Vol 2 Issue 5 October 2009

New Cyclist Statue Welcomes Visitors Downtown


Janine Hegeman

Photo by Carolyn Myers-Woods

As visitors drive, cycle, or walk east over the Bijou Street bridge, they are greeted by a statue in the median. "Trailblazer" depicts a woman on a mountain bike, pausing to take in the view of Pikes Peak. The Tour de Latte Riders on Saturday Sept. 19th took a few minutes out to admire this piece of art that will set the active tone  of the city for future newcomers; it certainly shows that Colorado Springs celebrates cycling.

Letter From the Editor

Janine Hegeman

So much riding to do in such a short summer! I hope you have been out enjoying it! Cool and rainy for some of the time to be sure, but in between it has been great for going along for the ride.

I got on my bike every chance I could, as I'm sure you all have. The Saturday Latte Ride has been very popular this summer and the Sunday Hill Climb is developing quite a following as well. Both are personal favorites of mine. And I am here to tell you, after a few of Karen Hill's Latte Rides, you will be READY for the Sunday Hill Climb. In fact, you might arrive back at CS West Bikes (where you'll start the Hill climb at 10 a.m. on Sundays) after the ride and wonder when you're going to climb a hill! (Just kidding Rush!) Karen knows how to find a route with some climbing. But, of course, this IS Colorado Springs and there are bound to be a few ups and downs.

And there has been a serious downside to this summer. With all the pent up energy after the early summer storms, we seemed to get out on our bikes in droves and, unfortunately, this has seemily led to a rash of car/bike accidents. A fatality (on Mark Dabling Blvd. near Goose Gossage Park), and several crashes have occured in recent months. This says two things: first, there are a LOT more cyclists on the road (good) and second, not everyone, in cars and on bikes, is being smart (bad). Please take  a moment to look at the Advocacy page on the CSCC website and educate yourself on the rules of the road. And do consider signing up for the League of American Bicyclists safety courses as they become available. Watch the website for announcements.

An update - I did ride the Copper Triangle again this year - great ride, and I finished faster than last year, even with a flat tire. And this year's jerseys are the best! Now that fall is in the air, lots of social activities are kicking into high gear. There's the Progressive Dinner Ride, on Oct. 18, the "Tour de Turkey" on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, and of course the Holiday Party on December 12. Look for more info in upcoming newsletters and on the website. Also, if you've got a funny story or a really long message for the message boards, send it on to me, and I'll get it out to everyone. And Charlie Czarniecki will be posting miles soon. He's had a death in the family. Oh,and don't forget - Its perfect weather for riding, so COME ALONG FOR THE RIDE!

Membership - New Procedures for Voting via CSCC Online Members Area


Sara Hill - Membership Coordinator

As fall comes on and the Colorado Springs Cycling Club prepares for new board elections, we want to give all our members the opportunity to have their say. If you recall, this past March, as part of revising the by-laws, the CSCC members approved an allowance for electronic voting. Dave Vanderwege demonstrated how such an election system would work via the survey function on the website.

In the past, voting was done at a regular business meeting by the members present. On average, these business meetings were attended by 20-30 members (representing 12-18 out of 200+ memberships). The CSCC board would like to encourage more involvement in the voting process and believes the survey system will help. Electronic voting would allow all members to review the options and vote on their own time. The hope is that more members will be involved in the voting process if they do not have to attend a business meeting.

The survey tool is designed to allow each user to vote once without disclosing how they voted. This means it reports who responded and a summary of responses, but not a breakdown of how each member responded individually. So it effectively provides a secret ballot process, while limiting voter fraud by only allowing each login to respond once. One thing the survey tool allows that our government system does not is the chance to change your mind. Until the survey is closed, each user can change their response whenever they want. So if you’re a bit wishy-washy and like to change your mind, you can . . . at least until we close the survey to responses.

