But first, read this!
As we change into the Fall season, our cycling opportunities and experiences will also change. With shorter days and cooler temperatures, clothing will be more layered and rides may occur more towards the middle of the daylight hours. Even with these types of changes, we’re still cyclists who enjoy being out and pedaling – especially in this beautiful Colorado environment.
If you haven’t noticed already, be sure to look at the photo in the newsletter title header.
That’s the kind of Colorado environment I’m talking about! By the way, the photo is a tribute to the Fall Colors Ride that is scheduled for Friday, 2 October this year. The header photo is from a previous fall ride on 19 September 2007. If you haven’t already been able to enjoy one of the previous rides, take a look at the information in the Ride Calendar. But, be quick, as the ride will occur only one day after you have your first chance to read this!
And… if you continue to read the articles in this edition, you’ll see many details about upcoming rides and events!
Social Happenings with Bill Gast
And What About the Holiday Party?
Fall is in the air and there are plenty of cycling and social events on the calendar. Be sure to socialize with your fellow bicyclists.
The Progressive Dinner ride is Sunday, October25th; the ride begins at 12 noon. We plan to focus the ride in the Broadmoor area of town. We have one volunteer host and are still in need of two additional hosts to make this event a success. The Club provides the food for your course, and you provide the place to eat. If you would like to be a host for the Progressive Dinner ride, let me know and I will help you plan and arrange the food.
Next, the Tour D’ Turkey ride is the Sunday before Thanksgiving. This is always a fun fall ride.
And, how SLOW can you ride your bicycle down Tejon Street in the snow? Yes, it is the Parade of Lights ride the first Saturday in December. Light up your bikes and enjoy a cool evening of fun. Additional details to follow as the date gets closer.
Intro Photograph courtesy of Bill Gast
What is IHSMBR?
IHSMB Stands for Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route. At the next CSCC club meeting on October 6th, Aaron Rosenthal and Janet Oliver will be doing a 30-minute presentation on their 3 week tour of IHSMB last summer. This beautiful and challenging route will come to life via their slides and information sharing about their experiences.
Cycling Time – Is It Worth It?
Click Here to Read the Answer
By now, we all know that cycling is good for us, both physically and mentally. But, have you ever wondered just how good? Looking through my folder of perspective subjects for Bent Fork articles, I ran across an Advice column by Doctors Mehmet Oz and Mike Roizen that was included in the 7 March 2015 edition of The Gazette. The reader submitted question for the column was “What’s your take on urban Cycling?” prompted by the reader wondering if cycling on downtown bicycle lanes is more dangerous than healthy.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERSMEMBERSHIP REMINDERS
Charlie Charlton, Andrew Galbraith, Saacha Hake, Amy Lancaster, Terrie Lang, Steve Lutz, Gary Mange, Amanda Martinez & Family, Thomas Plumb, Crystal Putnam, Andrew VanDerWege & Family, and Michael Watts.
RENEWING MEMBERS – THANK YOU
Bea Albers, Duane Babcock, Gary Breig, Karen Brown, Ed & Suzy Browne, Sandi Buck & Family, Mike Burgie & Family, Graeme Cloutte, Jannie Cox & Family, Bev Fallis, Eric Fetsch, Skip Flemming & Family, Bill Gast, Peter Gilfoil, Michael Haftel, Stacey Harris, Lisa & Richard Hickey, Rich & Sherrie Hostak, John Ingham & Beth Blakney, Chris Jacob, Anne & Ted Junge, Frank Kink & Family, Stan & Ann Lebahn, Chris Lieber & Family, Will Luden, Larry & Shelly Mann, Michael Mannebach & family, Baruch & Julie Rhea, George Robbins, P.K. Robinson, Rick Rodriguez & Family, Joe Schultes, Kevin & Kelly Sears, Peggy Seidel, Maurie Shannon, Jim Sledz, Terry Smith, Larry Svoboda, Phebe Swope, and Larry Womack.
Are You Following the Rules? Cycling’s Golden Rules That Is…
The Golden rule is something we all normally learn while growing up. This ethic of reciprocity is an ethical code that essentially states one should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself. Or as many of us may have learned on Sunday’s as children, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Luke 6:31).
