Fort Collins Needs Your Help to Put Together a Downtown River Project and Kayak Park


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To Support Downtown Poudre River Project & Kayak Park!

The City Council will vote tomorrow October 7th on the adoption of thePoudre River Downtown Master Plan which includes a proposed kayak park. In a separate agenda item, the Council will also hold a public hearing to take citizen comments on what should be funded in the 2015-16 City Budget.

If you are in favor of having a kayak park in downtown Ft. Collins we urge you to contact City Council at cityleaders TODAY to express your support for the park and to encourage them to fund it in the City Budget Or, better yet, attend the Council meeting tomorrow at 6 pm to express your views. If you will be emailing comments, send them in asap. See Council Agenda for details.

When the first draft of the Poudre River Downtown Master Plan was released last spring, Save The Poudre’s Board had serious reservations with the amount of concrete and hardscaping depicted in the conceptual drawings of the kayak park and did not feel we could endorse the plan as presented. Many others had similar reservations. We met with the design team to express our concerns. The project team heard similar feedback from City Council, several Advisory Boards, and citizens. The team took this feedback to heart, went back to the drawing board, and subsequently released an updated draft Master Plan ( which showed much improvement in terms of “softening” (less concrete, more vegetation) the design for the kayak park. The Save The Poudre Board now feels comfortable to wholeheartedly endorse the project.

The top priority for the Board for this project has always been the health of the river. We feel that the updated plan achieves the three goals of providing kayak play features, improving the river habitat, especially fish passage, and mitigating flood risk. We have urged City Council to fund the park to the maximum extent possible.

Now is the time to move the kayak park across the finish line!

Thank you!

Greg Speer
Board of Directors

Events This Week

– Tues. 10/7 City Council – Poudre River Downtown Master Plan & City Budget Hearing

– Sat. 10/11 – Tibetan Monks Process to the Poudre River – Global Village Museum 4 pm

Quick Links

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What is happening as the USA ProChallenge Gets Ready

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Catching Up With Cannondale’s Star Peter Sagan

This week’s start of the Tour de France for Cannondale’s young star Peter Sagan was not what he had hoped for, as his dash to become the repeat green sprint points jersey began with a hard crash during Stage 1.

The indelible sight of one of the world’s best all-around riders as well as sprinters, riding to the finish with half his jersey torn off and a large open wound on his back, was fed to the worldwide television audience for an extended period of time. It left a reminder that life at the top of this grueling profession can change in an instant.


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The USA Pro Challenge is coming to Northern Colorado on August 24, 2013. The race will start in Loveland at the Budweiser Event Center, go through Windsor, Estes Park and finish in Fort Collins, CO. Make sure you know what’s happening on Race Day so you are in the center of the biggest pro-cycling celebration in the United States!READ MORE
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When it comes to the Tour de France or any hilly stage race, the results will be determined by the mountain stages and the time trials. Today, we’ll focus on climbing. With the 100th Tour de France fast approaching we turned one of Joe Friel’s classic articles, “Climbing Like a Tour Rider”, into a slideshow tutorial.


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USA Pro Challenge offers riders chance to shine

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Come Ride On Sunday, August 11th!
First 200 riders to register receive Premium Cycling Sunglasses valued at $100+!REGISTER TODAY!

Fastest time up Red Feather KOM receives a spot to ride before the Pros in the Amateur Time Trial, along with two hospitality passes to the Founders Box on August 23rd in Vail!

Join the adventure on Sunday, August 11 for the first annual Larimer County Pro Challenge Experience! Larimer County is famous for 3 things: the rugged natural beauty of the Rockies and our countless nature areas, a commitment to bike culture (which led this year to Fort Collins receiving Platinum status in the League of American Cyclists Bike Friendly Communities rankings), and our passion for great beer. The Larimer Experience brings all 3 together for one day that celebrates everything that makes Northern Colorado great. After departing from the famed New Belgium Brewery, the course tours the vast and breathtaking vistas of the region via tranquil county roads. But make no mistake, this is no Sunday cruise. The frontier spirit of Larimer County is on display in the 108 mile challenge, which includes over 30 miles of roadie friendly gravel and clay roads, plus an epic ascent from the front range into the remote and awe-inspiring Red Feather Lakes region. The more forgiving 52 and 30 mile courses are no less scenic, and all finish back at New Belgium for a great party. Ride benefits the Noco Rebuilding Network, a local charity supporting the rebuilding efforts of those affected by natural disasters in Northern Colorado.