In the past, all members present at the business meeting could vote. That meant if both adults of a “family” membership attended the meeting they both had voting privileges. The CSCC website survey system changes this process by giving each online user has the opportunity to respond once to a survey, until it closes. Each CSCC membership has one user login by default, so they have at least one vote. In order to maintain the policy that both adults in a Family Membership have a vote, the CSCC Board adopted the policy that each CSCC Family Membership is eligible to have up to 2 online adult users per membership. This is easily accomplished with our website database to associate additional users with a family membership.

Responding to surveys is only one reason why a separate login is an attractive idea. The most popular reason for independent CSCC Member’s Area access is the message boards where you can invite friends to a ride, comment on the website usability or many other themes.

If you have a Family Membership and would like a secondary username, there are two methods to request a second username for online services:
1) Email the following information to membership@bikesprings.org  
a. Primary Member name (first and last for membership record identification)
b. Secondary member name (first and last, please)
c. Secondary member email
d. Secondary member preferred username
2) Respond to the online survey via your primary user to provide the same information as requested in method (1).
An email will be sent to the secondary user with the username and password to access the members’ area of the website.

You can test how the voting process might work by responding to the payment method survey accessible from the Member’s Area of the CSCC website. Besides allowing members to try the voting process, this survey will provide valuable information as we explore various options for payment methods.

Member Services will accept requests for secondary usernames until November 1, 2009. After the November election, the online survey will be reinstated and will be the only advertised method to request secondary logins.

In the future, the newsletter section recognizing new and renewing members will always maintain a note that this is available under the surveys. For new members, the online join system will be modified to include information to fill in for a secondary user and the next published brochure will include the same secondary user options. In addition, the welcome email that is sent once their membership is activated will include a reminder that this option is available to family memberships.

Welcome New Members!

Rebecca Etcheverry & Family, Kirsten Bilzing, David Kumpf, Jessica & Nathanael Green, Deegan Lew, Denise & Paul Eckstein, Liz & Don Wageck, Betty Scwartz, Eiline Porter, Jeremy Forlines, Ken & Tonie Miller, Sherry Saunders & Family, Rollie Russell, Rob Klausch & Family,

Renewing members-Thanks!

Patrick White & Michelle Gutman, Patrick Spencer, Larry & Shelly Mann, Christian Lieber & Family, Millie & Smitty Smith, Laurie Baker, P. K. Robinson, Anne & Ted Junge, John Davenport, Suzanne Thomas, Larry Van Der Aa, Lara Trolle, Randy Gearhardt, Tom Maloney, Joan Morrill, Bill Gast & Family, Joan Grant & Family, Dave Thomson & Family, Dale Hietala, Bear & Trish Aten, Michael Silver, Dan McArthur, Ron Wisner & Family, Harry & Rhoda Harris, Kevin & Kelly Sears, Dick & P.J. Wenham, Roger Neeland, Alexander Guerra, Richard & Sherrie Hostak, Kristin Brown & Family

NOTE: Family memberships are eligible for two adult online logins. With each login, members can comment on the message boards, respond to surveys or vote in our fall election independently. If you wish to have a second adult login, please contact Membership at shill@larsongp.com. Provide the following information: Name on membership account and preferred email & username for each login. If you have a preference for billing identity, indicate this as well.

Other questions regarding membership? Feel free to contact Sara Hill at shill@larsongp.com anytime.

 

Member Spotlight


Photo by Craig Highsmith

Jean Zeh and Craig Highsmith at Maroon Bells

Webucation Part 2 Static or Interactive? You Decide


Dale Campbell

Stop and think about it…. How many times in the last two months have you looked at one area or another on the Colorado Springs Cycling Club (CSCC) website? At least twice, I hope, to read the first installment of these Webucation articles in the August edition of The Bent Fork Chronicles, and now to read this edition of the CSCC newsletter. Realistically, it’s probably been more than that, right? I’m sure you’ve looked at the Club ride schedule, the Club miles ridden, all of the various messages and news items on the home page and checked the latest information on the Advocacy & Outreach Page. And, all that information is accessible even before you log into the Members area.

