CSCC Fall Colors Ride down Gold Camp Road

This is an easy mountain bike ride down one of the most spectacular and scenic roads and trail along Colorado's front range. The ride is Friday, Oct 2nd. It is a day of beauty and commaradery ending with a bar-b-q dinner at Rudy's Bar-B-Q. The logistics have been simplified so all you need to do is ride and enjoy. Go to the ride calendar (linked below) for details and to make arrangements for transportation.

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Goathead Reduction

Goathead seed pods are the #1 cause of flat bike tires this time of year. Stan Hill has an informative article linked below to help us identify the weed, avoid the stickers, and harvest those plants before they can harm our tires.

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Monday Ascent & Breakfast

Over 40 Club members met at 6am and rode our bikes to the Balloon Ascent at Memorial Park. We then rode over to Patty Jewett Golf Club and had a buffet breakfast on the Club House patio. The weather was perfect, the food great, and the ascent was electric.

Labor Day Balloon Glo

A few CSCC members joined the thousands of people attending the Saturday night Balloon Glo. We rode our bikes to Memorial Park and used the Bike Valet. This year's event had several new balloon. The Club will ride to Monday morning's balloon ascent and then to Patty Jewett Golf Course for a breakfast buffet.

THE mystery ride

The 4th Annual Mystery Ride was put together by Lee Murphy again. It started on Aug 15th from America the Beautiful Park at 8:32am. The stops included the old Alexander Movie Production site on North Nevada, USA Cycling Headquarters, Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, The Space Foundation Discovery Center, the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center (Phyllis' picture on the left), the Headquarters for Navigators International, and the Colorado Springs Utilities Conservation and Environmental Center at Mesa and Fillmore.

August Membership Meeting Minutes

Linked below are the meeting minutes prepared by Sharon Boyd.

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Hi All,

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.

Goathead weeds and a Autumn Color Ride are hot topics now.  See the news items on the left for details.

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

The Patriots' Festival with the Ride for Heroes was Sat Sept 12th.  Janine sent a reminder EMAIL blast the preceding week calling the interested members to be volunteers on the course.  

Janine Hegeman is leading the September Sunday Social Ride, start location is at Acacia Park.  See the Ride Calendar for details

Ride n a Movie was Aug 29th.  50 people attended the Rides, BBQ, and/or the movie.  The movie was 1972-73 of Eddy Merckz life.  The ledgend turned 70 years old this past June.

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.  

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.  Everyone who has ridden that trail recalls there is a utility pipe spanning above the creek about 10 feet in the air; 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 permanent fix, not a Band-Aid one.  Just about all 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 just a little water backed up west of the street, the meadow has returned from what became a swamp off the trail.  The Sinton Trail is open, but use caution.  

The 2015 National Bike Challenge started May 1st and ends Sept 30thWe (Colorado Springs Cycling Club 2014 team) have 146 riders listed on the team and so far 86 posted miles in Sep (115 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.  Please update your miles (even May, June, July, and Aug 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 below for more details and the news item on the left column for details on how to join the Challenge and our team.

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