Volume 6, Issue 4, 1 August 2013

From the CSCC Bent Fork Editors

Dale Campbell & Sharon Boyd
Here it is August already.  Where has the summer gone?  Hopefully, youve been able to spend some of the passing months getting out and doing some pedaling.  We have (Sharon more than Dale that work thing still gets in the way for Dale).  Leading the June Sunday Social Ride helped us add miles at the beginning of the summer.  The ongoing Monday Night Dinner Rides also enablesd us to enjoy dining with cycling friends, as well as being able to pedal on some of Colorado Springs highways and byways (aka trails).  As you can see by the photo for this editions Editors Column, we enjoyed a recent vacation with water related activities---white-water rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon--the waterfall helped keep us cool and refreshed.  With all the activities that are available these days, what else could we ask for?


CSCC Annual Picnic

Sharon Boyd, CSCC Newsletter Editor
The CSCC Annual Picnic was held on Sunday, July 14 at the Antler's Park Pavilion

Four bike rides departed at 9:00 am from the park: a social rides, fitness ride and a mountain bike ride. We extend a special "thank you" to our ride leaders.  The picnic lunch started at 12:30pm for 85 attendees. CSCC provided meat dishes from Front Range BBQ. Club members brought delicious "pot-luck" dishes.

CSCC Annual Picnic Pix

Sharon Boyd, CSCC Newsletter Editor

CSCC Annual Picnic photos courtesy of Dave Horne

Staunton – Colorado’s Newest State Park!

Lorena Wilder
Mike and I purchase the Colorado State Parks annual pass and love riding the mountain bike trails at Cheyenne Mountain State Park. When we heard about Staunton State Park, which opened this past May, we were anxious to try it out.  Since the park is located between Bailey and Conifer, we figured it would make a perfect day trip from our vacation place in South Park.

Staunton State Park was started in 1986 with Frances Hornbrook Staunton's donation of most of her familys 1,720 acre homestead; which has now grown to 3,282 acres. With over fifteen miles of multi-use (non-motorized) trails, and an elevation range from 8,040 to 10,120 feet, we figured we were in for a lot of climbing and we sure were right!


Fall Colors Mountain Bike Ride (Buena Vista area) 21 SEP

Lorena Wilder
Fall Colors Mountain Bike Ride Castle Rock Gulch Loop on Saturday, September. 21 (posted on CSCC Event calendar)

Hopefully well see fall colors on this 14.8-mile easy-to-moderate lollipop loop ride in the mountains near Buena Vista.  Mike and Lorena Wilder are planning this mountain/cross bike ride, which starts just west of Trout Creek Pass.  The route follows graded and well-maintained, but lightly traveled, public dirt and gravel roads (2-WD and low-clearance 4-WD).  Ride through rolling hills containing a mix of sweeping mountain views and valleys and shady aspen groves.  Bring your cameras! Pot-luck BBQ lunch is planned afterward at the Wilders vacation place (Campground of the Rockies, on U.S. 285 about fifteen miles from TH). Meet at the trail head by 9:30 am or our place by 8:30 a.m. USFS and BLM camping areas located nearby if you wish to stay overnight.   For more details (including directions and cue sheet), see the Rides calendar and contact Mike or Lorena Wilder at mikeandlorena@elpasotel.net or home phone (719) 683-8879.

CSCC Upcoming Events

Sharon Boyd, CSCC Newsletter Editor
The CSCC August monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, 2 August at the Velodrome

CSCC Sunday Social Ride in August will be lead by Dave VanDerWege; the ride begins at 1:00pm at Acacia Park

2nd Annual CSCC President's Pre-Inaugural Tour of Colorado Springs on 10 August

Stonewall Century, La Veta, Colorado on 10 August

Electric Bicycles Revisited

Dale Campbell, CSCC Newsletter Editor
Some of our readers may remember a few of the previous articles that Ive written on the topic of electric bicycles (see August 2011 for example).  At the time, it appeared that to have a reasonable equipped eBike would set you back about $3,000 to $5,000.  Fortunately, over the last two years, the competition is heating up and prices are starting to come down.  And, availability is becoming more widespread.


President's Message

Charlie Czar
It is August already!  The year has been a blur of both personal and Bike Club activities.  Both of them slow down for me in August, but we still have lots of Bike Club things to do.

My picture shows the Award Presentation for the 40K RR; my first state Gold Medal.

Im off to Cleveland and racing my bike in the National Senior Games.  We get back on Aug 4th, and then the Club meeting follows on Tuesday, Aug 6th at the Velodrome.  Aug 10th is the re-scheduled Pre-inaugural Tour of Colorado Springs (a century).

We have our usual CSCC rides all month.  And I may add a few more Need For Speed Friday rides at the AF Academy.  The Balloon Festival rides come right at the end of August.  And then there is the National Bike Challenge.  We are riding and having fun and at the same time are the Number 1 team in Colorado and in the top 10 teams in the country!!  Keep riding and be safe.

Charlie - Rocky Mountain Senior Games

Charlie Czar
Friends took pictures at the Rocky Mountain Senior Games in June  to record my cycling success . This picture shows my final strokes on the 40K Road Race and the picture in the article above shows my Award Presentation for the 40K RR. This is my first state Gold Medal.  Ive received a lot of silver and bronze medals in the 8 years that Ive raced; I often get caught in the last K sprint.  In this race I had a 5 minute lead because I was able to draft with the younger two age groups in the first 20K, while the rest of my group fell out the back of the pack.  This year I took 1st in the 40K RR, 2nd in the 20K RR, and two 4th places in the 10K & 5K Time Trials.  I am racing in the Nationals in the 20K and 40K RRs.

