• High altitude and high drama in the American Rockies.

    Photo:Women's Podium, courtesy Matt Wragg

    For Immediate Release via enduroworldseries.com
    The seven stages of Winter Park comprised both downhill and cross country style stages, which spread over three days pushed riders to the very limit of their physical abilities. Altitude proved a big factor in this weekend’s race – with the elevation causing problems for even the fittest of racers. Winter Park represents the highest setting of the season – the resort is higher than even the highest stage in La Thuile.

    In the women’s race it was Anne Caroline Chausson (Ibis) who took the overall win, but three stage wins for Tracy Moseley (Trek Factory Racing Enduro Team) means she retains the overall series lead. Anneke Beerten (Specialized) got her first ever stage win on SP 1, landing her on the third step of the of the podium. Speaking after the race, Anne Caroline said: “It was a long three days of racing, it’s hard to manage both your body and your mind and the tiredness. I’m really happy and now I’m just looking forward to relaxing.”

    Jared Graves (Yeti/ Fox Shox Racing) came away with the win on his new prototype bike, but the big story of the race was young Richie Rude (Yeti/Fox Shox Racing) – who won all of the stages on day one, landing him in second place. In fact, between them, Rude and Graves won every stage of the race. Rene Wildhaber (Trek Factory Racing Enduro Team) showed he’s more than just an Alpine specialist as he took third place. Jared commented: “With a 41 second lead you’d have to be pretty stupid to try and push anything, so I just took the last stage really steady. With Richie killing it too it’s been such a good weekend for the team.”

    In the Juniors, American Bruce Klein won the race but young Frenchman Sebastien Claquin continues to lead the series in his category ahead of Robin Matot.

    The race was part of the Colorado Freeride Festival, and the event's General Manager Bob Holme added: “With the variety of courses on offer, it was clear to see the best riders in the world still prevailed. Enduro is a mixture of all different disciplines, and the race here in Winter Park really reflects that." Next stop for the Enduro World Series is Crankworx in Whistler on August 6th.


    *Winter Park Resort’s spectacular slate of summer events continues with the annual High Altitude Flamethrower’s Chili Cook-off on August 16-17 and Whiskey and Wings on September 6-7 in addition to scores of bike races throughout the next two months. For more information on Winter Park Resort events and activities, please visit
    winterparkresort.com.

  • Tour de France vs. Tour de Super Flag

    Guest-author, Joshua Crane

    If you are anything like me, you have been waiting anxiously the entire year for this amazing two-week period of cycling where superhuman achievements can be witnessed right in front of your eyes. The Tour De France is considered by many to be the hardest bike race on the planet. 22 teams, consisting each of 9 riders, compete against each other for a handful of different challenges, most significantly the overall leaders yellow jersey.

    While watching the tour, I find myself re-kindling my lovely relationship with my road bike and its amazing ability to make me the happiest an individual could be, all while suffering to great lengths. One thought I find consistently arising while in these painful moments of clarity is how much longer and steeper are some of the famous climbs in The Tour De France. In order to bring things all together, below is a comparison of a few categorized climbs from both Boulder and France.





    [Editor's note:] This sort of puts things into perspective, eh? Get out there this weekend and get your "yellow jersey" in the way that suits you. Maybe it's a PR on Super Flag. Maybe it's a PR on the way to grab ice-cream with your kids. To paraphrase Joshua, rekindle your lovely relationship with your bike and its amazing ability to make you the happiest an individual can be.

  • 2014 Enduro-X Race #1 Results, Photo Gallery, and Video Now Online

    Series continues August 16-17 with race #2

    Summit-X Enduro benefit race slated for August 24

    Steamboat Springs, CO (July 25, 2014) - Race #1 of the Enduro-X Race Series results are now available online. Individual stage and general classification results along with a complete photo gallery and video featuring a recap of the July 19 stages are now available on the Enduro-X website.

    “With more than 60 athletes participating in the weekend’s five stages we’re on a positive track,” said David Scully, Rider-X Event Productions owner and founder/Enduro-X Race Series director and promoter. “Everything is setting up for an exciting series finale August 16-17.”

    Trevyn Newpher and Yvonne Delhaunty took top honors in the Men’s and Women’s Pro-Open category respectively. Other first place finishers include: Jake LaRue (Amateur Men 19-29), Ben Duke (Amateur Men 30-39), Mike Paris (Masters Men 40+), Rio Graab (Jr. Men 18 & Under), Pip Hunt (Amateur Women 19-29), J. Leigh Bowe (Amateur Women 30+), and Justin Holle (Novice).

    Online registration for the August 16-17 races will remain open until midnight August 14. Steamboat Bike Park season pass holders are eligible for a discounted entry fee. Promo codes are listed on the race #2 information page. On-site registration will be available August 15 from 3-7pm at Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare’s mountain location in One Steamboat Place Plaza. Complete racer check-in and on-site registration details here.

    Racer categories include Pro-Open, Amateur 19-29, Amateur 30-39, Master, and Junior for both men and women. The Pro-Open categories compete for a Series cash purse of $7500, with the overall winners receiving award honors at the Series final August 17.

    The August 16th race includes three stages, the August 17th race two. All courses feature Steamboat Bike Park’s gravity fed and downhill flow trails as well as cross-country single track and Ski Area access roads. Individual races incorporate multiple stages designed to challenge rider mountain bike handling skills and fitness.

    The single stage Summit-X Enduro on August 24 coincides with the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) World Summit August 20-24. The Summit-X race is a benefit to support local nonprofit bike organizations; IMBA chapter Routt County Riders and the Steamboat Bike Town USA Initiative. The Summit-X begins with a transition start at the top of the Steamboat gondola and climbs to Storm Peak for a stage start at 10,565 feet elevation, then descends over 3600 vertical feet on single track, double track and through the Steamboat Bike Park before finishing at the ski area base.