As cyclists, are you aware that there also Golden Rules for bicyclists? For example:
- Take the Lane
- Don't Live in Your Chamois
- Train Your Weaknesses
- Embrace the Rain
- Wear Out Your Shifters
- Listen to Your Bike, and
- It's Okay to Stop
OK…some of these are obvious but others raise questions. To reveal the secrets behind each of the above rules and see the remainder of the list of 50, go to http://www.bicycling.com/training/fitness/bicyclings-50-golden-rules/page/0/3
By the way, if you’ve been a long time reader of Bicycling Magazine, you may remember an article in the 5 October 2011 edition that detailed a list of 50 rules.
4th Annual Mystery Ride
Lee Murphy’s 4th Annual Mystery Ride on August 15th began at America the Beautiful Park and was enjoyed by 50 participants. The 20-mile ride in the northwest quadrant of the city had information stops at the old Alexander Movie Production site on North Nevada, USA Cycling Headquarters, Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, The Space Foundation Discovery Center, Garden of the Gods Visitor Center, Headquarters for Navigators International, and the Colorado Springs Utilities Conservation and Environmental Center at Mesa and Fillmore. If you haven’t yet participated in one of Lee’s single or multiple mystery stop rides, make plans to do so next summer! Be sure to check the Ride Calendar as we get closer to June 2016.
Hal Aqua and The Lost Tribe
Hal Aqua and The Lost Tribe is a klezmer fusion band that is an exuberant musical experience, rooted firmly in traditional Jewish modes and melodies, driven by contemporary rhythms & danceable groves.
In the long-standing Jewish tradition of absorbing musical inspiration from surrounding cultures, The Lost Tribe steeps their songs in a broth spiced with rock, reggae, salsa, funk and blues influences, serving up an irresistible party vibe.
The band includes Hal Aqua (vocals, guitars, octave mandolin, ukulele), Annie Aqua (violin), Ben Cohen (electric and acoustic bass, tuba), Shanti Hazan (drums and percussion), and Miriam Rosenblum (clarinet, recorders, button accordion).
Saturday, October 17, 2015
7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30)
Advanced pricing available online until October 15, 2015.
$10 per adult (18 and older) & $5 per child (17 and younger)
Pricing at the Door on October 17:
$20 per adult & $5 per child
The Club membership meeting was Sept 1st at the GoG Citizen Service Center. We covered the long list of special Club rides getting set up through Jan 1st. Dennis and Terry Struck presented a travelogue of their Spain trip earlier this year. The next Club meeting will be 6 October at the Citizen Service Center. Snacks start at 6pm and meeting starts at 6:30.
The 4th Annual Mystery Ride was Saturday Aug 15th. Lee Murphy started the ride at 8:32am from America the Beautiful Park. Over 40 people RSVPed for the ride and even more made the day. See the article in this edition for a few more details.
The rain/hail storms of Aug 10th caused the "sink hole" on Chestnut Street just above the Sinton Trail. The drainage pipes under Chestnut collapsed and backed water up into a lake west of the street. As you may be aware, the City is now planning on building a new bridge over this waterway. So, the road will be closed until that construction is completed, projected for sometime later in 2016. In the mean time, the Sinton Trail is open, but use caution, as dirt and some debris remains on the trail west of Chestnut Street.
The 2015 National Bike Challenge started May 1st and ended Sept 30th. We (Colorado Springs Cycling Club 2014 team) have 146 riders listed on the team and 86 of the team posted miles in September (115 have posted for the entire Challenge). As of Sept 1 for the entire challenge we are #1 of the 121 Colorado teams and moved back to #11 again of the 1,953 national teams (with 259,000 points we are just 1,800 point out of 10th) (for month of Sep we are #12 nationally). When May ended the Club team was #1 in Colorado and #14 nationally. I’ll be providing an update for the next Bent Fork, noting the overall results and additional information about the Club’s contribution to this national challenge and data gathering effort.
