The CU RMCCC report from Durango

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Katie Sodergren riding for CU

By Eszter Horanyi

For the final race of the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference Series, the CU team brought a small but strong team to vie for conference points and use the race as a final tune-up for Collegiate Nationals. The gravity side of the squad opted to head to Angel Fire, NM, host of the 2011 Collegiate National Championships, to participate in the Red Bull Final Descent and practice for the downhill in two weeks time.

Many of the endurance racers also opted to stay closer to home and race in local cyclocross races, but Kevin Kane made the trip across the state to represent the CU team in the short track and cross country. He finished 16th and 15th in two stacked fields of over 40 riders.

James Ontiveros, the team’s dual slalom specialist also made the trip and placed an impressive 6th, against a FLC team that had clearly been practicing on the track all week. Ontiveros rode a strong set of races after only an hour of practice on the course.

303Cycling Wool Jerseys from Alchemist Threadworks

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Sweet new wool jerseys from our friends at Alchemist Threadworks of Boulder. Stay warm on those cool days and support community cycling news at the same time! Note on sizing, if you want to wear on the bike then buy your normal size, if you want it for casual wearing then upsize it.

30th Street Transportation Improvements Project Celebration

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Please attend the 30th Street Celebration and Walking Tour on Monday, Oct. 17, 2011 from 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The event begins at the 30th Street and Boulder Slough Bridge (south of Pearl Street, in Ras Kassa's parking lot). The celebration will include city speakers, food and a walking tour along 30th Street from the Boulder Slough to Goose Creek. Please join us to celebrate the changes and improvements to the area from recent projects such as the 30th Street Transportation Improvements Project.

VeloSwap coming next week, Oct 22

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VeloSwap is coming to Denver Oct 22. If you haven't been to a VeloSwap in the past then you will be blown away by the magnitude of this huge bike orgy. They have new bikes, used bikes, cycling clothing, old school bikes and everything cycling related!

Here is some important information from their website!

Buy Tickets

Bike Check: Bike Denver will provide valet services for your bike or merchandise purchases at an indoor storage area. Drop off your large or small items to an attendant and continue your shopping. The bike check will be located in the front of the hall in booth #1. There is no charge for this service but donations are appreciated!

CU Women Continue to Fight for Conference Win

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Photo Credit: Eszter Horanyi

By Eszter Horanyi

On a race weekend that overlapped with 24-Hours of Moab and the opening of Wolf Creek Ski Resort, many collegiate riders were faced with hard decisions. With the lack of a downhill at the collegiate race hosted by Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, many gravity riders chose to take a pass on the weekend. Those in attendance were treated to a fast and flat short track, a world-class dual slalom and a technical cross country that challenged the skills of all levels of riders.

Showing up in force again was the CU women’s endurance team, fielding Katie Sodergren, Claire Bensard, and a newly upgraded Ashlee Wilson. They were paired up against the ever-strong Fort Lewis women’s team consisting of Lauren Catlin, Sarah Sturm, and Anne Cheeney. With team wins in the conference and at National Championships often resting on the performance of the women, all eyes have been watching the Women’s A races intently all season.

In the ST on Saturday morning, Catlin of FLC put on an impressive display of power by riding away from the rest of the field from the start on the relatively flat course. Sodergren and Jill Behlen of Wyoming chased with Sodergren crossing the line in second. Bensard (CU) finished just behind Sturm (FLC) in 5th and 4th, respectivey.

In the XC the following day, tables were turned for the top two women. Catlin and Sodergren stayed glued on each other’s wheel for 3 of the 4 laps and spectators began to expect a sprint finish. Finally, on the final lap, Sodergren was able to open up a small gap and grow it by riding some of the rock features that most of the other women were forced to dismount for. Sturm finished ahead of Bensard in 3rd and 4th.

Slipstream Sports Announces 2012 Garmin-Cervlo Team Presentation

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Team will be unveiled to fans during event at the Boulder Theater

Boulder, CO – October 11, 2012 – Slipstream Sports LLC and its chief venture, the Garmin-Cervélo Professional Cycling Team, are providing fans with the rare opportunity to spend an evening with riders and staff at the Boulder Theater in Boulder, Colo., on Thursday, November 17, 2011. The event will feature the official presentation of the 2012 team roster, an auction, an open forum Q&A with the riders and a new film about the team, “The Journey to a Dream,” by legendary filmmaker, Nigel Dick.

A limited number of VIP tickets, which include a private cocktail hour with the team (complete with a cocktail menu designed by team chef Barbra Grealish) special VIP seating, and an exclusive gift bag, are available for $250.00. VIP tickets are available for purchase at .

General admission tickets are available for $25.00 (plus ticket handling fee) at Each ticket purchased comes with one raffle ticket for an exclusive team item. The winner will be announced at the end of the evening.

Auction items will include a signed yellow jersey, a team car ride for a stage at the 2012 USA ProCycling Challenge and other exciting team items. Slipstream Sports is dedicated to ethical cycling and developing the next generation of cycling champions, and proceeds from the auction will go to the team’s under-23 development programs.

Event details:
WHAT: 2012 Team Launch
WHEN: Thursday, November 17, 2011. VIP Cocktail hour, 5:30pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm.
WHERE: 2032 14th Street Boulder, CO 80302
VIP tickets: http://www.slipstreamsports/gala
General admission tickets:

Coffee Talk Tuesday - Measuring Growth in the sport of Cycling

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Today's Coffee Talk Tuesday Discussion deals with measuring the growth of the sport of cycling. This is a hot topic these days with all the categories and possible USAC merger.. Give us your 2 or 3 cents on this topic!

This weekend I had an awesome time of not driving 60 minutes to watch the USGP race but instead saw the live streaming from While watching, one of the commentators (not Peter Webber, but the other guy) mentioned something about how you can see how the sport is really growing when you see riders like Yannick Eckmann be such a successful rider at only the age of 18.

Yannick is a great rider, he finished 5th on Saturday beating big names in the field and coming back on Sunday to also do well. If Yannick continues to improve like he has then I very much believe he could be the next Ryan Trebon, J-Pow or Tim Johnson.

But does Yannick's success = growth?


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