Vol 3 Issue 4 August 2010

Letter From the Editor

Janine and Katie Zimmann at start of Elephant Rock, June 6

Janine Hegeman

Well, it has been a summer of experiences. Lots of good weather for riding, new routes and restaurants and start locations for rides. And the summer picnic was a blast.  Great BBQ from Front Range BBQ, and of course everyone's delicious potluck contributions. But, even as much as I like to eat... if I have learned one thing about biking this spring and summer, it is this: keep your mouth shut.  With all of the cottonwood fluff, bugs, and whatever else there is floating around out there, it is not hard to ingest your fiber requirement for the day on a 15 mile bike ride. And it sure doesn't taste as good as broccoli.

But in all seriousness, safety has been on the forefront. As we recall with sadness the deaths of two young cyclists last year and rejoice that the woman who killed them was not released from prison on parole, we are reminded to remain vigilant.   


President's Message

Charlie Czarniecki

We are through the first half of the year. We are making progress, but we still some open holes in the Club. Janine Hegeman moved from Bent Fork editor to become the Club’s Ride Committee Chairperson. We have been just getting by in that area so this will be a good thing. But that means we need someone (or team) to step forward and keep the Club newsletter going. The newsletter is tied to the webpage and is menu driven so the task is easier than people may think. Could you help the Club in this need?


No Flats, No Fireworks - Black Hills Ride

Kathy VanDerWege

In early 2010, Liz Ford put out her request for riders interested in riding 5 days during the 4th of July holiday in the Black Hills of Wyoming and South Dakota. Responding to the call for this adventure with fellow CSCC members were Larry Svoboda, Kerry Hefta, Chris Davenport, Suzi Thomas, Ed Browne, Diane and Vic Villhard, Anne and Bob Smith, and Kathy and Dave VanDerWege. Little did we know that we would experience a tougher challenge than we Colorado cyclists expected, doled out by the “hills” of the 241.4 miles of riding.  


CSCC 25th Anniversary Jersey

Bob Smith

(Editor's note: Folks, these jerseys are going to be NICE! Be sure to order yours at our next club meeting August 3rd or sometime before August 16th!)

We have been accepting orders for our new club jersey for more than six weeks. Orders have been coming in very slowly. We would like to place our initial no later than August 16th so we can have our jerseys for our annual progressive dinner ride in October.

This jersey is priced 33% below retail. This pricing was based on a large quantity order. In order to assist you in determining your size, we will have Primal Jerseys in most men’s and women’s sizes available to try on at the next club meeting on Tuesday, August 3rd. We will also have order forms available so we can accept your orders at the meeting.

The jerseys we will be using as sizing jersey are left over from this year’s Buena Vista Bike Fest. At the end of the club meeting we will be selling the sizing jerseys for $35 each. This is below cost. Bottom line - come to the meeting August 3rd for some screaming deals on custom jerseys!

Starlight Spectacular 2010

Sara Hill

While the night of June 12, 2010 was certainly Spectacular, weather-wise, the Starlight was intermittent at best. Nonetheless, over a 1,000 riders chose to brave the weather and participate in Colorado Springs’ annual midnight bicycle ride. As usual, CSCC sponsored the second rest stop at Bancroft Park. This year, anticipating intermittent rain, we set up food tables under the park pavilion, with plenty of room left over for cyclists to crowd in out of the weather. Many riders expressed their appreciation for a dry place to get out of the rain. 


Bicycle Tour of Colorado 2010

Dan Sadowski

(Editor's note: Dan has included links at the end of this article for more information and photos. Sounds like a fabulous trip!)

This week-long bicycle adventure started and ended in Gunnison.
Altogether, I managed 515 miles of cycling for the week. Once again I did the "indoor camping" option, where I stayed in a school gym each night. I drove out to Gunnison the day before the tour to check-in. In the evening I did some yoga at the whitewater park and went for a hike in the Hartman Rocks Recreation area.

The first day was the longest and hardest of the tour.


Trip to Scotland

Mark Mann

(Editor's note: Mark used the "Trip Template" to describe this adventure. You'll find it at the end of the Letter From the Editor, and you are welcome to use it to tell us about your vacation or an eventful ride. I hope to post it in Word format on the website soon.)

Your name, where you live, and your favorite place to bike (around the Springs and/or elsewhere).
Mark Mann
Currently living in Wiesbaden Germany, working for the Army Corps of Engineers Favorite place to cycle over here is the Mosel River paths.

How long have you been biking? Got my first bike when I was about 7, then got a 10 speed when I was 14, rode it constantly till I turned 16 and forgot about cycling for 3 or 4 years.
Then I bought a used Raleigh Grand Prix from a Mormon Missionary in my hometown and have ridden ever since. (BTW: I kept that bike for 20 plus years until I finally gave it to Tony at Ted's Bike shop to use as a display since he sells Raleigh bikes!!!)

