Boulder open space board: Allow mountain bikes on Anemone Hill

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Boulder open space board: Allow mountain bikes on Anemone Hill

By Mitchell Byars Camera Staff Writer
Posted: 08/17/2011 10:58:45 PM MDT

The Boulder open space board is recommending a new trail on Anemone Hill that would be open to mountain bikes.

"This is an area of huge recreational benefit," said Open Space Board of Trustees member John Putnam. "Right now, we don't have a good opportunity for cyclists and no good trail access. Despite impacts, the benefit outweighs the potential harm."

US Pro Cycling Challenge Stage 4 & 5 Spectator Information

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Friday afternoon stage 4 will send riders into town on highway 131 and once closer to town US40/Lincoln Ave. People driving up on Friday can cut through Silverthorne and over Gore Pass to watch racers come past the small town of Toponas (population 5). If you turn left from Gore Pass and head South there is a significant climb at near 9000 feet with good spectating opportunities about 5 miles out from downtown Toponas. From Toponas to Steamboat the course is about 40 miles and specators could potentially drive back over Gore pass and into Steamboat on US40 to catch the finish. Driving time is estimated at 1.2 hours/73 miles, but racers may cover the 40 miles to town in well under 2 hours.

Watching and Riding the US Pro Cycling Challenge

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Of course you are going to watch the US Pro Cycling Challenge but do so mindful of the hell on traffic that is about to take place.

Plan ahead! CDOT has published their road closure due to the race and Bicycle Colorado provided some useful info the those tour campers.

Where are these stages anyway

Breck Epic - Stage #2

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Stage Two – The Colorado Trail - Powered by Panache CycleWear


For other stage information, photos, results and other media outlets check out our 2011 Breck Epic page

08.15.2011 – (Breckenridge, CO) A bit of overnight cloud cover again brought warm temps to the start. The precipitation that rolled through in the evening was just enough to compact the soil a bit with the result being luscious dirt that was super-grippy. In local parlance, “hero dirt”. The kind that lets you rail your bike through a corner, trusting that the rules that govern the physical universe that we all occupy have been temporarily and somehow benevolently altered for your personal benefit.

Photo Credit: Devon Balet Photo

As luck would have it, the weather conditions coincided with one of the most fun stages in the event, “The Colorado Trail”. Summit County is home to several sections, the most popular being the North, Middle and South Forks of the Swan, “Swan” in this case referring to the Swan Drainage, home to a massive 2000-acre open space purchase painstakingly negotiated between local city, county and federal land managers and the B&B Mining Company.

The CT is simply a thing of beauty, and for the most part, at least in Summit County, it seems to be purpose-built for mountain biking. Long rhythmic climbs lead riders to endless narrow descents, ones that make your face hurt from smiling so much. And did we mention that the soil was also tacky? Brothers and sisters, Stage Two of the 2011 Breck Epic was MTB Valhalla, and each rider was a golden, thundering omnipotent god, if only for a day.

Bringing this long rambling preamble (that almost never happens around here!) to a merciful close, we saw a bit of a shakeup in the mens’ single stage standings. Out front for most of the stage, local billy goat Josh Tostado (Bach Builders/Santa Cruz) led La Ruta champion Lico Ramirez for nearly three-quarters of the stage, getting reeled in on the second-to-last climb of the day. Tostado said that Lico seemed to pull him in effortlessly and “then just sort of dropped a gear and steadily walked away.” Cameron Chambers rode put in a strong effort, crossing the finish line a bit more than 2 minutes in arrears of Tostado.

On the women’s side in the 6-day event Sonya Looney (Ergon-Topeak) continued to put her CTR prep to good use, punching out the stage in 4:11, nine minutes ahead of Bicycling Magazine’s “The Fit Chick”, Selene Yeager, who’s definitely wrestling with altitude issues, but seems to be getting it under control. In third was Steamboat Springs rider Katie Lindquist, riding an incredibly strong race and keeping both Sonya and Selene on their toes.

