August Membership Meeting Minutes

Linked below are the meeting minutes prepared by Sharon Boyd.

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Annual Picnic

The Club's annual Picnic was July 19th. It was held at Cheyenne CaƱon Mesa Park which is in the Broadmoor area on South Cheyenne Canyon Road between Starsmore Discovery Center and the 7 Falls entrance. We had 45 people ride at 1pm. 60 people attended the picnic at 3pm. There was a short rain shower just after the ride ended; the park's shelters kept the riders and band dry. There was live music entertainment provided by Bill Gast's brother's band. Thanks to Bill and his helpers for making this a fantastic summer activity.

June Membership Meeting Minutes

Linked below are the meeting minutes prepared by Sharon Boyd.

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BVBF Rest Stop 2/4

The 17th annual Buena Vista Bike Fest (BVBF) was June 6th. Over 520 riders joined the Club to go between BV and Leadville. Pictured are Chris, Teresa, and Barb joining Dirk the Blackjack dealer at the Sunshine Casino (rest stop #2 & #4) south of Leadville. BIG THANKS to the organizing committee and all the volunteers that made the day such a great success.

2015 National Bike Challenge

Join the 4th annual National Bike Challenge (NBC). Click on the link below, then click on the red "Join Now" link on the top of the page. From there you fill out your profile to include your EMAIL address, create a password and then fill out your profile. At this point you can post a picture from your computer hard drive to represent you. You can sign up for our team by searching for and joining "Colorado Springs Cycling Club 2014" (you don't have to be a Club member to join our team). Make sure you hit the "Register" button on the bottom of the page to capture all the data. Now you are ready to enter ride data from the first of May. Ride safe and update often.

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Rides This Week

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Ride n a Movie is this Saturday, but we need RSVPs to order the food.  Check the ride calendar for details

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.  We'll post more details this week as a news story as pictures and info become available. 

Skip Flemming is leading the August Sunday Social Ride, start location is at Acacia Park.  See the Ride Calendar for details.

The Board of Directors will meet at our home on Aug 26th.  We'll work ride planning for the Fall season, more for this year's Holiday Party that will be Saturday Dec 12th, and the Club elections.  The 4 officer positions will be open for 2 year terms.  Snacks start at 6:30 and the meeting at 7pm.  Any CLub member can attend, just let me know so we;ll have enough snacks.

The next Club membership meeting is Sept 1st at the GoG Citizen Service Center.  Snacks start at 6pm and meeting starts at 6:30.

The rain/hail storms of Aug 10th caused the "sink hole" on Chestnut Street just above the Sinton Trail.  Barb and I were exploring general trail damage that Tuesday (8/11) afternoon on a ride, we had just returned from a 16-day vacation trip to OH, PA, and Wis.  I shared some observations with the Channel 5 reporter there that afternoon and told him the he needed to look at the trail because the storm water drainage failure cause the dirt to be undermined below the road surface.  At that point the news coverage was of a “sink hole” of unknown cause.  He went down to the trail and put it on video.  The drainage pipes under Chestnut collapsed and backed water up into a lake west of the street.  Everyone who has ridden that trail recalls there is a utility pipe spanning above the creek about 10 feet in the air; you can see the mud covered the bottom half of the pipe before the water started spilling over Chestnut and went down Ellston to go under the Interstate.  When the water found a weak spot under Chestnut near the failed drainage pipes it turned the dirt to mud and made the canyon that had the road collapse into it.  The city will put some sort of a bridge there as their fix - they are committed to a quick and permanent fix, not a Band-Aid one.  Most of the mud has been removed from the trail so it is passable - but be prepared to walk through the mud when it rains again.  Water is still backed up west of the street so it looks more like a swamp off the trail instead of a meadow.  The Sinton Trail is open, but use caution.  

The 2015 National Bike Challenge started May 1stWe (Colorado Springs Cycling Club 2014 team) have 144 riders listed on the team and so far 84 have posted miles in Aug (111 for the entire Challenge).  As of Aug 24th for the entire challenge we are #1 of the 112 Colorado teams and moved back to #12 again of the 1,918 national teams (with 207,000 points we are 400 point out of 10th) (for month of Aug we are #14 nationally (just 300 points out of 12th)).  When May ended the Club team was #1 in Colorado and #14 Nationally.  Please update your miles (even May, June, and July miles) often.  You earn 20 points every day you ride your bike and to get another point for every mile that you ride.  Every point helps.  See the note later in this column for more details and the news item on the left column for details on how to join the Challenge and our team.

Bob and Ann Smith resumed the Monday Dinner Ride.  The August rides depart from America the Beautiful Park.  See the ride calendar for details.  This is the 29th year that they have led  this annual Club activity.

National Bike Challenge started May 1st.  We are still riding as the team called Colorado Springs Cycling Club 2014.  That team already has our riders captured from last year.  Those members just need to log back on with last year's userID and password, and start logging your miles.  New people can join the Challenge and our team by going to .  Call me if you need help (266-0776).  During the March and April practice period our team has been in the top 20 teams in the nation.  Please consider joining and help us stay in the top 20 during the May 1- Sept 30 Challenge.  26 new members are on board so far for this year.

Charlie Czar               719-266-0776