Everyone has heard of the grueling Race Across America (RAAM) and maybe you had the chance to watch the movie covering the challenges the racers face. This year the promoters of RAAM are creating a new sub genre of endurance racing it's coming to Colorado Aug 5-7th to Prospect Colorado (just south of Longmont). In this event you don't race across America or even Colorado but you can qualify for RAAM if desired. This new event captures the energy of endurance cycling AND allows you to compete in a team environment in the 60, 125, 200 or 400 mile course on 1, 2 or 4 man teams. How does this work? Your choice but as I understand the rules, only 1 rider must be on course at a time so others can relax while trailing in the sag wagon until it is their turn or all 4 can ride together in a train. This makes a 200 or 400 mile race sound a lot easier and fun, right? This isn't the only new endurance event coming to Colorado this year, check out the new Grand Fondo in Fort Collins coming later in August. Stay tuned next week for more information on that event.
Below is the 200 mile version of the course For other course, check out the race page
Cycling to/from work is a stress release, and a chance to go at my pace, whether it's fast that day, or slow the next. At work, I drive for a living, so leaving my car at home as often as possible is important. (I also get to compete with my boss who also commutes by bike quite often.)
Sy Nayman I commute because it's an excellent way to maintain volume in the off-season; you get to tell manly-man stories about frozen water bottles, near encounters with coyotes and dear in Cherry Creek Lake Park during the winter months; seeing troops of raccoons in Cherry Creek when it's dark; watching the Denver landscape wake up in spring, flourish in summer and go to sleep in winter; and, most importantly, you're present with yourself and nature 2x a day while avoiding man-made craziness of talk radio and rush hour traffic!
The recent article on the Fatality of cyclist in Lefthand Canyon has caused others to point out their own incidents with this guy. It is becoming very clear that this incident was not his first or second serious confrontation with cyclists.
On Wednesday August 3rd, we will be partnering with Bicycle Longmont to do a clinic and ride for people with disabilities and their families. Assisted Cycling Tours will conduct a clinic from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at Roosevelt Park in Longmont which will include fitting of bikes, basic safety instructions and a chance to get comfortable on the tandem bicycles. At 6:30, Bicycle Longmont will be hosting their weekly ride and we will join them in their ride. The distance is expected to be less than 5 miles.
Getting More Girls Racing - Colorado High School Cycling League & High Cadence Coffee Girls Racing Scholarship Still Available
July 27, 2011 – Colorado’s High School Cycling League’s number of racers is growing, but one company is making sure the number grows at least one more. High Cadence Coffee is providing a racing scholarship for one new girls’ competitor to race in all the events for this upcoming season.
The scholarship will award a new girls competitor all the funding needed for entry fees for all the races, jersey and assistance in traveling to the races. “The growth of the high school leagues is phenomenal, but I see part of their success is based on bringing new athletes into the sport that can continue to compete for a lifetime,” said Jeff Ernst, founder of High Cadence Coffee.