Legality of Motorpacing in Colorado

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Megan Hottman of

By Megan Hottman of
In response to some of the comments in this previous article on GoVelo Sports Motorpacing

Most counties in Colorado have adopted the “Model Traffic Code for Colorado” (i.e. CO Title 42) for regulation of vehicles and traffic. You can easily google the MTC to read it. Section 1008 governs following too closely, and section 1008.5 governs crowding or threatening a bicyclist. 1401 and 1402 govern careless/reckless driving. 1412 governs operation of bicycles. 1501-1504 govern motorcycles. (Both 1412 and 1504 discuss attaching oneself to another vehicle, so I don’t suggest as a cyclist holding onto the scooter that’s motorpacing you).

The reference to following another vehicle closely states: “The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon and the condition of the highway.”

Notice the code section refers specifically to “the driver of a motor vehicle.” (In Colorado a bicycle is treated as a vehicle for legal purposes –See C.R.S. 42-4-1412(1), “every person riding a bicycle shall have all of the rights and duties applicable to the driver of any other vehicle under this article…”). One could argue that a cyclist is a vehicle, not a “motor vehicle” and therefore cannot be guilty of following too closely. One could also argue that since the driver of the scooter and the cyclist are working together, and are obeying the laws, staying over to the right side of the road, and able to communicate with one another, that they are acting, “reasonably and prudently.”

The Breck Epic - Stage #1

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Stage One – Pennsylvania Gulch - Powered by Panache CycleWear

For other stage information, photos, results and other media outlets check out our 2011 Breck Epic page

08.14.2011 – (Breckenridge, CO) Moderate temperatures greeted the field for the first stage of the third annual Breck Epic MTB Stage Race. On tap for the day was a classic Summit County route noted for both its proximity to town and for its rugged nature.

At roughly 40 miles, stage one didn’t look like much on paper, but as the day played out it proved itself a likely player in the final standings as race favorite after race favorite fell by the wayside, their tire sidewalls victim to the route’s unforgiving character.

Photo Credit: Devon Balet Photo

Race favorites Josh Tostado (Bach Builders/Santa Cruz) and Travis Brown (Trek) fell victim to stage one’s rocky underbelly, Tostado relinquishing the lead just seconds after its gain to eventual stage winner multiple-time La Ruta de los Conquistadores champion, Lico Ramirez. Brown’s misfortune came just 5 miles from the finish and saw him drop five spots in the overall. Local neo-pro Kevin Kane (Rocky Mountain) held on for second, finishing just 8 minutes off the pace set by Ramirez.

On the women’s side, Sonya Looney (Ergon) showed up fresh from her CTR attempt with fitness to spare, putting 14 minutes into second-place finisher Katie Lindquist (Ericksen). Jen Tilley (Honey Stinger/Trek) rounded out the podium in the women’s open category.

USA Cycling and American Cycling Association

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ACA Statement Regarding our Relationship with USAC, August 10, 2011

From the ACA
History of ACA
Prior to being an independent sanctioning body, the ACA was the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado (BRAC). Formed in 1976, BRAC was the USCF (predecessor of USACycling) District that ran road racing in Colorado. Beth Wrenn-Estes was the President of BRAC. In 1994, when the USCF decided to change their district structure, Colorado clubs became upset and disenchanted with the perception that the USCF cared only about elite racers and gave no attention to local riders. Beth proposed breaking from USCF and the clubs agreed.

The ACA in its current form was born. Beth was hired as Executive Director and Yvonne van Gent, formerly the USCF District Representative, was hired as the Membership Coordinator. Beth served as Executive Director until 2007. The ACA’s commitment to quality local racing and junior development was established in this time. During her tenure, because of significant mutual animosity, there was no chance of reconciliation with USACycling (USAC).

In 2008, Jon Tarkington assumed the position of Executive Director of the ACA. Under the leadership of Jon and the Board of Directors, the ACA consolidated and made transparent its finances, grew its membership, created evaluation processes for race promoters and officials, created a dynamic website that is both the organization’s database and storefront, embraced and helped direct the substantial growth in cross racing, and purchased a cutting edge electronic timing system. Jon and representatives of the ACA’s Board of Directors met with USAC leaders four times in attempts to negotiate a return to USAC, but could not find an agreement that worked for both parties.

In 2010, Jon decided to step down as Executive Director. Chris McGee was hired for the job, and began as ED in late January, 2011.

The Situation in 2011 Beginning this spring, our relationship with USACycling has been strained by USAC's decision to enforce UCI rule 1.2.019.

UCI Rulebook regarding 'Forbidden Races"


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