Once logged into the Members Area, there’s a multitude of links available. Just click on the dropdown menu for “Login” and you’ll see links to Members Directory, Market Place, Message Boards, Projects and Committees, and Photos. I still find it amazing that there’s a wealth of information so accessible. And, this is just static data that you can retrieve.

With the interactive functionality that’s available in the Members Area, the website becomes a means for two way communication. For example, you were on the Sunday Social Ride and talked with Bob, another CSCC member. He said something about wanting to do a ride Wednesday evening and for you to give him a call at the number he wrote down on a scrap of paper (which of course got washed with your bike jersey on Monday!). No problem. Just use the interactive search function on the Members Area homepage to get Bob’s contact information. Now you want to distribute the information about the Wednesday ride that Bob and you are going to do. No problem. Now you just click on “Submit New Event” and complete the forms to get the ride posted to the calendar. After the ride on Wednesday, you decide that you and Bob had such a good time on the new route that you took, you want to tell more folks in the Club that you will be repeating the ride the following Wednesday. No worries. This time, just click on “Message Boards,” then on the Rides – One of a Kind” link and finally on “Last Minute Ride.” Here you can post any rides you would like to invite members to join you on. Take a look at the Members Area on www/bikesprings.org and you’ll see. It’s there for you to use.

Is there more? What do you think?! Stay tuned for future editions of Webucation to find out. Better yet, if you’ve got some comments (and complements to the folks who put a lot of work into getting the website to where it is today), just click on “Web Site Feedback” and ,,,,

Until next time, safe cycling.

Dale Campbell
 

What Did YOU Do On Your Summer Vacation?

Charlie Czarniecki

(Editor's note: This one definitely falls in the "It's a Small World - Especially if You're a Cyclist" category!)

I led the June 6th Full Moon ride before my wife Barb and I left for summer vacation. Only two other people joined me for the ride, neither a club member at that time. Mark was recovering from heart surgery (and has since joined CSCC). Kevin L was a nursing student who was about to complete medical training in mid-June and start an internship. He called his internship an "externship" because he was going home to north central Wisconsin to work at a hospital there.

I told him that Barb and I were going to be in north central Wisconsin over the 4th of July – so where was his home? He was sort of evasive so I said Barb’s family cabin was on McClain Lake. Minong was the closest town (921 people) and Spooner was the largest local city (over 2,000 people). He “dropped his jaw” and said his mother was the manager of the Subway Sandwich shop in Spooner. He enjoyed the ride (Santa Fe trail to the Stadium Blvd bridge and back) and conversation that night, and said he would do a few more CSCC rides before leaving Colorado. I got his phone number, as I was bringing my Trek on our trip; we could  plan to go on a ride over the back roads around Spooner.

 We played phone tag in on July 4th and talked on the 5th. We agreed that I’d call Monday night and we’d set a ride for Tuesday. About 2 hours later Barb’s family decided that we needed to go to Spooner and buy some groceries. Barb’s sister pointed out the Subway Sandwich shop, which was across the parking lot. We shopped for about 30 minutes and headed out to our van. As I helped Barb’s Mom into the van, someone behind me called out, “You from Colorado Springs?” I turned around and saw Kevin – a chance meeting. He'd run out of cheese curls and stopped by the store to pick up a bag. We had a short visit before our gang headed back to the cabin. Barb’s Mom couldn’t believe that this happened without us arranging it!

 Kevin and I got together for our ride Tuesday at noon. He was bent over a bit from a spill from his mountain bike Monday afternoon.  His wife wasn’t sure that he’d go far. So we took it easy and still did almost 23 back road miles. Kevin was in complete disbelief that we had the chance meetings in the Springs and Spooner and that we just did our second ride.

 Barb and I spent 7 days at the cabin, I rode 5 of them for 202 miles (I’ve got 850 personal miles for the year). We kayaked 10 miles down the Namekagon River, and we saw only two other canoes the whole trip (and one big black bear at the water’s edge!).

Kevin will return in late October to attend his graduation here in the Springs. He  may have a road bike by then, and will bring a bike with him in any case.  I know several other club members rode with him in June, so I’ll post a notice on the special rides bulletin board when we pick a day, time, and location for the "October Graduation Ride. " Perhaps it will be the full moon ride!
 

