Falcon Trail 100k This Sunday

July 19th, 2011

Falcon Trail 100k

Update 7/20/11 The Falcon Trail mountain bike races have been canceled because not enough racers registered.

The Falcon Trail 100k is this Sunday. Due to increased security at the Air Force Academy there will be no race day registration. In order to race, you must register by 5 PM tomorrow (Wednesday). In addition to the 5 laps of the Falcon Trail for the 100k, there are also 1 and 2 lap races depending on race category.

I’m planning on doing this race as training for the Leadville 100. Maybe because all the other planned races at the Air Force Academy have been canceled or moved to other courses, I’ve heard that registration numbers are low. Hopefully enough racers will sign up so that the race doesn’t end up being canceled.

You can get the full results from last year’s race including the shorter races here.

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Kids on Bikes Fundraiser Rides and Fun This Weekend

September 21st, 2010

Kids on Bikes

Kids on Bikes is a great local organization that helps kids earn a bike. Paige Carmichael, Chris Carmichael’s wife, started Kids on Bikes to help provide solutions to rising childhood obesity rates and highlight the benefits of physical activity for children. Paige believes every child deserves to experience the joy, freedom, and confidence of owning a bike. My kids enjoyed the kids race that had at the 24 Hours of Colorado Springs last weekend.

Kids on Bikes is hosting their first annual fundraising ride this Saturday at the Air Force Academy. There will be three ride options (4 mile family, 16 mile, and 24 mile routes) on the Santa Fe Trail. After the rides, there will be a picnic and Kids Zone. The Kids Zone will have: bike decorating station, bounce house, face painting, balloon animals, carnival games, the Chick-Fil-A Cow, bubbles, snow cone machine, and more!

All proceeds from the ride will help Kids on Bikes to bring joy one bike at a time to children in the Pikes Peak Region. Pledges collected will help sponsor fifth grade students in low-income school districts to earn bikes by reaching academic, behavior, and character development goals in their ABC’s Program.

The 2 longer ride options cost $25 dollars per person plus require $25 minimum in pledges. The 4 mile family ride is $50 for the entire family. No pledges are required for the family ride but pledges can be collected to be eligible for prizes. Online registration ends Thursday evening but there will also be registration at the Air Force Academy on Saturday morning.

Pledge Prizes:

$25 KOB cycling socks ~ $50 KOB baseball hat ~ $75 KOB t-shirt ~ $100 KOB signature cycling jersey ~ over $100 enters you into drawings for fabulous prizes including a new bike and Lance Armstrong signed jersey

Check the Kids on Bikes site for more information.

Luncheon with Linda Armstrong Kelly

In addition to this weekend’s rides, Kids on Bikes is having a luncheon with Linda Armstrong Kelly, Lance Armstrongs mom, next Tuesday, September 28th. Linda will serve as the keynote speaker for the luncheon and local cycling legend Chris Carmichael will also be in attendance as a special guest to introduce Linda. Linda will be discussing the tools she gave Lance, to succeed and the opportunity his bike provided.

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24 Hours of Colorado Springs 2010

September 20th, 2010

24 Hours of Colorado Springs

This weekend mountain bikers got a chance to test their endurance on the Falcon Trail at the Air Force Academy during the new 24 Hours of Colorado Springs. The nearly 13 mile course is nearly all singletrack except for the start/finish area.

I was surprised by the large percentage of solo riders. There were a total of 19 solo riders compared to 18 four person teams and 6 duo teams. Six of the solo men were riding singlespeeds. Nick Thelen won the solo singlespeed class and was 3rd overall in the solo category.

A few photos from the 24 Hours of Colorado Springs are below and you can find more of my photos here. Results are below the photos.

24 Hours of Colorado Springs Results

Solo Female
1. Elizabeth Boese, 5 laps, 19:43:28
2. Gloria Rios, 4 laps, 23:07:01

Solo Male
1. Taylor Shelden, 14 laps, 23:40:56
2. Larry Dewitt, 12 laps, 21:46:15
3. Brad Baker, 11, 22:41:06
4. Joseph Fortin, 10 laps 23:09:03
5. Iggy Baran, 10 laps 23:12:00
6. Anthony Schwartz, 9 laps, 22:01:15
7. Bryan Vaylor, 9 laps, 23:45:30
8. Dustin Breese, 7 laps, 23:54:36
9. Timothy Veldheer, 6 laps, 21:21:34
10. Eric Owen, 5 laps, 20:53:58
11. Jim Hooper, 5 laps, 23:11:19

