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Weekend Events for May 9-10th

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Saturday

Collegiate Road Nationals
The biggest cycling event in Colorado this weekend is the Collegiate Road Nationals in Fort Collins. There will be great racing, spectating and fun rides for all cyclist.

Wheels of Thunder Race
New venue this year but I do think the course has been raced before, just not as the Wheels of Thunder Race. Details of the race can be found on their race flyer

Front Range 50
Warriors Cycling and The Rocky Mountain Ultra Series is proud to introduce the 2nd annual Front Range 50 Endurance Race, which will be the 2nd stop of the RMU Regional Championship Series. Check out their website for more details

Valmont Bike Park Clean-up
Help get the Valmont Park construction underway by rolling up your sleeves and helping clean up the park from years of neglect. More information and volunteer sign-up found on the event details page.

Sunday

Sand Creek Sports MTB Race

Bike Design Restrictions for the Pro Tour

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Good article today in the New York Times about bicycle design. From the article:

Professional cycling is in a heated struggle among its governing body, its teams and the companies that manufacture expensive equipment over what is a legal racing bike.

The International Cycling Union abruptly alerted teams at the start of this season that it intends to clarify and reinterpret its often oblique rules governing bicycle design through increased equipment inspections.

Community Cycles award winning programs

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Recently Community Cyles of Boulder won the Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Business award late last year. To win this award Businesses are graded on Education, Engineering, Encouragement and Evaluation and in the case of Community Cycles their efforts in the Bike-to_Work, Earn-a-bike program and their local bike friendly business program. They are 1 of 2 businesses in Boulder to have been awarded, (Cateye of North America has Gold status)

Recently we caught up with Josh at Community Cycles and was friendly enough to spend 30 minutes giving me a tour of their facility and answering my questions and in short they are amazing. Nearly every time I pass by their facility there are lots of folks there working on bikes. Here are some of the programs Community Cycles has for the community

Earn a Bike

1984 Lookout Mountain Results

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The last story on The old days of cycling and Lookout Mtn has inspired a reader to scan and send me the 1984 Lookout Mountain Hill climb results!! Look through the list and you will see some familiar names, Jeff Hartmann, Nico Toutenhoufd, Thomas Prehn, etc. Lots of history here in Colorado cycling.

1984 Lookout mtn results

Old days of cycling (not that old though)

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A reader sent this story in to us today, which is about bikes and their cost years ago along with the feel of the older vs. the newer frames. Interesting about the timing of this article was yesterday's Lookout Mountain Hill Climb Results, interesting because as far as I could see in the ACA database, 2002 was the earliest recording of time and there the 2002 times were for both men and women way faster yesterday's times. Maybe the weather held folks back, maybe the timing with other big races like Gila keep big players away, either way interesting data.

I found this add for race frames in an old 1984 "The Colorado Bicyclist"
news letter:
Colnago $370, Olmo $275, Rossin $ 410, Gios $ 450, Merckx $450.

I recall buying a silver Merckx (I think the frame was called "corsa")
fully equipped with Campy Supper Record for about $1200.00. I think the cog
set was a seven. We would typically own a bunch of different size cogs and
match a gear set to the race. For a mountain race, where we needed a 12 and
a 23, we of course had some real undesirable gaps. However, we felt really
advanced compared to those “olden day’s” five cog sets.

So that was then the cost of a top of the line race bike. Compare that to

Boulder Sheriff makes negative comments on new Bike Bill

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Sheriff Alderdern is probably happy as can be to hear that the Boulder Sheriff has concerns that the new bill makes cyclist immune to prosecution. In the Daily Camera article today Pelle is quoted,

"On the county's open highways, he said, cyclists would not be required to use the special shoulders added specifically to separate riders from traffic."

Win Your Weight in Beer!!!

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Steamworks Brewery out of Durango Colorado is working with the ColoBikeLaw.com in see who is the best all round rider in TT, Hill Climb and Circuit race. The winner will win their weight in beer!!! The qualifying categories are as follows
SM P1-2, SW P1-2. SM3, SW3. SM4, SW4.
SM: 35+, 45+, 55+, 65+, SW 35+, 45+, 55+, 65+. SW4, SM4, SM35+/3, SM35+/4, SM45+/4.

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