Because it is one of the premier mountain bike endurance races in the country, the Laramie Enduro (to be held on Saturday, July 27th, 2013) is very popular and uses to a lottery system to determine entrants. If you have been dreaming of getting out on your mountain bike and suffering through a 70+ mile ride, then it is time to get off the couch, run to your computer and sign up for the Laramie Enduro race lottery. Registration for the lottery begins on February 1, 2013 and ends on March 7, 2013. You can sign up here:
The cost to enter the lottery is $5.00, with $4.85 of that going to support the Colorado HS Cycling League, the Laramie HS MTB Team, and the Stone Temple MTB Camp/WY HS League development fund. It's a great race and lottery registration supports some great causes, so keep the dream alive and sign up today!
Several years ago, a small group of people imagined a park in Fort Collins where children could learn to ride, families could ride together, people of all ages could work on their cycling skills, individuals could exercise and train, and world-class athletes would come to race. We are getting closer to that dream.
The goal is to develop a world-class VeloPark to support all types of cycling for education, recreation, fitness, competition, tourism, and events. The VeloPark will benefit not only cyclists of all ages but also businesses, youth organizations, schools, bike clubs, and the community at large.
The VeloPark could include:
*Kids’ Safety Town
*1 KM criterium course
*BMX, Mountain bike and cyclocross courses
*"Pedal-Power" Play ground
*Access to bike paths
Building this park will require collaboration, partnerships and involvement on your part. Now is your chance to help determine which features are most important for this park. Collecting your information is a key to getting started on a formal park proposal.
Your input is needed by Friday, Feb. 15th, 2012, to move forward to create this proposal in partnership with the City of Fort Collins. The VeloPark Committee also plans to develop private-sector partnerships to accelerate development of this park.
Please take a few minutes to complete the VeloPark Survey:
It isn't mountain biking, but it is still pretty cool and it is coming to Northern Colorado! The USA Pro Cycling Challenge, arguably the premier road cycling race in the US (sorry Tour of California) will be holding a stage of the 2013 race in our area (likely starting in Loveland and finishing in Fort Collins). You can read more about it on Your Group Ride.
You can help save the Fort Collins Bike Library. The Bike Library funding ends on December 31, 2012 and they are currently looking to our community to help them keep their doors open and their bikes available.
To that end, our esteemed sponsor, New Belgium Brewery, will be holding a "Save the Bike Library" fundraiser party on Saturday, December 15th, from 7-9pm in Brewhouse 2 at the brewery. Please help keep this great institution going by attending.
You can learn more about the event on Facebook (you must be logged in to see the event page) or register to attend directly at Community Funded for $15 prior to the event. Just scroll through the project Giftbacks to the "New Belgium Holiday Ugly Party" (about the fifth row down), add it to your cart and checkout. You will also be able to register at the door for $20.
If you cannot attend or just want to help out more, please consider donating directly to the Save the Bike Library fund on Community Funded or by purchasing one of the Giftback items.
It's a great cause, so please do what you can to help and let all of your friends and family know.
As you may have heard, the Overland Mountain Bike Club Trails Committee is developing a regional Trail Vision Plan. We are working with trail planning and design consultants, Kay-Linn Enterprises, to develop this plan. As a part of the development process, we have created a trail use survey and are asking for your input.
Please take 5-10 minutes out of your day and fill out the survey. You can access the survey here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/OverlandTrailVision.
The flexible folks up at Gowdy have decided to take advantage of the good weather this week and have rescheduled the Overland Curt Gowdy trail day for this Saturday, November 3rd. Looks like the third or fourth time will be the charm.
Sign up to volunteer here.
We will be working on the one of the play areas off of Stone Temple, so it should be a fun day. It looks like it will be a bit on the chilly side, so dress accordingly. As always, we recommend that you bring plenty of water, sun protection, gloves, glasses, sturdy boots, long pants, and a good attitude. Plan to carpool up.
Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day has been cancelled for Saturday, the 6th, due to the predicted cold and snow. Unfortunately, we were not able to reschedule the event, so please consider volunteering for out final trail day of the season on October 27th at Curt Gowdy State Park.
Singletrack Socials officially ended in September. Thanks to everyone who joined us. We love our Wednesday night rides and will be back and ready to ride in 2013.
Saturday, October 6th, 9:00AM, Lory State Park
Sign kids up for the event. or Sign up to volunteer for the event.
This is the Big Kahuna... the IMBA-sponsored main event. Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day is hosted by bike clubs around the world and is an Overland Mountain Bike Club signature event!
Kids come out in droves every year to put down the video games, hop on a bike and have a great time at Lory State Park.
ELECTIONS AND MONTHLY MEETING TONIGHT
Possibly the most important monthly meeting of the year is tonight upstairs at the Rio in the Agave Room at 6:30. A few good souls will talk about why they want to serve on the Overland Board of Directors. Everyone will have a chance to ask questions. The vote will then take place via the internet for roughly two weeks following the meeting. This election cycle we have 4 seats to elect. Thuan, Bill and Lisa have another year left on their term. Pete's term is up but he plans to run again (Thanks Pete!) If Pete is re-elected, that leaves 3 open seats on this year's board.
If you are interested in running for a seat, please come tonight and be prepared to state why you'd like to be a board member. Be prepared to answer a few questions. And thanks to those of you who will run for the board. I can say it's been one of the most rewarding experiences I've had.