Vol 5 Issue 3, 1 June 2012

From the CSCC Bent Fork Editors

Sharon Boyd & Dale Campbell

Woodmen Valley residents & Colorado Springs Cycling Club members Dale Campbell & Sharon Boyd wear safety helmets on every bike trip. Above, the couple “high-fives” while cycling from Victor to Colorado Springs via Gold Camp Road.

Article from 18 May 2012 Woodmen Edition: D-20 Students Get the Message: Protect Your Brain, Wear A Helmet!


Upcoming Bicycle Events in Colorado

Sharon Boyd - Bent Fork Chronicles Editor

Check the CSCC Ride/Event Calendar www.bikesprings.org

Chick-fil-A Saturday Breakfast Rides and

Chick-fil-A Patriots Ride & Ride for Heroes



CSCC Meeting Programs

John C. Pamperin

Police Visit @ 5 June CSCC Meeting-featuring a presentation by the renewed CSPD Bike Patrol officers. Officer Sid Santos from the Gold Hill Crime Prevention Division intends to ride his police bike to our meeting and share pictures and information with us.

I wish to thank everyone for the recent fine attendance at our club


Membership Updates

Sara Hill

Welcome New Members:

Melissa Bissett, Marilynn Bradish, Julie Bytnar & Family, Jay Cardinal, Chris Derry, Janice Flynn & Family, Julie & Hayden Gregory, Loralee Hettinger, Keith Holland, Ben Loyall & Family, Miguel Mayo, Ellen Rome, Jeff Steele, Chris Steuri & Family, Jason Stuker, Alegra Ulibarri, Ken Van Antwerp & Family, Steve Wegert, Chris Witt, David Wood, and Thomas Zurenko

Welcome Renewing Members:

Molly & Michael Ansfield, Jim Bronstine, Myra Brooks, Roger Bruggeman, Alfred Chioffe, Morris Gray, Sharon Hamilton, Sara Hill, Norma Hollister, Trent Hovenga & Family, Keith Kolb, Connie Lorig, Tom Martin & Family, Lenny Mazel, Phyliss Minter, Michael Nutting & Teri Holt, BJ & Jo Ondo, David Parris, Henry Pinard, Shahid Rahman, John & Anita Rasper, Sidney Rubinow, Don Sarton, Betty Schwartz, Mike & Luci Stansberry, Char Taylor, Vic & Diane Villhard, Diane Walker & Family, Larry Watson & Family, and Barry & Marcia Wick


CSCC Annual Picnic

Charlie Czarniecki

Our CSCC Annual Picnic is Sunday, 8 July at the Pavilion in Monument Valley Park.  We will have several bike rides departing Monument Valley Park around 9:00am.  The Club will provide the main entrée and request members bring items for a “pot luck.” We’ll send an EMAIL at the beginning of July.

2nd Annual CSCC Mystery Ride

Lee Murphy

Lee Murphy has done it again.  He put together another Mystery Ride for 14 July, which is actually more of a tour than a ride.  The objective is to introduce you to some of the neat places we ride past in and around Colorado Springs.


CSCC at the Velodrome April 2012

Photo courtesy of Michael Nutting

A big THANK YOU to Ron Hargrave for arranging the Colorado Springs Cycling Club experience at the Velodrome on 22 April.  This is the second time that the club has been able to ride on the track in the last 3 years. 



City gets silver in bike-friendliness


Tuesday, MAY 15, 2012 Edition

A list of the most bike-friendly towns in the country was relased Monday, and Colorado Springs is on it. But we're not as bike-friendly as some other Colorado cities, like Boulder, which is a "platinum" biking town, and Durango, which received gold-level status on the lastest list.


National Bike Challenge

Charlie Czarniecki

We've had quite a few club members sign up to track their miles. The Challenge is a self-reporting activity that runs from 1 May thru 31 August. Everyone is encouraged to join and contribute miles toward the national goal. See the news item in the CSCC web site for more details.


How to Get Started: Downhill Biking Made Easy

Lisa Craig - Granby Ranch

Free Clinics: Bike Pro Shares Downhill Tips for Kids, Beginners, and Cross-Country Riders 

GRANBY, CO — Sure, there are excuses for not trying downhill biking—too fast, technical, adrenaline rush, gnarly, muddy, and gear-intensive. But the sport of downhill biking is exploding nationwide as more riders get in on the trend and as more terrain becomes accessible to beginning riders.



Garry Harrington

An adventure cycling documentary coming to Colorado Springs

“Reveal The Path,” a visually stunning adventure documentary that will ignite the dreamer in everyone, will be coming to Colorado Springs as one of its first stops during its upcoming world premiere tour when the mountain bike film screens at Stargazers Theatre on Thursday, 7 June at 7:30 p.m.



Matt Minich, Editorial Director

Tagline: “Never waste another weekend”  Bootprints  is a weekly outdoor adventure newsletter that caters to young Colorado...


Vehicle Break-in Monument Valley Park Parking Lot

Sharon Boyd - Bent Fork Chronicles Editor

Friendly Reminder -- last Tuesday, 22 May, there were three cars broken into at the Monument Valley Park parking lot. By the way, the police do not respond to these types of problems, since there is not much they can do...


Table of Contents

President's Message

Charlie Czarniecki

We have already started our summer riding season, where has this year gone?  BVBF went well after the morning shower was over. CSCC presented checks to Kids On Bikes at Bristol and Sand Creek Elementary Schools. 

The Club’s ride calendar is filling out.  Some weeks we have at least one ride per day, which is remarkable.  Look at other articles in the Bent Fork for details on coming events. 