The Cyclists Win One

Bob Feist

Editor's note: This email came to Bob Smith. Nice to know that the cops are catching the really bad drivers.

Hi Guys,

Judy & I were cycling our normal 32 mile lunch ride today. On the way back, about 6 miles from home, two punks decided to be cute. The driver got close, the passenger leaned out and hit me with his hand, at about 50 mph.

Luckily I did not crash. After about 10 seconds of confusion, while we collected ourselves, I yelled "cell phone!"

We dialed 911 and said, "hit and run, a car hit a bicyclists and left, going north on Murphy, probably turning either east or west onto Meridian, dark blue, old, Camaro or Firebird." About 30 seconds into the conversation with dispatch, we said "no injuries." Dispatch sent an EMT guy out in a plain car, driving slow, to confirm no injuries.

Then, the EMT guy got a call on the radio saying "the State Police have your car, wait for the State Police at Murphy and Eastonville," about 1/2 mile away.

The State Police pulled up with the bad guys. The State guy said "luck was with us today, I was on Meridian, when I got the call of a hit and run with a dark blue Camaro/Firebird, when a dark blue Camaro/Firebird turned onto Meridian, from Murphy. I hit the lights and pulled them over, I said, 'you want to tell me about it?' and the punks said, 'you mean when we "f--k-d" with the bicyclists?'." The State Police followed them, to me, at Murphy and Eastonville. I identified them. And the State folks proceeded to process them.

The State Police said, "they are frequent flyers (with law enforcement), the driver will be charged with wreckless driving and aiding and abetting a crime. The passenger, who hit me, will be charged with one level less than assault. Since they both have been in intimate contact with the police before, the judge will probably sentence them to 6 months in jail."

Yeah. The good guys got lucky and finally won one.

Court date will be about the middle of October. I am back from Machu Pichu and will
definitely testify against them.

Bob & Judy
 

Be a Champion for Kids and Ride with Bob Roll and Chris Carmichael

Lindsey Arkfeld

Kids on Bikes, Inc. a Colorado Springs-based nonprofit with a mission to give new bikes to children through programs that inspire a healthy lifestyle, independence, and achievement will host a fundraising event with Bob Roll and Chris Carmichael on October 17 at 7:30 am.
WHAT
Kids on Bikes will host its first Annual Champions Ride fundraising event on October 17, 2009, at Carmichael Training Systems. This year’s Champions Ride will host Bob Roll and Chris Carmichael and invite the community to experience the excitement of the Tour de France brought exclusively to Colorado Springs. The Champions Ride includes a 1.5 hour fully supported road ride, pre-ride breakfast, and signed copies of Chris’ new book The Time Crunched Cyclist. Champions Ride participants will also receive passes to the Open Session for their entire family. Cost for the ride is a $250 tax deductable donation.
After the Champions Ride, an Open Session with Bob and Chris will be held for those not interested in attending the ride. These legends of cycling will share stories and give you the opportunity to interact and ask questions. A full hot breakfast will be served and all participants will receive a Kids on Bikes hat and water bottle. After the session, head out to the parking lot for fun filled family activities and a kid’s bike rodeo. Children are invited to bring their bikes and test their skills as future Tour de France Champions! Cost for the Open Session is $35 per individual or $75 for the entire family.
To register for the event, send checks made payable to Kids on Bikes to 600 South 21st Street, Suite 100, Colorado Springs, CO, 80904. For online registration and credit card payment, visit www.kidsonbikes.net. Ticket prices and all donations are tax-deductable and benefit Kids on Bikes. RSVP by October 2 and sign up early as space is limited. Guest list at the door. No tickets will be mailed.
WHO
All cyclists of varying abilities with a road bike are invited to participate. The ride will be fully supported by CTS coaches and a support vehicle. Not a cyclist? Bring your family and join us for the Open Session and kid’s bike rodeo.
WHEN
Saturday, October 17
Registration opens at 7:30 am with the Champions Ride starting at 8:00 am and Open Session beginning at 10:00 am.
Schedule of Events
7:30 am Champions Ride Registration and Light Breakfast at CTS
8:00 Champions Ride begins with Chris Carmichael and Bob Roll
9:30 Champions Ride participants return
10:00 Open Session with full hot breakfast
10:15 Welcome remarks: Chris Carmichael and Randy Culver
Special presentation with Q&A with Bob Roll
10:40 Why Kids on Bikes needs you!
Jersey/Artwork Auction
10:45am - Noon Kids Bike Rodeo and Family Events
WHERE
Carmichael Training Systems
600 South 21st Street, Suite 100 Colorado Springs, CO 80903
MEDIA COVERAGE
Representatives of the media are invited to cover and attend the ride. Chris Carmichael, Bob Roll, and Kids on Bikes Founder Paige Carmichael will be available for interviews during the event. Please contact Lindsey Arkfeld for more information at (719)355-3573 or email info@kidsonbikes.net.
Kids on Bikes, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded by Paige Carmichael. Kids on Bikes’ mission is to give new bikes to children through programs that inspire a healthy lifestyle, independence, and achievement. Recall your first bike and the freedom and confidence that it gave you. Our goal is that these bikes will provide that opportunity and be a motivating force for very deserving children. We seek to enable under-served children to experience the benefits, in freedom, self-confidence, and healthy lifestyle, of owning their first bicycle. Supported by a dedicated board comprised of community leaders, Kids on Bikes designed two powerful programs, ABC’s and P.E.D.A.L., to reach deserving children in need of bikes.
 