Solo Singlespeed
1. Nick Thelen, 12 laps, 22:41:40
2. Tim Arnold, 10 laps, 23:34:07
3. Dan Dolan, 7 laps, 21:38:37
4. Tedd Rohwer, 5 laps, 18:48:58
5. Judd Rohwer, 4 laps, 22:21:01
6. Scott Devonshire, 2 laps, 21:36:58

Duo Relays
1. Enforcres, 12 laps, 22:55:05
2. Not So Fat Tire, 12 laps, 23:30:16
3. Clydesdale, 11 laps, 22:34:48
4. Gambro Velo Duo, 10 laps, 18:03:40
5. Ascent Cycling Duo, 7 laps, 23:09:10
6. Dirt Divas, 3 laps, 23:07:53

Male Team Relays
1. Ascent Cycling, 19 laps, 23:46:05
2. Three Hammers and a Nail, 17 laps, 22:51:40
3. First Descents, 17 laps, 23:31:17
4. Four Little Pigs, 16 laps, 23:31:44
5. Skulls, 16 laps, 23:55:44
6. Never Mind the Gap, 16 laps, 23:56:10
7. Team Bicycle Experience, 15 laps, 23:04:36
8. Townie Champs, 15 laps, 23:22:54
9. Crossfit SoCo, 15 laps, 23:23:33
10. Old Fogies Revenge, 15 laps, 23:30:29
11. The Goonies, 15 laps, 23:55:17
12. Blood Sweat and Gears, 13 laps, 22:56:20
13. Adragna Lucas, 12 Laps, 22:23:58
14. Not Exactly Pros, 12 laps, 22:33:36
15. Machos Nachos, 10 laps, 10:24:15
16. Phat TraXX 9 laps, 17:52:20

Female Team Relays
1. Women’s Mountain Biking Association of Colorado Springs, 15 laps, 22:43:41
2. Dirty Cranks, 13 laps, 23:01:45.

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Falcon Trail 100k Results

August 2nd, 2010

Falcon Trail 100k

The Falcon Trail 100k mountain bike race was yesterday at the Air Force Academy as part of the Rocky Mountain State Games. I had decided to not race it but planned on going and shooting some photos. Instead I was sick and didn’t move from the house. Pikes Peak Sports has a photo gallery and OutThereColorado has one too.

Below are the Falcon Trail 100k results. You can get the full results including the shorter races here.

Men 19-29

Place Name Time
1 Brady Kappius 04:55.5
2 Kalan Beisel 04:56.3
3 Walter Zitz 05:47.5
4 Adam Benston
5 Nate Clark
6 Benjamin Hess

Men 30-39

Place Name Time
1 Yuki Saito 05:10.0
2 Rob Sousa 05:22.4
3 Jon Bearden 05:40.1
4 Scott Sheehan 05:45.2
5 Jason Middlemiss 05:58.3
6 Ryan Kohler 06:08.2

Men 40-59

Place Name
1 Scott Patterson
2 Brain Vitulli
3 David Johnson
4 Bob Catalano
5 Larry DeWitt
6 Devin Allen
7 Andrew Wacker
8 Steve Elder
9 David Meyer
10 Kevin Calin
11 Steven Malmberger

Men Single Speed

Place Name Time
1 Cameron Chambers 05:10.3

Women 30-39

Place Name Time
1 Tracy Thelen 06:32.4

Women 50-59

Place Name Time
1 Sharon McDowell 06:24.5

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Falcon Trail 100k Mountain Bike Race

July 19th, 2010

Falcon Trail at the Air Force Academy

The Rocky Mountain State Games is introducing a true endurance mountain bike race this year with the Falcon Trail 100k on August 1st. That’s 5 laps of the Falcon Trail at the Air Force Academy. According to their info that works out to be 63 miles. In addition there will be shorter races with 1 or 2 laps of the 12.6 mile course depending on category.

They will be running the course in the clockwise direction. The trail is mostly fast, fun singletrack with a few technical sections. This Google map with embedded photos shows the trail. Click on the photo images to get a bigger photo to pop up. This would be a great race for anyone considering doing the inaugural 24 Hours of Colorado Springs on the Falcon Trail in September.

I’m still undecided about whether to race it. It would be great training for the Leadville 100 which I’m in no shape to do. I plan on pre-riding the Leadville 100 course during that week so I might be too tired to race. It’s a fine line between pushing hard in training and over doing it.

