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Gates Carbon Drive Systems - CenterTrack

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Just in time for Interbike and Outdoor Demo next week, Gates Carbon Drive Systems is introducing its newest patent-pending belt-drive technology: CenterTrack, which promises to provide the lightest, strongest, cleanest and highest-performing belt-drive system ever created. CenterTrack™ features an innovative new design that offers all the advantages of existing Carbon Drives but with a whopping 20 percent more tensile strength, a slimmer profile and the most advanced dirt- and debris-shedding ever. CenterTrack is a quantum leap forward for belt-drive technologies and offers all the clean, quiet and strong advantages of existing belt drives from Gates but with an even higher level of performance. “We believe it will become one of the bike industry’s must-have killer apps,” says Todd Sellden, Director of Gates Carbon Drive Systems.

CenterTrack features an ingenious advancement of the increasingly popular belt and pulley system that debuted at Interbike in 2007. Instead of a raised flange on the side, the front and rear pulleys of CenterTrack feature a narrow track that runs around the center of their circumference. The CenterTrack belt has a channel on its underside that fits snuggly onto the track for perfect alignment every time. The CenterTrack belt’s teeth engage with the pulleys, whose sides have been removed for optimal debris shedding. Dirt and grime simply fall away, making CenterTrack technology ideal for muddy or snowy conditions.

Ciclovìa will take back the Streets of Boulder this Sunday

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This Sunday in Boulder, Boulder Green Streets will be hosting a Ciclovia from 8am - 4pm on 10 block section of east pearl street. Portland has done something very similar with Sunday Bike Parkways.

City of Boulder Release – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (8/18/10)

BOULDER GREEN STREETS TRANFORMS EAST PEARL FOR CYCLISTS, RUNNERS, AND WALKERS

The City of Boulder is the title sponsor and a key participant in Boulder Green Streets, a community-building, “street liberation project” that will transform ten more blocks of Pearl Street into a car-free bike, run, skate, and stroll zone. The event takes place on Sunday, September 19th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

2010 Crooked Roubaix's 90 miles of bliss

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Photo Credit: Dave Norris

From Bike Radar by Matt Pacocha


Wheat Ridge Cyclery’s inaugural Colorado Crooked Roubaix took riders on an epic 90-mile dirt road ride through Grand County, Colorado on Saturday.

The route consisted of 5,000ft of climbing at altitudes approaching 10,000ft, with 60 miles on dirt and the rest on pavement. It wasn’t a race, but more of a gran fondo style challenge ride.

JHK - Leadville 100 MTB Plan

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Found this video on Singletrack.com of Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (JHK) and his plans and thoughts about racing the Leadville 100 MTB race.

Having raced only a single 100-mile competition, which by the way wasn’t the Leadville Trail 100, Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski has a few thoughts about his coming foray above 10,200 feet on Saturday — like not blowing up.
Horgan-Kobelski, who normally races cross-country for the Subaru-Trek Mountain Bike Team, won the Bailey Hundo in Colorado last June, so he’s not a total greenhorn when it comes to endurance events. And he’s also won the 50-mile long mountain bike marathon national championships two years running.

The BBC slams Boulder

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The BBC recently slammed Boulderites claiming they The people of Boulder are just as wedded to their cars as they are anywhere else in America.

They are right and they are wrong.

They are wrong because places in middle America don't even come CLOSE to having an infrastructure to support cycling like Boulder or Denver has. The lack of urban decay and the infrastructure to support citizens to get around bike bike creates an environment making cycling a no brainer in this town. There are also many who have elected (through concious choice not because of $$) to go Car-less. And on any given weekend day you will be hard bound to find a place on some of Boulder's roads to NOT see a cyclist.

Do you think the BBC is right?

Denver cyclist/doctor takes sabbatical in Portand

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From BikeDenver.org


Eric packed up for the journey west!

Interesting story on a Denver physican who will be taking a two month sabbatical in Portand to identify the key steps a community can take to increase bike ridership. I hope to come back to Denver with a clearer picture of what local bike enthusiasts should be working on in order to have a meaningful impact on ridership..

Is Dead Dog Dying?

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I saw this on the ACA forum late last week:

Registration closed last night. There are only 325 racing. Not sure why we are down about 100 registered racers from last year. SM Pro-1-2 field is slim with only 25. Last year we had just over 60 register. Maybe they are all at nationals? Anyway, weather is looking pretty good and we hope to have a good race!

This to me is very interesting when other events fill up with days. The Leadville 100 Mountain Bike race filled up immediately and so have many of the Leadville 100 Alternatives. The Triple ByPass has become extremely popular and filled up in less than a day! Yeah I know you might say well these are mountain bike events and a long one day tour and Dead Dog is a road stage race. Well, The Front Range Mountain Bike Series cancelled there last few racers due to low turn out. Here is what they said:

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

End of FRMTB Series for 2010

Interview with North Boulder Park Classic Promoter

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Photo Credit: unknown

Recently we caught up with race promoter, Keith Harper and Donna Shaw and talked to them about the 2010 North Boulder Park Classic Race. For those who may be new to cycling or the state, learn more about the long great history the North Boulder Park Criterium Race has.

[303Cycling] North Boulder Crit has a new name, new website and new face behind the curtain, tell us what big changes will we see in 2010?

Well, for one the race has a new title sponsor -- Flatiron Subaru. In addition we have a bunch of supporting sponsors who have stepped up to sponsor the individual races. For instance, Juwi Solar is sponsoring the Women's Pro-1-2-3 race and The Pro's Closet is sponsoring the the Men's Masters 35+ race. Each category (10 races) has a sponsor. It's been great! The response from the business community has been really positive. This means there's actually a decent cash prize list for each race which I'm really psyched about. Every category deserves a good race and a good race has a respectable prize list! Oh, and primes -- There'll be lots of prime sprints in each race -- the prime prizes are pouring in from the business that missed out on primary sponsorship.

Also, we're raising money for the Davis Phinney Foundation and Bikes for Humanity -- two really important non-profit organizations with ties to Boulder and the park itself. (Here, watch Davis win at NBP in this video).

[303Cycling]This race has a great spectator history but the last decade it has become more of a racers race, will you all be doing anything special to cater to spectators?

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