Monday, December 29, 2008

Boulder Indoor Cycling

Now Taking Membership Sign-Ups and Registrations For All Race Leagues...

NEWS FLASH! We have received an early Christmas present from the city of Boulder in the form of preliminary approval for operations and we will be officially opening for business on Friday, January 2nd!!! In the meantime, we are open on a limited basis for Membership Sign-Ups and League Registrations as well as Training Classes and informal Open Riding – Click here for the interim schedule. Given that the holidays are upon us, we'll be closed Sunday, Dec. 28th and New Year's Day. For those wondering about our Grand Opening Party, we will indeed be having an Open House Saturday, January 3rd.


We are proud to announce that after many long, hard days of work from our core construction group of dedicated employees, partners and yes, volunteers, we have finished building the velodrome! Our deepest thanks to all that helped us reach this milestone...That's right, after many years and repeated attempts from a variety of different groups, indoor cycling in Boulder is about to become a reality! Our target date for opening the facility is now...well, just in time for Christmas. In the meantime, we have already begun to sign up members, so give us a call and reserve your spot in our racing leagues today!

A big round of thanks to all of you for your patience and creative suggestions – We look forward to keeping all of you involved in the future and we invite you to browse this site, particularly our News and Events page where you can always get the latest information on what we're up to. Feel free also to come visit us at the facility and see for yourself what the future holds! You can come check us out right here in Boulder at 3550 Frontier Ave.

Let the countdown begin for Boulder Indoor Cycling's
Grand Opening !

4th annual BMA Winter Banquet Boulder’s fabulous St. Julien Hotel!

Come & join our favorite cycling advocates at BMA to celebrate another fine year.

Friday February 6th at 7pm

Once a year, we put our finest threads on and gather with City Council, County Commissioners, public land managers, bike & active sports industry business members, and riders just like you to enjoy each other's company & a tasty dinner at the St Julien.

In addition to a served sit-down meal, the evening includes silent and live auctions, and plenty of door prizes… including a stay at the St. Julien Hotel & Spa. Mass quantities of your favorite fizzy beverages from Oskar Blues will be on tap as a part of your admission. Other beverages will be available at the cash bar.

So, get cleaned up, put on some fancy clothes, and find out what your friends look like without a helmet. All proceeds go to accomplishing BMA's mission " Better Trails for Boulder County "... so please help us capitalize on the many opportunities coming our way in the next 12 to 18 months. Tickets are $75 each.

The auction items run the gamut from totally unique to simply amazing. There are sweet bikes, travel & adventure packages, awesome schwag, and irresistibly cool collectibles in the mix.

This event sells out every year, so get your tickets early!

Visit the link below to buy your ticket and support mountain biking in Boulder County

Buy Banquet Tickets

The banquet menu is available at

Banquet Menu

Call or email Hersch with questions:


a surprise sighting

In the January, February edition of Mountain Bike Magazine I was surprised to see myself pictured on P. 34 with details of this coming years 10th annual 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo brought to you by Epic Rides. Funny too...because right next to my picture is a short couple sentences about "Do Not Drink From A Bottle Today"...i don't think it has any connection to my photo since they talk about the first canned beers hitting the shelf in 1935, also a small shout out to Pabst.

Hope to see you everyone at THE Cyclocross race here in Lyons this coming weekend. Check out the details HERE

New Years Celebration @ Oskar Blues

We're stoked to have Spring Creek Bluegrass Band & The Dangerfields (KC Groves, Jefferson Hammer, Sharon Gilchrist, Oliver Craven, Eben Grace, Todd Moore) as our New Years Eve Entertainment. In addtion to fantastic music & our recently added beers, Smoke on the Water & Velvet Elvis Stout, we'll be introducing our newest creation: a German style Alt beer. To keep things rolling we'll be celebrating with a midnight champagne toast & a lodging deal curtesy of our friends at Stone Mountain Lodge here in Lyons. Click HERE to check out the deal that includes Lodging, Shuttle Service, Dinner & Drink Specials & Cover Charge. Join us in welcoming the 0-NINE!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Last Redstone Tuesday Night Ride of 2008

A group of 4 met at Redstone Cyclery for a pre-christmas jaunt up left hand canyon. Rockin' Ron had taken a test run for us so we knew what we were in for. I was still surprised at how much dirt & little of snow/ice we saw on the descent, it made the stiff climb worth it. Here's a big shout to Death March Dave for leading us on another season of fantastic rides.

