Longmont resident Don Schneider said he believes 90 percent of cyclists who frequent the Hygiene area on weekends thwart traffic laws. He calls the sheriff's office, but he says deputies are unresponsive.
Many cyclists would dispute the 90% number but many would probably agree that it is larger than 0%. While there are two sides to every story at least 1 side does not weigh thousands of pounds and can cause harm at a much higher level. This time the cycling community came out with a huge victory, lets hope next time the tables (camera) aren't turned on us
One final side note of commentary, over the past week I have read comments from readers of the road rage experience in Boulder and one comment made recently really stuck with me and that was how this is unique to Colorado. Their take on the issue is Colorado is one of the worst places to be a cyclists in regards to road rage related issues. I haven't biked everywhere but in the few states I have lived and bike there is NO DOUBT in my mind that Boulder area is by far friendlier than other places in the Midwest. Why am I not experiencing this road rage like the commenter does?
How does one measure success of a race like USAPCC? Is it purely a monetary equation? Is it the support and desire of the people, enthusiasm of the business? How few trees were not cut down and destroyed on Flagstaff? It's not easy. In a recent survey of downtown Boulder businesses many, especially businesses on the east side of town saw a dip in sales on race day, yet many businesses still support having the race return.
How would you measure success of a race like this?
The Boulder Convention and Visitors Bureau predicted the USA Pro Cycling Challenge would bring more than $8 million into the city last month, but preliminary reports from some downtown businesses indicate the bicycle race didn't boost their bottom line as much as they expected -- and some saw sales declines on race day.
Yet an overwhelming number of business owners surveyed by Downtown Boulder Inc. said they want to see the Pro Cycling Challenge return to Boulder next year.
If the Stones were to perform at Folsom Field today would they change their lyrics to say. "I see a black road and I want it painted Green". OK, so that wasn't funny but green lanes are being experimented with in Boulder as assumed earlier this week. Full details from on this are in the Boulder Daily this week.
The city transportation department applied the initial bright green treatments -- which cost around $2,300 a piece -- at the intersections of Folsom Street and Canyon Boulevard, and Folsom and Pearl Street. The Safe Streets Boulder study, released by the city in February, found these two intersections had some of the highest rates of vehicle collisions with bikes and pedestrians in the city.
Between January 2008 and October 2011, the two locations had a combined 17 collisions, according to the study.
In these two locations, Cowern said drivers turning right often don't see a cyclist in the bike lane next to them and end up "hooking" in front of a cyclist, who must try to avoid hitting or being struck by the moving vehicle.
This was my first official season of racing. I came from a tri background and don't really miss it. Cycling is so much simpler in a way. Not nearly as much stuff to keep track of for a race. No transitions, no wetsuit, goggles, no dilemma over socks/no socks, shoes clipped in or not. Just get on your bike and pedal. But the only thing I do miss is that it was easier for me to identify my strengths (swimming and transitions) and my weaknesses (or as I like to call it, 'my tri-nemesis' which was running). I formed my plan for the off season to work on running, power and endurance. Racing season was usually 3 races. Maybe 5 top. Heavy mental preparation for those select few races and then on the big day, I'd exploit my swim as best as I could to gain time for my abysmal running leg.
Cycling is different. After a season of racing, I'm still not sure what I'm good at and what I'm not. I raced a variety of races but it's still not clear as to what I should do next or focus on for next season. I often over-train and Joel Friel's "Cyclist Bible" makes no sense to me whatsoever. I know it should, but it doesn't. I know I need to hire a coach but I'm reluctant to do so for various reasons. Mostly it's the thought that as a newbie cyclist, I'm just not worth it.
This is the most dangerous train of thought to hop aboard as a Newbie. There are multiple ways on how this sabotages you as an athlete new to racing. Here are some you may be familiar with:
I'm only a Cat 4 so...
I don't have to have a training plan.
My diet doesn't really matter.
Sleep doesn't really matter.
It doesn't matter if I warm up before a race.
It doesn't matter where or when I line up.
I don't deserve to fight for a position in the
Over-training doesn't apply to me.
An off-season doesn't apply to me.
Obviously this is complete crap when you look at it. However, I would say that it took me at least 10 races before I didn't constantly have these negative trains of thought running through my head. And even yesterday, late into my first cx season (well, late for me), I STILL battled these feelings. That feeling that everyone else who is racing seems to know what's going on more and will be faster.
I think when I start to consider myself "a racer" instead of someone who is "trying out bike racing" then I'll allow myself to succeed. I had several podium finishes over the summer, but always found myself negating them. I'm only a Cat 4. Like it matters. Well, yes and no. Does it matter the way a Cat 1 podium finish matters within the local/national cycling community? No. Does it matter to my two little girls who are 7 and 9? Yes. Do my non-cycling friends and family understand that I'm on the lowest rung of the bike racing ladder? No. They think I'm a super-star. Why not let this misconception go on instead of always immediately dispelling it? I am a completely average athlete, person, and mom. But when I race, even if I suck, I am a superstar. That's what being a newbie racer is. Allowing yourself to become a totally average super-star even if you think you don't deserve it.
What's it like to race? Do you remember that void of not knowing what it is like to race a bike? What will it be like, will I crash and get a compound fracture, will I win and get to do some crazy Peter Sagan victory arm dance thingy? Will I get kissed by two chicks at the same time? But for many this world of shaved legs, embrocation, glued tires and the assumption that everyone dopes, is a lot to take in and to decide to step into if they want to give this cyclcross thing a try. Last year we ran a Coffee Talk Tuesday on Getting more Newbies to try out Bike Racing that got a lot of good discussion. Also last year Primal sponsored a race, Primalpalooza, which had a category that was JUST FOR BEGINNERS and according to ACA records 45 people raced in it. That is 45 people who had never done a cx race before!
This year PrimalPalooza is back September 29th and so is the the Beginner race so tell your friends, co-workers, girlfriends and/or boyfriends, bosses, etc. Learn more about PrimalPalooza
Tami’s Newbie Perspective
I’ve never officially raced a bike before. Unofficially yes. When I got my first (and current) carbon fiber bicycle and rode around the city of Chicago on it, often with friends who had fixies, or less-speedy road bikes, it was not uncommon to find ourselves pedaling as fast as we could before the next light or stop sign and seeing who got there first. Just enough time for the legs to burn a bit, to get that exhilarating feeling of wow, what an amazing machine this bicycle is, and to trigger the habitual thought that mine was worth every penny.