Vol 4 Issue 1, 1 February 2011

CSCC Bent Fork Editors

Sharon Boyd & Dale Campbell

Thank you to all of the Bent Fork Chronicles contributors for our FEB 2011 edition. We appreciate all of your articles, pictures and feedback.

Have YOU submitted your info to ROAD ID?

Ed Bidinotto, CSCC member,  will introduce his book Cycling the Springs at our FEB 1 meeting--book signing following the meeting.



Membership Updates

Sara Hill

Welcome New Members:
Ivy Liu-Hawkins, Jerry & Jeanette Martin, Teresa & Barry Braden, Earl Melin, John Howland, Joe Sobeck, Lisa Cummings, Rhonda Short

Renewing members-Thanks:
Tim Lopez, Nard Claar, Chrissy Davenport, Chris Conboy, Randy Gearhart, Ed Terhune, James Dial, ...


Ride Committee

Janine Hegeman

Congratulations to Janine Hegeman, Bent Fork Chronicles newsletter editor and CSCC Volunteer of 2010.

Website of Colorado bike rides and listing of bicycle events:


Safe Cycling Its a Universal Theme!

Dale Campbell - Bent Fork Editor

Even in smaller metropolitan areas, such as Colorado Springs, there are safety challenges for cyclists, especially for bicycle commuters who face the hazards on the road on a daily basis. Consider the magnitude of that safety challenge in a much larger metropolitan area, such as, well…, Sydney Australia. Located on the eastern seaboard of Australia, Sydney has a population of 4.5 million and seems to have more than its share of commuter cycling challenges (just Google “Sydney Cyclist” and see how many articles you can find?!). Now it seems that something is trying to be done at least to understand the statistics of these cycling challenges.


Harry Harris

Rhoda Harris

Harry says that if anyone wants to visit him it would be fine. He prefers your visit be timed when Rhoda is there, so that she can assist with lip reading. If you have any plans to visit, work with Rhoda’s schedule. Harry would love to see you. Thank you for your prayers. I will keep you posted on Harry’s improvements!

God Bless, Hugs, Rhoda

Cycling the Springs

Ed Bidinotto

Ed Bidinotto has been cycling and leading road rides throughout the Front Range for over 20 years. He has lead rides locally for the Colorado Springs Cycling Club, North Colorado Springs Cyclists and the east coast Potomac Pedalers.


Advocacy: Volunteer Registration Open for 2011 Quiznos Pro Challenge

Al Brody

January 19, 2011, Denver – The Quiznos Pro Challenge™ today announced that volunteer opportunities for the international cycling competition are now available online at the event’s official website, www.quiznosprochallenge.com.


Advocacy: Tour de Cure

Allen Beauchamp

Tour de Cure is a one day non-competitive cycling event that raises critical funds for the American Diabetes Association. The ride takes place in Woodland Park on May 14, 2011 beginning at the Meadow Wood Sports Complex. The ride is well supported with safety, food, medical and mechanical features. It offers routes of different lengths for riders of all skill levels.


Advocacy: Bicycle Colorado Bicycle Summit

Al Brody - Advocacy Dude!

Bike Colorado Springs is a Supporting Sponsor of Bicycle Colorado's inaugural bicycle summit in our state, February 7 & 8, at the State Capitol. If you own a business or are concerned about the Colorado economy, or ride a bike consider attending this event. The Colorado Bicycle Summit is modeled after the League of American Bicyclists, Bicycle Summit held in Washington, D.C.


President's Message

Charlie Czarniecki

Thoughts from the CSCC President...

The CSCC Annual Business Meeting is 1 March at the Clarion Hotel. We will have the usual 6:30pm snacks and start the meeting at 7pm. We will discuss and start the vote on Club By-Law amendments, have a summary from each Club committee, consider any new business brought before the Club, review some of the events and accomplishments in 2010, and focus on some of the big events in 2011 (our 25th year as a Club). This is the only business meeting of the Club in accordance with the By-Laws; it is the best monthly meeting to attend. Hope to see you there.

