Vol 5 Issue 2, 1 April 2012

From the CSCC Bent Fork Editors


Gisele & Sharon in Recovery

Sharon & Dale thank each CSCC member for their newsletter submissions for the April 2012 Bent Fork Chronicles newsletter. The April edition has a variety of articles, information and bicycle events to share with you.

Gisele and Sharon suggest everyone read Dennis Struck's article "How to Survive a Bicycle Fall or Crash" from the last newsletter! The high points are listed again.

Photo courtesy of Dale Campbell


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APR CSCC Meeting at CS West Bike Shop


Charlie Czarniecki

We will be "on the road" again for the CSCC 3 APR meeting. We'll meet at the NEW CS WEST Bike Shop located at 3020 W Colorado Ave. If you are driving west on Colorado past their former location, turn right into their parking lot.  Snacks start at 6:30pm, the meeting starts at 7pm. A "bike fitting" will be the featured activity.  BRING YOUR OWN CHAIR.
 


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Where are Stan & Karen?


Sharon Boyd - Bent Fork Chronicles Editor

I wonder what part of the globe Stan and Karen are bicycling and trekking these days?

Photo courtesy of Stan Hill


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Upcoming Bicycle Events in Colorado

Sharon Boyd - Bent Fork Chronicles Editor

Plan your summer cycling schedule to include...

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Subaru Elephant Rock cycling festival scheduled for 3 JUN 2012. We hope you'll join us for this monumental annual pilgrimage to Castle Rock, Colorado for the unofficial start to the Colorado cycling season.  www.elephantrockride.com

Join REI, Optimize Endurance Services, Clif and the Subaru Elephant Rock for a comprehensive Cycling Training Seminar at the REI Flagship store in LoDo on Wednesday, 4 APR at 6:30 p.m.
 


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CTAB Meeting

Allen Beauchamp

The PPRTA-II project list is being whittled down a bit as it moves forward & unfortunately as expected, trails projects are taking a hit, especially in the County where they've been removed from the list. This is a really bad move as this is our transportation construction/maintenance budget going forward for the next 10 years. A fair bit of 11th hour politics is involved and the voice of the cycling community is needed.

This Monday a group of cycling/trail friendly folks are meeting with TOSC; we'll have concrete details coming away from the meeting, specifically an action item list for local residents/groups to respond to so that their local representatives on Council, the RTA board can be contacted.


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2012 Mystery Ride

Lee Murphy

Mystery Ride 2012!  For those who did not participate on the 2011 Mystery Ride or were not in the club last summer, I facilitated a Mystery Ride which was designed to inform the group about some of the neat points of interest here in Colorado Springs and the neighboring areas, which we ride past on a regular basis. I arranged for speakers representing these various locations to provide a 15-minute briefing about the stop and offer a glimpse of why the home, church, museum, statue, hotel, park, bar, brothel, etc. was significant.


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Socially Yours

Mark Mann

CSCC Save the Dates!

CSCC Picnic on Sunday, 8 July will be held at the main City Park picnic shelter in Monument Valley Park. The pavailon is located just south of the bike/pedestrian bridge on the west side of Monument Creek (next to the swimming pool).  Watch the CSCC website and Bent Fork Chronicles for all of the details.

CSCC Holiday Party on Saturday, 8 December at the Clarion Hotel on Bijou and I-25 (same location as our monthly meetings). The location should work very well for most everyone as it is central for the majority of the club members. Details will be on the CSCC website and Bent Fork Chronicles.

Membership Updates

Sara Hill

"Welcome New Members: Geoffrey Ames & Daryll Stevens, Doug Anderson, Richard Bacon, Renee Barrall, Ginny Barber & Family, Warren Barta, Duane Beckmann & Mattie O, Sharon Boyd & Dale Campbell, Keith Brown, Dean Buck, Rush Carter & Family, Kevin Cox, John Cunningham, Gary Dean, Jim Dial, Curt & Carole Emery, Stephen Fuhrmann, Randy Gearhart, Norman & Lynne Hall, Ron Hargrave, Bernie Hessemer, Karen & Gary Johnson, Richard Kositzke, Dan & Sherry Maples, David McClain, Connie Miller, Sean & Hope Mullally, Lee Murphy & Family, Carolyn Myers & Dick Woods, Dean & Becky Myers, Richard & Pamela Oliver, Roger Patrizio, Susie Quinn, Steven Roach, Jonathon Rowell & Family, Bill Ryan, Dan Sadowski, Darren Schubarth, Charles Sheehan & Family, Connie Slater & Family, Jeffery Smith & Family, John Sobeck, Randy Susman, Dean Thompson, Javier & Teresa Valdez, Bob Vandepas, David Waddell, Bruce Wall, Katie Zimmann


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New Technology


Stan Hill

Stan is using a free android app, QR Droid, that allows some creativity. Use your smart phoine to bring up the www.bikesprings.org  website.

President's Message

Charlie Czarniecki

We are through a quarter of the year already. There hasn’t been much snow this year, but the wind has been problematic. We have had some good riding weather but most of us have been doing other things. We had a good turnout for the St Pat’s ride and parade, but the next day was so windy that we had just a few riders for the annual Spud Ride (but, lots of people drove over for the food). Maybe that means the weather will be better for the BVBF on 19 May. We have to take advantage of what the weather gives us.