CSCC Fall Colors Ride down the Gold Camp Road
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In the past CSCC has offered a fall leaf change ride down the famous Gold Camp Road to Colorado Springs. For a number of years, this was one of the most successful specialty rides the club has offered, primarily due to the leadership of Joan and Ron Wesley. Because of the one way nature of the ride, the challenge of this ride has always been organizing the shuttling necessary. As Go West Camps has developed, an opportunity exists to rejuvenate this spectacular ride. We have a 15 passenger van and can carry 15 bikes on our trailer. We would be excited to support this ride by using our equipment as the primary shuttle for the ride. This significantly simplifies the organizational work and logistics for this ride.
The general concept is that we will transport 14 people and their bikes on Friday October 2 from Rudy's (at 8:30am) to the start at the Cripple Creek KOA Campground at 10:00 AM
, provide a sweep, sag the riders down to the intersection of Old Stage Road and Gold Camp Road, providing a rest stop at that point, meet all of the riders at Rudy’s Barbeque for dinner and then return any drivers who have driven their own cars, to drive back after dinner. We will all enjoy barbeque at Rudy’s at the corner of Cimarron and 31 St Street, while everyone finishes. We are doing a Friday to avoid weekend vehicle traffic that can be significant on color weekends.
There are 2 options
that would allow people choice and expand the number of people who can make the ride.
A group of 14 riders and bikes can be transported by our van on ride day to the KOA campground to the start on ride day.
Small groups of people with their bikes can combine to drive to the KOA campground the morning of the ride, leave their cars and ride down.
Past, Present and Future Ride (aka Cycling Infrastructure Mystery Tour)
Click to see map of the Legacy Loop
Come join CSCC as the Sunday Social Ride is transformed into a time machine of sorts, harkening back to a time roughly 105 years ago when General Palmer dreamed of an "Emerald Necklace", a greenway trail system that would ring the downtown of his home, Colorado Springs and allow the residents to transit around it's periphery in style, taking in the beauty of our natural environment and enjoying a relaxing spin via the efficient means of human power travel of the day, the bicycle.
Call it the "Legacy Loop Tour with a Twist", we'll be riding along portions of the Pikes Peak Greenway and Shooks Run Trails already in existence along with taking in the places where the Legacy Loop project has already kicked in.
Beyond that, we'll be visiting the connections around the edges of the Legacy Loop that allow you to connect in and out of the downtown area with relative ease. Relative at this point as there is major work going on right now along certain sections of the loop that one day soon will allow for efficient travel from Old Colorado City and the western edge of Colorado Springs all the way out to Powers Boulevard, never having to be on a roadway except to cross. The future is getting brighter for non-motorized travel through this very popular corridor.
The ride will be 12-15 miles in length and will take in a very wide variety of trail and off-trail surfaces. Mountain bikes are strongly recommended as there will be dirt and rocky stretches. The ride will accommodate the opportunity to walk through the most challenging bits, as some of the infrastructure isn't there yet. Please bring a sense of adventure and exploration.
If you’d like to do a little homework prior to joining the ride, be sure to take a look at the following references:
“Completing Legacy Loop: Greenway Fund”: a five minute video about the Legacy Loop’s history, need and potential (Editor’s Note: a good
reference in which you’ll recognize a lot of scenes and interviewees): https://vimeo.com/122146253
A link for the Legacy Loop project from The Greenway Fund's page:
A link to the I25/Cimarron CDOT project page (big Midland Trail realignment):
Cool graphic from that page showing a detail of the new trail alignments:
(Graphic courtesy of Great Outdoors Colorado)
Touring the Mickelson Trail in the Black Hills
More about the Trip
Having not planned a summer vacation, I looked for a destination that would allow some riding. The solution was a Rails-to-Trails conversion in the Black Hills. Not knowing the area, I settled on a program put on by Road Scholar (formerly known as Elderhostel).
The program involved riding mountain bikes over the 109 miles of the trail from a fixed base, with two afternoons for other activities. The riding was easy on the railroad grades of the trail. The 21-speed mountain bikes were excellent and well maintained, appropriate for the crushed gravel surface with some soft spots; most had 35mm tires.
As befits a rails-to-trails conversion, grades were less than two per cent – sometimes compensated by length. With a steady grade it was hard to tell if we were climbing or descending; sometimes it took a glance at the derailleur.
