Cycles of Life Keeps the Giving Spirit Spinning
When you’re the only bike shop in a small mountain community, having a business monopoly certainly has its advantages.
But in a town like Leadville, that honor also comes with heighten requests of raffle donations, volunteer hours, and free bike tune-ups for underprivileged kids. Thankfully, Brian Feddema and the Cycles of Life Team are up for doing their part, keeping the wheels of good intentions and kindness spinning through the highest city in North America.
To that end, the local bike shop donated a Rocky Mountain Vapor to the raffle for the Lake County Intermediate School playground renovation.
“Let’s get those kids something fun and safe to play on!!” stated Cycles of Life Owner Brian Feddema via the bike shop’s Facebook Page. “ If you want to just help out the cause, you can donate through us. Give a call to find out how.”
And if that’s not enough, they’re throwing a shindig this Friday for their loyal customers! The Cycles of Life Customer Appreciation Party this Friday, Sept. 26., starting at 6:30 p.m. Sounds like they’ll be the usual hors d’oeuvres and adult beverages, along with some great sales, including 50% off one item that night as well! Bikes are not included.
Wow, so the Leadville bike shop is really stepping up to the start line, giving back, offering deals. What could you possibly do to return the favor? How about letting your friends, family, and every gear-loving pedaler know that Cycles of Life will be open for the winter!
Yep, you can find your favorite bike shop attendant in the store Thursday – Sunday. They will have fat bikes for rent and for sale. Perfect for the Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Series. Plus this year, they’ll have high-end skate ski packages for rent, along with all the supplies & apparel to make your winter endeavor happen!Find your fat tire bike at Cycles of Life this season!
Teamwork, Camaraderie Build in High School Cycling
By Sarai Snyder and Kate Rau, Colorado High School Cycling League
High School Cycling League Race 2 Cloud City Challenge
Leadville, Colo. – As the aspens trade their leafy green tones for vibrant yellows and oranges, 589 high school riders from 55 schools took to the trails on Sunday September 21 for the second race of the 2014 Colorado High School Cycling League season. The town was buzzing with riders, parents, and coaches for a weekend of riding and racing.
The local Leadville team, excited to share their home trails, proudly came out in force during and after the race, ensuring the return of a clean course to its Leadville stewards. Aarika Lyn Johnson, JV, Leadville, started the race day with a soulful performance of the National Anthem.
“We all love it. It’s a chance to race where you train.” said Shannon Gipson, mother of Grant and Cain Gipson, both Leadville racers. Thrilled to share what Leadville has to offer, she described the town as, “A great place to mountain bike with as many trails as you could ever want there to be.”
Starting at just over 10,000 feet on the Colorado Mountain College (CMC) Timberline Campus, high altitude played a role in Sunday’s race. The course included portions of the CMC cross-country trail system and 13-miles East Side trail system maintained by the Cloud City Wheelers of Leadville.
Racers sprinted past the Feed Zone up a steady climb through a pine forest before meandering through nordic ski trails to an old mining road, the course also featured tight single track sections through aspen groves with stunning mountain vistas. Despite a well groomed course with ample double track for passing, several riders dealt with mechanical issues. Although some were able to fix their bikes trailside, a few were seen sprinting to the finish, disabled bike in hand, while a few more opted for a bike swap and the resulting 30 minute time penalty.
Axel Engel, Estes Park, broke his chain about a half mile in to the single track. “I had a chain tool and quick link so I fixed it and still finished 45th! That was the best course yet!” said the Freshman D2 racer bursting with enthusiasm.
The mountain towns reigned at the high altitude course in the Division 2 competition with Durango taking first and Leadville eked past Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy (VSSA) by a mere 23 points for second. With the second race of the season in the rear view, team competition is heating up. While the overall Division 1 team standings are unchanged, the gap is still incredibly close. In Division 2 Durango High School steps it up to take the lead from VSSA while Leadville drops the hammer on their home turf for a solid third in overall standings.
Beyond The Podium
“As much as the podiums mean to the team, “ explains Leadville Racing Coach Stacy Kelly, who manages the team with her husband Bruce. “The character aspect of helping others and giving of your time means just as much to Bruce and me as the racing results. Our riders and their families have demonstrated exemplary character both on and off the race course.”
Leadville Racing is shooting for team of the year, which has nothing to do with the racing performance part of the league. The team is showing up at every venue and immediately asking what we can do to help set up and break down for each race.
And let’s not forget the economic impact of having nearly 600 racers and their crews in town. Leadville Today spoke with several lodging establishments that were sold out last Saturday night. In addition, local eateries reaped the economic benefits as well, one mobile truck actually running out of food by Sunday!
The next race is The Peaceful Valley Invitational on October 5 in Elbert. The Haymaker Classic State Championship is October 19 in Eagle.
And the good news is that the Cloud City Challenge will return next September. According to race organizers the “the crew, racers and their families all love the venue. It’s convenient and meets all of the needs.” If you’re interested in supporting the team, with time or money, you can contact the team coaches at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Colorado High School Cycling League
The Colorado High School Cycling League is an independent 501(c)3 registered non-profit. The Colorado League was established in 2009 and is an associate of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA). Founded in 2009 the Colorado League promotes personal development and teamwork through interscholastic cross-country mountain biking. The Colorado League promotes the formation of teams at public and private high schools. With the support of our sponsors, the League organizes a first class series of races, provides coach training, and hosts various camps. More about the Colorado League