Sally sheets passed away easter morning

Chris Conboy reported that Sally Sheets died at 10 AM Easter morning (4/20/2014). She was battling cancer for the past years. There will be a memorial service announced in the near future and we will pass that information to the Club. Sally joined the Club in January 2005. For a while she led a Club ride out of Manitou Springs. She last rode with us on July 11th 2010, a 15-mile Sunday Social Ride shared with 20 members. The picture of her was taken by Dave Horne at the December 2011 Holiday Party when we celebrated the Club's 25th anniversary.

April Meeting Minutes

Linked below are the April Meeting Minutes provided by Sharon Boyd

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Rising From Ashes, the award-winning feature-length documentary about Team Rwanda, will premiere in Colorado Springs on Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m. when the cycling film screens at Stargazers Theatre & Event Center. The event is sponsored by the newly created CSprings Bike Initiative.

Rising From Ashes is a joyous and uplifting independent film about the development of a national cycling team in Rwanda, a country still affected deeply by the genocide that tore the East African nation apart in 1994.

Daphne Howland of The Village Voice called Rising From Ashes "a remarkable documentary. It's not just about a cycling team; it's a testament to what happens when human beings care for one another." "The film is crisp and economical," said Frank Schneck of The Hollywood Reporter. "The film avoids extraneous melodramatics, which, after all, are hardly necessary in a tale that already contains such inherently powerful drama."

Over six years in the making, Rising From Ashes was produced by two partnering non-profit organizations, Gratis 7 Media Group and Project Rwanda. Narrated by Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, the film has been completely donor-funded and was produced through more than $800,000 in donated funds. Since its release in 2012, the film has won awards at more than a dozen film festivals worldwide.

Advance tickets are $11 and can be purchased online at Tickets at the door will be $15. Stargazers Theatre & Event Center is located at 10 S. Parkside Drive in Colorado Springs.

The CSprings Bike Initiative is the new bicycling advocacy organization being created from the merger of the past advocacy efforts of the Colorado Springs Cycling Club and the Pikes Peak Area Bikeways Coalition. Its mission is to become the collective and consistent voice for "Bike Culture" in the community. The first goal is to develop the communication hub for "all things bike" in the Pikes Peak Region. The film event will give the community the opportunity to meet the new organization.

For more information about the film, or to view the trailer, go to (linked below), or on Facebook at Rising From Ashes The Movie.

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16th Annual BVBF Registration

Opened on Friday, December 26, 2013. Register early to reserve your spot on the 16th Buena Vista Bike Fest. The ride is Saturday June 7th.

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Club Meeting Location

The Board of Directors completed over a year of study options looking at meeting locations. The data was shared at the Club's annual March Business Meeting and in those posted minutes. Some members missed those reports. The discussion charts are linked below. Meetings at Ivywild are significantly more expensive, yet there are times when it seemed to be the appropriate location. So The Club will meet at the Garden of the Gods Citizens Service Center (old Intel Building) 8 months of the year, the July meeting will be the annual picnic, the December meeting will be the Holiday Party at the Pinery, and the May & November meetings will be at the Gym in Ivywild.

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Starlight Spectacular 2014

The Starlight Spectacular is June 14th, it starts at 10:30pm. The Club will host the Bancroft Park rest stop. Read more about the ride and you can register for it at the linked site.

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The Carters are gone

The Carter Family left Colorado Springs on Mar 22nd. Mindy and Rush joined the Club in Jan 2003 and their family joined us on many rides. They opened CS West Bike Shop in their house and watched it outgrow 3 different store fronts on the city's west side. Rush and Mindy ran regular Sunday Hill Climb Rides and Tuesday/Wednesday Half Century Rides out of the parking lot of their store. Rush got a great business assignment in Huntsville AL last fall and they decided to move there. We miss them already!!

Recent Supreme Court Decision Could Impact US Rail to Trail Programs

You may have missed from early March. On March 10, 2014 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that the railroad right-of-way across a Wyoming landowner's property does not belong to the U.S. government. The corridor ownership that was established by a railroad was extinguished when the railroad was later abandoned, and did not revert to public ownership. The judgment of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, which had earlier ruled against the landowner, was reversed.

The many miles of corridors that have been "railbanked" or preserved under the federal railbanking law for future rail use, would not be affected by the ruling. The concern is that hundreds of completed rail trails across the country do involve federally granted rights-of-way. The decision opens up these existing trails to potential litigation, and could result in closure of trails or expensive settlements to keep trails open. The local impact is not certain. Read the linked article for more details.