Trip to Moab

Ed Bidinotto

For those of you who are ever considering going to Moab to road bike - here is a recap of our recent experience. Connie Miller and I (Ed Bidinotto) went with our friends Craig and Heide Brace from Denver and  had an amazing trip.                               Photo by Connie Miller

Friday - Connie and I left Colorado Springs around 11 a.m. and got into Moab by 5:15 p.m.Craig and Heide left S. Denver around 9:30 a.m.  Clear skies and roads. The 6 hours and 15 minutes included stops along the way. We went up I-25 and over to I-70 and followed that down to Moab.

Got to the BIG HORN LODGE in Moab. I had reservations for a nice spacious room for 4 people with 2 queen
beds, a hot tub and pool outside - even got a nice brochure in the mail.I was ready to relax.

I had my confirmation in hand from when I made the reservations. Craig and Heide got there ahead of us; they called and told me as I drove in that the hotel never had reservation for us and that they haven't taken a reservation for years. They just did bus tours. The hotel put us across the street at the REDSTONE INN. (another "Not recommended" place to stay). I couldn't believe that we were not getting what we reserved a month earlier.

The room at the Redstone Inn was musty and barely able to fit two people comfortably let alone luggage and bikes. I guess if you enjoy a room where you are getting out of bed and crawling over your luggage to get to the bathroom, and that's okay for you - then it's a great room. Problem was - it was the same price as the nicer rooms and it would never have accomodated the four of us. So this wasn't going to work and Moab was packed solid with visitors.

I jumped on my new I-Phone and found a La Quinta Inn suite down the road. We moved. The room was spacious and excellent for 2 nights. It cost us more money, but sometimes it is really worth it when you are
hot, tired and have a tough bike ride ahead the next day. We had dinner at Pasta Jays Friday night (with wine and beer). The weather was beautiful as we sat outside and enjoyed the crowds and a fine dinner.

SATURDAY (The Big NASTY Day) - woke up 5 a.m. - got ready. Drove up to the start line since we were about 4 miles from the start and it was still a bit dark out. There was to be a mass start at the Archway Inn at 7 a.m.
This is just south of the Colorado River.

You could not ask for a better morning for 1000+ riders. We were just wearing a jersey and shorts, no windbreakers or arm warmers needed.There were also 140 people from the Team in Training Foundation. This was a Leukemia & Lymphoma Fundraising event for them. They raised over $300,000 and had people riding a bicycle for the first time and others - their first time for a century. They all had Coors beer cans strapped to their helmets.

