Hometown favorite, Georgia Gould, has had two admittedly lackluster seasons. 2013 and 2014 come nowhere near her dominating 2012 season that saw her take bronze medals in both the World Championships and the Olympics as well as winning the US National Championships.
Georgia quietly wrapped up her 2014 season with a few strong cx rides and this post from her blog. http://georgiagould.com/blog/
It’s probably been at least a year since my last race report. I didn’t plan it that way- I was kind of waiting to have something really awesome to report, but alas, nothing too awesome materialized. So I’ll take a few minutes and outline my last two seasons and what the heck has been going on. (I’ll admit, it’s probably not the most exciting blog post I’ve ever written, so feel free to stop reading and wait around for the next one which might or might not be any better.)
Fort Collins resident, Ginger Rosenbauer recently launched a highend line of kids mountain bikes. Please read the press release below and checkout the KickStarter to help Trailcraft Cycles get off the ground.
November 17, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ginger Rosenbauer
Fort Collins, Colorado, USA: Trailcraft Cycles was created to answer the need for a high performance, lightweight, 24-inch XC kids bicycle. With high end components mirroring those of mountain bikes two to three wheel sizes bigger, Trailcraft Cycles brings two options of both aluminum and titanium bicycles to the kids bike market. Nestled on the edge of the Rocky Mountains, Trailcraft Cycles was founded in Fort Collins, Colorado which is known for for its great riding and family friendly atmosphere.
Trailcraft Cycles was started after modifying a 24- inch high-end mountain bike for founder Ginger Rosenbauer’s son. “Our son’s riding progression was held back by a heavy bike. His high-end bike was designed around a stock frame with long chainstays making it difficult to learn to manual over obstacles and change directions quickly. The heavy components hindered his ability to ride longer and learn key skills which he was ready for at 8-years-old,” said Trailcraft Founder Ginger Rosenbauer. “The choices available for a high performance 24- inch bike were slim to none so I set out to create bikes which would give aspiring young riders the option to ride a great bicycle from the beginning.”
The first model, the Pineridge 24 is named after a local trail in Fort Collins, Colorado where Trailcraft was founded. “The Pineridge 24 took our son’s riding from the good level to the great. Hills that were once too difficult to ride became much easier, key skills were learned, and our family rides became longer and a lot more fun.”
The first small production run is ready, and is sold in four options: (1) complete aluminum bike (2) aluminum frame, fork, wheels, and cranks for personal customization (3) complete titanium bike and (4) titanium frame, fork, wheels, and cranks for personal customization. All are available for delivery before the holiday season on Kickstarter. The next production run will be delivered April/May 2015.
The secret to the perfect ride quality of the Trailcraft Pineridge 24 bike is the unique frame geometry and high quality lightweight components. Each frame is hand built in very small batches with double butted 7005 aluminum tubing, forged dropouts, and post-mount disc brake mount. A chainstay length of 390mm allows kids to corner faster, change direction quicker, and lift the front end easier. A shorter rear end also makes learning manuals and floating the front end over obstacles much more fun than your typical mass produced 24-inch bike designed with a kickstand in mind.
Trailcraft’s Pineridge 24 offers high performance geometry, Stans Crest rims, Schwalbe tires, Shimano Deore components, and three color options to choose from. These bikes are very light weight. The aluminum complete bike weighs approximately 22 pounds and the titanium complete bike weighs approximately 19 pounds.
The Pineridge 24 complete bike is being offered at $1699. The aluminum frame, fork, wheels and cranks are offered at $1199. The Pineridge 24 titanium complete bike is being offered at $2699. The titanium frame, fork, wheels, cranks are offered at $2199.
Founder, Ginger Rosenbauer is really excited to bring these lightweight bikes into the marketplace. “It is my hope that children can ride these lightweight bikes building an early positive riding experience, and a lifetime love of riding.”
Via the City of Fort Collins' FCBikes newsletter:
Release of Final Bicycle Master Plan
Thursday, November 20
After several iterations, stakeholder meetings and public comment, the Bicycle Master will be released in its final version on Thursday, November 20. Check out the Bike Plan website to view the plan.
Join us in December to help celebrate the Bike Plan Release. See below for details.
Winter Cycling 101
Interested in riding year-round but not sure how to get started? Winter Cycling 101 is a 2-hour presentation that teaches you how to ride safely and confidently in the winter. During this class, expert instructors will provide cycling tips for safe winter riding and recommend clothing and gear for enjoyable riding during the colder months. Registration required. Limited to 30 attendees.
Wednesday, December 3, 4:30-6:30pm at the Harmony Library, 4616 South Shields, Community Room.
Wednesday, January 7, 4-6pm at the Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Dr. Prairie Sage #1.
Wednesday, February 4, 6-8pm, at Northside Aztlan Community Center, 112 E. Willow St. in Lounge Area, en Español .
To register, please complete this form: http://fcgov.BIKE-WINTER-14-15-Winter-Cycling-101-RSVP.sgizmo.com/s3/
Guided Winter Ride
Put your winter cycling knowledge to the test and join us for a beginner's guided ride. This 2-hour leisurely ride will allow you to practice winter riding in a group setting, build your confidence and gain skills to venture out on your own. Registration required. Limited to 20 attendees.
Saturday, December 6, 10am-noon. Meet in the Harmony Library lobby, 4616 South Shields.
Saturday, January 10, 10am-noon. Meet in the Senior Center lobby, 1200 Raintree Dr.
Wednesday, February 11, 4-6pm. Lobby of Northside Azatlan Community Center.
To register, please complete this form: http://fcgov.BIKE-WINTER-14-15-Guided-Winter-Ride-RSVP.sgizmo.com/s3/
Light up the Night
Did you know front lights are required ......? Don't have one? Need replacement batteries? Visit one of our many Light-Up-the-Night stations this Bike Winter where we'll be making sure commuters are riding bright! City of Fort Collins Police will be on hand to register bikes as well.
