US Pro Challenge Race is coming to town

The US Pro Challenge is coming to Colorado Springs for the 3rd time in 4 years. They will have a 4 lap circuit race around town on Thursday Aug 21st. We have the opportunity to line the course and watch the race as well as VOLUNTEER to be on the course as a course marshal (SEE LINK). THE CLUB'S AUG 18TH MONDAY NIGHT DINNER RIDE WILL HOST THE CITY AS AN EARLY CITY RACE EVENT. It will start at America the Beautiful Park and eat at Rudy's BBQ. We'll post more race info here as we get closer to the event.

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Colorado Springs Cycling Club (CSCC)

CSCC is in its 28th year as a club, we have over 420 members at the end of July. The Club By-Laws are linked below. Club officers are (L to R) Charlie Czarniecki (President), Janine Hegeman (Vice President), Sharon Boyd (Secretary), and Sara Hill (Treasurer). Club meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of the month, generally at a conference room at the City's Garden of the Gods Citizens Service Center.

We ride in the greater Pikes Peak area of Colorado. We are recreational riders on mostly road/trail rides with some mountain bike rides. CSCC celebrated its 25th year in 2011. Club rides are scheduled throughout the year. In the past 10 years we averaged 350 members - 230 a year signing in for at least 1 Club ride. Club mileage is tracked from the ride sheets that are signed before each ride. We average 230 scheduled rides during the year. The annual cumulative total of member-miles ridden over the last 9 years has ranged between 60,000 to 90,000 miles a year.

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June Meeting Minutes

The June Club Meeting Minutes are provided by Sharon Boyd and linked below.

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Liebers complete Family Trans-American Bike tour

CONGRATS TO TEAM/FAMILY LIEBER!!! They returned home July 3rd about 10:30pm. The Liebers (L to R Chris, Vicki, Evan & Lydia in this picture from Astoria OR) completed their journey across the United States over 7 summers (2 weeks at a time) totals 4,422 miles, spanning 103 days. Included within these 103 days are 7 rest days. The most days they rode in a row without a day off was 15. They averaged 46 miles per day. The furthest they pedaled in a day was 89, aided by a strong tailwind in Kansas. The fewest number of miles ridden in a day was 13 in Kansas (the day after riding 89 miles the fickle winds changed direction over night and we had to battle ferocious headwinds).

They are incredibly grateful to have their dear friend (and Club member) Chris Davenport (right in picture), who pedaled every pedal stroke with them from Breckenridge CO to the Pacific Ocean, as a vital member of Team Lieber. She has seen our family at its best and it's worst, injected fresh conversation, perspective and humor when we needed it most, and inspired us to find and celebrate the good that happens each day.

We'll have more words and pictures in the next Club Bent Fork.

May Meeting Minutes

The May Club Meeting Minutes are provided by Sharon Boyd and linked below

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July 20th annual picnic

There was no Club meeting in July. In stead we will had the Annual Picnic on Sunday July 20th. We had about 90 people participate. There were 5 different rides that launched in the morning and food was served just after noon. Thanks to Social Chairperson Bill Gast and his host of volunteers for making it a great day.

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Starlight Thank you letter from TOSC

Click on the link below to see the Thank You letter and note to the Club for the continued help with the Starlight Spectacular.

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Join the national bike challenge

Join the League of American Bicyclists 3rd annual National Bike Challenge (NBC). Click on the link below, then click on the red Join link in the center of the page. From there you enter your EMAIL address and create a password. With that done, fill out your profile. At this point you can post a picture from your computer hard drive to represent you. You can sign up for our team by searching for and joining "Colorado Springs Cycling Club 2014" (you don't have to be a Club member to join our team). Make sure you hit the "save" button on the bottom of the page to capture all the data. Now you are ready to enter ride data from the first of the month. Ride safe and update often.

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Hi All,

This just in......The Aug 2nd Monarch Crest Ride has been cancelled.  The ride leaders had something come up and could not host the ride.

There was no July Club meeting.  We had the annual Club Picnic on Sunday, July 20th.  We had a head count of 75 at one point and then a few more people showed up toward the end, so we think we had about 90 people all together.  Thanks to Social Chairperson Bill Gast and his host of helpers for both planning the day and reacting to the morning surprise that the usual Park picnic tables were gone.

The next Club meeting is Tuesday, Aug 5th at the Garden of the God's Citizen Service Center in our usual 1st floor conference room by the west door (Rm 1019 - Event Room A).  TOSC will attend to update the Club on the Starlight Spectacular.  Chris Lieber will provide an update to the City's Park and Trail programs.  Then the Liebers agreed to share their 7 year adventure crossing the US on bike with us.  Snacks begin about 6pm and the meeting at 6:30.

Dennis Struck is leading the August Sunday Social Rides from Acacia Park.  See the Ride Calendar for details.

Lee Murphy's 3rd Annual Mystery Bike Ride is August 9th.  See the Ride Calendar for details and to RSVP.

Sinton Trail 2013 flood damage between Centennial and Chestnut was completed in late July.  Rock reinforcement was put on the eroded curve, a new fence installed, and a pavement cap makes it a hard surface ride.  Recent flood events left sand/mud on some of the lower portions of the trail.  It is still a good ride for skinny tire bikes.

Ride chairperson Jean Zeh says we still need Ride Leaders to step up for the Saturday Road Ride and Sunday Hill Climb Rides.  EMAIL her ( ) with comments, questions, or to volunteer. 

The Club Board of Directors meeting was held at our house on Jun 24th.  We covered a lot of topics, but I'll just mention one here.  Three members were officially added to the board IAW our By-Laws.  Ginny Barber fills the empty 3rd Member at Large position for 2014.  Dan Martin and Randy Susman were approved to the Web Site position and are transisitoning that position from Bob Smith over the next year.   

Bike to work Day was Wednesday, June 25thStarlight Spectacular was Saturday Jun 14th.  The 16th annual Buena Vista Bike Fest was Saturday Jun 7th.  IF YOU RODE ANY OF THESE THEN SEND THOSE MILES TO JEAN ZEH.

National Bike Challenge started May 1st.  Our team name is Colorado Springs Cycling Club 2014.  As of Jul 29th we had 106 team members and 105 had posted miles.  We are 12th among 1,220 national teams for Jul and 12th for the entire Challenge In Colorado we are the #2 Team, behind the Bike Commuter Cabal that has 112 members but only 5 are from CO???

Dave Horne is back at Liberty Heights in room B-13 and welcomes visitors.  Hours there are 8a to 8p.  Larry Wilson (313-969-0605  is home recovering from his accident on Fountain Blvd.  Peggy Seidel (573-5050  is making her way though her cancer treatments.  It was great to see her at the Jul 20th Picnic.  Ronaele Foss (351-9775 
) is in assisted living on Centennial Blvd and recovering from her back fractures and other things.  They appreciate calls, EMAILs, or visits from the Club.

A STOP sign means stop at those intersections.  At least put one foot on the ground.  This applies to everyone riding in the group, not just the ride leader.

Charlie Czar    719-266-0776