Photo courtesy of Vern Pitcher


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Shamus McSpud's Hot Potato Ride

Sharon Boyd - Bent Fork Chronicles Editor

The annual CSCC Shamus McSpud's Hot Potato Ride began at Acacia Park and combined  the Sunday Fitness & Sunday Social rides to celebrate the wearin'o'the green with hot potatoes and all the fixin's. 19 riders decorated their bicycles and braved the wind. Erin Go Braugh!  However, 50 guests showed up to enjoy spuds at Barb & Charlie's home.

Thank you Barb & Charlie for hosting the the "green" bikers. Everyone was sent home with a hot baked potato (or 2) to keep them warm on the way back to Acacia Park.

Photo courtesy of Dale Campbell

Buena Vista Bike Fest 2012

Aaron Rosenthal

This is the last newsletter before BVBF 14 which will take place on 19 MAY. Keep those positive thoughts for good weather...like we had our first 11 years. Our most recent BVBF committee meeting took place at Vic and Diane's house on 18 MAR. Everyone was present, except for Bob & Anne who are getting in daily spring rides in Tucson. Logistically, things are where they need to be. Many thanks go to many of you in the club who have signed up to volunteer. Vic reported that nearly all spots for volunteers are filled! If you still want to volunteer, don't let that last sentence dissuade you. We can always use more help, and it will be a beautiful sunny summer-like day!!


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St. Patty's Day Ride

Dennis Struck

This year the St. Patty's Day Parade had a whole different atmosphere, it was warm and events had conspired to funnel cyclists in from many different events or cycling related organizations, thus creating a substantial presentation of Bicycles of all kinds. The assemblage was shear genius on some organizers' part. First, there was an inaugural Pedaling for St Pat's 50K bicycle ride, starting at 8:30am that cost $25 per person. More than 400 riders in the 31.7 mile ride starting at American the Beautiful Park, ...

Photo courtesy of Dennis Struck


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St. Patrick's Day Ride & Parade

Dennis Struck

I'm just a grown up with the heart of a kid. Last year was my first ever St. Patrick’s Day Parade as a participant and while it was kind of neat, especially because it was my first time, the environment was really cold (low 40s F) and sparsely populated. Yet I could not believe all of the mommies and daddies that were there with their kids -- I was thinking, those poor parents just had to get out of the house. The young'uns were bundled up like Michelin Man tires, the kids were there enjoying the experience but not necessarily enjoying themselves. I could see the parents pointing at different items of interest, bringing something new into the kid's life, but it was a quiet affair, people were instinctively conserving energy.

Photo courtesy of Dennis Struck


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25 Seasons of CSCC Monday Dinner Rides

Bob Smith

The first 2012 Monday Night Dinner Ride will be on 7 May, starting from University Village Colorado!
Over the past 25 years the Monday Dinner Ride (MDR) has been the single constant in the Club. It is the only club ride with its original ride leaders. The club has many traditions, many of which started about the same time as the MDR. No other club event has had 25 consecutive years with the same ride lead leaders.

Photo courtesy of Bob Smith


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CSCC Monday Night Dinner Ride

Bob Smith

In the 2012 the MDR will meet more regularly at University Village Colorado (UVC) on North Nevada Avenue and move about the city during the summer to follow the Monday Parks Concert Series. The North Nevada Avenue extension will be finished connecting Nevada Avenue to Vincent Drive which will open up more route and restaurant options to the northeast.

Photo courtesy of Bob Smith

CSCC Training Ride at Carmichaels

Peggy Seidel

Friday, 10 FEB was race night for 24 lucky CSCC members. We signed up for the fantastic opportunity to Train on the Computrainer System at Carmichaels Training and Sports Club. Carmichaels (for the rare individual still not aware of the clubs fame!) is located in the old Round House building on the corner of Cimaerron and 21st St., previously occupied by Van Briggle Pottery.

Photo courtesy of Vern Pitcher


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First Tuesday's at CSCC

John C. Pamperin

As your new VP-Programs, my primary goal is to continue with the excellent programs that Rich Hostak has arranged for the past two years. I realize that many of you travel long distances to downtown for our club meetings, and your expectations are that the presentations will make that trip well worth your time and effort. Some of the highlights for me since I have been a member include:

•the many interesting "travelogues" presented by members, which allowed me to experience their cycling destinations vicariously
•the Velodrome location for a track race (yes, in spite of the rain-out)
•the presentations by Al and Allen on cold weather gear, special use tires, and lighting


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CIMT Sports Massage Clinic

Roger Patrizio

Are you in Springing training?  Sports massage promotes endurance, helps your performance, reduces  soreness and increases flexibility.

Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy offers a Student Sports Massage Clinic every other Monday at 6pm & 8pm at 1490 W. Fillmore St. 719 634-7347. Cost: $10 for 30 minutes. Call to schedule an appointment.

Wear a swimsuit, shorts & sports bra or t-shirt.

APRIL QUOTE

Sharon Boyd - Bent Fork Chronicles Editor

Quote provided by Stan Hill:

When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race. —H.G. Wells

The Bent Fork Chronicles - Vol 5 Issue 2, 1 April 2012

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