The trumpet (really - they had a trumpet - it was just like the start of a chariot race) sounded and we were off. Everyone picked up the initial pace on the flats spinning fast to warm up the legs for all the climbing to come.

Our goal for the day was just to do the Metric Century ,65 miles with all the climbs, and not to ride the out-and- back with the extra 40 miles on the Colorado River. We had all done enough 100 milers this year so we didn't need any more big mileage for 2009.

You start climbing as soon as you get out of town - only 2% - 3% grades but enough to warm up the legs. I guess I felt great because I was a little ahead of everyone and motoring along nicely. I saw other Triple ByPass jerseys and Bike Tour Colorado people - so I chatted and rode pretty well from the start. Now, where was Heide, Craig and Connie?

You ride along for quite a while on quiet chip seal roads wondering when it will all start and then you see a sign "Little Nasty." They don't call this nasty for nothing. The real climbing began and it was very steady and averaged around 8% - 13% max. It was stiff in spots to say the least.  The entire "Lil Nasty "wasn't horrible and with the initial grades you were plenty warmed up. That 13% stuff kinda makes you work. I wanted to hop on to the back wheel of some of these young (and old) people who just fly up this stuff, but my legs wouldn't motor me up at those speeds....none the less, it was just steady work and I was doing well.

It's funny when you are spinning along at 5 mph and you hear that noise where someone is just turning the crank at a high speed and they pass you like you are on the Air Force Academy flats on a nice day. Oh well.
It's nice out and we'll all make it to the top. What great views of the valley below!

So we finally get to the top of the "Lil Nasty." There are some drummers there with these huge drums beating away. The sound echos through the valley. It was really neat and invigorating. I wasn't sure if it was my heart beating through my chest or the drumming. The weather was ABFAB (absolutely fabulous) up there - no jacket required.

Crap - I reached for my Pearl Iszumi windbreaker in my back pocket and it apparently blew out somewhere below. As I was complaining about my loss to another person (who probably didn't really care), some gal with
a Triple ByPass jersey told me she saw it on the road a way's back. So I decided I would pray to the Nasty Gods that someone returns it at the end. I wasn't going back down the "Lil Nasty" to retrieve it! Connie, Heide and Craig were somewhere below so I figured I'd just go up to the top as planned and wait for them.

After a quick snack and water refill - you are immediately back into the climbing as soon as you round the curve at about 7% grade. It's not really bad considering what you just went up.... this goes on for quite a while. Remember - you climb for 30 miles solid from the start of the ride and the BIG NASTY to come climbs 3000 feet in 7 miles. There was a big black cloud looming ahead and we were dreading that we'd get rained on at the top.

OOPS - this was the "Launch Pad," the pre-cursor to the Big Nasty - nothing major - just more sustained grades, but it means that the real climb is ahead. You round a bend and there is the sign "BIG NASTY CLIMB".... it doesn't look horrible from down below but when you get on it - more 10% - 14% max now and you are grinding it out. Standing up only helps a little when you see your Garmin jumping to 14%. I don't know where Connie, Heide and Craig are. I just had my head and legs focused for the top. That big storm cloud and now thunder and lightning looms near the top. Please rain gods - don't do this to us. Please.

When you get to the top of the Big Nasty, it was a bit cool - but not bad. Another quick stop and back on the bike. So far - just 1 Hammer Bar, 1 banana and a fig bar got me this far. I guess I was carbed up from the
night before.

DOWNHILL???? yes, down a few curves and then up the "Stairway to Heaven"...it looks awful but it was only 7% sustained grade and - 9% max. I actually flew up this part and thought it was the easiest. Watch out for some roaming cows along the way and the many many cattle guards abounding on the route. Cows? Who said anything about cows?

FINALLY - 30 miles - at the very tip top. Spectacular views of Castle Valley and castleton tower etc. This brought back memories of my rock climbing days. Connie, Craig and Heide rolled in about 35 minutes after I got to the top. I was hydrating and eating some more Hammer Bars and drinking my Perpetuem and just talking to folks. i was starting to get cooler.

