feed herself the thin air that could trigger the worst of her disease.

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