Rick Price, of the Bicycle Safety Institute of Colorado and the Fort Collins Bike Co-o
p and Dr. Terri Marty of University of Colorado Health Systems will remove the “ghost bike” placed to commemorate the death of Jim Fogelberg on Saturday, December 14th. The all-white bicycle was placed at the corner of Hinsdale Drive and Harmony Road on Sunday November 17th in memory of James Fogelberg. Fogelberg was killed while riding his bicycle in the bike lane at this intersection on October 8th when a pickup truck turned left across his path. He died later that evening.
“We placed the bike at that location as a reminder to both motorists and cyclists of this incident,” said Price, the Bicycle Safety Coordinator for the Fort Collins Bike Co-op.
Fort Collins City regulations allow roadside memorials to be left in place for up to thirty days after a crash resulting in death. Because it took almost thirty days to place the bike the City began its thirty-day count down on November 17th.
The plaque quoting Jim Fogelberg’s response to a friend when asked if he didn’t fear for his life when he rode on local roads reads, “I will not be afraid to live my life.” It will be donated to the family. The bike itself will go into storage at the Fort Collins Bike Co-op “with the hope that we’ll never have to use it again,” said Price.
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“Bike safety can never be stressed enough. If you doubt this, try stressing it as much as you possibly can. It won't be enough–guaranteed.” The Onion, 2001
After a 3 month hiatus from bike racing, local pro, Georgia Gould will return to competition this weekend at the Colorado State Cyclocross Championships. The Olympic medalist made a halfhearted attempt to race the Boulder Reservoir last weekend but a car that refused to start in the frigid temperatures squashed that idea.
Georgia plans to use the Colorado State Championships, CX at Bush Acres and the Altitude Adjustment races in Longmont on Jan. 4th and 5th as preparation for Cyclocross Nationals in Boulder on January 12th. Realistically, cross nats are being used for preparation for her 2014 mountain bike season.
Currently, with few USAC points, Georgia will be starting near the back of the grid. Wins at these upcoming races could help her start position dramatically.
Although she admittedly hasn't been doing any structured training you can tell by speaking with her that she's starting to get that fire in her eye again. Her Strava account shows a marked increase in riding starting on Nov 17th. While winning the 2014 Cyclocross National Championships may seem like a long shot, winning a Mountain Bike World Cup doesn't. For the Olympic and World Championship medalist, that is currently ultimate goal.
With the Foothills Mall expanding and their location slated to be raised, Greg Thornton, had to find a new home for ProVelo Bicycles. After months of renovations, the shop located at 4612 South Mason, is open for business. YGR stopped by last week and took a tour.
Last column I wrote about the dose-response phenomenon and the need to stress a
system, but not over-stress it. The Overload Principle is a component of this idea that
identifies the positive stressors that lead to appropriate training adaptations (look up
Hans Selye for its genesis). Within the Overload Principle is the idea that stresses must
be specific, are reversible, and are individual. Each of these parameters is worthy of a
full column. In this column, I will discuss the concept of specificity since in recent years
specificity has been turned on its head.
The concept of specificity is pretty easy to understand – you train what you want to get
better at. For example, to become a better bike racer, you ride bikes rather than walk a
dog. The reason for these specific adaptations is the way the body senses stress and
does something about it. I have touched on this a couple of times, but the cell senses
something that is unusual or difficult, relays that information to its machinery, and begins
making proteins to make that stress less “stressful” the next time it encounters it. For
example, you do bicep curls (bad example for bike racing since big biceps are not a
prerequisite for bike racing) and your muscle gets bigger over time because the muscle
cell is told to make more proteins that help with force production. Although the bicep curl
example is easy to understand because of the visual results, more appropriate for bike
racing is that riding your bike to increase the making of structures that deliver and use
oxygen to produce energy. These adaptations are what we know as “training”.
The Colorado Department of Transportation
December 9, 2013
Contact: Ashley Mohr – 303-757-9437
FLOOD-IMPACTED HIGHWAYS REOPENED TO CYCLISTS
Cyclists and motorists reminded temporary highways are narrow, shoulders minimal in some areas
BOULDER, JEFFERSON, LARIMER, AND WELD COUNTIES — As of today, Monday, December 9, 2013, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has reopened all flood-repaired highways to cyclists, including US 34, US 36, State Highway (SH) 7, SH 72, and SH 119. The highways have been closed to cyclists for safety reasons following flood repairs as CDOT assessed the safety of the temporary roadways.
“After carefully observing how the roadways held up after this first major winter storm, we have decided to reopen the flooded highways to cyclists,” said CDOT Director of Communications Amy Ford. “However, we want to remind cyclists and motorists alike that the highways that connect the Front Range with the mountains are in temporary condition. This means that all highway users should be cautious of narrow and soft shoulders, sections of highway without guardrail, heavy equipment maneuvering in narrow areas, and areas that are prone to rockfall as the ground continues to settle. All cyclists who ride do so at their own risk.”
The following highway segments have reopened to cyclists:
CDOT will continue to update the bicycling community on the status of the highways if any changes occur that will require the re-closure of the highways due to safety reasons, permanent repairs, changing traffic patterns, and unforeseen weather events. With long-term road repairs beginning in the coming months, changes could occur to the roadways that will impact both cyclists and motorists.
To receive real-time updates about road conditions in your area, visit www.coloradodot.info and click on the green cell phone icon in the upper right hand corner of the page. Information about weekly lane closures will be available at www.coloradodot.info/travel/