• Pitkin, A Gold Mine of Biking and a Mix of Good Ol’ Small Town Hospitality at Pitkin Days

    Submitted by Bill Plock on August 1st, 2021

    Ron and Steve bubbled to life to tell stories because I said hello. One about a bear that moseyed into the post office and scared the crap out of someone collecting their mail. The other about fellow townsfolk throwing popcorn at their neighbors acting in the annual melodrama during Pitkin days—all in good fun of course. You see Pitkin, during its most populous time in the summer might have 400 residents, many of which stay hunkered in their cabins nestled in the surrounding forest.  Read more

    • WeRide4 Cycling Club Seeks Part-Time Assistant

      Submitted by Bill Plock on May 27th, 2021

      As a result of rapid growth in our first year, WR4 is looking to hire a part time individual or intern to provide assistance with projects that support the ongoing operations and performance of the organization.  Read more

      • First Time Gravel Ride, “I found it almost meditative!”

        Submitted by Bill Plock on May 3rd, 2021

        Meet Maigread, she is relatively new to cycling having joined the WeRide4 cycling team last spring, buying a road bike and hitting it hard racking up almost 2,500 miles in 2020. In 2021, she has already ridden over 2,000 miles. She is not totally new to cycling, she used to be a triathlete and has always kept in shape, but life got in the way for a few years and she recently rediscovered her love of cycling when she moved to Colorado last year. She is still figuring out the nuances of cycling; which clothing, what nutrition, what routes, what sunglasses etc. So to the throw an obstacle or slide a bit or navigate some mud added to the challenge–and to the fun!  Read more

        • Sharon Madison Wins Colorado Classic’s Virtual Yellow Jersey

          Submitted by Bill Plock on December 21st, 2020

          Denver’s Sharon Madison has won Colorado Classic’s Virtual Yellow Jersey presented by the Gates Corporation for her on- and off-the-bike contributions to the greater cycling community.

          Nominated by her peers no less than 14 times, Madison was once a professional cyclist, and has since dedicated her life’s work to building a community around the idea that a bike creates freedom and empowerment. She started the bike club at Wish 4 Wheels, providing bikes to second graders at Title 1 schools in Denver, and in the midst of the pandemic she created a new non-profit organization – We Ride 4 — which raises funds to support organizations that promote fitness, health and outdoor adventure for children.  Read more

          • Vote for Colorado Classics’ Final Three “Leading the Charge” Community Women

            Submitted by Bill Plock on December 11th, 2020

            For the past three months people have logged commuter miles, climbed like a mountain goat, played a guessing game, and shown that the cycling stars of tomorrow are nothing short of inspiring. Now it’s time for the fifth and final competition in the #InspiredWeRide Jersey Campaign: the 2020 Virtual Yellow Jersey Winner. We asked you to nominate HERoes, and wow, did you answer! Thank you for your submissions of women in your community who are “Leading the Charge” and deserving of the Yellow Jersey. Now, we need your help in determining who is going to take that top spot on the (virtual) podium and don the Yellow Jersey! Please read more about these three finalists and cast your vote for a winner before December 18! 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

              • Colorado Trip, Part 1, Buena Vista to Lake City, Places to Explore off the Beaten Path

                Submitted by Bill Plock on August 24th, 2020

                Gravel or road? Road or Mountain? Pavement or dirt? Colorado or……Colorado? We have it all. Recently 303 embarked on a journey to discover some new places, or at least be reacquainted with places like Buena Vista, Salida, Gunnison and Crested Butte. But some places, a bit off the beaten track offer amazing cycling options as well. Places like Lake City, Westcliffe, LaVeta, Cuchara, Mosca, Victor, Canon City and Pitkin.

                If you haven’t been to Buena Vista recently, you might be surprised, like we were. Once upon a time the vibe was perhaps a bit industrious, maybe not so hip and didn’t really compare with the other “cool city” in Chaffee County—Salida. Now it’s more of a toss up with a brand new river walk neighborhood complete with a high end hotel, The Surf. There is outdoor music space and a collection of new shops and eclectic homes much different than downtown.  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