Yesterday the Colorado Supreme Court heard oral arguments from the case against Black Hawk for banning bikes. You can hear the 60 minute oral discussion (30 minutes for both sides) and you can read what Bicycle Retailer had to say. Much more on this to come next week. While no immediate decision will come from this event some speculate that you can read into the questions asked by the court.
Listen to the oral arguments in the Colorado Supreme Court
Last week the national conference for the Bicycle Tour Network was held in Denver at the Grand Hyatt. The conference was a catalyst for innovation and collaboration by providing a forum where tour directors from around the country can connect, share knowledge, talk with industry experts and meet with vendors through a number of social events, workshops and general sessions.
Check out our video interview with a number of tour and event directors from some of the biggest events around the country (Ragbrai, Bike MS, The Buff Classic, Boulder Cup, Iron Horse, Oklahoma Free Wheel, Venus de Miles, etc) to see what their main "takeaways" from the conference was and why Colorado is such a great role model for other states.
Sessions and Speakers Included:
Bicycle Events & Advocacy - Scott Christopher (Bicycle Colorado)
Optimizing Registration Resources - Lucas McCain (Prerace.com)
Simple to Sexy - The mobile app economy - Chris Globe (MapMyFitness)
Bicycle Tourism Boom - Jim Sayer (Adventure Cycling)
Media & Corp Partnerships - Brian Farris (USA Pro Challenge)
The conference finished with a evening with Ron Keifel, which was a fairly light hearted story telling of Ron's experience with the 7-11 team and what bicycle tourism meant to him and his family's bike shop back in the early days of the Ride the Rockies tour. If you've never heard Wookie (Ron) talk then now is your chance, he's witty, clever and full of stories.
The Pedal the Plains Grand Fondo rolled away on it's 120 mile journey around the eastern plains of Colorado as it started and finished the Burlington Colorado. Not only did the Grand Fondo roll out today but so did day 2 of the Pedal the Plains 3 day tour. Both of these events are new this year to Colorado and are being organized and operated by the Denver Post, which is the same organization who runs Ride the Rockies... so they know what they are doing. The Governor is a strong supporter of cycling as he is a cyclists himself and a strong supporter of Safe Routes to Schools for kids walking or biking to school. Learn more about Day 2 of Pedal the Plains bike tour
"Both my thighs were singing a song and it was not a pretty melody" From Hickenlooper as he describes his day 2 ride
Listen to Governor Hickenlooper's day on the Pedal the Plains Tour
One of Colorado's most popular bike paths — one that climbs all the way to the top of Vail Pass — is getting a much-needed make-over.
On Tuesday, Colorado Department of Transportation crews will begin resurfacing the Vail Pass recreation path from Bighorn Road in east Vail to the Vail Pass summit. Work is expected to finish in early October.
Organizers of the Buffalo Bicycle Classic -- a charity ride that raises scholarship money for students at the University of Colorado -- seem to be benefiting from the excitement of the Pro Cycle Challenge that recently held its stage 6 in Boulder.
The term Gran Fondo translated from Italian means “Ride of Great Depth or Great Endurance”
Many cyclists do Gran Fondos to challenge themselves in a personal battle against the distance and then ultimately the clock. Although Gran Fondos are not considered races, entrants’ times are recorded and each rider is given a finishing position. While the majority of the riders will be happy to complete the distance, some participants will ride the event like a race. Typically there are prizes and prestige awarded to the top finishers.
PTP Gran Fondo offers the traditional century rider the opportunity to go to the next level in a controlled environment. Let us help you see how far you can go this season!
Just over 120 miles, the PTP Gran Fondo course will provide a challenge for all levels of endurance cyclists. The PTP Fondo route is peppered with rolling hills and varied terrain, as well as beautiful lush farmland scenery throughout. When they are not focusing on the core task at hand, riders will drink in the solitude and peaceful surroundings while listening to the plethora of meadowlarks singing their songs of approval!
Listen to Dream Team Rider, Heather Irmiger
and Leah Goldstein, talk about their role
in Venus de Miles
You’ve probably never seen me on a road bike. That’s because I’ve never ridden one. Unless you count my sweet 10-speed bike I had way back when. When I wore monogrammed sweaters and had a bi-level haircut and I thought Shaun Cassidy was cool. That’s why it might surprise you that I’ve decided to ride in the Venus de Miles. Yep. You read that right. I was thinking about riding my pink mountain bike and I know you can ride anything you want but I figure we might as well make this an experience to really remember by putting myself on a bike with very skinny tires. And so I called my buddy at the Trek store here in Boulder. And thanks to Chris and Trek, I will be straddling something with very skinny tires (compared to my mountain bike) and a gearing system I’m sure will be way over my head.
This will be the 5th year for the Venus de Miles and it seems to get bigger and quite possibly better every year. It is not a race and so if you’re thinking to yourself, “I’m not as fast as Cheri” or “I’m not in as good of shape as Cheri” then you can stop right there. Oh. You weren’t thinking that at all? Awkward! But seriously, this ride is about raising money for the Greenhouse Scholars. And the Greenhouse Scholars provides financial, practical and personal support to high achieving under resourced people. Bottom line=It helps people fulfill their educational goals. To date, over $379,000 has been raised! This is an easy way to make a difference and support people who want to get an education and have fun! Win. Win. Win.
There are four options for ride length; 100, 67, 51 and 33 miles. And my favorite part? If you wake up and you’re not feeling the 57 mile ride you signed up for you can change your mind! You can ride the 33 mile route. Lately I’ve been seeing some cyclists around town with a pacer person on a scooter. I think the scooter person carries refreshments and yells at the cyclists for encouragement. I also think I want one of these people. But the closest thing I will come to a scooter person is my Eurovan with my husband and three kids. I can see it now. My kids would be yelling out the window at me, “Are we there yet?” and “What are you making for dinner?” Somehow I think the cyclists with the people on the scooters are having a totally different experience. I knew I shouldn’t have sold my scooter.