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Reflections and Comments on Last Night's Jefferson County "Roadway Safety Meeting" at Ken Caryl Ranch House

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Megan Hottman of www.TheCyclist-Lawyer.com

Authored by: Megan Hottman, lawyer with Hottman Law Office

Last night I attended the second of three meetings hosted by Commissioner Rosier and Amy Pamperien, with presentations by Lt. James Lucas, Jeffco Sheriff, and representative of Jeffco Transportation and Engineering Division, concerning Jeffco cyclists and homeowners and motorists. These meetings were initiated as informational meetings to share Jeffco's proposed bike/road plans, as well as for the Sheriff's office to review the laws regarding cyclists and also to receive comments from both sides on the issues that are causing the tension between cyclists and motorists and homeowners.

Commissioner Rosier began by going through the attached powerpoint presentation (I apologize they are out of order in this file but you get the gist) - see attached.

Then Lt. Lucas took over in discussing the primary statute applicable to cyclists. He also fielded questions regarding the 3-feet passing rule.

Venus de Miles: It’s Not Just for Women with Road Bikes Anymore.

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Listen to Dream Team Rider, Heather Irmiger
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in Venus de Miles

You’ve probably never seen me on a road bike. That’s because I’ve never ridden one. Unless you count my sweet 10-speed bike I had way back when. When I wore monogrammed sweaters and had a bi-level haircut and I thought Shaun Cassidy was cool. That’s why it might surprise you that I’ve decided to ride in the Venus de Miles. Yep. You read that right. I was thinking about riding my pink mountain bike and I know you can ride anything you want but I figure we might as well make this an experience to really remember by putting myself on a bike with very skinny tires. And so I called my buddy at the Trek store here in Boulder. And thanks to Chris and Trek, I will be straddling something with very skinny tires (compared to my mountain bike) and a gearing system I’m sure will be way over my head.

This will be the 5th year for the Venus de Miles and it seems to get bigger and quite possibly better every year. It is not a race and so if you’re thinking to yourself, “I’m not as fast as Cheri” or “I’m not in as good of shape as Cheri” then you can stop right there. Oh. You weren’t thinking that at all? Awkward! But seriously, this ride is about raising money for the Greenhouse Scholars. And the Greenhouse Scholars provides financial, practical and personal support to high achieving under resourced people. Bottom line=It helps people fulfill their educational goals. To date, over $379,000 has been raised! This is an easy way to make a difference and support people who want to get an education and have fun! Win. Win. Win.

There are four options for ride length; 100, 67, 51 and 33 miles. And my favorite part? If you wake up and you’re not feeling the 57 mile ride you signed up for you can change your mind! You can ride the 33 mile route. Lately I’ve been seeing some cyclists around town with a pacer person on a scooter. I think the scooter person carries refreshments and yells at the cyclists for encouragement. I also think I want one of these people. But the closest thing I will come to a scooter person is my Eurovan with my husband and three kids. I can see it now. My kids would be yelling out the window at me, “Are we there yet?” and “What are you making for dinner?” Somehow I think the cyclists with the people on the scooters are having a totally different experience. I knew I shouldn’t have sold my scooter.

Cheri's Podium - Vacation: A Scheduled Period During Which Activity is Suspended

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Vacation: A Scheduled Period During Which Activity is Suspended. What Happens When You Can’t Ride Your Bike.

What happens when you can’t get on your__________? Fill in the blank. Or what happens when you can’t do______________? Fill in the blank. And what happens if your body needs _________________? Fill in the blank. What do you do then? I could say ‘fill in the blank’ but I’ll fill in the blank for you.

I know so many of us think we need that hike, that ride, that trip to the gym or “we’re just gonna die!” But that’s not really true is it? You might get a little persnickety and after a few weeks you might put on a pound or two that you always manage to stave off by dragging yourself to the gym, the trail, etc. But for most of us, we’re going to be just fine. Even those of us who think we NEED it or we’ll be in a bad mood. We’re going to be just fine too.

Tuesday Coffee Talk - Life Time bans for Dopers? - Discuss.

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Based on recent comments from the success of a former suspended rider for doping it appears that many riders would like to see bans on dopers to be for life. Some say that once a doper - always a doper. Sounds like once they are tagged with this offense they cannot escape its stain and are considered a branded man by the peloton.

Online Cycling Tools

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Do you ever wonder what it would be like to descend Old Stage as fast as Taylor Phinney? Or climb Mt. Evans like Tom Danielson? Or better still to suffer like uber domestique Timmy Duggan? Even the weekend cyclist can get a taste for what it might feel like to be a professional rider or maybe that guy he's trying to beat out on the road all thru the latest in social media.