Sand Creek Sports that puts on many of the great mountain bike races in the Pikes Peak Region is contracted to manage the race. The Sports Corp though handles registration and volunteers. I did hear from Andy at Sand Creek Sports and he says The Sports Corp is short on volunteers for the 100k. The info for volunteering is here.

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Jury Duty Finally Over

October 15th, 2006

Friday afternoon we finally finished the court case that I was on the jury for. A day of sitting in court was more exhausting than a day on the bike when I’m fit. The weather has been great with highs in the 70’s some days and I’ve been stuck inside. Because the case was so long, we were only given 50 minutes for lunch most days and often only a 10 minute break morning and afternoon.

Last Monday was a court holiday so I was out but that was the day that the temperature hung around 40 degrees and it was drizzling most of the day. I went in to work and my coworker had the courage to tell me how great it had been riding in the Air Force Academy. There’s a lot of good riding at the AFA but after 9/11 the AFA was closed to visitors except the short distance from the north gate to the Visitor Center. According to an article in The Gazette, the number of visitors had dropped from 1.4 million a year to 250,000. This had hurt the athletic programs because much of their funding comes from sales of souvenirs at the Visitor Center. They were also worried about recruitment because a lot of their recruits report visiting the AFA and then wanting to go there. In any case having it open again is great news for cyclists and hikers.

So what did I have to listen to for 2 weeks in court? A couple had a house built for them in 2003. The house had a basement dug into the sandstone and claystone that was only 2 feet below the surface. As soon as they moved in, they started finishing the basement. While they were finishing the basement, they noticed a lot of condensation on the windows but never called the home builder. In February of 2004 which as a little over 2 months after they moved in, they pulled back insulation up by the rim joist to drill a hole for an air conditioning line and found mold.

The home builder came in and was concerned there was a ground water problem because of the amount of moisture. They brought in a several experts to look at what was going on. The basement was sealed off and the mold removed. Once the mold was gone, they used dehumidifiers to dry out the basement. There was a perimeter drain around the foundation and also another drain 6 feet down connected to a sump pit with a pump. The home builder had a company come in and run a camera through the drains to check for clogs and nothing was found. There was nothing really to indicate that there was too much water around the house. The basement stayed fine during the summer but some moisture reappeared after it got cold in the fall. None of the experts could really identify why the basement was damp so the home builder offered to install a whole basement humidifier. This was unacceptable to the home owners because they had gotten it in their heads that there was ground water around the house.

In my opinion the home owners were unreasonable from the beginning and had attorneys and their own experts involved. The home builder went to great lengths to fix things. Based on one experts findings, some changes were made to the ducting to increase air circulation in the house and a trench was dug about 20 feet behind the house and another drain was put in to catch water running off the hill behind the house. It turned out that the humidity was running around 45 – 60% which seems a bit high for here but not terrible.

We listened to hydrolygists with PhDs, geohydrolygists, geotechnical engineers, environmental hygenists, medical doctors, and other experts. They talked a lot of theory but never proved why the basement was getting damp. One of the claims was that the people’s kids had been really sick because of the mold but none of us were convinced that it wasn’t other allergies. The people had their kids tested for mold allergies but not for any other allergies. It appeared they wanted to blame mold instead of figuring out what else could be causing the allergy systems. On 2 occasions after the basement was dried out, the air in the house has tested for mold and it had less than outside.

So what did the jury decide? For the most part, we were all young because they seemed to want people on the jury that had kids. We actually were inclined to give them nothing but a couple older people on the jury felt they deserved something. The home owners had brought in an expert that claimed it would cost $282,000 to put in additional drains under the basement slab and do other unnecessary things to the house. They also claimed another $103,000 in medical expenses, loss of use, reduced value of the house, etc. So that comes to $385,000 of real damages and their lawyer also suggested that they be awarded a similar amount for all of the mental anguish and inconvenience. We felt that they caused most of their own mental anguish.

We ended up awarding them $46,625 based on what we thought was reasonable for additional deep drainage, some stucco damage that seems unrelated and the fact they will have to disclose the mold when they sale the house and may have to reduce the house price. I think even that was a bit high but we spent over 5 hours deliberating and that’s the least some were willing to go. We did make them 10% responsible since they didn’t report the moisture in the basement before mold grew. That means that 10% will be deducted from the $46,625. They want to get out of house as soon as possible because they have bad memories in it.

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