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Dashboard charts of significant future club rides

Linked below is the latest "quick look" at coming special rides and events for the rest of the year. Jean Zeh (Club Ride Chairperson) compiled this revised list and provided it for the April Club Meeting. It is also accessible under the "pull down menu" "Ride Info" - "2014 Special Rides"

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St Pat ride before the Parade

Over 400 people rode the Mar 15th St Pat Ride before they rode down Tejon Street as a unit in the Annual St Pat Parade. CSCC help the Parade Organizers stage the 3rd Annual Ride. In the picture (from Vern) the riders are coming up Centennial Blvd on the way to Rest Stop 1. The Club had 37 members help on the course and rest stops. Thanks to Janine Hegeman for taking on this project for the Club and thanks to the following people for helping during the planning and the ride:
Ginny Barber, Sara Hill,
Allen & CeCe Beauchamp, Rob Klausch,
Sharon Boyd, Ann LeBahn,
Maureen Burns, Pat McDonough,
Dale Campbell, Lee Murphy,
Jimmy Clere, Janet Oliver,
Chris Cozad, John Pamperin,
John Cozad, Aaron Rosenthal,
Barb Czarniecki, Sid Rubinow,
Charlie Czarniecki, Al Severn,
Skip Fleming, Mike & Luci Stansberry,
Liz Ford, Dennis & Terry Struck,
Bill Gast, Larry Svoboda,
Sandy Greenspoon, Dave & Kathy VanDerWege,
Janine Hegeman, Larry Wilson,
Lisa & Richard Hickey, Jean Zeh

March annual business meeting minutes

Linked below are the minutes of the CSCC Annual Business Meeting. Thanks go to our Club Secretary Sharon Boyd.

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Hi All,

The CSCC Board of Directors meeting will be at our house on Tuesday April 22nd.  Let me know if you want to attend so that we have enough snacks for all.  We'll go over BVBF planning update, May meeting plans, and plans for the summer and fall of the year.  Snacks start at 6:30pm and the meeting at 7pm.

The Front Range Classic collegiate and open bike races were hosted at the Air Force Academy on 5-6 April. We had several Club members come out and provided volunteer help to the Academy Racing team to run it.  A few did it both days.  I helped in the registration tent Sunday morning and then drove the Men's Open (35yrs & older) Lead car for their 3 lap race, it started at 12:10.  We started having snow showers on the course in the 2nd lap. Our group caught and passed the Men's Pro Class 3 & 4 group who started 5 minutes before us.  We had a breakaway group of 4 guys race up Pine between Fire Station #1 and the finish line just south of the hospital.   It was a blast being around these guys and gals.

The Olympic Velodrome in Memorial Park is opening for the season on April 15th.  We'll get their web link later.  In past years we twice had the Club do an afternoon ride out there, and might again this year.  We can always drop by and watch racing.

The monthly Club meeting was Tuesday (4/1) at the Garden of the Gods Citizens Center (the old Intel Building), 41 people attended.   The minutes are posted in the "News Column" on the left side of this page.  Dennis Struck was our featured presenter and he spoke about planning multi-day rides.  Carol O'Donnell presented the Club with a donation for our help running the St Pat's Ride conducted before the annual parade on Mar 15th

This year's first Sunday Hill Climb ride launched last Sunday (4/6).  Look at the ride calendar for details of future rides. 

Bill Gast is leading the April Sunday Social Ride on the 6th & 27th.  Larry Wilson leads on April 13th & 20th.

I signed up for the BVBF (Jun 7th Ride) on the 1st day of registration in Dec, I got a single digit number.  Read the news item on the left for more info - and you can register to ride or help as a volunteer.  We had over 300 people signed up to ride by the end of March.

A few Club members with some health issues that are keeping them off their bikes.  Call and help them get through it.  They are Ronaele Foss (351-9775), Dave Horne (598-0020), and Peggy Seidel (573-5050).

The League of American Cyclists is starting to organize the 2014 National Bike Challenge.  The Club finished #4 of over 2080 national teams last year - #1 among Colorado teams.  We had 114 people sign up and ride last year, our only goal is to get more people to ride this year.  Look for more info from the Club in April.

Don't forget that a stop sign means stop when we are riding your bike.  Let's make every effort to put at least one foot on the ground at those intersections.

Charlie Czar  -  719-266-0776  -