Enjoy the holidays, cheers!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Euro Cross Camp for B. Matter

Local Wisco fast man & fellow Sheboygan county resident (OK, I'm not a resident but I grew up there dang it)Brian Matter is headed off to this years version of Euro Cross Camp. Last year it was his fellow Sheboyganite Tristan Schouten making the trip, remmember? Follow his journey from his blog HERE.

Good Luck Brotha!

Lyons Oskar Blues Cross - January 3rd

Come & ride the 2009 hangover outta your legs on January 3rd at Lyons High School with The plan is a shortned day of just a few races during the "warm" part of the day. We're following that up with a 2008 cycling bust up party at Oskar Blues' new Banquet Barn. We'll have a simple cheap lunch and a FREE BEER with your race number.

Check out the flyer HERE for all the details. Tell your friend & have a good time on the bike...come one, come all for a fun day on the bike.

Monday, December 22, 2008

home sweet home & a fish outta water

This time of year presents a side of Hall Ranch I really enjoy. Covered with the calm of winter & sprikled with wildlife the park presents itself in a much more relaxed manner than that of the crowded hot summer. I like to think of it as my Hall Ranch this time of year. Despite the cold weather I headed out Saturday to spend some time climbing the Antelope trail & heading down the Bitterbrush descent. I rode the partially packed trail hard & had one dab & one short hiking section before I made it to the bench. From there it was a good time heading down to highway 7. My 29" Kenda Nevegal 2.20s are really proving to be a good snow tire, the 29er gets rolling in that snow too. I found a fantastic pair of "winter" gloves at the gas station which I did a head-to-head test vs. my old school Pearl Izumi AmFIBs...yep the homeboys & girls down the street at Pearl Izumi really know how to make some winter riding gear. Their booties & gloves kept me warm enough on the cold day as I chose the pair of AmFIBs for the descent.
I was able to get the time up over an hour after getting back to town & hitting the local ghetto singletrack. I headed over to Redstone Cyclery for a post ride beer & good conversation with mtb mike & the redstone crew.
Sunday I changed gears & headed up to the mountains to hit the snow on err....more conventional snow Rossignal skate skis. Like a fish outta water...I was a bit intimidated when our group turned into a handfull of local pro mountain bikers.a who's who of local pro mountain bikers hittin' the snow.(left to right) Jen Tilley, Erin Huck, Jen Gersbach, Megan Monroe, Brian Fuentes, me & Chris Butler.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Help create Valmont Bike Park

Welcome to the Valmont Bike Park, a destination being crafted specifically for you, the cycling enthusiast. Located in the cycling epicenter of the United States, Boulder, Colorado, this multi-discipline cycling park is being designed by some of the finest trail builders in the United States to support a vast array of trail networks created for their respective disciplines.

Epic single-track for the mountain biker, rhythmic pump tracks for BMX enthusiasts, and cyclocross circuits designed in the style of the best courses in Belgium will be free for all to experience and allow any skill level to enjoy from beginner to expert, child to senior citizen.

As a top level project of the Boulder Mountainbike Alliance, Valmont Bike Park is being created through the partnering and cooperation of the City of Boulder Parks and Recreation, the International Mountain Biking Association and their trail building resources and expertise, and, most importantly, members of the Boulder community at large who have volunteered massive labor, management, and financial support to the Park. This unique harmony has enabled the town to create an environment that exemplifies the region’s stunning natural beauty and the commitment to sustaining the natural habitat of the park's surroundings.

This web site will provide you with information about Valmont Bike Park and enable you to learn more about the trail systems being created and also learn how you can donate time or financial resources to the park itself to participate in its growth and success. Come and enjoy the ride!

The Valmont Bike Park Needs Your Support!

The Park is being designed to ensure it is truly a world class facility...a model from which other parks can extract inspiration and ideas. To ensure the completion of all the features the Park can provide, we are asking for your financial assistance and for any other assistance, such as volunteering, you can provide.

Click HERE to donate now.

Mile High Sci-Fi moves to Cinebarre

Mile High Sci-Fi heads to Cinebarre...of course Dale's is on tap there...dah.
Check out the skinny on the new location HERE.

Outdoor Diva's...Men's Shopping Night

Celebratin' 6 Years

To celebrate our 6th anniversary of canning the biggest baddest beer in a can we loaded up the RV & headed to our favorite BBQ place in Denver. Moe's Original BBQ has a new location in Denver that also houses 8 Old School bowling lanes. The Oskar Blues crew ate & drank in singing celebration. Stop on in & enjoy a Dale's Pale Ale with your BBQ & bowling.

