Cafe Velo Tri Lakes GranFondo 2014

Cafe Velo Gran Fondo

The 2nd Annual Cafe Velo Tri-Lakes GranFondo is May 4th, 2014 in Monument, Colorado. The ride starts at the at the Pikes Peak Brewery. The 22 mile loop covers a scenic section of Northern El Paso County and is the perfect opportunity to tune-up for your longer/century ride in June (like the Elephant Rock Ride, for example).

Choose from 1 loop (22 miles) all the way up to 5 loops (110 miles and 9110 feet of elevation gain). This is a well-supported ride with volunteers and police support at key intersections. Well stocked aid stations every 10-12 miles with food, hydration, and mechanical support.

Participants receive a cool commemorative tech t-shirt, a cycling water bottle, support and aid stations during the ride, and food and drink coupon for nourishment after the ride provided by Bird Dog Barbecue and Pikes Peak Brewing Company! A portion of the proceeds will support local youth/junior cyclists and triathletes through the Colorado Non-Profit, Club Cafe Velo.

There will be 3 Strava Segments with premium prizes for fastest times (top 3 men & top 3 women) posted during the GranFondo. You must be a paid participant in the event AND submit/upload your Strava file on the day of the event by 7pm to be eligible.

On Line registration ends at midnight on May 2nd. In person registration available at Cafe Velo Saturday, May 3rd, 10-6, and at the ride start Sunday from 6-7:30 AM.

Check the Cafe Velo Tri Lakes GranFondo 2014 website for all the details.

Parks Master Plan Public Meeting

Ute Valley Dirty Du 2013

Every 10 years the Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation Department updates the city-wide Parks, Recreation, Trails, and Open Space Master Plan which provides long-term vision, goals, and policies to guide their actions throughout the park system.

The last master plan was adopting in 2000 so it’s time to update the plan. Help make this the best plan for the future of our city and our parks by participating in a 90-minute meeting this Wednesday evening.

At this meeting you can learn about the assessment of our current system and trends. You’ll also be able to provide feedback about the draft plan, goals, and strategies. If you’re a mountain biker, this is an important meeting to let the parks department know that you want access to trails in local parks.

When: Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 6:30-8:00 pm
Where: City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St.

Child care provided for ages 3+. Free on-street parking. Parks and Recreation prizes/snacks

Visit www.springsgov.com/parksmasterplan to learn more about the Master Plan update!

Rising from Ashes Movie

“Rising from Ashes” is a feature length documentary about two worlds colliding when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda, Africa to help a group of struggling genocide survivors pursue their dream of a national team. As they set out against impossible odds both Jock and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their past.

Rising From Ashes will be shown tonight, Thursday, April 24 in Colorado Springs at 7 p.m. at the Stargazers Theatre & Event Center at 10 S. Parkside Dr. in Colorado Springs. The event is sponsored by the newly formed CSprings Bike Initiative. Advance tickets are $11 and can be purchased online at imAthlete. Not sure when the deadline is to purchase online. Tickets at the door will be $15.

I’ve heard really good things about the movie and a couple local coaches have gone and worked with Team Rwanda. If you can’t make it to tonight’s viewing, Rising from Ashes is on Netflix.

Urban Singletrack Project Clean Up Day

Pikes Peak Greenway

Jon Severson and a few others have been working on a Urban Singletrack Project to bring some singletrack to the Pikes Peak Greenway near downtown Colorado Springs. They’ve received approval to create a test section of trail. One of the first steps is to clean up some of the trash in the area.

On Saturday, April 19th they’ll be doing cleanup between Cimmarron and Tejon. Meet them at 9:30 AM at Urban Steam, 1025 S. Sierra Madre St. for a couple hours of cleanup. For more details see the event page on Facebook.

Bear Creek Trail Closures

Pipeline Trail

The trails in the Bear Creek drainage are some of the most popular trails in the Pikes Peak region. Recent testing has revealed that the fish in Bear Creek (approximately 750 adults) are the sole remaining genetically pure population of greenback cutthroat trout. The population is currently listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. It seems strange that such a heavily used area is the only place that the fish have survived.

I’ve been hiking and mountain biking these trails for over 25 years. Here’s a Jones Park ride report from a couple years ago. The Ring the Peak mountain bike race also uses these trails.

The US Forest Service was sued by environmental groups for not sufficiently protected these fish. In the fall of 2012, Bear Creek Trail (666) and Captain Jacks Trail (667) were closed to dirt bikes and camping was prohibited in the area.

