Friday, May 28, 2010

Memorial Weekend, Beer Bikes & Grillin'

Holy freaking beer batman. As Memorial Weekend approaches we just finished one of our two planned capacity expansions, check out the video HERE.

Don't forget Oskar Blues will be busy wtih bike events all weekend.

The Oskar Blues fueled Superior Morgal Classic Bike Race kicks off TONIGHT with street Sprints & Live Music by Hazel Miller. Grab a Superior Morgul ESB at the event. Check out the details HERE.

Redstone Cyclery is also putting on the 10th Annual Lyons Fat Tire Festival this weekend that kicks off with a showing of "Race Across The Sky" in the Oskar Blues Brewery with proceeds of the cover charge going to Lyons Bike Park/Boulder Mountain Bike Alliance.

Bitterbrush Cycles will be hosting a Lyons Bike Park DIG DAY in preperation for this years Lyons Outdoor Games on Saturday, May 29th at 10am. Find more details on the Bitterbrush facebook page.

You can also find Dale rippin' his Spot Brand Single Speed at the 2010 Mellow Johnnys Classic in Rancho Juan Pelota - Dripping Springs, TX. This race is the final for the 2010 Cycle Progression Texas Cross Country State Championship Mountain Bike Series sponsored by Spot Brand Bikes & Dale's Pale Ale.

Grab a canned beer for your memorial day festivities. Here are a few recipe idea's for getting that grill fired up.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Oskar Blues Lyons Outdoor Games - June 11th to 13th

LYONS, CO (APR30, 2010) – The Oskar Blues Brewery Lyons Outdoor Games presented by Smith Optics to be held at Sandstone Park June 11-13, 2010

The Oskar Blues Brewery Lyons Outdoor Games presented by Smith Optics to be held at Sandstone Park June 11-13, in Lyons, Colo. In its 8th year, this thriving multi-sport competition now draws the country’s best whitewater kayakers and mountain bikers as well as thousands of spectators.

“People have really flocked to the Games in recent years,” says Lyons Parks and Recreation Director David Cosgrove. “The Lyons Outdoor Games are like the TEVA Mountain Games, but they have a much more hometown, grassroots feel to them. We have the world’s best professional athletes competing—such as kayakers Tao Berman, Joe Keck, and Scott Shipley, who actually lives here—but we also have plenty of opportunities for beginners to learn new skills and for the everyday athlete to test his mettle.”

The Games have also become a place for fly fishers to showcase their talents and for dog lovers to exhibit the aptitude of their well-trained pets. Organizers have added some new events in 2010, including the inaugural Dash and Bash 5k trail run, more bike and kayak races plus a couple of family events for anyone who likes a challenge.

“We are really excited about being in Sandstone Park again this year. We had such positive feedback from spectators, exhibitors and local business’s last year we feel it was a great move. We want folks to bring their bikes or any kind of alternative transportation to get around town to see all of the events from Bohn Park, Meadow Park and all up and down the river”, says Reed Farr event organizer and Lyons resident. “I have been part of the Games for several years, and it’s thrilling to see how they have grown and how much the Town of Lyons residents and businesses have embraced the event”.

This is the second year that the vendors and the bands will be located in the town’s centrally located Sandstone Park. The venue, says Cosgrove, offers more visibility for the Games’ sponsors, who will have tents and canopy’s set-up where the latest outdoor equipment will be displayed and sold during the three-day event. Plus, he adds, “it offers shaded, grassy areas for athletes to relax in between competitions and also for participants to get a beer, a snack, or listen to some of the great music that will be played all day.”

The mountain sports will take place throughout the town’s various world-class facilities: biking events will be located in Bohn Park, freestyle kayaking will take place at the Black Bear Hole, slalom kayaking will occur at the October Hole, and the creek race will happen on the South Saint Vrain River. Additionally, the dog events will take place at the Lyons Valley River Park Ponds for dog events, and the Kurt Carlson Skateboard Park will be the location for the skateboarding comp. On Friday night right after skateboarding the Yellow Design Stunt Team will perform a big air bike trick demo using ramps on the street next to Sandstone Park.

