We all enjoy cycling and the two wheeled machines that we pedal over all sorts of roads and trails. But, do you ever wonder what it’s like to build one of these machines, especially a custom design that we encounter from time to time?
If so, come to the Club meeting on Tuesday, October 2nd. Jeff Tessier, who has previously built custom bikes for a number of clients, will talk about his experiences and some of the challenges of custom bike design. He’ll also have photos of his work and perhaps an example or two.
We will meet in Cottage A at the Westside Community Center (1628 W Bijou St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904). Social time starts at 6pm, with the normal meeting starting at 6:30pm.
There will also be light refreshments.
Looking forward to seeing you at the upcoming meeting.
Join us for the August Colorado Springs Cycling Club meeting. Scheduled for Tuesday, 7 August, we will have the opportunity to learn about the city’s Master Bike Plan, approved earlier this summer by the Colorado Springs City Council. Kate Brady, Colorado Springs senior bicycle planner, will speak about the Plan and also provide some updates about ongoing and near term cycling infrastructure projects in the city. The Club will meet at Old Town Bike shop, with opportunity to socialize with cycling friends at 6pm. The meeting will then start at 6:30pm.
Stan Hill will also provide information about a bike tire’s nemesis – Goatheads. Learn what they are, where you might encounter them and what you can do to help prevent the spread of these cycling enemies.
Snacks and beverages will be provided.
Interested in looking at the Master Bike Plan prior to the meeting?
Go to https://coloradosprings.gov/bikes/page/bike-master-plan
When: Wednesday, June 13 at 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM MDT
Where: Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort
2 El Paso Blvd, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80904
What: As part of Bike Month Celebration, join the Mayor of Manitou Springs - Ken Jaray - in this inaugural mayor's bicycle ride and celebration of Bike Month. This is a family-friendly social pace ride, rain or shine. There will be live music at the lodge and ice cream served afterward, along with one free drink for participants in the Mayor's Ride . This is a great way to meet the mayor and find out why Manitou is such a great city for cyclists and learn about cycling infrastructure plans for the future.
Sign in begins at 4pm. Ride leaders from the Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort will take cyclists and head west from the east side of Manitou along El Paso to the west end at the 2nd Manitou roundabout then back to the Buffalo.
Helmets and signed liability waiver release required to ride.
Come join us on Tuesday, 12 June to learn about Bike Colorado Springs (BCS) and what this organization means to the Colorado Springs cycling community. A representative from BCS will provide details about BCS and how it is becoming the primary contact for cycling related activities, activism and outreach for our community. Attendees to the meeting will also learn about PikeRide, a new bike sharing program for the downtown Colorado Springs area. With over 200 bikes to be available in the program, you just6 might want to know how to use this system.
The meeting will be held at the Westside Community Center (http://www.ourwestside.org/) in Cottage A. Starting time for the meeting is 6:30pm.
We look forward to seeing you there on 12 June!
Fountain-Roubaix - Volunteer to Help Support this Inaugural Event
Saturday, May 12 2018, Fountain, CO
Starting & finishing in downtown Fountain, CO on Saturday, 12 May 2018, the Fountain-Roubaix is the first event of the inaugural Tour of Colorado Series. Evoking its namesake, the infamous Paris-Roubaix, the course has more than 40 miles of El Paso County, Colorado gravel roads. The Colorado Springs Cycling Club is partnering with Tour of Colorado to support this local cycling event.
Volunteers are needed to help with a variety of activities for the Fountain Roubaix. Volunteering not only gives you an insider’s look at the event, but also helps the Colorado Springs Cycling Club. Additional details for each position are provided in the list below. Training will be done in Fountain on the day of the event before the volunteers disperse to their chosen/assigned locations.
Volunteers will receive a Tee Shirt for the event, as well as have access to food vendors at the Expo. Stay tuned for a link where you can select the position you’d like to have. Further details will be provided in just a couple of days.
Sign up to volunteer at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfGorGqM5Gd4ipFO-4yFhdrmD0r6EnQP6E27PORL-wydpe2sg/viewform?c=0&w=1
The event itself: Distance: 99.6 mi; Elevation: + 2319 / - 2317 ft; Max Grade: 3.1 % Course Options include: 100 mile - Full Event Distance; 66 Mile; 40 Mile For more about the Fountain Roubaix, Tour of Colorado and other upcoming events, go to http://www.tourofcolorado.com/events.html
Volunteer Staffing Needed:
Direct riders on course at assigned location
Receive traffic vest and radio if needed
Assist law enforcement where indicated
Communicate with staff and/or Pubic Safety personnel in the event of emergencies
2 hour commitment per post
20 volunteers are primarily needed for approach when riders are returning to Fountain at the end of the ride: 40 mile ride start returning about 12:00pm, with remainder of riders from the 66 and 100 mile rides returning latest at 4pm
Set up and man aid stations on course
Communicate with staff and/or Pubic Safety personnel in the event of emergencies
Commitment per aid station varies. See list below
6 volunteers needed – 3 per Aid Station
A1: 10am to 11:30am
A2: 12:00 to 3:30 pm
A3: 11:30 to 4pm
Event Expo Support
Assist event staff in expo setup and tear down
Attend to vendor needs
6 hour commitment
2 volunteers needed to assist vendors in assembling displays between 7:30am to about 2:00pm
Assist event staff with registration and check in of participants
2 hour commitment
3-4 volunteers needed 7am to 11am
Having gotten through this year’s mild winter, I know we’re all even more anxious to get the cycling season started. So….