Buena Vista Bike Fest 2012

Aaron Rosenthal

Well, the 14th Annual Buena Vista Bike Fest on Saturday, 10 May is a wrap!  For the third straight year we had weather challenges to overcome.  Not surprisingly, all the volunteers stepped up to continuously support the riders and promote rider safety.  When the  snow started sticking at the higher elevations on the back side of Turquoise Lake, the decision was made to discourage riders from doing that part of the route as well as the Mineral Belt Loop.  Communication via cell phones and ham radio allowed us to get the word out quickly and to alter the course.  Volunteers were made aware to look for signs of hypothermia in riders and Chaffee County Search and Rescue was on hand to assist.


Buena Vista Bike Fest Feedback

Shelly Mann

As always, the BVBF rest stops were not only out of this world, but around the world as well!  Didn't you just love the can-can girls from France, Pedro the burro from Mexico (though I'm not sure that was his real name), and Jose? Bicyclists were treated to a good lunch at the Great Wall of China.


KoB Bristol Elementary School

Charlie Czarniecki

CSCC provided our annual donation to Kids on Bikes (KoB) at an award ceremonies held at Bristol Elementary on 18 May. Charlie presented our annual $2,000 donation check to Nikki McComsey, the KoB Executive Director. Parents, faculty, and club member Lee Murphy watched as the kids receive their new bicycles, helmets and locks.

Photo Courtesy of Sharon Boyd

KoB Sand Creek Elementary

Sharon Boyd - Bent Fork Chronicles Editor

Kids on Bikes.  Nikki McComsey, the KoB Executive Director, was presented a second check of $1,000 from the bike raffle held at BVBF.  Parents, faculty, and club members Mindy Carter, Aaron Rosenthal & Sharon Boyd watched as the kids receive their new bicycles, helmets and locks.

Photo Courtesy of Sharon Boyd

Kids on Bikes - Thank You

Nikki McComsey, KoB Executive Director

Colorado Springs Cycling Club supports Kids on Bikes!

Memories of Thailand - 2012 - Part 1

Dick Woods & Carolyn Myers-Woods

We planned a trip to Thailand to visit Dick's brother, and while we were there, do some bicycling and see the countryside.  We booked seven days of bicycling with "Spice Roads" bicycle touring company, who lead bicycle tours all over Asia.  We booked 4 single day trips around Chiang Mai, and one 3-day trip to Chiang Rai and the northern area called the Golden Triangle.


Memories of Thailand - 2012 - Part 2

Dick Woods & Carolyn Myers-Woods

Our first day trip was out to the edge of Chiang Mai in the countryside.  Carolyn was able to ride most of that day and could ride well, better than she could walk.  It was a nice ride on quiet roads.  The next day we rode to the ancient city of Lamphoon.   The main attraction at most of these destinations would be the WAT or the Buddhist Temple. The third day we rode in the old part of Chiang Mai and saw a lot of WATs.


1st Monday Night Dinner Ride of 2012

Bob Smith

Bob kicked off the 1st CSCC Monday Night Dinner Ride of this season with a 13-mile ride and dinner at BJs.

We meet at University Village Colorado in the parking lot north of Smashburger Restaurant. We depart promply at 5:30 p.m.  This casual social ride of about 15 miles that includes dinner either in route or at the end of the ride. The 2012 Summer celebrates the 26th year the Club has been offering this ride.

Photo Courtesy of Bob Smith

Happy Update on Liz Ford's Son

Liz Ford

As many of you know, Liz Ford's son, Arlo, has been battling Hodgkin's Lymphoma cancer for almost 2 years. Arlo is currently in complete remission!


Cycling Endurance: Can You Match This?

Dale Campbell - Bent Fork Chronicles Co-Editor

We all enjoy the opportunity to enjoy a good ride, especially when you’re able to ride with friends and share the experience.  But, how many friends would stick with you over multiple 13,000 foot mountains and a distance of 1600 kilometers?  Here’s a story about a stray dog in China that has that staying power.  Provided from the Daily Telegraph (London) by way of the Sydney Moring Herald.  Enjoy…..


Canyon Winds Band Concert‏

Contributed by Sid Rubinow, CSCC Member

Need a little boost getting into the swing for spring? We have just the solution ... the Canyon Winds Spring Band Concert, to be held at 7:00pm on Thursday, 7 June at Temple Beit Torah, 522 East Madison Street.


Ending the Prohibition of Bicycles on the Pikes Peak Highway

Al Brody - Advocacy Dude!

Colorado Springs is preparing for the first Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race on the recently completely paved Pikes Peak Highway, yet bicycles are still prohibited to ride up, or down without a guide service.   This may seem a bit odd especially for those of us who ride west on Highway 24 towards Woodland Park, passing the turnoff to the Pikes Peak Highway toll road to the summit.  Although there is no coordinated opposition to ending the prohibition of bicycles, there is enough lack of inertia to get our city leaders to make the decision to end the prohibition or even test a policy based on the policy used on Mt. Evans where cyclists pay a $3.00 toll to ride the road to the summit.

From the perspective of bike advocacy, please know that we are trying to end the prohibition and open the road to all users as is intended on all Forest Service Lands and in Colorado Springs as evidenced by our Complete Streets Policy.

More to come on this issue during Bike Month 2012.  

Thanks, Al Brody

Quotes for the June 2012 Issue

Stan Hill

Seems appropriate: 

"It’s just a hill—get over it!"

A local cycling group that rides out along the Atlantic beach has a jersey that reads,
“The wind is always blowing, shut up and ride.”

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

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