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August 15, 2013
August Momentum Newsletter
I'm not sure if fall has come early or what but the mild weather has made riding in Fort Collins quite enjoyable this summer!  As always, there is a lot going on this time of year for those who want to get out and ride.  Whether it be riding your bike to the Bike Prom, cycling to school on Bike to School Day, watching the pros roll through town for the Pro Challenge or even riding with the pros for Ride with the Stars, Fort Collins has a lot to offer!  So what are you waiting for? Ride on!!
City Bike Projects and Programs
Bike Plan Update
FC Bikes is beginning the process for updating the City's 2008 Bicycle Plan and the 2011 Bicycle Safety Education Plan and we want your involvement!  We will be using Momentum to announce upcoming opportunities for you to be involved in this process and to help shape the future of bicycling in Fort Collins.  Stay tuned for more information.  Please encourage your friends, neighbors, co-workers and all others who might be interested in the future of bicycling in Fort Collins to sign up for the Momentum Newsletter to stay informed about the Bike Plan Update!  If you don't already receive the Momentum Newsletter, you use the form in the top right of our website to sign up:  FC Bikes website.

Get Involved!

 Volunteer for the Fort Collins Stage of the USA Pro Challenge

Event Date: August 24, 2013


Stage 6 of the USA Pro Cycling is going to be a major undertaking. It will take between 600 and 800 volunteers to get all 17 teams safely from the start in Loveland up to Estes Park and back down to the finish Fort Collins.  Positions will include but are not limited to, course marshals, city ambassadors, VIP relations, venue set up and tear down.


For more information, please visit the official website:


Colorado High School Cycling League Scholarship Applications DUE AUGUST 26

Thanks to the generous support of Colorado League sponsors, numerous individuals and the NICA Booster Fund we are able to offer more support to riders, coaches and teams. Applications are for amounts up to $500 and must be submitted by August 26th. Funds can be applied toward travel expenses, equipment, or coach education.


2013 Race Calendar

Race 1 Sept 8 Snow Mountain Ranch Stampede, Granby

Race 2 Sept 22 Cloud City Challenge, Leadville

Race 3 Oct 6 Peaceful Valley Invitational, Elbert 

Race 4 Oct 20 Haymeadow Classic, State Championship, Eagle


Visit for more information and to complete your scholarship application.


Become a League Cycling Instructor!

Friday-Sunday, September 27-29 at 281 N. College Ave. LAB

The LCI training seminar focuses on teaching and demonstration techniques used with future students both on the road and in the classroom. The seminar emphasis is on how to teach bicycle safety and skills so as to provide increased comfort and confidence for new and returning bicyclists and youth. The Seminar does not emphasize the content or specific details of the cycling course curricula. It is primarily about teaching, and each candidate will have opportunities during the seminar to practice facilitating parts of the Traffic Skills 101 curriculum, both in the classroom and in the parking lot. The seminar is normally one evening and two full days. Generally, 1/3 of the time is on-bike, so students should be prepared to ride.

The registration fee is $300 and includes the seminar materials.  For more information on the course, visit: 

To register, please visit the League of American Bicyclists' website.
Local Bike Classes & Events   

Bike to School Day

Friday, August 23

Students are encouraged to bike to school on Friday, August 23, one day prior to the USA Pro Challenge that will roll through northern Colorado on Saturday, August 24. This 500-mile stage race is Colorado's biggest bike race, featuring 16 of the world's top teams. Children participating in "Bike to School Friday" will receive prizes from the USA Pro Challenge. For more information, contact Nancy Nichols at or visit


Ride with the Stars

Saturday, August 24 at 8:00am at Full Cycle

FC Bikes presents the Fort Follies Ride with the Stars ride on the morning of the Pro Challenge. Enjoy a leisurely 20 mile social ride with some of the professional ladies! The ride will begin at Full Cycle and end at Crankenstein's in Old Town for $1 coffee drinks (there will be ample bike parking). Highlighting ladies, but guys are welcome as well. All levels and ages welcome! Let's celebrate ladies of all levels on bikes. 

Click here to RSVP for the event. 



Fort Follies Women's Grand Prix

Saturday, August 24 at 12:00pm in Old Town, Fort Collins

This fast, flat .93 mile course is centered in the heart of the action in Old Town, Fort Collins on the same day as the USAMen's Pro Challenge Stage 6, also ending in Fort Collins. With a major $9,000 prize purse, primes, sprinter points, and a most-aggressive rider jersey, you can expect incredible action among some of the highest-level women professionals in the U.S.! 

For more information, please visit the Fort Follies website or contact Whitney Schultz at or 970-818-1816.   

USA Pro Challenge Stage 6

Saturday, August 24 starting at 11:35am at the Ranch in Loveland

The USA Pro Challenge, also known as America's Race, is an annual multi-day professional road cycling stage race that first took place in Colorado in 2011. The race is marked especially by the incredible altitudes (over 12,000-feet), spectacular Colorado Rocky Mountain scenery and over one million annual fans onsite. The 2013 USA Pro Challenge will take place August 19-25. For more information, please visit:


Stage 6 will take start in Loveland and finish in Fort Collins.  For more information on Stage 6, including road closure information, routes, and volunteer opportunities. please visit


Bike Prom 2013

Friday, August 30 at 7:00pm at Club Tico

Pre-game Tour De Fat with us at Bike Prom!  A night of beer, bikes, beats, and your best dance moves! Come in your Tour De Fat costume and receive many high fives!  $10 admission at the door. Ticket price includes one drink.  21+. Beer $5 each.  Music provided by Echo & Steve.


For more information, check out the event's facebook page.


