SoCoVelo members organized and other members participated along with members of the community to contribute 614 pounds of food to the local Care and Share food bank. Teams "raced" for around 2 hours around town to collect food items to donate and attempted to win prizes in select categories.
A big shout-out to the organizers (Adam, Mike, Jimmy and Cam) plus Criterium Bicycle shop who donated some of the prizes.
A group of 4 members got out in Cheyenne Mountain State Park to work on a few sections of trail with Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates. It felt like a furnace in the 94 degree heat but the sun got below the peak as we fixed a number of sections that were leading to erosion and trail wash-out.
Yesterday 14 badass ladies came together to kick off SoCoVelo’s inaugural women’s-only ride, with Sarah as lead, and Beth, Patti, and Steph as sweepers. The ride was 22 miles long and went from Criterium Bike Shop to Garden of the Gods and back to Criterium via the Greenway Trail. A surprise aid station with bagels, bananas, Larabars, and water, set up by Dan, welcomed the ladies at Balanced Rock, the halfway point and highest point of the ride. The intent of this ride was to bring women together to ride, no matter their background or skill level! We definitely accomplished this and had riders attend from the entire spectrum of abilities—1 month on the bike to local pro cyclist Charlotte! It just shows that cycling has the ability to bring people together from all walks of life! Overall, the ride was a huge success. There were smiles, words of encouragement, and great conversations all around. Special thanks to Criterium for supporting this ride and letting us borrow Steph for the morning! - Sarah B
SoCoVelo members raced and volunteered to put on the first of 6 race series at Pikes Peak International Raceway. You can find out more about the series by clicking on the Crit Series menu at the top.
The first Wednesday 6pm from Criterium Bicycles Hump Day ride happened on May 1st. A hardy group of cyclists showed up and bundled up and temps were right around 40 with gray skies. The rain and snow held off (mostly) and we explore the new Cottonwood Creek underpass. Summer is coming right?
SoCoVelo helped clean up a stretch of Santa Fe trail on Saturday morning, April 27th. There was lots of trash having accumulated over the winter. Now the stretch from the Popcycle bridge up to the T-gap trail intersection is a bit cleaner. Thanks to everyone who showed up.
A number of club members lead mountain bike rides from Trails End Taproom in the month of April. This was part of their weekly Trailblazer series of rides (and runs) that happen every Wednesday. More information on this standing event can be found on the Trails End Facebook page. This event is getting really popular with lots of folks out enjoying Red Rock Canyon and it's trails.
Three members attended the annual Colorado Springs Bike Swap at the SoccerHaus and sold a bunch of items on a cold, snowy April day. Lots of community bike folks were in attendance so was good to catch up with everyone. A number of other members attendance as well to buy some good deals. Proceeds went to Kids on Bikes. So in all a great day when riding outside wasn't going to happen.
NEW KIT DAY IS THE BEST DAY
Club members got together in March at Trails End Taproom to get general updates on the club and heard about...
Thanks to everyone who made it out!
"Great times were had at Pedal Station last week. We had a fantastic and all-time record turnout of 8 people. Thank you so much to everyone who came out. Thanks also to Jess from Kids on Bikes for hooking us up with warm beverages and to Will for teaching us how to handle some of the older bike components.
For me personally, it was a super fun night hanging out with cycling friends, talking about what had been going on in our respective lives during the winter months, learning how to take apart a bike or repair certain aspects of the bike, searching for appropriate bike parts to put on the bikes, gaining familiarity with the tools, and marveling over some of the 1980's or so bikes we got to play with. I learned a ton and am excited for the next event. All in all, we took apart or fixed about 10 bikes in the 2 hours we were there. I'm calling that great success and a nice contribution from SoCoVelo! The next event will be in a few months so be on the lookout for it on our event's page. It'll be guaranteed to be a good time and for a super awesome cause!"
- Sarah B