21 May Buena Vista Bike Fest UpdateAaron Rosenthal & The BVBF Committee
In BV it was predicted to be partly cloudy, possible isolated showers with highs near 60. Leadville was predicted to have off and on snow and rain with highs in the low 40’s. While BV held dry and the sun was reasonably abundant, as the riders headed north they rode into some dark clouds with looming precipitation. As is always the case, our volunteers at the rest stops and driving the SAG vehicles made all the difference for our riders. They helped them stay fed and hydrated, as well as assisted them with bike maintenance and transport. At rest stop 3 they set up both the feed station and a modified version of the Theme Team props inside the two rental trucks.
Off and on snow was the “norm” from rest stop 2 north into Leadville and up to Tennessee Pass. We were forced to change our normal route around Turquoise Lake because it was not open yet due to copious amounts of snow, including significant accumulation throughout the week preceding BVBF. Due to the incredible efforts of Lake County Public Works staff, they were able to plow the Mineral Belt the morning of BVBF and keep it open throughout the day. Fortunately snow tended not to stick on the paved roads, so mostly riders had to put up with wet roads and snow in their face. No accidents were reported, a testament to the careful riding techniques incorporated by the riders, as well as to the support systems in place to encourage riders to be safe. There were a few incidents of hypothermia, but the alertness or our volunteers and support from Chaffee County Search and Rescue made sure no one needed to be hospitalized.
While the snowy, wet, and cold conditions on the north part of the course made it tough, the tail winds heading south back to BV allowed riders to complete their journey with smiles on their faces. They were then supported by a wonderful after ride party with beer from Bristol Brewery, music from Grass it Up, and food from Jan’s Restaurant. Lots of give-a-ways were announced and tossed into the crowd. The weather was good, temperatures were moderate, and riders continually reported that, despite the conditions, they had a great time and loved the support they received from the BVBF volunteers, as well as the themed rest stops.
After 11 years of nearly ideal weather conditions, we’ve now had two back-to-back years where the weather has challenged riders and volunteers alike. We’ve proven our resiliency and commitment to prioritizing the safety and fun for all involved. Now THIS is Colorado!
And, the participants “thank you” notes…
Thank you for a great 2011 Buena Vista Bike Fest! Everything was well organized and well staffed. I did 71 miles and had a great time. And after the ride the food, drinks, and music were wonderful. I can't wait
to sign up again for next year…Chuck Myers
Thanks again for letting me help with the BVBF. I had a good time, but look forward to riding next year. Your club is a class act…Paul Stranahan
The Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy (CIMT) would like to thank CSCC for the invitation to be a part of their annual Buena Vista Bike Festival (BVBF). For well over a decade (TOARV & BVBF) we have enjoyed our relationship with this exciting and challenging bicycling event. The club does a fine job of promoting bicycling year round, and the Pikes Peak region is fortunate to have the leadership and experience this bicycling club offers. Aside from the ongoing social rides and meetings that highlight member tours and adventures, the safe cycling tips and the push for more bicyclist friendly roads and trails make this club special and valuable. Kudos to the BVBF volunteers for your time and talents. Special kudos go to Aaron, Janet and the BVBF Committee for pulling off another quality, spring mountain bike ride. CIMT is proud to be associated with this club and to provide revitalizing massage to those sore, overworked quads and bodies. Look for us at the upcoming July Ride for the Cure. We will host an aid station as well as provide free massages at the finish. Please remember our $10.00 / 30- minute sports massage treatments every other Monday evening at CIMT. Call 719-634-7347 to reserve your appointment...Thanks, Roger Patrizio Director of CIMT.
Thanks to all for the great support (again!) during BVBF. This was my fifth consecutive year and you continue to put on a great ride. Yes, I even rode last year during the morning snow after the ride was "cancelled." I sure was glad you still provided SAG support. While the rider cap makes it necessary to register early, it keeps the ride and post-ride events much more enjoyable. I even convinced a friend of mine to ride BVBF for the first time this year and he said he'll be back next year. I hope to make it back next year, but I'll probably be living in Washington state. Its a little more problematic, if I'll make it. Now you folks just need to go out to the garage and start working on that weather control machine! Jeff Sevela, Albuquerque, NM