Last fall the Forest Service got public input on trail closures to all users and alternative re-routes. Now they’re getting public input on proposed changes.

There’s an open house tonight (2/25/14) at the Colorado Springs Utilities’ Leon Young Service Center, 1521 Hancock Expressway from 5:30 – 7:30 PM. If you can’t make tonight’s meeting, you use the comment link on their web page through March 27th..

There’s information about the proposed trail and access changes on the Bear Creek Watershed Assessment & NEPA page on the Forest Service website. The good news is they’re proposing rerouting trails and not completely closing the area although it appears Jones Park itself would be off-limits. It appears to me from the maps that Alternative B keeps most of trail 666 except for the cool section right near the current Captain Jack intersection. Alternative C shows 666 as being closed which would be a real bummer.

Global Fat Bike Day 2013

2012 Fat Bike Day in Colorado Springs

Fat bikes have become all the rage in the last year or two. Borealis Bikes makes great carbon fiber fat bike frames and are located right here in Colorado Springs. They are available locally at Pro Cycling and online at Competitive Cyclist.

Tomorrow, December 7th, is Global Fat Bike Day. It will be very cold and snowy in Colorado Springs unlike last year’s Fat Bike event here.

It is being celebrated in Colorado Springs this year in wonderful style. The event is being hosted at the spectacular Venetucci Farm and Pinello Ranch properties from 9 AM until 3 PM. The address is 5210 S. Hwy 85, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

There will be fat bike demo bikes to try out. All the bikes will have flat pedals that will interface well with heavy hiking boots/snow boots and that’ll help keep your feet warm. Ski gloves for the hands, the typical cycling glove (unless it’s a winter version) won’t keep the digits happy for long.

The Hub Bicycle Shop is once again providing the fat bike fun supporting the event with their demo fleet of Salsa & Surly cycles. They have been recognized as the fat bike experts here in the region and if you’ve ever wanted to know more about what this “fat bike thing” is, they would be more than happy to introduce you to these fantastically fun bikes.

Borealis Fat Bikes will be there as well with a selection of their new carbon fiber Yampa Fat Bike models. It’s great to see what the future of fat bikes can be and they are pushing the envelope with their beautiful cycles.

Lightfoot Cycles, a recumbent bicycle manufacturer from Montana is coming down and their cool fat bike recumbents will be sure to open your eyes and will have you pedaling in comfort! The 4-wheel ATO is going to be a crowd pleaser!

A shout-out to our local outdoor loving and community-building gurus at UpaDowna. They will be out at the event assisting with the fat bike perma-grin pedaling events and are helping us to coordinate…the Fat Bike Beach Party! You won’t want to miss the “Hub” of all the fat bike fun on the beautiful sandy beaches along Fountain Creek.

Food will be available from the Sultan of Bite Me Gourmet Sausage. There’s nothing like a nice hot brat on a chilly December day after being out fat bike pedaling!

A very special part of this day is that we will be one of the first events to be held in the new barn at the Venetucci Farm. This beautiful new facility is going to become an amazing resource for not only the farm but also the greater region, it’s an honor to be able to use it to bring people together and celebrate the natural use of our beautiful lands.

In the spirit of building a better community one bicycle and ride at a time, the Kids on Bikes Kids Bicycle Exchange will be in the barn along with the fat bike event. It’s a first-year effort for their organization and will be a wonderful opportunity for families to have the chance to trade in an unused bike on one that will be better suited to their growing children.

Related Links:

2012 Colorado Springs Fat Bike Day Photos

Bicycle Experience at Ivywild School Grand Opening

Bicycle Experience is opening a 2nd location at Ivywild School. Their Grand Opening is this Friday, December 6th from 4 PM to 7 PM.

VISIT SANTA! 4p-7p

Win a bike! 2 different bikes will be given away!

Dedication to John Cotton, his bike and books are on display.

Smith Optics shwag and a pair of goggles will be given away.

Largest sale of the season on in-stock 2013 bikes.

Bristol Brewing Company beer will be hosted.

The Old School Bakery goodies will be provided!

Door prizes, beer, wine & baked goodies, drawings & bike giveaways!

Celebration will begin at 4p and end about 7p.

Must be present to win door prizes. Bikes winners will be drawn on Sunday, winner(s) to be notified.