After a few games & a boatload of fantastic BBQ we loaded up the RV & headed back home to continue the celebration with the entire OB family in our Banquet Barn.

The talented staff of Oskar Blues poured beer & also graced the stage in singing celebration. Smoke on the Water was on draft as well as our newest creation...Velvet Elvis. This easy drinking choclate Stout hit the spot, come & join us with a pint.
If you think you wanna party in our Banquet Barn here are some details for ya.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Days of movies & snow

As the Cyclocross Nationals were off & running under what are considered "good" midwestern weather the front range received a dose of real winter. After a day nearing 60 degree's on Saturday we headed out on singlespeed approaching 5 degrees on Sunday morning. Breakfast burrito's and a healthy dose of coffee sparked a trio to meet at Redstone Cyclery to rip the local ghetto singletrack. We caught some fresh tracks and the later end of the ride was greeted by a touch of sunshine.

Last night we headed out to cinebarre in Thornton to meet up with the MILE HIGH SCI-FI guys & over a few Dale's Pale Ale and a movie. We're celebrating the new partnership & venue for Mile High Sci-Fi...never been to one????? CHECK THIS OUT!

Rado represented well in the Women's Elite National Championships...congrats ladies.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

2008 Colorado Cyclocross State Championship Photos

Here are the State Championship shots from the ONE...THE ONLY....(drummroll please)PHOTO-CYCLE.COM
Cyclorcoss, Front Range Rocky Mtn style!
Long shadows for fast legs....
Another warm sunny and dry day graced the course, riders, and spectators.

The sand pit really wasn't ridable with it's rutted out hairpin turn. Although, it did provide for plenty or crashes and good spectating.

The Pro Ladies are strung out on the first lap with the usual suspects at the front. Kerry Barnholt led it out, and was kept in close check by Lisa Strong of team Tough Girl and Karen Hogan of Chipotle-Titus for the entire race, whom finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Boulder local Velo Bella racer, Jen Tilley rode a great race, and won a two up sprint to finish 4th out of 31 ladies in the open/pro womens field. In addition to the Mavic neutral support team in the pit area, Dale's Pale Ale brought the RV & donated brewski's to Valmont Bike Park who along with VeloNews drummed up $1,600 for the park

Kerry Barnholt, our Womens 2008 Colorado State Cyclocross Champion. Good riding Kerry!
I had a terrible start but started working my way forward until...
I took a bad line through a left hander & paid for it.
Aaahhh that's better.
Last lap for the pro men and Jake leads it.
Pro Men CO State Championship, L to R:
Brandon Dwight, Matt Pacocha, and Jake Wells

Thanks again to everyone who battled through the season & created good times & great memories. To celebrate all the blood, sweat & tears Oskar Blues & are throwing a post season CX race & party on January 3rd. Come & join us for a short day of post holiday racing at Lyons Highschool and an afternoon of celebration in Oskar Blues new Banquet Barn. We'll be posting more details of festivities as the event nears. If you have any idea's for fun...don't be keeping that stuff to yourself brothers & sisters...let us know & we'll try to make it happen. We'll have a photo gallery of the 2008 season for your viewing pleasure. Be well, ride bikes...have fun & we'll see you soon!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Colorado Cycolcross Championship quicky

What a change in conditions...Saturday the Arapahoe Ridge elementary school had snow covered ground...sunday the wind had dried the ground up creating some tacky conditions. Not much great coming from me this weekend but it was a fun event with a bunch of good racing. Congrats to those of you who earned a jersey & thanks for all the close racing. Here are a few from the men's open race, the full monty of shots from will be coming soon.

Dubba, Jake & Pacho head out on the last lap.
Dubba lead the whole way forcing Jake to chase, they hit the sand pit one last time.
With 2 turns & 2 straightaways remaining Dubba kept Jake chasin'.
Outta the 2nd last corner Dubba pins it. Unfortunately I was too slow to catch the result of the final sprint but congrats to Matt Pachoca for a consist ant season & a convincing state championship. Thanks to everyone for the close racing, it was a good time & we raised $1,700 more for Valmont Bike Park.

Here's a shot that describes my day pretty well. I came into a left hander a bit hot & got mixed up in some bumpy dirt piles.

We'll get more from the state championships yet this week.