Vol 5 Issue 4, 1 October 2012

From the CSCC Bent Fork Editors

Sharon Boyd & Dale Campbell

Has your bicycle had an "altitude high" recently?  While participating in Challenge Limited's mountain bike ride down Pikes Peak, Dale and I observed many cyclists riding up Pikes Peak Highway. The bicyclists and motorized vehicles were safely cooperating in both directions. From our observation, we believe September's "bicycle Pikes Peak Hwy experiement was a big success.

The CSCC meeting is Tuesday, 2 OCT at the Clarion Hotel. Meet at 6:30pm for snacks and 7pm for the meeting.  The Wilders will share a photo story of the July Hut-to-Hut Trip including pictures taken by several CSCC members.

Membership Updates

Sara Hill

Welcome New Members:
Matthew Meuche, Skip Fleming, Jim Sledz, Tad Taggart, Joanne Currence, John Cozad & Family, Laura Pelletier, Marisa Farro-Miro, Kitty Smith & Family, Lynne Day, George Robbins, and Tom Clark

Renewing members – Thank you! :
Liz Ford, Derrick Bourgeois & Family, Nancetta Westcott, Paula Krantz, Chuck Donachy, Marian Avoy, Chris McCallum, Ronald & Carolyn Henrikson, Jay Bailey, Bill Gast, Harry & Rhoda Harris,

Rally Week Kicks Off With Community Bike Ride

Doug Fitzgerald

During Community Bike Week in August, Allen Beauchamp set up racks to accommodate over 50 bicycles in front of Old Chicago on Monday afternoon.  The Colorado Springs Police Department helped out by blocking two parking spaces on Tejon Street since sidewalk space is limited.  It’s a good thing they didn’t set it up for 45.

At least 48 riders joined the Colorado Springs Cycling Club

CSCC Oktoberfest Ride

Kerry Hefta

Kerry lead the CSCC Oktoberfest Ride--Palmer Lake to Castle Rock. Riders had the option of a 41 mile route or a 56 mile route. The round trip trek on Saturday, 29 SEP started at 10:00am with a destination of Crowfoot Valley Coffee. They serve terrific Belgian Beers & Ales, as well as a make your own Bloody Marys.
The Mountain Top Cycling group (Woodland Park) joined the fun this year.

Celtic Thunder

Sara Hill

Interested in going to see Celtic Thunder at the Pikes Peak Center on 18 NOV?  You can listen to them on Pandora.  
  Date:    18 NOV
  Time:    7:00 pm
  Cost:    $45 (high up) or $60

Hundred-Year-Old Cyclist Rides an Impressive 100K

The Gazette, 29 SEP 2012

Lyon, France - French cyclist Robert Marchand rode 100 kilometers (62 miles) in 4 hours, 17 minutes and 27 seconds. Consider this: Marchand is 100 years old.

Cyclist Dies During 206-mile LOTOJA Amateur Bicycle Race‏

Vern Pitcher

Robert Verhaaren, of Mesa, Ariz., died in an accident during the 3-State 206-mile LOTOJA amateur bicycle race, near Jackson Hole, Wyo., on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. (Facebook). He swerved to avoid a pothole and crashed on a bridge in Wyoming and fell about 35 feet to his death into the Snake River. Verharren was about eight miles from the finish line Saturday afternoon.

President's Message

Charlie Czarniecki

This has been a busy year, and an extremely busy summer. We’ve managed to pull everything off that the Club planned for the year. That was made difficult by the Waldo Canyon Fire.

The Tour of Colorado Springs - CSCC Pre-Inaugural Ride was rescheduled. On 18 AUG, 20 bicyclists participated in the CSCC President's ride, which covered most of the proposed course for the future Tour of Colorado Springs.

As school started this fall I noticed a lot more kids (and in some cases their parents) riding their bikes past our house to get to school. All summer I saw more people riding bikes on the roads. They weren’t all Club members and weren’t all wearing helmets, but they were out riding bikes – safely for the most part. 

Pikes Peak Ascent Attempt

Bob Smith

The City of Colorado Springs opened the Pikes Peak Highway to bicyclists for the entire month of September on a trial basis. Bicyclists were not permitted to park near the toll booths or the nearby North Pole (Santa’s Workshop). Bicyclists were required to pay a $12 toll and sign waiver at the toll gate.
The month was quickly drawing to a close when my good friend Vic Villhard and I decided to make an attempt at Pikes Peak by bicycle. Initially we wanted to do it on Vic’s birthday which was Wednesday, Sept 26th but the weather didn’t cooperate so we postponed it to Friday the 28th.

Ride Leaders Born or Bred?

Dale Campbell, Bent Fork Chronicles Co-Editor

Do you remember the last time you led a Club ride?  OK, I can see there are a number of folks shaking their head yes.  Let’s take one more step back – in time that is.  Do you remember the first time you led a bike ride – bike club or otherwise?  Now there’s a little more puzzled look on folks faces as they try to think back.  I know initially when I asked myself this question, I had to think for a while to come up with the scenario.  So, during the last Bike Club meeting, I challenged the attendees to think back (perhaps wayyyy back) to remember the first time they led cyclists on a bike ride.  Here are the contributions for this edition.

Chick-fil-A Saturday Breakfast Training Rides

Sharon Boyd - Bent Fork Chronicles Editor

Why are there green flags on our helmets?

During the Ride for the Heros, all ride ambassadors wore the green flags to enable ride participants to identify the ride support team!

Many thanks to all of the CSCC members that supported the April to September Chick-fil-A Saturday Breakfast Training rides.  Your time was well invested, as this year's Ride for the Heroes experienced a reduced number of incidents.

Chick-fil-A Ride for Heroes & Patriot Festival

Torie Giffin

The 3rd Annual Chick-fil-A Patriot Festival took place on the grounds of Mountain Shadows Park.

The event kicked off with the Ride for the Heroes: the 28-mile Heroes Challenge Ride featured 2,200 feet elevation gain starting along Flying W. Ranch Road, to Centennial & Blodgett Trailhead, down Woodmen then along the Pikes Peak Greenway & Sinton Trails, finishing up with a tour of Garden of the Gods. The 14-mile Patriots' Ride enjoyed a scenic ride along the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail & Monument Creek. The 1-mile Kids Ride toured around Mountain Shadows Park. Red, white & blue were the colors of the day. 35 Ambassadors (many CSCC members) provided support on all three rides.

National Bike Challenge 1 May to 31 August 2012

Charlie Czarniecki

The League of American Bicyclists' National Bike Challenge ended on August 31st.  The Club had 4 10-member teams, and they were impressive!  We were riding for fun but put up fantastic mile numbers.  There were 155 teams declared in Colorado.

The CSCC teams included: 1) Aaron's Colorado Springs Cycling Club ranked #3 in state for the entire Challenge,  2) Hope & Sean Mullally's Colorado Springs CSCC-2 ranked #10 for the entire Challenge, 3) BJ & JoLynn Ondo's Team Screaming Turtles/CSCC-3 ranked #12 for the entire Challenge), and 4) Joe Schultes' (Pikes Peak Over The Hill Gang) PPOTHG-CSCC-4 ranked #37 for the entire Challenge).  
BFC Fall 2012 - Vol 5 Issue 4, 1 October 2012

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