WMBA of COS Halloween Costume Critter

WMBA of COS Costume Critter 2011

The Women’s Mountain Bike Association of Colorado Springs (WMBA COS) is having their 4th annual Halloween Costume Critter tomorrow Saturday, October 26th. Join WMBA riders in this super fun event that will have you testing your bike handling and whip cream tossing abilities, limbo flexibility, and will bring out your most outrageous inner monster.

Ride on the bike of your choice (although wider tires are strongly recommended). Or go to witness the buffoonery from the sidelines, cheer on your favorite monster and heckle others til your sides hurt! Show up in your scariest, funniest, most clever, or best duo costume for a chance to win their costume contest!

The Costume Critter will be held at the SRM Powermeters Service Center at 720 West Monument Street. Try to arrive human powered or carpool if possible as there is limited parking.

Please arrive in costume, with a helmet and on your choice of properly functioning craft. Kids race free and Kids on Bikes will be on hand helping out. Adults fun will cost $10 which goes to a very good cause- WMBA!

Prepare to enjoy a post-ride bottomless drink cup and laughter with a slew of other cyclists in your community. One of WMBA’s generous sponsors, Bristol, has donated some liquid libations which will be available for all government i.d. holding age 21 or older adults. Don’t forget to tip your bartender.

Schedule
Kids registration 1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Adult registration 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Strider ride- or whatever non-pedaled bike they ride: 2 p.m.
Kids ride- 2:15 p.m.
Older kids ride- 2:30 p.m.

Men’s start- 4 p.m.
Women’s start- 4:30 p.m.

Follow this line for photos from the 2011 WMBA of COS Halloween Costume Critter. They’ll show you just how much fun you’ll miss if you don’t go.

WMBA COS Halloween Crit Start 2011

Which Projects Are Important?

Bear Creek Terrace Trails

Nick Kittle wants to know what’s important to the people of Colorado Springs. Nick used to work for Colorado Springs doing sustainability stuff but now runs his own company, Sustainovation LLC.

To find out what’s important to Colorado Springs residents, Nick created a survey with 22 possible local projects. You can chose up to 5 and rank them in importance. There’s also a box to add something that’s not on the list. It’s not an official survey but Nick likes to get things done and has connections so it’s a good way to get your voice heard.

There are several outdoor related projects including Manitou Incline improvements. I’m not sure the Incline needs to be improved but it does need to be stabilized and maintained so it doesn’t deteriorate further. Other outdoor projects include Ring the Peak (Pikes Peak), Implement the Bike Master Plan, Bike share program and Pikes Peak Greenway improvements (including waterway fixes/trail, etc).

There are a couple projects I like that aren’t on the survey. One is the trails on the South Slope of Pikes Peak that’s dragged on for years now. The other is the Missing Link Trail (temporary name) from Barr Trail over to Jones Park. That’s a trail that was approved a couple years ago but has been mired in red tape.

Deadline to complete the survey is tonight, Friday October 25th at midnight. Go fill out the survey and get your voice heard!

Bike and Gear Demos Plus Sale at Cafe Velo

Cafe Velo Bike Shop

Cafe Velo’s is having a demo day and tent sale this Saturday. Test bikes from Cervelo, BMC, and Neil Pryde, and wheels from HED and Zipp. Check out Sidi shoes and much more.

All participants who test ride a bike are eligible for a 10% discount on a new 2013 BMC, Cervelo, or Neil Pryde bike purchase. Stop by Cafe Velo for details!

Tent Sale: All 2012 bikes/shoes and winter apparel must go. Get a great deal while they last.


Available for demo

Cervelo Bikes

  • R3 Ultegra with HED Ardennes SL wheels: 48, 51, 54, 56, 58
  • S5 Ultegra with HED Jet 5 wheels: 48, 51, 54, 56, 58

BMC Bikes

  • GranFondo GF01 Di2: 48, 51, 54, 56, 58
  • GranFondo GF02 Ultegra: 48, 51, 54
  • Team Elite 29″ Hardtail TE01: M, L
  • Four Stroke 29″ Full Suspension FS02: S, M, L

Neil Pryde

  • Bura SL
  • Alize
  • Diablo: 54, 58

Stromer Electric Bikes

Specialized

  • Roubaix Expert: 56 & 58
  • Tarmac Expert: 54

Zipp Race Wheels
202, 303, 404, 606, 808

Mad Fiber wheels

Corima

  • Viva S

Sidi wheels

Enduro Bites Nutrition

Call Cafe Velo at 719 772-6101 or email contact@cafevelobikes.com to reserve your demo!