From the CSCC Bent Fork Editors

Sharon Boyd / Dale Campbell

Speaking of mountain bike miles, does anyone know of the conversion factor for mountain bike miles to road miles?  If you do have any thoughts or information on this, please let us know.

In case you didn’t hear, the Starlight Spectacular, sponsored by the Trails and Open Space Coalition (TOSC) was a delightful success this year, with the weather and road conditions being among the best that we’ve seen for the event.  Starting 90 minutes earlier enabled riders to complete the ride before the wee hours of the morning.  And if you did ride, we know that you enjoyed stopping at the CSCC rest stop in Bancroft Park in Old Colorado City.  The stop, sponsored by Our Club, had a Chinese travel theme, complete with appropriately attired greeters at the entrance to the park.  Several people (non cyclists) heading home from nearby restaurants, commented that it looked like a huge party, with lots of smiles and friendly chatter.  Being able enjoy cycling, attend a big party, savor a late night breakfast and also raise money to help support trails in Colorado Springs and the surrounding communities all at the same time leaves such a positive impression not only on the riders that participated in the event, but also on all the folks that hear about the event from the riders or from publications such as this.  We’re looking forward to support year 19 of the event in 2013!

How many of you followed the news from the 2012 Tour de France?  If you did, you realized that history was made, with a British rider winning the Tour and another British rider taking second place.  And another Brit setting a personal record for the number of stage wins.  Don’t forget that a Colorado native also was able to finish within the top 5 riders – Tejay Van Garderen.    Based on the intensity during the event and the results of the Tour, the competition for the upcoming Pro Cycling Challenge should be quite interesting.

We are now settled back in our home, after the maelstrom of the Waldo Canyon Firestorm on 26 June.  Others that we all know were not so fortunate.  We know that individually and as a community, we support friends and co-workers that were impacted by the fire.   As we’ve said, it seems like everyone in the Colorado Springs community was impacted by the fire in one way or another, whether directly, or indirectly.  We think that the strength of the community is reflected in how folks pulled together in supporting one another, whether by offering their home to those impacted by the evacuation or volunteering to help in the recovery process.  As it’s been said, this is not something that we wanted to add to our life list, but it’s made us stronger to face the unknowns of the future.  And, we’ll continue to enjoy the cycling opportunities available in our community and share those experiences with those who enjoy pedaling their way around the city.  Enjoy the ride and stay safe!

The Bent Fork Chronicles - Vol 5, Issue 3, 1 August 2012

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