The event begins with a kick-off party in Sandstone Park, sponsored by Oskar Blues. Delicious BBQ and the brewery’s signature Dales Pale Ale will be served, in addition to a variety of other fine beers. Saturday’s events start with some bike comps in Bohn Park, kayaking freestyle at the Black Bear Hole (on the east side of Lyons across from the Black Bear Restaurant) and end with the Dash and Bash 5k trail run which culminates with a live music in Sandstone Park and a party later at Oskar Blues. Spectator friendly competitions will be held throughout the weekend including freestyle kayaking and creek racing on the Class V waters of the South St. Vrain, mountain bike short track racing and jump competitions. The dogs will be competing for speed and splash in the speed retrieve and canine cannonball competitions.

The Games also include clinics. “If you’re interested in casting a fly rod or learning how to loop a kayak, this is the event to attend,” Cosgrove adds. “We’ve got some of the world’s most elite athletes on board to teach these classes and do demos.”

“The volunteers and sponsors are already getting excited about this year’s Games,” adds Cosgrove. “If the success and numbers of participants and spectators of the past few years indicate anything it’s that this year’s event is going to be the biggest yet.”

Camping will be available in Meadow Park.

Check out the photo's from last year from HERE

To register online please go to If you have any questions please call Lyons Parks and Recreation at 303-823-8250 or email

The Superior Morgul Classic Bike Race - Memorial Day Weekend

The OSKAR BLUES BEER FUELED Superior Morgul Classic includes Street Sprints on May 28, the Summit Criterium race on May 29 and the Morgul-Bismarck circuit road race on May 30. Food from local restaurants, children's races and an art show round out the "Wellness Weekend" event. Spend the weekend with us before you race the Bolder Boulder on Monday!

Visitors to Superior can look forward to three days of competitive and family oriented bike events for all ages and skill levels, as well as a food showcase highlighting healthful options for eating from area restaurants, a sports exposition, sustainability information and exhibits, along with other wellness-centered events. An art show will provide opportunities for both professional and local amateur artists. Over the course of the weekend, racers, families and spectators will also be treated to a wide variety of entertainment including opening act, The Hazel Miller Band, and many other well-known acts.

The Morgul-Bismarck LoopThe Morgul-Bismarck Loop is a popular cycling route that was featured in the Red Zinger Bicycle Classic and subsequent Coors International Bicycle Classic from the late Seventies to 1988. The competitive bike race - sure to attract professionals from across the nation - is set on a 13-mile loop and has three notable climbs. The final, mile-long climb is known as “the wall” and features a gradual incline culminating in a twelve percent grade. This circuit race is featured in the 1985 film, American Flyers, and remains a popular route for bike enthusiasts today.

You can catch the one & only Superior Morgul ESB from Oskar Blues along with Dale's Pale Ale & Mama's Little Yella PILS at the two-wheeled events all weekend long.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Tuesday Night Ride...Rain, Hail, Thunder, Lightning & a damn good time.

Last week we had a handful of riders show up at Redstone for a few Dale’s Pale Ale before we succumbed to the fact that the trails simply were unavailable for responsible riding. We held our heads high & headed to Oskar Blues to share the advantages of the MurCan Mug Club.

This week we had 13 redstoners show up in Left Hand Canyon despite the hail & rain that was coming down heavy. We showed up to find Eddie Clark’s truck parked & getting pounded by hail. We took our time & let the rain & hail slow a bit before heading up. There aren’t too many trails even close to being available to ride but Dave has the area dialed in & knows where things drain quickly & effectively. We headed up, up & up. Lee cleaned the entire climb & I single dabbed it on the SS with 3 hand checks…we’re gonna clean this sucka some time.

After some traversing the sun came out & light up the surrounding hillsides.
The decent was well drained & a freaking great time. At this point the group started to split as darkness was near after the slow start & a large group. The group shared additional lights with me & we made our way fireman hill before the final descent. The descent hadn’t drained quite as well & it was a bit sketchy & wet.
I’m glad the Redstone group shows strong on an evening of hail, rain, thunder & lightning….we held tight & rode few of the trails that were dry enough to ride responsibly. It was an evening that was worth sitting down over a few beers & bluegrass at Oskar Blues.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

