Pedalin' for St. Pats - Ride or Volunteer

CSCC is once again supporting the "Pedalin'for St. Pats 50K and a Wee Bit More" on MARCH 11, 2017. Register to ride, and you get to ride in the St. Pat's parade in downtown Colorado Springs after you complete the route. Volunteer as a course marshal, and you can join the riders on the route after you've been released from you position, and ride in the parade - FREE. Volunteers for rest stops are also needed. Join us!

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Would you like to tri? Indoor triathlon coming march 4

Break out of your usual workout routine and fill your morning with 60 minutes of swim, bike and run in the indoor USATri60 event Saturday, March 4 in the Olympic City, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Starting at 7 a.m., participants will complete 10 minutes of swimming, 30 minutes of cycling on stationary bikes and 20 minutes of running or walking on a treadmill -- all indoors at the Olympic Training Center. This new event is perfect for beginners and experienced triathletes.
When: March 4
Time: First wave starts at 7:05 a.m.
Ages: 15 and up
Cost: $35
Registration: Jan. 25-March 2

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register for the 19th Annual Buena Vista Bike Fest - June 3, 2017

The beautiful century route goes North to Leadville, along the scenic rolling hills of Turquoise Lake Road, around the Mineral Belt Trail passing aspen groves and conifer forests, meandering through the historic Leadville Mining District, and back to Buena Vista in the shadows of Colorado’s highest mountain peaks. Nearly all of the climbing is completed over the first 60 miles of the ride, with the last 40 miles essentially downhill to flat! Riders also have options to take shorter routes including a 35 miler, a 50 miler, and a metric century (62 miles) while still enjoying the Collegiate Peaks magnificent scenery.

BVBF is sponsored by Buena Vista Rotary. We have been told by our riders that our rest stops are the best of any ride they have ever done. Our routes are well covered with SAG vehicles. For your safety the Colorado State Patrol will be patrolling route and the Chaffee County Search & Rescue will be providing EMT support

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2016 CSCC Club Miles Report

Linked below is the CSCC Annual Miles Report. It was a BIG year for the Club. The Picture at the left shows both our 25th Anniversary Club Jersey and our new 30th Anniversary Jersey. Contact President Janine if you want to order a new one.

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31st Annual CSCC Frozen Water Bottle Ride - Jan 1, 2017

30 people made the Club's 1st ride of the year...The 31st Annual Frozen Water Bottle Ride. The temp was high 30'Fs to high 40'Fs during the 2-hour, 17-mile ride (that left at 10:15). There was 1 frozen water bottle, but it was brought from home. Lunch was in BJ Brewhouse (for the 5th year). They set up a few tables for the 24 Club members that stayed for lunch. We were done around 2:00. This Ride was started by CSCC Past President Bob (and Anne) Smith the first year that the Club was formed. It is a Club legacy.

CDOT launches the RoadX Bicycle and Pedestrian Challenge - $500,000 in prizes for your ideas

The Colorado Department of Transportation is launching the RoadX Bicycle and Pedestrian Challenge. This effort is designed to address the unique safety needs of bicyclists and pedestrians.

The RoadX Bicycle and Pedestrian Challenge is a partnership with the Colorado Innovation Network (COINS)'s Imagine Colorado in an endeavor to utilize innovative technology to improve the state's transportation system. This Challenge is asking entrepreneurs, idea makers, communities and others to develop inventive technological solutions to protect bicyclists and pedestrians in Colorado. A total of $500,000 will be awarded to winners of the Challenge.

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Bear Creek Trail Detour begins Monday, Jan. 23, 2017

Thought you might want to know...
What: Crews on the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Interstate-25/Cimarron Interchange Design-Build Project will temporarily detour Bear Creek Trail between 8th Street and I-25.
When: This temporary detour is scheduled to go into effect Monday, Jan. 23 and will be in place for up to five weeks.
Why: This detour is necessary to complete creek protection work at the east end of the box culvert under I-25.

1. Eastbound Bear Creek Trail (bikers) - turn north on 8th Street and cross US 24, immediately access the Midland Trail to South Chestnut Street north to West Cucharras Street, continue as it becomes South Walnut Street and connects to Colorado Avenue, under I-25. Users canre-enter the trail system at America the Beautiful Park by turning south on Cimino Drive.
2. Eastbound Bear Creek Trail (pedestrians) – turn north on 8th Street, cross US 24, continue to Colorado Avenue, head east on Colorado Avenue to I-25. Users canre-enter the trail system at America the Beautiful Park by turning south on Cimino Drive.
3. Westbound Bear Creek Trail (bikers) - follow the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail north along the east (paved) side of Fountain Creek to America the Beautiful Park and connect to Colorado Avenue, turn west on Colorado Avenue, turn south on South Walnut Street to West Cucharras, turn south on South Chestnut Street to access the Midland Trail. At 8th Street, turn south and cross US 24. Continue south on 8th Street to connect with the Bear Creek Trail.
4. Westbound Bear Creek Trail (pedestrians) – head west on Colorado Avenue to 8th Street, go south on 8th Street and cross US 24.Continue south on 8th Street to connect with the Bear Creek Trail.
For your safety: Trail users are asked to please obey posted closure/detour signs!

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Rides This Week

Surprisingly good weather for February- it’s been great to see so many of us riding. Personally, I’m on track to have a great month of pedaling, and since I plan to ride the 19th Annual BVBF on June 3, this saddle time will come in handy! You can register on Eventbrite (see the news item to the left for mor information).

Our March 7 meeting will be at Old Town Bike Shop, 426 S Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903. John Crandall, the owner, is cooking up some specials and discounts that will ONLY be available to CSCC members attending the meeting. These specials will be available from 6-6:30 (social time) and 8-8:30 (after the meeting). Need bike gear, tools, or equipment? Make a list and do your shopping on March 7. Many of you have voted on changes to the club’s by-laws. Results will be available at this meeting.

And we are looking for people to volunteer to be course marshals, rest stop assistants, and course marking assistants for the Pedalin’ for St. Pat’s Ride on March 11. About 20 more volunteers are needed, both course marshals and rest stop help. Course marshaling can be a lot of fun – you can join the ride once all the sweeps pass, and ride in the parade, all with no registration fee! (All volunteers can ride in the parade for free). Please consider joining the volunteer ranks, or if you prefer, just ride. Currently, income from supporting this ride is second only to dues income. Go to Meetup for more information

The Annual Shamus McSpud Hot Potato Ride is on March 19. This ride takes the place of the Sunday Social rides that day. We’ll start and end at the Buffalo Lodge this year, with a green and a blue ride option. CSCC provides the potatoes, you bring the toppings to the Buffalo prior to the ride. Be sure to RSVP so we can get an accurate count for spuds.

So, take advantage of this mild winter weather, keep pedaling, and  Come along for the ride!
Janine Hegeman
Colorado Springs Cycling Club