May is almost over and are you using your bike in place of your car more often? May is a hard month in Colorado for the commoner to consider putting their car keys away in choice of a bike but many across the national are doing just that. The DenverPost try to help those wanting to leave their cars at home and the 303 Commuter Team provides tools to see much of a difference you can make and sense of group to motivate them to commute. Check out our Commuter Team page for tips on getting you rolling by bike more often, and for all of our commuting related articles then look at our bike commuter feed
Group stats the 303Cycling commuter has accomplished since Jan 6 2011
Property owners seeking $5,000 contributions from 100 people before beginning work
By Doug Pike Colorado Hometown Weekly
During his 35 years in Boulder County, Doug Emerson claims to have seen at least eight legitimate efforts to produce an outdoor velodrome form, only to disband. And he’s convinced his Boulder Valley Velodrome project — slated for construction along County Line Road in Erie, just south of St. Luke’s Orthodox Church — won’t make it nine.
“This is the real deal. This is going to happen,” said Emerson, owner of University Bikes in Boulder, who along with his business partner, Frank Banta, is spearheading the project. “This region is so ripe for a velodrome.
“Boulder County is like a Hawaiian island with no surf beach and we’re building the first surf beach,” he added. “It’s going to be that popular.”
FYI to those who missed our previous notice, last week we experienced a serious issue with the site that took out our Cycling Calendar. A week later the problem was fixed however in the process we lost a week's worth of comments and a few "Did you Hear About" articles. We did not remove the comments, computers did. Sorry for the problem but all should be back to normal now.
BOULDER — Organizers of Boulder’s 35th annual Walk & Bike Month are seeking volunteers for the 70+ events planned for June. Come be a part of this annual tradition celebrating Boulder’s unique and nationally-recognized pedestrian and bicycle culture. Volunteers help with everything from distributing posters to offering administrative support. Dates and hours are flexible.
LOOKING TO HIRE: CANNONDALE SEEKING SAAVY CONSUMER FOR WEEK-LONG
OPPORTUNITY AT TOUR DE FRANCE
Grand Prize Winner Joins the Cannondale Staff For Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Access At World's Most Prestigious Cycling Race With Team Liquigas-Cannondale
Bethel, Conn. - May 6, 2011 - Cannondale, a leading manufacturer of high-performance bicycles for more than 40 years, is looking for one lucky person to join them just in time for cycling's most prominent race. The brand is providing one consumer the job of a lifetime working behind the scenes with the Team Liquigas-Cannondale pro-cycling race team for one week at the 2011 Tour de France.
Consumers can access Cannondale's official Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/RideCannondale) and submit a one to two-minute video explaining why they're the most qualified to serve as Team Liquigas-Cannondale's newest addition. Hopefuls must highlight the following in their video submission:
* How the sport of cycling has impacted your life.
* Your most memorable moment from the Tour de France.
* A bike MUST be visual somewhere in the video shoot (it doesn't have to be a Cannondale)
Sugarloaf may not be hardest climb in Boulder County but it isn't far behind. To the "summit" it gains 2735 feet of elevation in 9.6 miles so clearly isn't for the meek at heart. For many the "summit" is the highest point on paved road, however for those daring to ride some hard pack gravel, the road descends for a little over a mile then turns into gravel at a much lessor pitch than what the rider has just completed.
For those on a mountain bike or cross bike this ride opens up many other options besides the typical out-and-back. The most common alternative route takes the rider on the Switzerland Trail and who's entrance to that road is just to the right at the summit of the climb.
The ride up Sugarload starts on Boulder Canyon which has a Ok shoulder most of the way, the worst part about the entire ride is the 100ft of tunnel to ride through. Best advice is to have a tail light on your bike and use it while riding through. After the tunnel it's about a mile to the right hand turn up Sugarloaf. Just a 100 yards before Sugarloaf on the left is Magnolia which is THE hardest climb in Boulder County!.
At first the ride is mellow-ish but you will find that is gradually gets steeper as you become more exhausted and by the end it is fairly bare landscape and exposed due to a fire in the 80's. Once at the top a look back over the Boulder Valley is enough to tell you this climb was worth it... we hope.
Boulder Bcycle Stations are going to start showing up around town the next few weeks as workers prepare for the May 20th launch day. New with Denver Bike Sharing this year and also Bcycle as well is GPS tracking and with GPS tracking comes bragging rights... How many will be able to ride their Bcycle Bike up Flagstaff? I think in this area a lot. #Flagstaff-bcycle-club
Below is a schedule of installation dates for the stations around Boulder
Initial Implementation Schedule:
Thursday, April 28 -- 12:30pm -- First B-station Installation -- 3080 Center Green Drive (UCAR)
Friday, April 29 -- 8:30am -- 13th and Spruce
Friday, April 29 -- 12:30pm -- Boulder Main Public Library
Tuesday, May 3 -- 8:30am -- 15th and Pearl
Wednesday, May 4 -- 8:30am -- Boulder Municipal Building