• Race Report from Windy Karen Hornbostel This Past Week

    Submitted by 303cycling on October 16th, 2020

    By It was a typical Fall day, starting off with mild temperatures in the mid 70’s then as the sun neared the horizon the temperature dropped down into the 50’s. We had a stiff wind that didn’t dissipate until close to 5:30 PM.

    Next Wednesday, the final night of racing looks to be about the same temperatures, but right now the wind isn’t predicted to be anything like this week’s was.  Read more

    • High School Cycling League and the Colorado Classic Partner to Inspire Student Athletes

      Submitted by Bill Plock on October 15th, 2020

      The Colorado Classic is excited to announce a partnership with the Colorado High School Cycling League to celebrate student athletes this month, as part of their ongoing #InspiredWeRide Jersey Campaign Read more

      • Do You Know The Story of the Lancaster Bridge? It’s a Colorado Connection of Life and Cycling

        Submitted by Bill Plock on October 12th, 2020

        Sometimes bridges connect roads and trails. Sometimes they connect neighbors and lives, in this case the Lancaster bridge in Idaho Springs connects a trail, to a life, to a past, to an era, to a lifestyle to all things cycling in Colorado.

        Scott Lancaster, it seems, lived the life of a legend. His death is in ways legendary, and the way he led his short life was epic. He died at the age of 18 on January 14th, 1991 in Idaho Springs. He was killed by a mountain lion on a training run. He was the first known person to ever be killed by a mountain lion in Colorado. The story made national news but was over-shadowed by the start of Operation Desert Storm on January 17th—the same day Scotts body was finally found.  Read more

        • Cross Season Kicks Off in Louisville and Valmont this past Week

          Submitted by Bill Plock on September 21st, 2020

          On Thursday of last week the first cyclocross race was held in Louisville Recreation Center in the infamous “Bowl of Death” and will return there every Thursday night for the next four weeks (register HERE for upcoming races). On Saturday, in Boulder the first of the 6-race Shimano CYCLO X Series was back for its 22nd edition. The Valmont Course has a bit of everything; the short Belgium Stair Case, the longer 5280 Run Up, and one of the hardest sand boxes going. Read more

          • Karen Hornbostel Time Trial Q&A with Larry Potter after First Race

            Submitted by Bill Plock on September 11th, 2020

            On the eve of the kickoff to the NFL football season, bike racers line up in unprecedented fall weather at an unprecedented start date for the Karen Hornbostel Time Trial race originally scheduled for March. We caught up with race director and member of COBRAS, Larry Potter to see how it went. Here are some questions and answers with Larry. Read more

            • Fun Mountain Bike Racing This Coming Weekend in Castle Rock

              Submitted by Bill Plock on September 10th, 2020

              Racing is only 3 days away. We will be marking course on Saturday afternoon so come on out and join us. Once again, the venue will be similar to last time and is a very friendly, safe and spaced out venue. The start area will be plenty large and allows for proper staging separation. Once again, due to popular demand (not), the finish line will be at the top of the steep dirt road and you can roll into a big grassy meadow at the completion of the race. Registration is at the “Mill House” and will be setup with one-way foot traffic to get your number plate and other product from our friends at Hammer Nutrition. The venue is perfect for all of us to spread out.  Read more

              • Lawyers, Guns and Money, Monarch Crest with Rob Quinn and Dirt Journal

                Submitted by Bill Plock on September 4th, 2020

                Dateline: Sometime in July Poncha Springs. Monday AM. I slept in my truck last night—we’ll get to that. I checked my phone, dangerously low at 10%. It’s Bob from High Valley Center Bike shuttle. He asks, “since I was the only 8 AM can I sit tight till 10 AM and join a few other Monday Monarch Crest shuttlers?

                “All good” my economical response. I peer out the back of my Tacoma. Yep. The parking lot at High Valley Bike Shuttle, just like I left it last night around 10PM when I faded into a spectacular slumber after a spectacular day.  Read more

                • Go4Graham Team Rides Double Triple in One Day to Help Shred the Stigma

                  Submitted by Bill Plock on August 28th, 2020

                  With our big Double Triple Bypass attempt, I had this great idea to recreate Geoffery Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales” but for bikes. I recorded some conversations on the ride, asked questions, took pictures, did everything needed to write a masterpiece. I sat down the day after our ride to begin writing, which involved doing a bit more research on Chaucer’s work. I read a review of “The Canterbury Tales.” It read something like “…this is a great book to read before bedtime, helps you sleep! Great read for someone with too much time on their hands.”

                  Wait, that’s not what I want to write! So, here, I’ll give you the juicy bits, brush over the slow parts (IE the parts uphill) and leave you with some inspiration. Read more

                  • Ft. Lewis, Fall Blaze Making it Happen to Support Collegiate Cycling

                    Submitted by Bill Plock on August 21st, 2020

                    If you are not familiar with Fort Lewis and their mark on college cycling and Durango for that matter, just know that they have won 24 National Championship, as a Division one NCAA sport even though they are not a division one size school

                    Due to budget cuts the 2020 Track and BMX programs have been frozen or temporarily eliminated this year. With two major disciplines out of the mix, a hunt for another National Championship is that much tougher. Read more

                    • Gravel Race and Adventure in Southern Colorado Aug 29th, Pony Express 160 – 160k and 85k courses available!

                      Submitted by Bill Plock on August 20th, 2020

                      Last week 303 was near here exploring Cuchara valley and the area between La Veta and Trinidad. If you are looking for a fun getaway weekend and are wanting to do a race, check this one out. The Pony Express Gravel 160K in Trinidad. www.ColoradoGravelGrinderChampionship.com

                      Come enjoy Southern Colorado and be sure to check out Trinidad, Cuchara and La Veta while you are in the area. For a fun trip home, if you have time, go to Walsenburg, Westcliffe and to Salida or east down the Arkansas to the front range.  Read more