Road Scholar rates this program as “challenging,” its highest category; I’d call it “moderately challenging,” but maybe that’s a matter of acclimation to altitude; some participants did have a problem with the elevation (up to 6200 feet). Compared to other Road Scholar groups, this small one was older and in better shape than I’d expected; three were over 80.
Chick-fil-A Patriot’s Festival and Ride for Heroes
Take a look at these photos from the Festival
The annual Chick-Fil-A Patriots Festival on September 12 enjoyed perfect weather this year, enabling the large number of ride/run/walk participants and the many Festival attendees to enjoy the many sights and events of the Festival. CSCC provided Ride Ambassadors, Course Marshals and organizational volunteers to help support this fund raising effort. All of the proceeds from the event go to local charities that assist veterans, military families, firefighters and police in our community.
Bicycle Adventure Club trip in the Roaring Fork Valley
Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off Balloon Festival
Photos from the events
The annual tradition of a hot air balloon event on Labor Day weekend continued in 2015. Festivities spread across September 4th to 7th at Memorial Park. CSCC members participated in two club sponsored events:
- Labor Day Balloon Glo - Club members joined the thousands of people that attended the Saturday night Balloon Glo. They rode bikes to Memorial Park and used the Bike Valet.
- Monday Ascent and Breakfast - 40+ club members arrived at 6am to ride to the Balloon Ascent at Memorial Park. New balloons were part of the Labor Day Lift Off line-up. Later, the group rode to Patty Jewett Golf Club to enjoy a patio breakfast buffet.
Cycling Completion in the US of A – What’s That All About?
Peter Sagan celebrates winning the men’s road race title at the UCI Road World Championships. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
More about the UCI Road Race
Many of us in the Club have experienced the thrills of watching bike racing in person, thanks either to the Veledrome or the Pro Cycling challenge stages that have occurred in past several years. But, there are many folks in the US who have not had or made the opportunity to actually experience a bicycling race up close and live. Now, thanks to the UCI staging this year’s Road Cycling World Championships in Richmond, Virginia in September, there are now many more cyclists and non-cyclists alike who now know the excitement that can be enjoyed via this sporting event.
One of these is Jason Gay - a contributor to the Wall Street Journal. He recently had an entertaining and insightful article published in the Journal, titled “In the Middle of Football, Brilliant Bikes - Why I skipped the NFL for one weekend for the cycling world championships—and why it was worth it”. In this article, he noted “what happened this past week in Richmond was a significant moment in this country for a tormented but magnificent sport that deserves a second look after the Lance Armstrong mess.”
Social Ride 20150726 - The Rainy Ride
We rode 10 miles, down to Ivywild by way of 8th Street and the Smiling Toad Brewery & back, with a suitable stop there to let the sun come out. Riders were:
- Dan Martin, Ride Leader, 18 bonus miles (I took the long way home, the weather cleared up nicely!)
- Sharon Richards, Sweep
- Randy Richards
- Lee Willmon, 8 bonus miles
- Caroline Tran
Just as we thought about heading out, the sky opened up and forced us into shelter. We tried our best to read the sky, which way the cloud masses were moving, and thought we might make McCabe's Tavern in the downpour. Just as we were about to resolve ourselves on that, a sliver of blue sky appeared low in the Southern sky. That's all we needed to fortify us for the ride to Bristol Brewing Company in Ivywild.
Thirsting for something a little stouter than rain, we powered over the 8th Street hill past the dealerships. We glided past The Pointe, a fine bar & grill. We pulled into the shopping center at Little Nepal, a fine Indian food restaurant. Pulling around back, we found the Smiling Toad Brewery but didn't stay, though we could've. We pressed on to more familiar territory to refresh, relax, and enjoy.
Afterwards, I led them back through “lockwasher” park and, danged if I know how, I lost them. I've lost glasses, phones, all kinds of things, but I'm danged if I know how I lost those four. I'm thinking The Twilight Zone or the interchange construction, something like that.
Anyway, I had so much fun and the sky cleared so fine that I headed east and had to remind myself to head home. Good ride, no one fainted.
Photograph courtesy of Dan Martin