From the CSCC Bent Fork Editors

Sharon Boyd & Dale Campbell

Now that the August edition has been put to bed, we'll be starting to compose the upcoming October 2011 edition. Why start so early, you might ask? Well, the explanation is simple. The October Edition will be the 25th Anniversary Issue! Yes, we're devoting the October issue to recognize 25 years of Colorado Springs cyclists coming together to enjoy cycling activities and events. But wait, I already know what your next question is going to be. What's going to make this 25th Anniversary Edition so special (besides being labeled as such)? That's where you, as contributors to the CSCC Newsletter play an even more important role

Since we'll be digging into the archives, here's your chance to submit some of your favorites from past editions of the Bent Fork Chronicles (on the CSCC Webpage, just look under Newsletter/Archives to find past issues from Feb 1987 to the present - with a few gaps in between). I've already pulled up one article from the January 1996 edition. Or, if you would like to pull together some thoughts and memories of cycling in Colorado Springs over the past however-many years, we would also welcome those types of articles. We'll also be including a few articles that will be looking ahead into the next 25 years.

So if an idea for an article comes to mind, or if you have something already planned, let us know. Just email us with your idea and we'll be glad to help you take the next step. With your help, the 25th Anniversary Edition will be a tribute to the past 25 years of organized cycling as the Colorado Springs Cycling Club!

Speaking of 25 year celebrations, don't forget that this year's annual Progressive Dinner Ride will play a major part in our year-long celebration. This year's ride will be on Sunday, 23 October. There are opportunities for families to host one of the stops along the approximately 20 mile route (salad/appetizers, main course, desert). If you're interested in hosting one of the stops (the Club will help to cover the costs), contact the Club's VP of Social Events - Chris Conboy - at

Now, back to the present. We hope you enjoy the variety of articles and information in this edition. Thinking more in the present, here is some information about upcoming events:

Rides, Notices & Announcements
The August CSCC meeting will be held at the Velodrome at Memorial Park. Starting at 6pm, the meeting will primarily a social event, with a cookout and the chance to see folks racing around in circles (or is that ovals?)! Racing starts at 7 pm. If you're planning to attend, please email and let her know how many from your family or group. She's like to get a headcount to make sure there's plenty of food on hand for the cookout.

6th Annual Colorado Cyclist Copper Triangle Alpine Classic on 6 AUG 2011 at Copper Mountain .

USA Pro Cycling Challenge kicks off on 22 AUG 2011 in Colorado Springs with a race finale in Denver on 28 AUG. In honor of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge and to celebrate cycling in Colorado Springs, the Downtown Development Authority is hosting the People’s Pedal Party right on Tejon Street between Colorado Avenue and Kiowa Avenue on Sunday, Aug. 21 from 4-8 pm! On the eve of the Time Trial, fans, friends and families will come out to enjoy
* live music
* bike art
* live fencing demonstrations
* a 10-and-under tennis court
* entertainment
* and much more

On the main stage:
5:30 p.m. Grass It Up (Bluegrass)
6:30 p.m. Hazel Miller (Blues)

The 10 September Chick-fil-A Patriots' Festival at Glenn Eyrie will kick off with the Chick-fil-A, Ride for Heroes at 8am. There are bicycle routes for families, beginners and advanced riders. Show your Heroes your support! After the ride enjoy the festival filled with music, food, entertainment and military, fire, ambulance & policy demonstrations until 4pm.. A portion of all sales at all Colorado Springs Chick-fil-A's will go to a military, policy and fire charity in our community. Check our website for more details.

September 17th is the date for the 18th Annual Tour de Vineyards, a 25-milebicycle tour of Colorado's Wine Country, Hosted in Palisade, CO, the ride passes through the vineyards of the Western Slope (on paved roads with a few hills) and gives cyclists an opportunity to pass by the area's wineries, as well as acres of fruit orchards. The tour is designed for cyclists to see the area's site's and then attend the 20th Anniversary Colorado Mountain Winefest "Festival in the Park" that features ONLY Colorado wines with over 50 of the state's winery's available for your tasting (note that a separate entry fee is required for the "Festival in the Park"). The tour's Start/Finish is located at Peach Bowl Park in Palisade. The "Festival in the Park" (Riverbend Park) is less than 1 mile from the start/finish and shuttle buses are also available. Tour participants receive a colorful T-shirt featuring the artwork of Buffalo Kaplinski, course map, welcome packet, and a refreshing post-ride pasta salad brunch, all for only $40. COMPLETE INFORMATION available at

Be sure to check the ride calendars, both Club events and other events. There is so much going on. And, where can you find those ride calendars? At, of course!

Remember, in October, look for our CSCC Bent Fork Chronicles 25th Anniversary Edition newsletter.

Bill Gast will supply the CSCC 25th Anniversary poster at your request. Copies are available in the following sizes: 12"x18" for $10. Poster size (24"x36") may be special ordered. Contact Bill (719)332-2890.

BFC April 2011 Issue - Vol 4 Issue 4, 1 August 2011

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