• 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.

  • 2014 Enduro-X Race Series and Summit-X Enduro Early Registration Deadline Approaching

    July race series to air on major TV networks

    Steamboat Springs, CO (July 10, 2014) – Early registration pricing for the 2014 Enduro-X Race Series and the Summit-X Enduro runs through midnight Saturday July 12. Enduro X-Series race dates are July 19-20 and August 16-17, with the Summit-X Enduro on August 24. Single day, weekend, and combined series entry fees will increase $20.00 on July 13.

    Online registration for the July event will remain open until midnight July 17. On-site registration will be available on July 18 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.

    All events feature Steamboat Bike Park 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. Detailed race schedules, course descriptions, and maps available on the Enduro-X website.

    “The expanded and enhanced Steamboat Bike Park has allowed us to introduce new adrenaline-pumping course routes for 2014,” said David Scully, Rider-X Event Productions owner and founder/Enduro-X Race Series director and promoter. “We’ve got climbing transitions, cross-country single-track, flowy descents, and incredible features.”

    The 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.

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

    Rider-X Event Productions recently 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.

    “With Samantha and Ross McDonald at Mountain Bike Mania we now have an incredible opportunity to highlight the excitement of Enduro racing, the athletes, and Steamboat Springs to a broad television audience,” commented Scully.

    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 Enduro-X Race Series and the Summit-X Enduro go to: www.enduro-xrace.com

  • Spot Launches New Bike in the Midst of Growth

    GOLDEN, CO (July 2, 2014) –
    Experiencing double-digit growth, Spot Brand has beefed up its operations by hiring veteran bike designer and product engineer Andy Emanuel and adding three new regional sales reps. The moves come as Spot bolsters its mountain bike line with the launch of the titanium Cream SS.

    “Andy Emanuel is phenomenally talented, and bringing him on full-time allows us to push forward with some new bike models and continue our product line expansion,” said Andrew Lumpkin, Spot president. Emanuel’s resume includes projects ranging from paraglider components to mobile phone mounts to heavy industrial manufacturing, as well as four years at Maverick working for Paul Turner. “Spot is doing some really innovative things,” Emanuel said.
    “This will be a really fun professional challenge.”

    The new outside sales reps include Charlie Tondu in northern California, Derek Griggs in New England and Niall McAra in the mid-Atlantic region. Tondu operated Solano Avenue Cyclery in Albany, Calif., for 25 years and now lives and rides in Marin County. Griggs, who lives in New Hampshire, is a bike industry road warrior who prefers American minivans “because you can fit six bikes inside with the wheels on.” McAra, who will cover Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. for Spot, operates EU Cycle Imports and Alternative Cycle Sales.

    The new hires come following the appointment of Adam Williams as sales director last fall, and as Spot’s bike sales are up 62 percent year-to-date following the launch of multiple new models including the Wazee city bike, Rallye cyclocross rig and Honey Badger mountain bike.

    Spot’s newest model is the Cream SS, a titanium mountain bike that took three years to develop. Spot’s website calls it “a titanium speedster that whips up the trail with the agility and grace that you expect from Ti, but which also shreds down the hill with unparalleled confidence, precision--and strength.” Like all Spot bikes it can be run with a Gates Carbon Drive belt, or with a chain and derailleur. Spot Brand is known for its innovative belt drive bikes and is a close partner with Gates Corporation.

    “We are growing in a smart and measured manner, through the strength of our product and the skills of our team,” Lumpkin said. “Riders will be super-impressed by the innovative and technologically advanced bikes that we will debut in the next few years.”

    About Spot
    Based in Golden, Colo., Spot Brand offers a full range of city, mountain and cyclocross bikes that can be run with belt drive or chains and derailleurs. Its lineup includes the Wazee, Acme, Ajax and Dualie city bikes, the Honey Badger and Cream 29er mountain bikes, and the Rallye cyclocross rig. Spot’s bikes have received accolades in media from Bicycling, BIKE Outside, Wired, Mountain Bike Action, Road Bike Action and more. The Honey Badger and Rallye are both raced by the fastest singlespeed team in the West, Team Gates Carbon Drive, as well as recreational riders across the country.

  • For more info: visit spotbrand.com.
  • Recent 303 interview with Spot's Adam Williams.

  • 6th Annual Red Rocks Century Scheduled for August 9th

    DENVER (July 9, 2014) – For five years the Red Rocks Century, formerly the Healing Wheels Tour, has been known as the toughest and most scenic of the Colorado Front Range cycling events. This year’s event, held on August 9th, is once again pulling out all the stops AND offering something new!

    This year, riders can choose from four great rides to make the day as challenging as they want. Go big with the full 100 mile century, or chose from one of the other three options: the 62 mile metric century, a 50 mile half-century or the 33 mile Challenge ride. No matter their choice, riders will experience epic terrain as they ride through and around Front Range landmarks including Dinosaur Ridge and Red Rocks Park, as well as the mountain towns of Idledale, Kittridge, Evergreen, Idaho Springs, and Morrison.

    “Century riders will get to experience areas of the Front Range few have seen before,” said Pat Mayben, director – events and sponsorships from Primal Wear. “The Upper Bear Creek and Witter Gulch Road connection to Squaw Pass Road from downtown Evergreen is one of the most beautiful stretches of road in Colorado!”

    Also new this year:
    • The ride will start at the Island Lot at Bandimere Speedway. This change will provide considerably more parking for participants.
    • The ride finishes in downtown Morrison, across from Café Prague.
    • An expanded and fun Finish Line Expo featuring:
    • Lunch catered by Wahoo’s Fish Taco
    • A Beer Garden
    • Massage Tent
    • Many cycling-focused vendors
    • A new jersey design (attached jpeg), designed by Primal Wear.
    • Long sleeve tech t-shirts designed by local branding firm, Brand Iron.

    “We are very excited about the relocation of our finish line to downtown Morrison,” said Morgan Landers, ride director. “We feel it elevates the energy of the finish line, provides exposure to our sponsors and local businesses, and allows us to provide the best end-cap to a ride anyone would ask for!”

    Red Rocks Century, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization powered by a volunteer-only Board of Directors and Committee. Working in partnership with its corporate sponsors and dedicated riders, 100 percent of proceeds from the ride go to benefit Hope Communities and Can Do Multiple Sclerosis. Registration options include the ride with a jersey ($130), without a jersey ($80), or chose the best option and pledge to raise a minimum of $150 for a reduced fee ($60) and the jersey is included. Prices go up on ride day.

    To register, go to http://www.getevent.com/races/event/44785/2014-Red-Rocks-Century-Morriso....