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Sharing the Road

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With all the talk about bicycle safety and riding single file etc I thought I would provide some resources to protect cyclists.

One tool a cyclist can use is the aggressive driver hot line that has been setup by the Colorado State Patrol. If you see a driver that is driving aggressively you should call *CSP (*277). Make sure you have the following information:

Interview with Excel Sports rider Nico Toutenhoofd

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303Racing recently caught up with Team Excel Sports rider Nico Toutenhoofd to find out more about this guy who has really taken on the Colorado racing by storm this year. First lets start with his 2008 results which show 7 wins and 13 podium finishes and is currently holding the Best All-round Rider title and Colorado Masters TT winner whom also had the fastest time of the day even in the P-1-2 field!

photo credit: Larry Rosa

So who is Nico?

[303racing] Tell us a little about you and your cycling background, are you a former pro? How many years have you been racing?

[Nico] I started racing at the age of 12 in the Red Zinger Mini Classic, a week-long stage race for youngsters in Colorado. It was a spectacular event and was responsible for getting hundreds of kids into cycling. As a junior I was a member of the 7-Eleven Junior Development Team, and periodically a member of the United States Junior National Team, spending several summers at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Then my first year as a senior (there was no such thing as "Under 23" at the time) I raced with Lowenbrau, which was the premier U.S. domestic team of the mid '80s. To be frank, I was the worst rider on the best team, which is both good and bad. I then quit racing when I went to college in 1987. So back to your question, I was never technically a pro. Back in those days there was a stronger distinction between pros and amateurs because only amateurs were allowed to race in the Olympics.

9 News reports on FTC Velodrome planning

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Yesterday 9News posted a short story on how the Fort Collins Velodrome Association is trying to get a velodrome up there.

Related, there will be a meeting tomorrow in FTC on the future of the velodrome... found here in their email

"You may have read today's Coloradoan cover story about a meeting for
public input to the City of Fort Collins Parks and Recreation Plan. It
is scheduled for this Thursday (June 12) at 5 PM at the Northside
Aztalan Community Center. The news article said the City had retained
a consultant (GreenPlay) who, through focus groups determined that
residents favored parks hosting community gatherings and large events.
We know a velodrome and cycling park could provide a venue for great
events and gatherings, and not just for cycling. With the weekly
growth of participation and attendance at the 6 Day Races at the CSU
Oval, it is a good time to remind parks planners that we need some
land for our facility. Not as much as golf, tennis, soccer, or
baseball facilities take of course, but some land is required. Legacy
Park has been eyed by our association as a possibility, and while it
has challenging aspects, it could be put to far better use by us than
it currently is.

Please plan to attend this meeting and show your support for a


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