12 Hours of Mesa Verde - Malletheads!

Mountain Flyer Magazine Photo Stephen Eginoire

We made our first trip to the 12 hours of mesa verde for the 2010 version of the classic Phil's World trail system event. Spot Brand got me dialed in with a 39 x 20 CDS sprocket set up for the rolling fun terrain of the 16-mile course. I was invited to join Chad Cheaney & Robin Guillume on the 3 person Malletheads team. Chad started the race as I pulled out my camera to find the battery dead indication...bummer too since homeboy lit the running start up sporting his trademark wrangler cut off jeans & jean jacket along with a traveling mug of coffee. CC headed out on the bike in the top 5 & after losing a few spot on the flat area headed into the singletrack, he still say top 10 and finished right in there. I was given the 2nd leg & have to say it was most likely the best time of the day, no traffic & fresh racers around 8:30 am. The gear was smoking & I was abble to rally the rolling terrain leaning on the tacky morning dirt...WHAT A FUN LAP. I pounded it out as if I didn't have two more to do & came in with a respectable 1hr & 14minute lap. Guillume took the final of the first round laps & extended our lead in the SS team category as the malletheads held it the remainder of the day. The most interesting race of the day was the local legends team of Travis Brown, Daryl Price, John Tomac & Dave Wiens battled the Durango based Directory Plus/Zia/ Trek team down to the wire. Cale Redpath was able to post the fastest time & hold off Wiensy by about a minute & a half after 12 hours of racing to claim the 3 & 4 person team victory.

What a great trailsystem & event, a great bike racing vibe all around. Cheers to SKA Brewing for being great hosts!

Check out the Mountain Flyer Report of the race HERE.

Take a look at the official 12HMV photo's HERE.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

5/15 - A Front Range Trail Condition Message from BMA

Front Country Trails Are Extremely Vulnerable
Please don't ride today
Springbrook Loop Closed to all use

First and foremost, THANK YOU for demonstrating restraint this winter. The trails are in better shape at the end of this winter than what we've seen in much drier years.

But we could undo all that this weekend. We are soaked, and even though the farmers love it, the trails are set up for a perfect storm of mud, bikes, and enthusiastic riders.

Here's how bad it is: Today OSMP is taking the unprecedented action of closing the Springbrook Loop to all use. It's a real mess up there, and braiding of the trail is already occurring. This is the first time in memory that OSMP has taken this action.

We applaud OSMP for taking this action. Sometimes you have to take this step to protect these precious assets.

Who knows how soon we will dry out? We strongly encourage everyone to make use of the sites below to determine if the trail is ridable. And don't forget to contribute to them if you have information others can benefit from.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Lyons Fat Tire Festival 2010 - Memorial Day Weekend

Lyons is hosting what Redstone Cyclery has created as the 10th Annual Lyons Fat Tire Festival over Memorial Day Weekend. All the details of the history of the event, rides & plans for 2010 are HERE.

The schedule goes like this:
Friday: Ride & Arrive in Town. “Race Across The Sky” Screening in the Oskar Blues Brewery, Lyons.
Saturday: 3 Rides, all big rides starting from Redstone Cyclery.
Sunday: Grass Bike Polo (Would expect same relaxed & agreed on rules as Lyons "Colorado Can Cup" last year – Thanks for coming) and some time in Lyons Bike Park (Dirt Jumps, Pump Track, Skills Area)

Here are some pictures from the 9th Annual shindig.

You can always give me a shout or get in touch with Dave at Redstone Cyclery via 303-823-5810

John Lee Hooker Jr May 14th & 15th at OB Lyons & Longmont

JOHN LEE HOOKER JR. Friday 5/14 in Lyons & 5/15 at Home Made Liquids & Solids. Come & get a dose of the Grammy Nominee & Blues Award winning real deal.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Warriors Cycling Presents Denver Fat Tire Festival This Weekend.

Mark your calendars for unique mountain bike races in 2010!

Warriors Cycling is revved up and ready to go to help you have some fun racing this summer.

We start with the Denver Fat Tire Festival, May 8th, which includes Battle the Bear and the Front Range 50. Two races for all ages and abilities.

Escape those annoying License Fees!
No license necessary, for 2010 Warriors events.

2010 Rocky Mountain Ultra Calendar
One down, three to go!
Welcome to the 2010 Rocky Mountain Ultra.

This series rewards versatile competitors who excel over a range of endurance distances and terrains.

Our first race in the Series saw a huge turnout in the high desert of New Mexico, and racers are targeting the FR 50 for more points.

April 10: Dawn 'til Dusk, Gallup NM
May 8: Front Rante 50, Lakewood, CO
July 17: Brekenridge 100, Breckenridge, CO
July 31: Laramie Enduro, Laramie, WY

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