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The Heat is on up in Fort Collins

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Got this today from Bike Fort Collins. While it is unfortunate that he ran the stop sign but here is his experience of the Fort Collins police.

“I got a ticket Sunday afternoon from a
Larimer Co sheriff's deputy for riding through the 4-way stop near my
house at Lemay and Country Club Drive (there were no cars at the
intersection, except the cop who was apparently following me at a bit
of a distance) and I was floored when he pulled me over and ticketed
me. Said the fine had gone up in May to $110 and that I should watch
out because "it's gonna heat up in the next few months." I hadn't a
clue what he meant and was more focused on trying to keep my temper,
but I'm assuming he was threatening some sort of crackdown on riders. I
found the whole thing ludicrous, though I feel stupid for not checking
behind me. I didn't realize the police here would issue tickets for an
action that creates no hazard to anyone, but I should have known
better, after reading a few articles about Alderden and the "elite
Boulder cyclists" last year.
Anyway, just wanted to warn folks, if it wasn't already common
knowledge, that our local sheriff's department is looking for revenue
from cyclists quite aggressively these days.”

Larimer County Sheriff lobbying against Bicycle Safety Bill!

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Folks, please Contact us when you get news like this!

Find your state representative HERE
See the full bill HERE
Don't hesitate!, Email this to your cycling friends NOW!

Thanks to Bike Fort Collins for sending us this, here is what they had to say

"Hello everyone -
This email is to ask for your support again. Colorado State Senator Greg Brophy ( R) and Dan Gibbs (D) are sponsoring Senate Bill 148. The Bicycle Safety Bill clarifies rules governing bicyclists riding 2 abreast, staying to the right-hand side of the roadway when possible, and using right-turn lanes. Specifies that a driver must allow at least 3 feet of clearance when passing a bicyclist, and creates a limited exception to the prohibition on driving left of center to allow drivers to give bicyclists extra room. Prohibits harassment of bicyclists, with enhanced penalties for harassment when perpetrated by: driving a vehicle in a threatening manner, or throwing an object from a moving vehicle.

Preliminary results from ACA meeting on Satruday are in

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Preliminary results are in from ACA BAR/BAR/Masters Meeting. Full details on the meeting should come out later this week but here is what is being said so far...Thanks to someone who was at the meeting for passing this on... not sure if I can expose the source though.

  • Jon Tarkington (Exec Dir) started the meeting out by review the statistics and trends within the membership
    • Slight increase in ACA membership overall
    • Yet, there has been a decrease in the number of race days
    • There has been a reduction in average field size for seniors. Particularly for SM P-1-2. Deemed to be a drop out of SM2's.
    • Possible Conclusion: Excess supply of races? Change in level of interest/lifestyles?
    • Lack of officials and officials complaining about long days for closed course races.
    • BAR/BAT designation results in an increase in field size. For Men 45+, it resulted in a 45% increase.

Boulder Velodrome Grand Opening this Saturday

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Jan 3 the Boulder Velodrome will host their grand opening from 2-8pm. There will be beers on hand and riders on course. Even if you don't plan on riding the track stop by, its quite fun to watch those guys burn it up on the track while having a beer. What better way to warm up after watching or racing the cross race in lyons

Review of cycling events in Colorado for 2008

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1. Boulder gets a velodrome
2. The ACA successfully completes its first year under new leadership. Many feared it would fail and USA cycling would take over.
3. Valmont Bike Park officially is a go!
4. Boulder Cup returned to amazing weather and great racing
5. 6 cycling fatalities, 2 Boulder, 1 Golden and 1 Colorado Spring and 2 Fort Collins

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