Charlie Czar


Socially Yours

Chris Conboy

Hello Fellow Club Members: Hope your New Year is off to a good start, staying healthy (no accidents!) and getting some “seat time” on your bike even though it has been FRIGID many days this last month. I always look forward to February because it is Heart Month, Sweetheart Month and those days are just getting darn longer! Before you know it, the BVBF will be here, so all those who are registered are hard at their training programs. Please consider riding in our big event and if not, volunteer. It is a blast! See the website for details.


CSCC 25th Anniversary Frozen Water Bottle Ride

Bob Smith

The Frozen Water Bottle Ride was a chilly success, and those who had an immersion heater in their water bottle could actually drink out of it! The original intent of the ride was to fulfill every cyclists #1 New Year's resolution to ride more in the coming year. Twenty-six bicyclists started the 2011 CSCC 25th Anniversary Frozen Water Bottle Ride from BJ's Brewhouse & Restaurant in sub-freezing temperatures. They celebrated at BJ's after the ride.

Buena Vista Bike Fest May 21, 2011 Update

BVBF Committee

Our most recent BVBF committee meeting was held on January 19, 2011 and we are excited about John Pamperin joining our committee. While no one can replace Harry Harris, we welcome John’s fresh ideas and positive energy. It always takes a while for a new committee member to learn about the multitude of things that make BVBF the wonderful event that it is, and to find their nitch related to the tasks they feel comfortable and motivated to take on. John has an openness to learn and a willingness to jump in that will clearly benefit our committee and ultimately BVBF as a whole.


Happy 80th Birthday to Dave Horne

from the Colorado Springs Cycling Club

Happy Birthday Dave!

80th Birthday Ride for Dave Horne

Allen Beauchamp

CSCC organized a special Sunday Bike Ride on Sunday, January 23 to celebrate Dave Horne's 80th Birthday. Twenty riders enjoyed a “cool” ride and a bunch more joined the group to continue to celebrating at the Garage Mahal.

Northern Italy Bike Tour 2010

Connie Miller & Ed Bidinotto

From June 25th – July 9th 2010, Connie Miller and Ed Bidinotto took a 9 day bicycling trip across Northern Italy with a California based cycling company called Adventure Travel Group.

Northern Italy Bike Tour 2010

Connie Miller & Ed Bidinotto

Starting in the town of Pillanza off Lago Maggiore we biked through the shorelines of three beautiful italian lakes and eventually took a cog railway to some breaktaking views in Switzerland.

Heading downhill for 75% of a day and into Bormio located at the base of Passo Stelvio, is a charming medieval village with cobblestone streets and 15th and 16th century frescoed palaces. The village hosted the 1985 World Alpine Ski Championships and is one of Europe's largest summer skiing areas.

We had the opportunity to ride two of the most famous mountain passes in the Giro D’Italia ; Passo Stelvio and Passo Gavia. The switchbacks and scenery were absolutely amazing. These were two of the toughest rides we’ve done but when you are not racing uphill you can experience some incredible countryside to get a photo at the top. After cycling through the towns of Kaltern and Canazei we stayed in Corvara for the final part of our tour – The Maratona Dles Dolomites. This is a huge event with over 10000 riders from all over the world.


Slumgullion Bicycle Tour

Sara Hill

Looking for an opportunity to ride the Colorado Mountains?

What could be more fun than bicycling 50-70 miles a day for four days through the southwest mountains of Colorado? If you answered “nothing” then Slumgullion Tours is right for you. Last year seven CSCC members along with four others joined Kelly and Jacinto Iniguez on their inaugural Slumgullion Tour. Bus drivers during the school year, these intrepid cyclists have undertaken a new summer adventure providing well supported, small group bicycle tours throughout the Colorado Mountains. Their signature Slumgullion Loop starts and ends in Gunnison, Colorado with only 4 major turns. As Mike Silver says, it was a “Great ride with good peeps.”

On Day One, we headed east out of Gunnison and over North Cochetopa Pass on the way to Saguache. John Pamperin shares that he “was the last one out of the gate...


CSCC 25TH Anniversary Poster

Bill Gast

Bill Gast pulled together resources to create this poster celebrating the CSCC’s 25th anniversary.

He will supply copies to anyone in size 12"x18" for $10. Size 24"x36" may be special ordered. Bill's phone is 719-332-2890.

Bent Fork Chronicles - Vol 4 Issue 1, 1 February 2011

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