    Rider-X Event Productions partnered with Mountain Bike Mania to film the July 19 and 20 races. The races are scheduled to air beginning July 28 for ten weeks on 21 stations across the United States on the networks of ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX. Click here for a complete listing.

    2014 event sponsors include: Alpine Bank, Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp., Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare, David Chase Rugs & Furniture, Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, Honey Stinger, Power Ice, Gravity Anomaly, Steamboat Bike Shop, FOX, Royal Racing, 100%, POC, Stio, 7IDP, Boeshield T-9, Odi, Aspire, Backcountry Delicatessen, Wheels Bike Shop, Orthopaedics of Steamboat, and Butcherknife Brewing. Additional event sponsorship opportunities still available.

    Discounted lodging packages available from: Sheraton Steamboat Resort, The Ptarmigan Inn, Holiday Inn, and Mountain Resorts.

    Media partners include: Enduro MTB TV, Mountain Flyer Magazine, and Mountain Bike Mania.

    Rider-X event Productions proudly supports: Bike Town USA, Routt County Riders, IMBA, and the 2014 IMBA World Summit.

    For more information and to register for the August Enduro-X Race Series and the Summit-X Enduro go to: www.enduro-xrace.com, Facebook, or call David Scully at: 970.846.5012. The Enduro-X Series is also on Instagram.

  • Longmont police: Bicyclist struck, seriously injured by driver who dozed off

    From the Daily Camera

    Amanda Siedem, 19, to be ticketed for careless driving

    A Longmont bicyclist was seriously injured this morning after police said a 19-year-old woman driving home from working an overnight shift apparently fell asleep at the wheel and hit him on Airport Road.

    The accident occurred around 6:49 a.m. today on Airport Road near Clover Basin Drive in southwest Longmont, according to Longmont police Cmdr. Jeff Satur.

    The driver, Amanda Siedem, of Longmont, was driving a 2002 Acura MDX south on Airport Road when police say she fell asleep behind the wheel and hit the 50-year-old cyclist. The cyclist sustained a serious but non-life-threatening injury to his clavicle, and was transported to Longmont United Hospital, Satur said.

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  • Coal Creek Trail set to reopen in September

    From the Daily Camera

    Repairs on Erie's section of the trail system to conclude next month

    The Coal Creek Trail system in East Boulder County is slated to reopen — one year to the month after flood waters wiped out much of the regional connector.

    For the past 10 months, restoration projects coordinated by Superior, Louisville, Lafayette, Erie and Boulder County have slowly brought the trail back online, with each community handling repairs within its borders.

    The trail segments in Superior and Boulder County have been restored and reopened. Erie's trail repair efforts are set to wrap up next month. Officials in Louisville and Lafayette don't expect their trail work to extend beyond September.

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  • Bitter battle between motorists and bikers.

    From Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, via 9 News.

    CHICAGO — The problem for cyclist Gillian Wu started when she yelled at a gaggle of pedestrians lingering in the bike lane to get out of the way. The group, which included a woman carrying a small child, responded with jeers. Wu, 21, a heavy user of this city's extensive bike lane system, said she decided to stop anyway, hoping she could engage the group constructively.

    Instead, one man in the group told her he hoped she'd get splattered by a semi, called her entitled and concluded "the world would be a better place without me and people like me," according to Wu. "I think there are a lot of people who can relate to that aggression," said Wu, who first vented about the incident in an open letter on Craigslist this month. "I think there are also a lot of people who can relate to the way I felt. But there have got to be more productive ways to have this conversation."

    Wu's letter went viral and spurred a spirited — and sometimes vitriolic — debate in which some motorists berated cyclists as thoughtless, spandex-clad elitists who pay no heed to traffic laws, while bikers noted that motorists are responsible for thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of injuries annually as a result of unsafe driving.

    Over the past decade, "bike lane backlash" has been commonplace as communities big and small have established thousands of miles of dedicated cycling lanes throughout the country.
    ...

    On social media, the debate is escalating as rhetoric and fervor match the passion shown on controversial issues such as gun rights and the Middle East peace process. The rage may have hit a peak last week after a prominent Washington Post columnist suggested some motorists might think it worth paying a fine to hit bicyclists.

    That column came days after National Public Radio host Scott Simon faced public scorn from cyclists after he wrote on Twitter, "Any walk through downtown demonstrates cyclists think they are above the law. Does that explain Lance Armstrong?" Seemingly chastened, Simon later wrote on his feed that he learned many cyclists feel threatened by cars.

    The issue has become an emotional one for Americans as drivers are increasingly told they'll have to share the road with bike riders, an adaptation that has been easier said than done for a car-obsessed country.

  • Amy D. Foundation seeks elite female applications.

    BOULDER, Colorado (July, 2014)

    The Amy D. Foundation, created in honor of cyclocross star Amy Alison Dombroski, “encourages and supports young women through cycling, inspiring the celebration of healthy challenge and empowering the confident pursuit of lofty dreams.”

    As one part of the Amy D. Foundation’s outreach, Amy D. Racing will facilitate the growth of elite-level women’s racing by providing a comprehensive sponsorship package to talented and driven women that exhibit character and values consistent with those that Amy displayed. The focus is on providing a much-needed bridge of support to women that strive to contend at the elite ranks of the sport.

    The Amy D. Racing race schedule follows the domestic UCI events calendar and is available with the rider application. Donn Kellogg (Raleigh-Clement Cyclocross Team Manager) is managing the Amy D. Racing team. Rider applications must be received by July 22nd with a selection confirmed by August 5th.

    *For application and more information, please visit amydfoundation.org/racing.