Come and join us for the 2018 Colorado Springs Cycling Club (CSCC) Spring Get-Together to be held on Monday, 30 April. The event will be held at Tap Traders (those who attended the 2018 Kickoff will recall we had a good time there). Located near the intersection of Nevada and Fillmore, the building itself has quite a bit of history associated with it (do an Internet search on “Alexander Film Company” and “Alexander Aircraft Company”). Here is the location information for Tap Traders:
3104 N. Nevada Avenue, Unit 100
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Phone: (719) 434-2954
This Spring Get-Together will start at 6:30pm and continue until about 8:30 or 9pm. We’ll be in the back room, just like for the 2018 Kickoff in January. There will not be a cover charge for this event.
This is an event to catch up with cycling friends, get to know new ones and just to think/talk about cycling in 2018. Think of rides, events or trips that you’d enjoy, and let other Club members and CSCC Board members know about your ideas. While you’re there, be sure to enjoy the hospitality of Tap Traders, with their outstanding menu items and selection of beverages. These are available for you to purchase from Tap Traders.
One other thing to remember… Dust off your favorite cycling jersey and wear it to the Get-Together. I’m sure that there will be some good conversation about the ride or occasion for which you originally got the jersey. Without a doubt, we’ll look like a bunch of cyclists just enjoying themselves. That will definitely delight the Tap Traders staff!
Sign up for this event at https://www.meetup.com/Colorado-Springs-Cycling-Club/events/250066732/
After more than a decade, Colorado Springs has a new bike master plan. On Tuesday, 9 April 2018, the plan was adopted by the City Council. The Master Plan aims to make the city more cyclist friendly, with a map that envisions 379 miles of corridors equipped with bike lanes. By keying in on those corridors, city planners foresee a city in which residents can seamlessly and safely pedal to their daily destinations.
Read more about the Plan and how it will be implemented in the Gazette article written by Seth Boster.
Colorado Springs Cycling Club has a team in the 2017 National Bike Challenge (1 May through 30 Sept). This is our fifth year. Charlie Czar updates the Club's, state's, and Colorado Springs' positions daily and posts it here (PDF). Come ride with us, be safe, and post often. More information at nationalbikechallenge.org.
The Labor Day Lift-Off Bike Ride and Breakfast is September 4. Be sure to RSVP for this extremely popular ride. We take a leisurely route to Memorial Park and watch the balloons lift off then head to Patty Jewett Golf Course for a scrumptious brunch and more balloon watching. More details on Meetup.
CDOT will host a Midland Trail Grand Opening in mid-September (watch for announcements). Yes it is true! After years in the making, the new Midland trail under I-25 from America the Beautiful Park will soon be available to trail users. CDOT wants to celebrate with us. I know I’ll be there!
The Tour de Hanover, a ride out on the gently rolling to flat terrain southeast of Colorado Springs, set for September 10. It is a 44-mile route, with 4 rest stops (one of them is a volunteer fire department pancake breakfast!). See details on Meetup.
Our last CLUB MEETING of the year will be held October 3 at 6 p.m., location TBD. Don’t miss this meeting, as we’ll have an update on the state of cycling in Colorado Springs with Kate Brady (or another city employee), and important news about the November election for CSCC board members.
Finally, the Progressive Dinner Ride will take place on October 15. This year, we are starting way up north into Briargate. This takes the place of the Sunday Social Ride, and we start at noon; it’s a 9 mile route (one way) no major hills, and we will go as a single ride. This is a potluck affair, and we will have stops for appetizers and salads, main dishes, and desserts. RSVP and let the hosts know what you are bringing. All the details are on Meetup.
Have fun, be safe, and COME ALONG FOR THE RIDE!
Colorado Springs Cycling Club
Traffic was pretty insignificant in both directions for our drive. Weather in Fort Collins was ideal: bright clear sky until we resumed the bike ride after the eclipse (96% there vs 90% in Colorado Springs), then high clouds kept us cool for the rest of our 21-mile ride. Doug got us to The Mayor of Old Town for lunch. Great food! We ate outside on the front covered patio. The owner recognized our jerseys. He graduated in 1st class at Liberty HS. We explained what we did and the name of this ride. He went inside and played the Dark Side of the Moon album on their sound system while we ate. More pictures are on our MeetUp page.
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