Wednesday, December 10, 4-6pm. Southwest corner of parking lot at Front Range Community College.
Wednesday, January 14, 4-6pm. Parking lot entrance of Rolland Moore Park off of Shields.
Wednesday, February 4, 6-8pm. Northside Aztlan Community Center Lobby, 112 Willow Street.
8th Annual Winter Bike to Work Day
Wednesday, December 10 from 7 to 9:30am
It's just like the summer, but even cooler! Join us, Wednesday, December 10 from 7 a.m.-9:30 a.m. for free breakfast, warm coffee and lots of fun bicycle friends to celebrate winter cycling. Stations are dispersed around town, ready to reward those who choose to ride their bicycles to work. For more information, a map of stations and a list of hosts, please visit www.fcgov.com/bikewinter.
Bike Plan Release Celebration & RideBikePlan
Saturday, December 13 at Cranknstein, 215 N. College Ave. Ride from 2-4pm, celebration from 4-6pm
FC Bikes invites you to help us celebrate the anticipated completion of the 2014 Bicycle Master Plan. A fun wintery ride on the City's low-stress network will kick off the afternoon festivities, concluding at Cranknstein with appetizers and comradery.
County seeks signatures on trail connection petition
Larimer County has started a petition drive to show support for its efforts partnering with Fort Collins and Loveland to create connections between the cities' regional trail systems.
Supporters of the idea to connect the trail systems will seek grant funding to build the trail connections, and will use the petition to show community interest in the project.
According to the Larimer County website, if the effort is successful the trails will open before the end or 2016 and create a trail system of more than 50 miles for recreation and commuting.
The online petition can be found at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/support-regional-trails-in-larimer-county
The second ride of the Winter Ralleye Series is the Penock Pass Pedalin' Pow Wow. The ride will leave from the Bean Cycle at 630am on Sunday December 7th. The exact route and distance are still TBD. Keep and eye on the Facebook event page for updates. Know this, it will be between 75 and 100+ miles with a mix of pavement and dirt traversing Pennock pass and the Poudre Canyon in December.
Here's the schedule for the rest of the 2014/2015 events.
Sunday, Nov 2nd start time: 7:00am, (roll at 8 am) WyColo Border Patrol, meet at Bean Cycle.
Sunday, Dec 7th start time: 6:30am, (roll at 7 am) Pennoc Pedalling Pow-wow, meet at Bean Cycle.
Sat AND Sun, Jan 10TH and 11TH meet at Lyons park at noon TWO DAYS OF COLD TOES.
Saturday, Feb 21st start time: 7:00am, (roll at 8 am) Cinnamon Roller, meet at Bean Cycle.
Sunday, March 15th start time: 7:00am, (roll at 8 am) Weld County Waltz , meet at Bean Cycle.
Saturday, April 18th start time: 6:30am, (roll at 7 am) Ralleye Finalleye, meet at Bean Cycle.
If you need more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Over the coming weeks and months, Kerry Wicks will be documenting the legal process when it comes to the hit and run of a cyclist in Larimer County. On June 14th her husband, Jeff Wicks was hit and left unconscious and bleeding on the side of the road.
Here is her latest post.
Here is the Coloradoan article: http://noconow.co/1tRXMOt
November 12th, 2014
Today was deeply unsatisfying. And I know why. As a woman, a mom, a daughter, a sister, a wife, I know what it means to be accountable. And Peggy Brown does not.
Once again, Jeff and I made our way to the Larimer County Courthouse, courtroom 3A, for Peggy's hearing. Though, this day was a bit different. We knew we'd listen to the charges read against her, and had imagined what it would sound like to hear her plead guilty. (Peggy Brown pleaded leaving the scene of an accident — a class-four felony.)
Court proceedings dawdled on, and then 'Miss Peggy Brown' was called up.
To be candid, after months of recovery, and a summer that never was, I personally awaited hearing Peggy... 'get it'. While I may be a bit of a dreamer, I did actually believe she would step up. After all, what being wouldn't, given this chance, (minimally) to say sorry to the father/husband/son/cyclist/man she crippled?
The being of Peggy wouldn't.
Here are a few Peggy Brown quotes from the hearing (in response to the Judge's questions):
"I felt a crash, and looked in my rearview mirror...and saw the bike, and the rider..."
"I couldn't find a good place to pull over"
"I didn't know it was a felony" (to drive away) Um...because that matters?
"I was worried about confrontation from the people [at the scene]" (after she left, she drove a mile or so, turned around back by the accident...and left again)
We never heard a sorry. We never heard "I should have..." "I could have..." "I wish I had..."
It was a lackluster hearing. If anything, it seemed Peggy continued to play the impish victim—even sharing she was tired from the snowy drive in from Iowa. Yes, she is still driving these days.
I'm tired too Peggy. Very. And Jeff is exhausted the moment he wakes up each day.
I'll reiterate. We forgive Peggy Brown for the accident. Bad drivers drive badly. Good drivers make mistakes. But, I had hoped and sought to hear some sense that she GETS what she did by leaving a dad to die on the road. Twice. But she truly doesn't.
So, I now need to be at peace. Because I really can't continue to hold all this.
And I know the cycling community, and indeed anyone that knows our family and this situation tends to want to have the 'proverbial book' thrown at Peggy. Her actions (and lack of action) warrant a 2-6 year prison term. We need you to know we feel this would be an ineffective and punitive punishment, and would love to have a hand in creating a new book to be thrown. My last update shared we'd like Peggy to do something.
In truth, we'd love to hear what YOU feel Peggy could do for our community. Please share this post and add your ideas. Please.