Organizers of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge have predicted the event could draw up to a million spectators at stages from Gunnison to Steamboat Springs. Enthusiasm for the race and the sport of cycling appears to be at an all-time high in Colorado – but it’s already looking like those predictions about crowd sizes [...]

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A federal review of Colorado’s Medicaid program found significant delays in determining applicants’ eligibility….and, two bear attacks in the Aspen backcountry over the weekend have wildlife officials warning people to be cautious as the area braces for roadside camping during this week’s bike race.

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Thousands of fans and more than one hundred professional cyclists were in Colorado Springs yesterday to kick off the seven-day USA Pro Cycling Challenge. This inaugural race will be televised across the world and is being plugged as an economic engine for the Colorado cities in its path. From Rocky Mountain Community Radio member [...]

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What with all the hoopla surrounding the USA Pro Cycling Challenge we thought it’d be fun to offer, as a comparison, a couple of videos featuring the zenith of Colorado cycling in 1980, The Klunker Classic.

It’s hard to imagine Colorado without mountain bikes. The knobby-tired bicycles are so ubiquitous now that it seems [...]

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The USA Pro Cycle Challenge kicked off today in Colorado Springs with a 5.2 mile individual time trial….and, state wildlife officers have killed the black bear believed to be responsible for attacking two campers in separate incidents near Aspen.

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There’s been a lot of excitement and chitter chatter in these parts about the USA Pro Cycling Challenge hitting Colorado later this month to be televised on NBC and the Versus Network, home of the Tour de France. Though it’s great that Colorado, not to mention Colorado Springs which will host [...]

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The new bike path to Manitou from 31st Street and Hwy 24 has just been completed, mostly. There’s a large gap where The Midland Trail ends in no man’s land between Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs proper where the trail resumes near Garden of the Gods Campground (and you have to cross Manitou Avenue [...]

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With the weather set to get up into the 70s in the next few days we thought we’d dust off this feature about one of our favorite local trails from June 2009.

The Palmer Trail (to Red Rock Canyon) from High Drive is a nice afternoon mountain bike ride for intermediate riders that’s [...]

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Last Friday, I joined the 4th and 5th grade classes from Buena Vista Elementary School for a field trip to the Fountain Creek Nature Center to see what we could see. And see we saw: butterflies, snakes, snails, birds, bugs, spiders and much more. If you haven’t been to the FCNC of late, or ever, do treat yourself to a couple of hours of and some time at the visitors center at any time of year.

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It’s not a professional sporting event, nor is there any prize money, nor is there any reward beyond bragging rights and having done it. It’s the 500-mile Colorado Trail Race through the backcountry. And even though you can’t watch it on television or listen to it on the radio, you can follow the racers, all of whom have GPS SPOT Tracking devices, on The Big Something.

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Despite the fact that the Pikes Peak Region is home to the Olympic Training Center, an excellent network of trails and bike paths, and hundreds of miles of easily accessible mountain biking, Colorado Springs is just beginning to be known outside the area as cycling destination. KRCC’s Noel Black spoke with local Olympian and World Mountain Biking Champion Allison Dunlap and Colorado Springs Senior Transportation Planner Kristin Bennett about one of the area’s best kept secrets.

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The grueling, self-supported Colorado Trail Race begins next Tuesday. We interviewed Colorado Springs bicyclist Doug Johnson last year after he placed second in the the epic 470-mile back-country race along the Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango with a time of 4 days and 20 hours. In this interview and slide show, Johnson talks about the technical and mental challenges and why he does it.

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When Klunkers Were King

On July 27, 2010 By

It’s hard to imagine Colorado without mountain bikes. The knobby-tired bicycles are so ubiquitous now that it seems almost impossible that there was a time when trails were mostly for hiking. It may also be hard for you to believe that mountain bikes were once called “balloon-tired klunkers” and that the people who rode them wore t-shirts and jeans or shorts instead of spandex/”Tron suits”.

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Tour de Bounce

On July 12, 2010 By

Now that the World Cup is over, we can all turn our attention to the Tour de France. Or not. Here’s one way of getting around on a bicycle that won’t get you very far very quickly, but certainly broadens the range of possibilities of what bicycles and those who ride them can do.

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Summer has finally landed, and summer means bikes.

Last Summer, six local gentlemen set off on mountain bikes to do what only a handful have done before: ride the entire “Ring the Peak Trail” around Pikes Peak in one day. Three of the riders—Doug Johnson, Scott Boyer and Jon Csakany—spoke with us and [...]

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While the comprehensive city bicycle routes and trails map is (fingers crossed) close to completion and due out sometime this spring, Google Maps has just added a not-entirely-comprehensive-yet-pretty-darn-good bicycling directions to their already excellent maps feature.

While we might take issue with some of the zig-zagging routes and points of entry and [...]

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Look Ma, No Seat!

On September 8, 2009 By

Josh Carr Trials from Colorado Culture Cast on Vimeo.

When my son first saw this video of local trials bike rider Josh Carr, he said: “Dad, it’s like he’s a mountain goat on a bicycle!” Indeed! And there are few words to describe this sport that don’t involve goats and hopping, [...]

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You’ll have to forgive us all these mountain bike rides (all of which are also hikeable!), but it’s summer and after a year in New York it’s hard not to indulge in what makes the Pikes Peak Region so very not New York. Last week we rode the North Catamount Reservoir Loop Trail. It’s [...]

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This next installment of our summer bike rides series concerns a trip my wife and I had been planning to Pueblo all summer. A couple weekends ago, suddenly realizing we were running out of time, we just decided to do it with a friend visiting from New York. We’d heard from friends in roughly [...]

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Two Sundays ago, six local gentlemen set off on mountain bikes to do what only a handful have done before: ride the entire “Ring the Peak Trail” around Pikes Peak in one day. Three of the riders—Doug Johnson, Scott Boyer and Jon Csakany—spoke with us and shared their photos of the ride in [...]

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“If you don’t like Colorado Springs, then you don’t hike or ride a bike,” said a man I ran into last week in Red Rock Canyon. The statement struck me as undeniably true as we stood there looking over the spectacular sandstone canyon. Despite our many fiscal woes and increasingly anemic services, we [...]

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One of the great aesthetic pleasures of Colorado Springs’ West Side is the dizzying array of brightly colored gingerbread in the eves of many of its old Victorian-era homes (best appreciated by bicycle, we think). Some of these “Painted Ladies” are just mining shacks that might bristle at the suggestion that they might [...]

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Jeff Mapes, a Portland, OR-based journalist, has just published an incredibly useful look at the the political realities of cycling as transportation. Citing lessons learned from Amsterdam, Davis, CA, New York City, Portland and other communities, Mapes argues that something as as simple as adding a well-connected network of bike lanes (a few [...]

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