Lesson Learned from the Road

Michael OlivierCulture, Peak Pedaler, Training

Surviving Disaster: On Wednesday morning, Mike (a fellow Fort Collins resident) and I met in front of the high school and headed up to route to meet his buddies from year’s past RTRs. We were going to head out in a 4-man group and tackle Wolf Creek Pass together. I had met two of them a few nights earlier. They … Read More

Riding the Rockies Away from Home

Michael OlivierKids, Love of the Game, Peak Pedaler

Taking second place.

I write this from the far corner of the fields in Durango, where I just helped put my kids to bed. The importance of it is A: they are back in Fort Collins, so it was done over the phone (which if you’ve never tried to hold a conversation with a 2.5 year old over the phone, I highly recommend … Read More

Running with the Pack

Dan GrunigCulture, Lifestyle, Peak Pedaler

Two days complete and I am impressed by the courtesy being displayed by riders on this year’s tour. Our departure from Telluride started with immediate climbing to the top of Lizard Head Pass. Cyclists climbing with very different speeds were continually passing around, between, and beside each other. I heard only a few polite warning announcements before passing and only … Read More

Bridging the Gap

Dan GrunigCulture, Lifestyle, Peak Pedaler

Summertime in Colorado brings so many great traditions, among them Ride The Rockies. Another summer tradition seems to be media trying to provoke tensions between cars and bicycles on our roads. This year’s RTR crosses one of world’s highest suspension bridges over the Royal Gorge, but there is another gap that bicyclists need to cross: We need to do our … Read More

Doing Double Duty

Michael OlivierEvents, Peak Pedaler, Training

The Question: Am I Strong Enough? As a stay-at-home dad – and someone who is constantly working on “projects” from home-made panniers to quilts to furniture building to cooking to making my son dragon wings – I am constantly finding ways to maximize my limited time in the saddle. My first step was buying the Xtracycle Radish (and it’s predecessor, … Read More

Introducing: The Advocate

Dan GrunigCulture, Lifestyle, Peak Pedaler

“What Colorado needs is a lot fewer bicyclists on the roads…” Blissfully naive. That described me ten years ago, heading into my first experience testifying at the state legislature in support of better bicycle laws. Riding bicycles improves people’s health, reduces congestion and helps households save money. Why wouldn’t everyone want more bicycling? I found out quickly that love for … Read More

Cycling the Front Range Community

Michael OlivierCulture, Events, Peak Pedaler

The Horsetooth Reservoir in the Front Range just west of Fort Collins, CO

I still wear my Asheville Bicycle Racing Club (ABRC) kit whenever I go out on a training ride. Besides being a Hincapie kit that fits as if George himself were cradling you in his hands and pulling you along the wind-stricken roads north and east of town, it’s a great conversation starter. “Hey, you from Asheville? Asheville, NC? You know, … Read More