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Archive for March, 2013

State of our trails

March 24th, 2013 - News

Criterium staff are compiling a list of closures and restrictions to trail access this spring.  Some closures (Blodgett Peak, Rampart Reservoir) are because of erosion damage from the Waldo Canon fire last summer. Others are drought, or species-related.

The Forest Service is hosting a public meeting about closures and re-routes in the Bear Creek Watershed.  The native greenback cutthroat trout is endangered, and people and vehicles are crowding this species in the watershed.  The Forest Service is closing 6.4 miles of trails, adding new trails, and re-routing others.  The changes can be reviewed on Thursday, April 4th, 4-9 p.m. on a walk-in basis at the Leon Young Service Center’s Pikes Peak Room – 1521 Hancock Expressway.

Please note that many of the published maps and guidebooks for the region will not have the most current information about trail conditions.  The fines for entering restricted areas are steep.  It is also in our long term interest to work with the public land managers to protect the sometimes fragile ecosystems in the Pikes Peak Region.  Criterium has many suggestions for alternate routes for your bike ride.  Call us if you are in doubt about access.

do you Bamboo?

March 22nd, 2013 - News | Product news

We stock both socks and jerseys made with bamboo microfibers.  The socks are a good place to start with bamboo–they breathe, stay silky smooth, remain temperature neutral, and wear longer than cotton socks.   Ours are 5″ cuff ‘Colorado’ socks knitted here in Colorado–$9.95.

We are selling Danny Shay jerseys this year that are woven from white bamboo ash.  It adds another step to refining the microfibers, and increases moisture wicking and odor prevention.  We’re not sure how they do it, but it is a renewable resource combined with some very elegant engineering.  These jerseys make a fashion statement, as well as an eco-impact, with bright tartan plaids.  Propaganda and pictures at dannyshane.com.

Close to the vest…

March 19th, 2013 - News

Weather that swings 40 degrees in a day challenges even the best-dressed cyclist.  It’s the time of year for knee warmers, armwarmers, and a cycling vest.   A good, lightweight vest is a minimal layer that works like ‘Over-Armour’ to preserve your core temperature in variable conditions.     It’s easy to peel off when the sun fires up and the wind dies down, and it will fit in a jersey pocket or a compartment of your hydration pack.