• The Future of Cycling Tours? This Might Be One Way–We Ride 4’s Tour of Colorado

    Submitted by Bill Plock on August 10th, 2020

    The We Ride 4 Cycling Club just completed a four day mountain tour starting and stopping in Crested Butte with overnights in Buena Vista, Salida and Gunnison. Twenty two riders rode the loop culminating with a favorable tailwind on the wide shouldered highway between Gunnison and Crested Butte on Sunday.

    Many of the members have ridden Ride the Rockies for years. With that ride cancelled this year, they decided to form their own version of a mountain tour and do a Covid friendly smaller group ride. Founder and director, Sharon Madison decided to organize this ride not only for fun but to raise money for the clubs charity of choice, The Cottonwood Institute. The club raised $15,000 which also included a live auction via zoom on the third night at the hotel in Gunnison. The team gathered for dinner and bid, and won several items.  Read more

    • New Champions at the State Crit Championships on Sunday

      Submitted by Bill Plock on August 3rd, 2020

      t is hard to believe it is August already. That means the summer is winding down. But, we still have some action to come. This weekend we had the Masters State Criterium Championships in Golden. Let’s congratulate all of our new champions: Read more

      • Mt. Evans Best 14er Climb? We Think So and Here’s Why

        Submitted by Bill Plock on August 3rd, 2020

        Ok. Mt Evans wins as the best climb (not the hardest) in Colorado but not only for the one big reason you might think. Yes, thanks to Covid and not allowing cars vastly improves the experience, but there are some other factors why I believe Mt. Evans tops Pikes Peak for the top 14er climb. But it’s like choosing chocolate–there is no bad choice.  Read more

        • Peace of Mind Cycling, Running, Triathlon, Kayaking, Climbing a 14er, You Name it, You are Covered?

          Submitted by Bill Plock on July 31st, 2020

          Endurance athlete Jay Paul and some friends wanted better insurance protection when they were doing some epic endurance events like the Cloud City Wheelers race where Jay was pictured here. or something like the Triple Bypass. Says Jay, “Even though races and events generally are covered with some sort of insurance, there are still gaps and with most people nowadays having high deductible health coverage, an accident competing or training can take a lot of money out of your pocket, especially training when only your health care coverage protects you. So we wanted to come up with an on demand insurance product that pays you cash if you are injured.”  Read more

          • Steve Clagg, Lived Life to the Fullest…and Then Some, You Are Missed

            Submitted by Bill Plock on July 27th, 2020

            Does death reflect life or define a life or just mark the end of one? Steve Clagg lived life to the fullest and to the end; he died as he lived. He passed away on June 17th in a bike crash as he lost control descending Kerr Gulch and died instantly upon impact. He was with a group, but they had spread out and there were no witnesses and it’s not known how he crashed. His tires were not flat and no cars were known to be in the area and there were no other obvious possible causes. But no doubt he was doing something he loved until the end. His life revolved around cycling in many more ways than just riding.  Read more

            • Barry Bonds, Gates Corp., FirstBank, VF Corp., Zwift join Colorado Classic to Financially Support Women Cyclists,

              Submitted by Bill Plock on July 24th, 2020

              “I’m looking forward to supporting the Colorado Classic by riding in the #WeRide For Women fundraising ride on Zwift. I have been a team sponsor and fan of Women’s Cycling for years and applaud the management and sponsors of Colorado Classic for their continued efforts to showcase and financially support our athletes,” said Barry Bonds. Read more

              • Loveland Pass Hit and Run Survivor–How He is Doing Now in His Words

                Submitted by Bill Plock on July 21st, 2020

                Too often we see headlines or hear reports of a cyclist being hit by someone driving a car. Unfortunately all too often we (media) seem to move on to the next story and those in the cycling community don’t really get updates on the victim’s condition or what’s happening with the investigation. Sometimes its not possible to know, or sometimes the cyclist would rather not share for privacy or legal reasons.

                The days following the accident have been a rollercoaster of emotions. I expect that will continue for the next few weeks. I feel I am slowly coming to grips with my new reality. Read more

                • State Time Trial, A Hot, Good and Safe Turnout

                  Submitted by Bill Plock on July 20th, 2020

                  The athletes at the Colorado State Time Trial Championship endured a hot, fierce wind leaving from Keenesburg and completing either a 10k, 20k or 40k course. 255 athletes spread over many categories of ages including para categories and non-TT bikes competed on Saturday. Many triathletes attended as well and took advantage of a special invitation from the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado (BRAC).  Read more

                  • Colorado Classic Doubles Down on Support for Women’s Racing, Even as 2020 Edition Gets Cancelled

                    Submitted by Bill Plock on July 17th, 2020

                    Despite its fierce commitment to creating a safe live racing model and advancing the sport of professional women’s cycling, the Colorado Classic®​ presented by VF Corporation today announced that their four-day race will not take place this year, citing COVID safety concerns.
                    Instead, the race organizers are doubling down on championing support of women’s racing under their #WeRide umbrella, and are proud to announce the​ ​#WeRide for Women​ fundraiser and virtual ride​.

                    This campaign is intended to financially support the teams who would have attended the Colorado Classic, many of whom rely on competition and prize money to support their livelihoods. For the next two weeks, fans, industry, and sponsors will have the opportunity to donate to the #WeRide Team Development fund — which will be directly distributed to women’s race teams — and join the teams on a Zwift ride on July 29th. Read more

                    • Letter From Colorado High School Cycling League on Upcoming Season–Season of Solidarity

                      Submitted by Bill Plock on July 16th, 2020

                      The Colorado League Board of Directors and staff have met regularly to evaluate the COVID-19 trends across the country and region and the impacts on the format of the 2020 Fall Season. The health and safety of our riders, families, staff, volunteers, partners, and host communities is our number one priority. With this unwavering focus, it is clear that a viable race season is not possible or responsible. A 12-week program of “Singletrack Solidarity” challenges and contests including several traditional acknowledgments is planned. These will reinforce our mission of empowering youth to foster healthy habits, maintain positive social connections, build community, and instill championship characteristics on and off the bike. See below for more information on the program. Read more