Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Ladies and gentlemen, take your hats off for: Mr. Dan Lionberg
Dan, of the Rams Cycling team, took first place in the fixed gear category with an impressive 10 minutes ahead of the second place Colin Pinney, Winter Ralleye veteran.
Very early after the start Dan and David Boerner also from Rams Cycling, broke away drawing a 1/4 of a mile and eventually 1/2 mile gap... no one could catch 'em; soon enough they were out of sight.
Unfortunately, David flatted lacking a pump and it was over for him... (that was too bad! i had all my money on him for second place )
In the morning, people didn't know what to think when Dan showed up sporting TT bars and helmet mixed with some sort of cowboy shirt... but apparently that combo worked, since he put 7 out of the 10 minutes ahead of second place in the last stretch of the course, 10 straight miles back to town.
Doctor Tim Anderson took first place in the single speed category.
Tim,president of the Fort Collins Velodrome Association, proved that he practices what he preaches and gave many youngsters a run for their money !
John Taggart, member of the Bicycle Salvaging Brigade, got second place for the second year in a row.
Big thanks to all the sponsors and all who came out to support this good cause.
Countless hills,headwind and loose bumpy roads is the combo most cyclists fear.
Specially on a one speed... Good Job everybody !
Special thanks to my friends who helped with the registration, marking the course, moving gear, delivering the coffee and the T-shirts, driving the "sag wagon" etc. >> Nathan Elder, Kevin Buecher, Laura Lorenzen, Jaime Thomson, Claire Mechtly, Zach,Coleman and Julian Beldotti.
Thanks also to the Rad Vibes for playing the afterparty.
Hope to see you all next year, until then, keep the rubber side down.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Hi there, welcome to the "Bear's" brand spankin' new thingy on the "interwebs" ...
I'm hoping this blog will not only serve to inform those interested in the race but also as a way to connect all folks in the Fort that have a passion for "single gear and fixed speed" warponys.
So please post all and any info and links on all things gearless.
The race is 30 miles long and it goes out East ( usually ) but it changes every year. The route is not released until after you register and get your map, then you have about 20-30 minutes to study it prior to departure.
Nothing gnarly, just dirt roads and a few small hills, registration is at 9:AM @ the Bike Co-op,(222 LaPorte Ave.)
$15 gets you snacks, coffee in the morning, beer afterwards, and the chance to win additional raffle goodies. it used to be $12 but is a fundraiser dammit.
T-shirts are $12 and they're non-sweatshop, or so they say... who knows, really ?
i'm just trying to do the right thing.
ALL proceeds from both, registration and T-shirts goes to the organization benefiting from the race.
Oh yeah, there's single speed and fixed gear categories with expert / begginer subcategories.
This year the money is going to the Great Plains Restoration Council
Let's help protect prairies and bring wild Buffalo back in different areas of Colorado,Texas and South Dakota; also check: ghetto plains man
Every Year, half the riders do the race for the pure sake of racing and others just to ride and support a good cause while having fun.
Goal for this year:
I'm hoping we'll raise enough money to adopt 2 0r 3 acres of land that will belong to all of the participants !
They have many different programs going on (some of these are Youth oriented ) so the final fate of the $ is still to be confirmed since i'd like to put it where they need it the most.
BBQ @ the finish line; TBA
Check back soon as i will be updating very often between now and then and uploading some of the old art.
Feedback and questions welcome.
Thanks to our sponsors who make it possible for people to take home more than just the glory of being some of the fastest people on one-speed bikes here in the Fort; hugs and kisses go out to our friends @:
Brave New Wheel
The Bean Cycle
- Thank you -
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Last year, it was really fun as it was crazy; we had great weather, better organization, more prizes and a good turn out but everybody got punished by one guy nobody knew:
You had to be there to believe it...
- He's one FAST MoFo -
10 or so minutes into the race he was out of sight, the rest of the pack kept battling between themselves in search of second place...
Race is over, the last few riders came in and Dusty is just sitting there all fresh, wearing clean clothes and riding a different bike...
He'd finished so far ahead of everyone else that he had time to go home and come back just as second place and Co. were arriving !! WTF ???
Folks kept asking: " who's that guy ? " ...
I learned later on that he's a Pro mechanic who's wrenched for TREK and LUNA Teams and he's married to no other than local bad-ass/ Pro racer Georgia Gould who kicked total butt in '07 and is heading to the Olympics.
I guess that explains it.
What a fun time; and Dusty got to take home a true "free range" Trophy...
Joe Bagley from New World Sports took 2nd in the Fixed category.
Chad Chriestensen and John Taggart took 1st and 2nd in the "coast" category.
All proceeds went to the Bike Co-op (formerly the Bike Against ! collective )