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Two Colorado Women Join the Reve Amateur Women’s Team to Ride Entire 2012 TDF Route

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In what is sure to be a groundbreaking moment for women’s cycling, a team of six amateur women, ranging in age from 26 to 40, will take on the ultimate road cycling challenge, riding the entire 2012 Tour de France route, one day ahead of the men’s pro peloton. Starting in Liège these six women, including two mothers, will complete the entire 2,162 miles of the 2012 Tour de France and will arrive in Paris on the 21st of July.

These women have been training for months and even met in Portland in April and Santa Rosa in May for team training camps.

Photo Credit: HardCastle Photography
Kristen (left) and Kate together in Boulder

Why are they doing this? In part to prove to themselves, other female cyclists, and women thinking about taking up the sport, that any bicycle dream is possible. They also hope to raise $60,000 for Bikes Belong, a non-profit cycling advocacy organization dedicated to putting more people on bikes more often.

The Reve team also has a Colorado connection. Two of its member are from the 303 area.

Kristen Peterson describes herself as a Pro Triathlete, Molecular Biologist and Bike Nerd. By day, she works at the University of Colorado in a microbiology lab. In college Kristen was a division I swimmer. After her triathlon career, Kristen plans to return to school for a PhD in order to become a Genetics Professor. Kristen recently wrote about her thoughts leading up to the big ride on her website:

Ok, I am. I confess, I’m really freaking excited to get this Reve show on the road. The work has been done, the legs have been trained, the brain has been prepared. Now let’s do this shit.

Kate Powlison aka “Muddy Legs” is a Research Analyst and Communications Co-ordinator for Bikes Belong in Boulder and is also an accomplished elite racer. Kate has a passion for cycling and loves to promote bicycles as an agent of change in America. Kate recently planned and completed the 500-mile Tim Johnson Ride on Washington as a warm up for the 2,162 miles of the Tour de France in July.

Kate was recently interviewed by
Girl Bike Love
about her upcoming ride:

“That’s the thing, we are ordinary women” she started. “When they first said ‘ok’ to me joining the team, I wanted to say no… because of the stress of training, being off of work and away from home.”
“But my grandma and my mom… they don’t ride bikes and they are so excited. From their reaction I realized I could inspire the mainstream. To see their faces light up…” she turned her eyes up and shook her head...

Read more about the Reve Team.

The Boulder Cycling Lounge Opens June 30th

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The Boulder Cycling Lounge will open on June 30th at the 29th Street Mall (the old Montbell store, behind Lucy and north of North Face). The Boulder Cycling Lounge is part of Boulder’s “Summer of Cycling”, promoting Stage 6 of the USA Pro Challenge coming on August 25th! They will be showing each stage of the Tour de France LIVE every morning from June 30-July 22. Then switching gears, they will show the Olympics from July 27-August 12. The best part – it’s FREE!

Tour de France Hours: June 30th – July 22nd from 6am to 11am (subject to change with special events)

Olympic Hours: July 27th – August 12th, hours TBD based on TV schedule

In addition to the great TV viewing, the Boulder Cycling Lounge will also feature:

Group rides every weekend day after the live stage
Official Boulder Stage 6 USA Pro Challenge merchandise for sale
Free wifi courtesy of Ceres Technology.
Trainers for fans to spin on their bike while watching the stage
Couches to relax on while you watch
A recovery area

Online Cycling Tools

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Do you ever wonder what it would be like to descend Old Stage as fast as Taylor Phinney? Or climb Mt. Evans like Tom Danielson? Or better still to suffer like uber domestique Timmy Duggan? Even the weekend cyclist can get a taste for what it might feel like to be a professional rider or maybe that guy he's trying to beat out on the road all thru the latest in social media.

Collecting and sharing of cyclists' information has come a long way since MapMyRide and in a very short amount of time. It seems that most people have some sort of cycling computer on their bike or at least an iPhone or Android to record their ride. It is possible to collect and share distance, elevation gain, top speed, average speed and even heart rate and power statistics.

How a Carbondale Company is Changing the Way Women Look and Feel When They Ride

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Shredly Founder Ashley Rankin

This past spring a friend was in Grand Junction riding the lunch loops. She sent me a picture from a bike shop. Her message said, “You should test these Shredly bike shorts!” They were so unique I looked into it further and found out that Shredly is a Colorado mountain bike apparel company, founded by a Colorado native and made in the U.S.A. This was enough to peak my interest so I contacted the founder Ashley Rankin and asked her a few questions about her business, how she got started and what she’d liked to see for the future of her clothing company.