Collecting and sharing of cyclists' information has come a long way since MapMyRide and in a very short amount of time. It seems that most people have some sort of cycling computer on their bike or at least an iPhone or Android to record their ride. It is possible to collect and share distance, elevation gain, top speed, average speed and even heart rate and power statistics.

Coffee Talk Tuesday - Doping Cases at a Snail's Pace

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Coffee talk Tuesday deals with lawlessness in our cycling culture. Tuesday Coffee Talk allows all of us to engage in community related topics and share your 2 cents worth

The Armstrong doping case never seems to go away and neither has Armstrong's athletic ambitions as he continues to compete, this time in triathlons. Currently USADA is having their turn at busting Lance for doping for allegations that date back to 1999 and some as recent as 2010. It has been said that cases like this should move forward to help create a cleaner sport and who could disagree with that? The problem that many have with these cases are the tardiness of them. Is there anyway doping cases can be sped up? And it's not just at the highest level of sport like Lance Armstrong but also at our level, the amateur cyclists. How long has USADA had the list of consumers of doping products, I believe it is 3 years now and a only a few have been busted from that list of nearly 100 names. What kind of message does this send? You have a 4% chance of being busted and if this case isn't closed then this also says that your "career" in amateur cycling will most likely be over before you are even busted.

Are you a Stravasshole?

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Stravasshole : an individual Strava-ing at the expense of common courtesy.

Strava is fun and I like to go "Strava-ing on the weekends". For those unfamilier with this term, Strava is a the ability to track your rides with GPS AND (most importantly) compete not in real-time with other riders of the road or trail for the fastest time. There are other products that provide rich GPS ride tracking like Ride with GPS and MapMyRide is getting into KOM's as well but Strava isn't about it's GPS technical excellence it's all about public display of winning. But like any disruptive technology that hits the market like Facebook, Twitter or camera phones, bad uses arise and with Strava these people are called Stravassholes.

Recently on MTBR Forums a Post about Stravassholes was made

So over the last year or so the rides tracked on Strava here in the FR have blown thru the roof, especially in the Golden area. the lookout road climb had always been a biggie but now there are tons of UH and DH segments on dirt all over Chimney, WR, NTM, STM, etc. Initially I was hooked, I was riding better when I knew I was on the clock. Since however, realized its clearly a double edge sword. Was ascending last week, some ***** comes whipping around, saw me and shouted "STRAVA! coming thru"...didn't bother to yield and blew by. not a huge deal, wide section of the trail, but got me wondering what the FR will be like when the entire FR is full of Stravons killling each other for the KOM. oh well.

Ways you are a Stravasshole
  • Choosing a Strava Segment due to favorable winds
  • Stravaing while in a pack, no, this is a solo thing
  • Descending in a bubble and yelling "Strava"
  • Posting your Strava account link on your resume
  • Add your ways in the comments below

Are we becoming Stravassholes with this new technology?

I posted this question to Facebook recently and got some interesting feedback, as one person said, Assholes are Assholes, Strava just gave them a platform to amplify it.

But I like Strava as it allows us to do something not so easily done before and to use it in innovative ways like create a race without ever having a race or easily see how my climbing or descending compares to my peers or just for myself and how I perform on my weekly personal hard ride day. With tools like Strava one could create a entire race series for a Summer and never have to get a permit, have insurance or get it sanctioned, how cool would that be?! It can also be very disheartening at times like when I blew a personal record on NCAR last week only to find out that put in me 39th place (I'm not even going to try to beat the downhill segment).

If you haven't tried Strava or any of the Strava like products (Ride with GPS, MapMyRide, or MyTracks (Google)) than be cautious, it can be addictive and if you have any bit of asshole in you then it will get amplified and your inner Stravasshole will come out.

Tuesday Coffee Talk - Staying safe and riding the law

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Coffee talk Tuesday deals with lawlessness in our cycling culture. Tuesday Coffee Talk allows all of us to engage in community related topics and share your 2 cents worth

Last week on Bike to Work Day (nationally, not locally) a cyclist in Denver ran a stop sign and smashed into a cop car. The cyclist was injured and taken to the hospital.

The Denver Post was the one that reported on it and the comments on their story were interesting and different from what we saw on our facebook page. Yet regardless of which side of the law you stand on this accident is terrible and should be avoided.

So why do so many ride above the law?

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