Fort Collins Tour de Fat

Saturday, August 31 from 9:00 am-4:00 pm

If dressing freaky, riding bikes, and listening to bands are things you like, then don't miss the most FUN fundraiser around...Tour de Fat is coming back to town!  Gather up your friends, family and neighbors and come enjoy eclectic entertainment and stellar beverages, all while helping local bicycle nonprofits raise funds. The event is free, yet all proceeds from beverage and merchandise sales and donations from parade participants will help make 12 US cities better places to ride a bike.

Each day begins with a giant bicycle parade that weaves through city streets, designed for people of all skill levels; all are welcome and colorful costumes are encouraged. For the rest of the afternoon, the stages heat up with world-class acts and the park becomes a celebration unlike any other!

For more information, please visit: Fort Collins Tour de Fat. 


Free Bicycle Maintenance Clinic

Wednesday, September 4 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Peloton Cycles

We will be holding our second of the year free bicycle maintenance clinic Wednesday, September 4th from 6pm to 8pm at our Fort Collins location. There is a sign up sheet located at the front desk of that location, or please feel free to RSVP by phone or email. Our number is 970-449-5595. extension 2, or email us Peloton Cycles. We will be holding a clinic monthly, so if you can't make this one, feel free to sign up for next month! We will be starting with basic repairs such as flat tire fixes and routine bike maintenance. Then we will move into more difficult things such as shift and brake adjustments. We will also be more than happy to answer specific questions, but please do not bring your bike expecting it to be worked on. This is a group event.
You do not need any tools or prior bicycle knowledge. This month it is an entry level course and all are welcome. For more information, please visit the event's facebook page.


Hands-On Bike Maintenance: Drive Train

Saturday, September 7 from 10:00am to 12:00pm at REI

Your bikes Drive Train is a key component to efficient riding. Join our certified bike techs for a hands-on class to learn about what makes up your drive train and some tips on general maintenance. We will cover how to inspect. adjust and maintain your front and rear derailleurs and other components of your bike's drive train. BYOB - Bring Your Own Bike - Bikes must be clean and in good working order to be used during the class. If your bike does not meet standards you may still attend the clinic. However, you may be asked not to work on your bike. Register early, class size is limited. Replacement parts not included in class fee. 

Visit the REI registration page to register for this class. $45 for members, $65 for non members.


New Belgium Brewing Bike-In Cinema

NBB Thursdays, September 12, 19, 26, & October 3

Every summer since then we have hosted our own outdoor Bike-in Cinema on the front lawn here at New Belgium. It's quite a sight - 400 or 500 of our friends and neighbors spread out on blankets, catching a flick and sipping a beer beneath the stars. All beer proceeds go to local non-profit partners. The best part is watching everyone ride away on their bicycles, lights flashing, bells ringing on those warm summer nights. For more information, please visit: Bike-In Cinema



Traffic Skills 101 Course

Saturday, September 14 from 8:30am to 4:00pm at Westbridge Medical SuitesLAB

This FREE course, based on the League of American Bicyclists curriculum, covers sharing the road, rules of the road, bicycle safety checks, fixing a flat, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques, PLUS lunch and materials. It's recommended for students above the age of 14 years. For more information and to RSVP, contact Becky Moriarty at or 970.224.6112.


Hands-On Bike Maintenance: Rim Brake Systems

Saturday, September 14 from 10:00am to 12:00pm at REI

Bring your own bike and learn through a combination of hands-on work and demonstrations about your bike's RIM brake system. This is an intensive hands-on bike maintenance class with guidance from an REI Certified Bike Technician. By the end of the class, you will have the information to confidently tune your bike's brake system. Tools are provided and closed-toe shoes are required. BYOB - Bring Your Own Bike - Bikes must be clean and in good working order to be used during the class. If your bike does not meet standards you may still attend the clinic. However, you may be asked not to work on your bike. Register early, class size is limited. Replacement parts not included in class fee. 

Visit the REI registration page to register for this class.  $45 for members, $65 for non members.


5th Annual CSU Ram Bicycle Classic

Sunday, September 22

Hundreds of cycling enthusiasts will be pedaling for sustainability education programs and initiatives in the 5th annual CSU Ram Bicycle Classic. The event is a non-competitive, scenic bicycle tour of Larimer County and is open to all ages and ability levels with four rides to choose from: an 11-mile family ride and a 35-mile, 65-mile and 100-mile ride.Registration includes a ride t-shirt and post-ride festivities including a complimentary lunch, beer garden with two free beers for riders 21 and up, live music, a bike expo, and a chance of winning a new bamboo road bike. The family-friendly event will also include a kid's bike rodeo and bike safety clinic.

For more information on the event, check out the Ram Cycle Classic website


Hands-On Bike Maintenance: Fix a Flat

Tuesday, September 24 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at REI

In this hands-on bike maintenance class, our bike techs will share tips and tricks for fixing a flat, changing your bike tube and getting back on the go. Participants should bring their own wheel, tire & tube to work on during the class. All necessary shop tools and equipment are provided for use during the class. BYOB - Bring Your Own Bike - Bikes must be clean and in good working order to be used during the class. If your bike does not meet standards you may still attend the clinic. However, you may be asked not to work on your bike. Register early, class size is limited. Replacement parts not included in class fee.

Visit the REI registration page to register for this class.  $20 for members, $40 for non members. 

Bike News You Might Have Missed 
Just for Fun

Meet the one city in America where cars have been banned since 1898: Mackinac Island.  Just imagine if this was Fort Collins!! 

Mackinac Island  


If you have an event, class or news that you would like included in a future issue of the Fort Collins Momentum Newsletter, please email Becky Moriarty at


Becky Moriarty

Assistant FC Bikes Coordinator

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