Lee Murphy Submits Painting Entry-Roll Bike Art 2013 Competition

Lee Murphy
The national competition which includes a local juried show is sponsored by the Smokebrush organization.  Show entries must be bike related and include art, statues, sculptures and jewelry, etc,.  Lee submitted a watercolor entry entitled "And The Rider Said To The Cow....", which depicts a CSCC rider on a lonely country road having a moment with a solitary cow.  I think most of us have been in this situation at one time or another and have had a similar one-sided conversation with a bovine.


Sharon Hamilton

Sharon Boyd, CSCC Newsletter Editor
Sad news for Colorado Springs Cycling Club.  Sharon Hamilton died on June 24, 2013 while riding her bicycle in the Bicycle Tour of Colorado.  A memorial service was held on Sunday, June 30.  Sharon has been a friend of CSCC and a annual volunteer at the Buena Vista Bike Fest.  For years she has stored much of our BVBF supplies at her home in Buena Vista.

Sharon served as an orthopedic nurse in the U.S. Army for 20 years, then lent her services in Africa before joining the nursing staff at the Buena Vista Correctional Complex. Sharon's sister described her as an independent animal lover who enjoyed quilting and cycling. Sharon was the oldest of seven children. BVCC warden John Davis called Sharon a "dedicated" employee with a "great humanitarian heart."  That sentiment was echoed by many BVCC health services administrators during her 15-plus years at the facility. She was very dedicated to her profession and showed compassion for both BVCC employees and inmates.  Sharon was 6 months from retirement.

Photo of Sharon greeting bicycle riders at the BVBF registration tent.

Membership Updates

Sara Hill
Welcome New Members:  Karen Colp & Family, Alice Gohlke & Family, John & Beth Ingham, Pat McDonough & Family, James Needham & Family, Aileen Tracy & Family, Eric Brader, David Byers, Dottie DiGirolamo, and William McClain

Renewing members Thank you!:  Molly & Michael Ansfield, Al & Tamara Brody, Ed & Suze Browne, Mike Burgie & Family, Jannie Cox & Family, Michael & Jeanne Galvin, Harry & Rhoda Harris, Ronald & Carolyn Henrickson, Stan & Karen Hill, Rich & Sherrie Hostak, Dennis Mitchell & Family, Mark Pitel & Family, Baruch & Julie Rhea, Ron Robinson & Family, Carol Runnells & Family, Peggy & John Seidel, Alan & Pat Severn, Connie Slater & Family, Duane Babcock, Deb Berwick, Jim Bronstine, Karen Brown, Alfred Chioffe, Graeme Cloutte, Chuck Donacy, Mike Fitzgibbons, Skip Fleming, Merf Freeman, Xaver Gonzalez, Stacey Harris, Robert Kerr, Brian Love, Mark Mann, Michael Mannebach, Cameron Mueller, David Parris, Don Sarton, Joe Schultes, Rebekah Scrivener, Gail Sexton, Maurie Shannon, Larry Svoboda, Scott Swandal, Scoti Townsend, Dianne Walter, and Jean Zeh

(1) Family memberships are eligible for two adult online logins. With each login, members can comment on the message boards or respond to surveys independently. If you wish to have a second adult login, please contact Membership at membership@bikesprings.org. Provide the following information: Name on membership account, secondary member's name and email along with a preferred username. If you have a preference for billing identity, indicate this as well.


2013 Starlight Spectacular

Trails and Open Space Coalition
We are so grateful for the support of our community and the spirit of fun that made the 2013 Heuberger Subaru Starlight Spectacular such a success. We broke attendance records with close to 1500 riders this year! See our Facebook page for lots of fun photos from the event.

We heard so many comments about the great tee shirts, so here's your chance to buy extra 2013 Starlight shirts for $5 each -- just stop by our office at 1040 S. 8th St, on weekdays.

Please save the date to join us again next year for our 20th annual (!) Starlight Spectacular on Saturday June 14th, 2014.

CSCC Starlight Spectacular Rest Stop Team

Photo Courtesy of Bill Gast
Many thanks to all of the CSCC members that participated at the Bancroft Park rest stop for the 2013 Starlight Spectacular!

2013 Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb Volunteers

Sharon Boyd, CSCC Newsletter Editor
The Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb includes a USA Cycling sanctioned bicycle race and an open Fun ride that ascends to the summit of Pikes Peak Americas Mountain. The course is 20km (12.4 miles) the same distance the automobiles use for the world renowned Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The race and ride is a fully supported cycling event that provides cyclists the chance to tackle one of the most challenging climbs in the world. Riders negotiate over 154 turns and climb over 4,700 feet on their way to Americas Mountain summit. The race is now part of the Rocky Mountain State Games as well. This event is for any cyclist wanting to test their mettle as well as their lung capacity!

On 21 July, CSCC provided rest stop and other support people to help run the 2013 Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb. Many thanks to all of the CSCC club members who volunteered. A special thank you to CSCC organizers Dave VanderWege, John Pamperin, Sara Hill and Larry Wilson for their time and efforts to coordinate and set up six rest stops along the highway for 500 cyclists.  
Bent Fork Chronicles - Volume 6, Issue 4, 1 August 2013