How long have you been a member of the club?
Since about 1994 (with a slight gap while I was in Heidelberg Germany from 1998 to 2001).

Tell us about your trip. Where did you go?I took a week vacation to go to Scotland just after Memorial Day Weekend.


Socially Yours

Chris Conboy

Hello Fellow Club members! Can you believe it, the summer is halfway over. Hope all of you have been getting in some serious ride time. I know many are participating in various rides around the state and country. Socially, the latest event was our club picnic at Cheyenne Mountain State Park on Sunday the 18th of July. Again this year, we enjoyed delicious BBQ from Front Range BBQ, along with side dishes that members contributed.



Sara Hill - Membership Coordinator

Welcome New Members!

Kathryn & Glenn Gray, Torie Giffin, Isaac Spragg, Frank Kink, Gregory Smith, Gisele Miyamoto, Dianne Walter, Michelle Helton, D. Cameron Mueller, David Bowles & Family, Elizabeth Tansill & Family, Margie Sisson, James Sheaffer & Family, Merf Freeman, Peter Dominick, Phyllis Minter, Brian Grim, Jay Bailey, Roger Bruggeman, Jim & Rebecca Lawrence & Family, Michael Frahry, Mark Kalafut, Mark Ayers, Chris Derry, Brian & Dawn Plumer, Janet Fleming & Family, George Havens, Caroline Smith, and Paula Rohde

Renewing members-Thanks!

Joan Grant, Molly & Michael Ansfield, Mike & Luci Stansberry, Jim Breglio & Family, Jim Bronstine, Joan & Ron Wesley, Harry & Rhoda Harris, Curt Emery & Family, Baruch & Julie Rhea, Richard & Gail Fernandez, Bonnie & Douglas Marts, Xaver Gonzalez, Deb Berwick, Tammy Roth, Brian Love, Mark Mann, James Gaffney, Lisa Dailey, Gail Sexton, Brent & Laurie Rychener & Family, Janine Hegeman, Alan & Pat Severn, Bill Brown, Michael Nutting & Teri Holt, Craig Highsmith, Jean Zeh, Duane Babcock, Sara Hill, and Ronaele Foss.

REMINDER: 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.

Other questions regarding membership? Feel free to contact Sara Hill, Membership Coordinator at membership@bikesprings.org  anytime.

Links 'n' Spokes

Janine Hegeman

Three Forks Tour - sure to be a foodie's delight! http://mesawindsfarm.com/farmstay.shtml                               An exclusive tour of the Paonia/Hotchkiss/Black Canyon of the Gunnison area, with meals provided by Mesa Winds Farm, a certified organic farm.  Sept 10-13, limited to the first 15 riders.

2010 Santa Fe Gourmet Classic Saturday Oct. 2, 2010 www.santafegourmetclassic.com Santa Fe Gourmet Classic Ride is a fun, challenging 70-mile bike tour with delicious, creative Southwest style foods at six the refueling stops. The non-competitive ride winds through Santa Fe and into the surrounding areas, taking you through beautiful meadows overlooking the Sangre de Cristo and Sandia mountains. Pre-registration is necessary and is limited to the first 200 people. Registration deadline is September 17, 2010.

Been in a crash? Even if you haven't (and certainly none of us plan to crash) this link has lots of good tips, and it's good to review just in case... http://www.activetrans.org/crashsupport/faq

Cycling Savvy - find out why riding to the far, far sometimes is not a good idea, and the dangers of riding in some bike lanes http://cyclingsavvy.org/hows-my-driving/

A different twist on advocacy:  http://rockthebike.com/about  Allen Beauchamp sent this  - "...it's about shining our light brightly and spreading a positive message in the community. If we happen to kick a little ass while doing so, that's fine too."

Find info on all kinds of events here http://www.emgcolorado.com/index.htm

Attention women - some nutrition news you should know http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/30/phys-ed-what-exercise-science-doesnt-know-about-women/

17th Annual Tour de Vineyards, September 18, Palisade, CO

Join us to celebrate the start of fall by joining in the tour of Colorado's Wine Country. This 25-mile ride through the vineyards of the Western Slope gives cyclists an opportunity to pass by the area's wineries and fruit orchards, located in the Grand Valley, just prior to the 19th Annual Colorado Mountain Winefest "Festival in the Park".  http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1805681

Blue River Century August 22 - Several different options for beautiful supported riding in and around Summit County. Benefits the Livestrong Foundation. http://www.bluerivercentury.com/

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