• Colorado’s Eric Brunner Race Report from Cyclocross World Championships

    Submitted by Bill Plock on February 24th, 2020

    I am Eric Brunner from Boulder, Colorado and a member of the BLUE Factory Team. I spent the past six weeks racing in Europe with USA cycling after winning U23 Nationals and being selected to Team USA for Cyclocross Worlds. During that time, I competed in eight races including four World Cups and culminating with the Cyclocross World Championships in Dübendorf, Switzerland

    Overall, the trip felt constructive. It provided the opportunity for me to live a bit like a pro cyclist for a while, without the distractions and demands of school at the University of Colorado or daily life. Things like not having to plan my own logistics and getting massages several times per week add up and take some of the stress away. Although the first couple races were a shock, especially not having raced in Europe in a couple years, I was proud to have finished better in each consecutive World Cup of the trip.  Read more

    • In Case You Missed This From Bicycle Colorado’s Moving People Forward, Podcast; War on Cars, Kyle Clark Guest

      Submitted by Bill Plock on February 24th, 2020

      In their first live episode, The War on Cars headed to Denver, Colorado to check in on the Mile High City’s battle against automobile dominance. From the announcement that the Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure will install 125 miles of bike lanes by 2023 to the recent closure of B-cycle, the city’s bicycle sharing system, it’s been a year of good news and bad for Denverites. And there’s no one better to comment on the news than our guest, Kyle Clark, the host of “Next with Kyle Clark” on Denver’s 9 News.  Read more

      • We Don’t Know Until We Do, Becky Furuta’s Deep Dive, Why Go4Graham and Mental Health So Vital

        Submitted by Bill Plock on February 10th, 2020

        That time alone is one of the reasons I love endless hours of solo training on the bicycle. So many professional cyclists and domestic elites settle in Boulder precisely because it affords them the opportunity to connect with other talented riders, to share long days spent in the saddle with those who have the same training demands, and to enjoy a sense of community in the sport. I like all those things, too, but constant companionship exhausts me. I enjoy meeting fans and shaking hands and swapping stories when I do events or make public appearances for the team, and then? I need an hour or two on my own to decompress. A time out.

        Back then, though, it was different. I wasn’t stepping away to recharge. I was suffering from a kind of incurable loneliness that left a hole in me into which I had curled up completely.  Read more

        • Your Winter Dose Of LSD, Long Steady Distance, A Bike Adventure in Baja CA

          Submitted by Bill Plock on February 3rd, 2020

          Are you sitting on your trainer, staring out the window at the snow piling up on your back deck? Or maybe you’re bundled up like the Michelin Man, taking advantage of a sucker hole in the foul weather, the one that ends in a sideways downpour with gusts that nearly blow you into the ditch. Perhaps you have surrendered to Mother Nature and have taken up swimming, skiing, or surfing Netflix from the comfort of your couch. But what you’re dreaming of is heading out in your summer jersey and shorts, logging hundreds of base miles under the warm summer sun. What would you say if I told you that you could have all that, and endless tacos too? Read more

          • In Case You Missed It: Velodrome Appears Saved, BRAC Board Set, CO at CX Worlds

            Submitted by Bill Plock on February 3rd, 2020

            By Bill Plock For now, the Boulder Valley Velodrome appears to be on its way to surviving and flourishing with a new partner and operational mode. Said Cari Higgins who has been leading the effort to keep the velodrome open,Read More

            • Inflection point: As gravel racing goes mainstream, can it retain its renegade status

              Submitted by Bill Plock on January 28th, 2020

              This is an excellent article by Neal Rogers of Cycling Tips. At the recent Endurance Exchange, the future of “Gravel” was a hot topic and it was suggested that 2020 will be an interesting year…this offers some great insight as to why……

              The gravel phenomenon that’s taken root in American cycling shows no signs of slowing down in 2020. New events are selling out in a manner of minutes. Bike brands are marketing gravel-specific wares ahead of other disciplines. Former WorldTour pros are finding a new home in a friendlier, dust-covered peloton. Gravel triathlons are popping up across the United States. There’s even a gravel-racing commercial slated for the upcoming Super Bowl. Read more

              • Meet the Candidates for BRAC Board, Voting This Weekend

                Submitted by Bill Plock on January 27th, 2020

                The 2020 Election for the BRAC Board of Directors (BOD) will take place at the annual Club Council meeting, tentatively scheduled for February 1st. Every year, five of the ten BOD positions come up for election/re-election. This year, of theRead More