The road to the Colorado River got washed out in sections a few days before the Century so on the downhill there were some sections of sketchy dirt / rock that you had to go over. Not horrible but enough to make you really give extra control to the bike. Fat tires would have been nice for about 1 mile. Then 35+ mph biking with Connie down the valley road - we were ABFLYG (absolutely flying). It was warm, beautiful scenery and wide open roads downhill, flat all out fun. Getting to the Colorado River intersection seemed like it took 5 minutes.
I had my arm warmers on cause it was pretty cool on the descent. A light jacket would have been nice. Darn - where's my jacket?

When we got to the Colorado River - you turn right for an out/back section and a u-turn to make the 100 miles or you go left back to Moab. The temperatures were well into the high 80's if not higher. Guess which way we chose?

Connie and I rolled along the Colorado River about 22 miles to the place where we started - the Archway Inn. It was actually very nice riding as we traded leads and did a bit of paceline work. The road was a bit rolling and surprising at times with a few bumps in the road that slowed you down, but the shade from the canyon walls and rocks helped and looking at the river was nice even though it was a dirty brown.

The temperatures started to really climb at that point so we were happy we decided not to do the century. When we got back to the start - we put our bikes on the car and ate a great lunch at the BBq area outside the
pool at the Archway Inn. We met back up with our friends Craig and Heide a bit later. We all drove back to our hotel and got showered and came back to the Archway Inn (start/finish line)....we got to take photos, handshakes and listen to Bob Roll. Now this guy is amazingly funny. He actually lives in Durango and had some very funny stories about when he stopped racing after 15 years and how he got to be an announcer on OLN.. He was originally going to work in a lumber yard in Durango until someone got
impailed with a huge wooden rod the day he was supposed to start work. Then OLN called him, offered him some work and the rest is history.
If you ever have a chance to hear Bob Roll - he is hysterical.

SO HERE ARE THE STATS:

- 6 hours and 15 minutes to get to Moab
- Perfect weather Friday and Saturday

- Some light rain and just sprinkles on Sun morning in Moab
- Connie and I left at 10 a.m. to start driving home to Colorado Springs
- HEAVY HEAVY RAIN all the way back from outside Moab to I-25 off of C470
- I never turned the windshield wipers off once. It was coming down so hard at times I was crawling just to stay on the road.
- INSANE TRAFFIC - lane closures for construction on east bound I-70 (Frisco-Vail Pass)
- There was even MORE insane traffic all the way home. Bumper to bumper.9 hours of driving - yes - count em' - 9 frigging hours to get home. We stopped at Panera's in Park Meadows for about 30 min to calm our minds and eat a little food.

Craig and Heide had stopped to hike in Arches before heading out. They left Moab at 1pm and had limited traffic and clear sailing with sunshine no rain. They made it home in record time back to S. Denver. Go figure.

MOAB CENTURY: Highly recommended route - bring your climbing legs if you want a challenging ride over 5000 feet of climbing on the Metric ride -3000 feet in 7 miles just on the BIG NASTY. There were grades up to 14%. The organizers said at the finish that there was 18% grades - but we all agreed there was nothing that insane on this ride.

FRIENDS: We love Craig and Heide and they were so much fun to travel with, and yes you can eat ice cream in Craig's truck.

La QUINTA INN - nice accomodations - somewhat pricy but nice

REDSTONE INN and BIG HORN LODGE - to be avoided unless you need a small
room

SKINNY TIRE FESTIVAL - In March - Arches, Canyonlands etc... looks like
a great tour to put on your calendar

Hope you all enjoyed reading this and the pics. We had an amazing time. BTW - Someone returned my Pearl Iszumi jacket at the finish line - YAY - cyclists are the best.

Ronaele Foss? We knew you were there.... did you find your camelback?

Thank you, Ed Bidinotto
 

The Bent Fork Chronicles - Vol 2 Issue 5 October 2009