It all started when Ashley wanted some new mountain bike shorts and after a few seasons of not finding what she wanted (everything was black and boring), her idea of creating her own company started percolating. In the meantime, Ashley wore board shorts with a chamois. And then after receiving lots of compliments she took it one step further. She embroidered her Shredly logo on her board shorts. From there it was a matter of finding fabrics, a pattern maker and a production manager. When Ashley talks about the two women who fill these roles, you can hear the emotion. They are her mentors and her extended family. When one cries, they all cry. And speaking of crying, having a great idea and great fabric and a great team are all fine but who is going to pay for it all?

A More Mature Taylor Phinney Prepares for the London Olympics

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From the Daily Camera

Taylor Phinney was admittedly a wide-eyed 18-year-old "kid" who soaked up every ounce of his first Olympic experience four years ago in Beijing.

"Probably the biggest distraction for me was having the U.S. women's gymnastic team staying above me," Phinney recalled with a laugh during a press conference Wednesday at Skratch Labs on Pearl Street.

A more mature and focused Phinney -- who turns 22 next week and is still the youngest member of the American men's road cycling team -- is gearing up for a whole new experience in London.

Boulder/Denver Bike & Trail maps and Colorado Bike Maps

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Whether you are a first timer on the road or trails in the Denver/Boulder area or a seasoned cyclists, there are always new routes to take and areas to explore. Start your sense of exploration with one of the many Boulder and Denver Bike and Trail maps and for the real adventureous check out the Colorado Cycling map as well. Many of these maps can be ordered in print format if the download size is too challenging to work with or if you are like myself and prefer a good old fashion map in your lap in the evenings to gaze upon and dream up new routes and rides.

Regional Boulder/Denver Bike Map


Boulder Maps

Boulder County Comprehensive bike map of routes including Boulder City and Longmont. (Large but worth it)
This Boulder County Map shows

  • traffic level and surface condition
  • shoulder width
  • some topography and off road trails
  • Boulder city break out
  • must have for newcomers and great for gifts

Similar Boulder Bike Maps

2012 Olympic Cycling Team Announced

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USA Cycling announced today 21 of its 24 nominees to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team, including 10 male and 11 female athletes across the disciplines of road cycling, track cycling, mountain biking and bicycle motocross (BMX). Colorado is very well represented on this list.

London, UK
July 28 – Aug. 12
USA Cycling Nominees:

Timmy Duggan (Boulder, Colo./Liquigas-Cannondale)
Tyler Farrar (Wentachee, Wash./Garmin-Barracuda)
Chris Horner (Bend, Ore./RadioShack-Nissan-Trek)
Taylor Phinney (Boulder, Colo./BMC Racing) – road race & time trial
Tejay van Garderen (Tacoma, Wash./BMC Racing)

Kristin Armstrong (Boise, Idaho/Exergy TWENTY12) – road race & time trial
Amber Neben (Irvine, Calif./Specialized-lululemon) – road race & time trial
Shelley Olds (Gilroy, Calif./AA
*Evelyn Stevens (Acton, Mass./Specialized-lululemon)

Dotsie Bausch (Irvine, Calif./OUCH Pro Cycling) - women’s team pursuit
*Sarah Hammer (Temecula, Calif./OUCH Pro Cycling) - women’s omnium & team pursuit
Bobby Lea (Topton, Pa./Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA) – men’s omnium
Jennie Reed (Seattle, Wash./OUCH Pro Cycling) – women’s team pursuit

Ride the Rockies Bicycle Tour Route Revised Due to High Park Fire

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ESTES PARK, COLO. – The Denver Post Ride The Rockies Bicycle Tour is revising the route for the sixth and final stage of the 2012 tour due to issues brought on by the High Park fire. The route for Friday, June 15 will begin in Estes Park, Colo. and end at Odell Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colo. as planned. The route between the two points has been adjusted so that cyclists will now travel further east before heading north to Fort Collins.

Some of the roads originally on the route for the sixth stage have been closed due to the fire, necessitating some form of route revision. Ride The Rockies management has been in close contact with Larimer County, City of Fort Collins and City of Loveland officials as well as Colorado State Patrol regarding the fire and the best options for the sixth stage.

“This new route allows us to end at our original finish line without taking city or county resources away from the important work of fighting the fire,” said Ride The Rockies Tour Director Chandler Smith.
Recognizing that the air quality may be an issue, cyclists will have the option of being shuttled into Fort Collins if they prefer that to cycling the last leg of the tour.

“The health and safety of our cyclists is our top priority,” Smith continued. “Based on all available information, we believe this new route offers cyclists a strong sixth stage to the planned finished line, while minimizing potential health risks.”

Spending time with Nicole Duke Part 2

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Nicole during her downhill racing days

Part 2 of our interview with the lovely and talented, Nicole Duke is up and this one Nicole talks motorbiking at 7, soccer star in college to her start in mountain biking and downhill racing and finishing up with her cyclocross years. Thanks so much Nicole for giving us an opportunity to tell your story!

Listen to Part 2 of Nicole's interview


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