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Have a safe Memorial Day Weekend

Pause to reflect on this Holiday. Show your flag. Ride safely.

Ride Leader Recognition Dinner

On May 22, an awards dinner was held in honor of all the CSCC members who led 3 or more rides in 2015. About 20 leaders and their spouses and significant others enjoyed a delicious dinner from La Casita. Each leader was awarded a certificate and a tail light. Afterwards, we shared stories, both funny and moving. A great night was had by all.

Ted's Bicyles supports ride leaders

Tony from Ted's Bicycles (pictured with Janine Hegeman) provided the tail lights that were gifts to the ride leaders at the May 22 Ride Leader Recognition Dinner. Did you know Ted's Bicycles is a club sponsor, and you can get a 10% discount on anything in the store?

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NBC Daily Update

As our National Bike Challenge (NBC) Team administrator I check our team, city, and state rankings each day. To make it easier for everyone I am updating that record within the Club web structure, see the link below. The "as of" date in the left corner of the table will show how fresh the data is. Our team name is "Colorado Springs Cycling Club 2014". It is never too late to join the team and ride. As we approach the end of May the team is Nationally in the top 10 of over 1,600 teams.

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2016 Bike to Work Day

Join Mayor Suthers for a FREE continental breakfast at America the Beautiful park. We will also be at the UVC shopping center on Nevada and 10 YMCA locations! Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bike-to-work-day-tickets-24848360114

The annual Mayor's Ride will follow the Pikes Peak Greenway to America the Beautiful Park and departs Goose Gossage at 6am Click the link (below) to see Mayor Suther's route: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1036047643

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Register for BVBF!

Want to have a great time cycling and know that you are helping out CSCC while doing so? Then register for the Buena Vista Bike Fest. As most of you know BVBF was put on by our club for the past 17 years. However this year it is being put on by the Buena Vista Rotary Club. As part of our agreement in transferring rights to this event, CSCC gets a small kickback for every registered rider. The ride is June 4th. Go to www.bvbf.org to register.

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22nd Annual Starlight Spectacular!

The Trails and Open Space Coalition is once again bringing this very popular ride to the Springs. The ride takes off June 18th and festivities begin at 9 p.m. Early registration ends JUNE 5.
Go to www.starlightspectacular.org for more details and to register

ALSO, if you'd like to be a part of the amazing feat of providing treats for an astronomical number of happy bike riders VOLUNTEER to help out at the CSCC rest stop at Bancroft Park. Decorating the park, and choppin' melons and bananas starts at about 8. CeCe Beauchamp boshaw1@gmail.com and Sara Hill sleonahill@yahoo.com are the organizers - please contact them for more info.

National Bike Challenge started may 1st

The 2016 National Bike Challenge (NBC) started MAY 1st! You log in at the same web site (link below) using your existing NBC ID and password. Or if you are new to NBC go to the same link and "join". Our Club team is "Colorado Springs Cycling Club 2014". To summarize the rules - YOU EARN 20 POINTS EVERY DAY you take your bike out and ride AND you get A POINT FOR EVERY MILE YOU RIDE. You don't have to ride far to earn points for the team - you just have to ride often. If you get out a few times a week then you'll be healthier - and that is what this is all about. We have no influence how other individuals and teams results will turn out. Only have one team goal: Let's get at least 1 more rider than we had riding on the team last year - we'd like 118 people signed up and ride with the CSCC team.

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Monthly Club Miles Updates

The Club resumed updating and posting Club Miles. These are gathered from info you put on ride sheets before we start a ride. The files are located on the CSCC web site under the Ride Info "pull down menu"; in the "CSCC Miles" folder. The "Dashboard" has the total miles trends for the months of the year compared to data beginning from 2007. The "Detail" link sorts this year's riders alphabetically, by total miles ridden, and by number of rides ridden. Both files will be updated the beginning of each month to add info from the past month to the year's totals.

THROUGH APRIL 30th THE CLUB LED 56 RIDES. 89 CLUB MEMBERS RODE FOR A TOTAL OF 10,919 MILES

Letter to Past BVBF Riders

You should soon see an invitation to register for the Buena Vista Bike Fest yet. CSCC has stepped aside as the manager of this event. The Buena Vista Rotary Club now has full rights to BVBF, and they have had some challenges in getting the registration up and running. The following letter provides more information.

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5/9/16
Hi! A lot has happened in the last month, with many more activities, events and announcements to come.

The May 3 member’s meeting was held at our regular meeting location at the El Paso County Citizen’s Service Center off Garden of the Gods Road. Vince Cloward from TOSC was there to bring us up to date on the status of our trails system, and fill us in on the Starlight Spectacular. CSCC will have a rest stop at Bancroft Park again this year and we will need volunteers. CeCe Beauchamp and Sara Hill will be the organizers. See your email, the home page of the website, and MeetUp for details soon.  

Many of you know we are now on MeetUp. This is a fantastic tool for our ride committee and event hosts to organize and communicate about rides almost instantly. If you haven't already, please go to http://www.meetup.com/Colorado-Springs-Cycling-Club/ and JOIN! It's fast and easy. The CSCC website ride calendar, on bikesprings.org , will be abandoned in the near future and we do not want you to be left out. There are over 180 rides and events on the MeetUp 

Several of these rides are the out-of-town rides that were requested in the January survey. Dave VanDerWege has worked hard to put together a ride in Estes Park June 10-12. This ride is currently on both MeetUp and the CSCC website. Check it out and secure lodging quickly if you want to go - hotels book fast as the weather warms up.

Skip Fleming and I will be leading the Sunday Social Rides in May. For Mother's Day we will be following the tradition - every lady on the ride will get a flower.

CSCC is riding LOTS - club mileage is ahead of the past two years' numbers. Check your miles at http://www.bikesprings.org/cscc_miles.php The National Bike Challenge (NBC) is underway, and Charlie Czarniecki is the CSCC team organizer. Go to https://nationalbikechallenge.org/ and be sure to select "Colorado Springs Cycling Club  2014" as your team. If you have questions contact Charlie at czar@erinet.com We are currently ranked as the #11 team in the country in terms of miles. Way to go!

The 1st annual Colorado Springs Bike Summit will be held June 3, 2016! This event, put on by TOSC, will feature many of CSCC's members leading discussions on topics from commuting to NBC. Contact Eileen at eileen@trailsandopenspaces.org for more info. This is free, but you do have to register. 

Don't forget to sign up for BVBF if you would like ride (instead of volunteer) this year. And our next club meeting, on June 6, will feature Kate Brady, the new Bike Planner for the City of Colorado Springs. I know I am looking forward to hearing more on the progress to connect the trails throughout the city.
Meantime, there's springtime weather to get out and enjoy - come along for the ride!

Janine Hegeman, President
J9hegeman@gmail.com   719-291-3814