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Tour de France TV Schedule

The Tour rides from July 4th - 26th. Most of the coverage is on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) and on NBC. Our NBC station is KOAA channel 5. NBCSN is on DIRECTV channel 220. The Link takes you to the NBCSN listing of TV coverage for the Tour and the USA Pro Challenge (Aug 14th - 23rd).

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Lee Murphy Art Display

One of our club members has embarked on a new venture and he would like to share his talent with you. Lee Murphy is exhibiting some of his oil and watercolor paintings at the Boulder Street Gallery on the west side of Acacia Park at 206 North Tejon Street. It started July 1st and will continue for a year.

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June 28th Sunday Social Mystery Ride

27 riders gathered for the year's 1st Sunday Social "Mystery Ride". Lee Murphy will host the Aug 15th Real Mystery Ride for the Club. He had a special treat on June 28th, and will again on July 12th. The June ride visited the YMCA Colorado Springs main office on Tejon (near the Acacia Park) and then the Pikes Peak Center (while the band CHICAGO was preparing for its Colorado Springs performance)

Starlight Spectacular Thank You

Trails and Open Space Coalition (TOSC) organized and ran the Jun 20th Starlight Spectacular for the 21st year. The Club organized and ran their Bancroft Park Rest Stop. Susan Davies (the Exec Director) and Vince Cloward (Event Director) sent the scanned letter to the Club expressing their thanks for everything we did for the ride that night. Thanks to all the Club members that helped!!

Starlight Spectacular Rest Stop

The Starlight Spectacular was Saturday June 20th. The Club had about 20 people help at our Rest Stop at Bancroft Park our Sunshine Casino. TOSC (the Starlight organizer) said there were 1,400 riders this year for a new ride record. The weather was great. The City had the route's roads in great shape. Thanks to our volunteers and our leaders (CeCe Beauchamp and Sara Hill) for getting us organized.

BVBF Rest Stop 2/4

The 17th annual Buena Vista Bike Fest (BVBF) was June 6th. Over 520 riders joined the Club to go between BV and Leadville. Pictured are Chris, Teresa, and Barb joining Dirk the Blackjack dealer at the Sunshine Casino (rest stop #2 & #4) south of Leadville. BIG THANKS to the organizing committee and all the volunteers that made the day such a great success.

Leadville Mineral Belt Sunday Ride

This was the 3rd year of this Sunday Buena Vista Bike Fest (BVBF) Volunteer's Ride (Bob and Anne Smith have lead the Sunday BV to Princeton Hot Springs Volunteer Ride for many years before). 13 of us "carpooled" back to Leadville and rode the loop on the city's east side up into the mountain. Jean Zeh "herded" most of us together for these pictures overlooking the town. You can see Turquoise Lake across the valley in the upper left hand corner of the lower picture.

June Meeting

We had 32 people attend the June Club Meeting at the Garden of the Gods Citizens Service Center. Pictured here is Colorado Springs City speaker Brian Shevock completing his presentation on bicycle projects throughout the city as he prepares to introduce Springs METRO RIDE's Vicki McCann who talked to us about Bike To Work Ride and Breakfast coming up Jun 24th. Thanks to Vern Pitcher for the pictures.

2015 National Bike Challenge

Join the 4th annual National Bike Challenge (NBC). Click on the link below, then click on the red "Join Now" link on the top of the page. From there you fill out your profile to include your EMAIL address, create a password and then 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 "Register" button on the bottom of the page to capture all the data. Now you are ready to enter ride data from the first of May. Ride safe and update often.

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May Membership Meeting Minutes

Linked below are the meeting minutes prepared by Sharon Boyd and Ginny Barber.

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7/4/2015

Hi All,

Have a safe 4th of July weekend.  I started mine with the Shady Lane Ride on Friday with about 20 Club members. Saturday was the Latte Ride (with a little rain on the way home).  I hope to be on the Social Ride on Sunday.  And finish the holiday weekend with the Monday Dinner Ride (which moves to America the Beautiful Park start location in July).

I talked briefly witn Mike Belock Saturday.  He and Deb start their year-long journey on the road at the end of July.  Sadly their bikes were stolen on July 3rd while he was at work.  Mike said his insurance agent told him that his bike was stolen last week.  Riding weather has been great in the mornings - we all need to lock our bikes in solid racks in kind of busy areas. 

Starlight Spectacular was Saturday June 20th.  The Club had about 20 people help at our Rest Stop at Bancroft Park .  TOSC (the Starlight organizer) said there were 1,400 riders this year for a new ride record.  Thanks to our volunteers and our leaders (CeCe Beauchamp and Sara Hill) for getting us organized.

Bike month in Colorado and Colorado Springs is June.  The cities Bike to Work Day and Breakfast was June 24th.  We had a lot of Club members ride in the Mayor's Ride and attend breakfast at the many Colorado Springs locations.  If you rode that day then send your miles to Jean Zeh at jeanzeh@yahoo.com

The 17th annual Buena Vista Bike Fest (BVBF) was June 6th!!!!  I rode a century in 6:54 saddle time, it was my 53rd Century since my 1st one in 1995.  We had over 520 other riders join us that day.  There was a little rain, but none of it fell on me as I rode the course.  Thanks to all the Club volunteers and the organizing committee that made this day so great.  A reminder that everyone who rode that day needs to send their miles to Jean Zeh jeanzeh@yahoo.com  . 

The Board of Directors met at our home on June 23rd.  We finalized plans for the July 19th Annual Picnic and got a great start for this year's Holiday Party that will be Saturday Dec 12th.  We also started organizing the nomination committee for the officer elections coming this November.  The 4 officer positions will be open for 2 year terms.

The June Club meeting (6/2) was held in room 1019 at the Citizens Service Center on Garden of the Gods Road, 32 people attended.  Brian Shevock from the City updated us on bike lanes and other bicycle/roadway projects that are planned and under way all around town, and Vicki McCann talk with us about Bike Month and the Bike to Work Breakfast.  There will be no July Club meeting because we have the annual picnic on July 19th.

The 2015 National Bike Challenge started May 1stWe (Colorado Springs Cycling Club 2014 team) have 141 riders listed on the team and so far 18 have posted miles in July (105 for the entire Challenge).  As of July 1st for the entire challenge we are #1 of the 111 Colorado teams and #12 of the 1,825 national teams (for month of June totals we just moved into #9 nationally by just a few points right at the end of the month).   When May ended the Club team was #1 in Colorado and #14 Nationally.  Please update your miles (even May and June miles) often.  You earn 20 points every day you ride your bike and to get another point for every mile that you ride.  Every point helps.  See the note later in this column for more details and the news item on the left column for details on how to join the Challenge and our team.

Rich Hostak will lead the July Sunday Social rides.  The Social Ride start location is at Acacia Park.  See the Ride Calendar for details.  July 12th will find a "Mystery Ride" stop on this ride.

Bob and Ann Smith resumed the Monday Dinner Ride.  The June rides depart fromAmerica the Beautiful Park.  See the ride calendar for details.  This is the 29th year that they have led  this annual Club activity.


National Bike Challenge started May 1st.  We are still riding as the team called Colorado Springs Cycling Club 2014.  That team already has our riders captured from last year.  Those members just need to log back on with last year's userID and password, and start logging your miles.  New people can join the Challenge and our team by going to https://nationalbikechallenge.org/ .  Call me if you need help (266-0776).  During the March and April practice period our team has been in the top 20 teams in the nation.  Please consider joining and help us stay in the top 20 during the May 1- Sept 30 Challenge.  26 new members are on board so far for this year.

Charlie Czar         czar@erinet.com               719-266-0776