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Between the town of Livermore and the community of Red Feather Lakes, Red Feather Lakes Road starts as an idyllic series of paved rollers that gradually transition to long sustained climbs, with sections of grades over 10%. This challenging ascent requires more than simple endurance. Any rider who wants the crown had better come prepared with climbing smarts and cunning, as well as the lungs and legs to back them up!

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Fort Collins named Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Community

Congratulations to Fort Collins and all Colorado communities that received awards from the League of American Bicyclists

Fort Collins Mayor Karen Weitkunat and New Belgium Brewing‘s Mike Craft toast news of the city’s Platinum award

We’re thrilled by the news that Fort Collins has been named a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. The city moved up from Gold level.

Colorado is now the only state boasting two Platinum-level communities–Boulder is the other. Davis, Calif., and Portland, Ore., round out the list of four communities at the top.

The award process is rigorous. You can watch a video the City of Fort Collins produced and read its application, which details the work done to improve their community through better bicycling.

Two other Colorado communities joined the ranks of Bicycle Friendly Communities.

•       Crested Butte debuted at the Gold level (Colorado has the most Gold-level communities)

•       Greeley debuted at the Bronze level

Our state now has 19 Bicycle Friendly Communities, which we think says amazing things about riding bicycles for fun, transportation, health and competition.

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USA Pro Challenge Announces 2013 Route. 8 Colorado Cities get picked


USA Pro Challenge heads to eight Colorado cities

Third annual edition of race starts in Aspen and expects over 1 million fans to line the route.

Aspen, Colo. – The nation’s most challenging cycling race will call eight Colorado cities home in 2013 when it starts in Aspen on August 19 and ends in Denver on August 25, 2013. The USA Pro Challenge announced its host cities today, naming the communities that will serve as the starts and finishes for the third annual stage race.

After drawing more than 1 million fans in each of the first two years and generating nearly $200 million in cumulative economic impact for the State of Colorado, the USA Pro Challenge will make its debut in Fort Collins and Loveland in 2013 while bringing many of the worlds best riders back to cities like Steamboat Springs, Vail and Denver.

The host cities and stages of the 2013 USA Pro Challenge include:

  • Monday, Aug. 19 Stage 1 Aspen/Snowmass Circuit

  • Tuesday, Aug. 20 Stage 2 Aspen/Snowmass – Breckenridge

  • Wednesday, Aug. 21 Stage 3 Breckenridge – Steamboat Springs

  • Thursday, Aug. 22 Stage 4 Steamboat Springs – Beaver Creek

  • Friday, Aug. 23 Stage 5/ITT Vail Time Trial

  • Saturday, Aug. 24 Stage 6 Loveland – Fort Collins

  • Sunday, Aug. 25 Stage 7 Denver Circuit

“Riders now know that there is no race in America like the USA Pro Challenge, and these host cities help ensure cycling’s world stage returns to Colorado for seven days of grueling competition,” said Shawn Hunter, CEO and Co-Chairman of the USA Pro Challenge. “Each of these communities will be on an international stage as we partner with them to ensure the USA Pro Challenge takes its place as America’s greatest race.”

In just two years, the USA Pro Challenge has established itself as one of the most challenging and competitive races in the world, drawing the best cyclists in the sport and accolades from around the world.

“When you combine the high-altitude climbs, the enthusiasm of the crowds and the level of competition, the USA Pro Challenge is one of my favorite race weeks,” said Christian Vandevelde, the overall winner of the 2012 USA Pro Challenge. “I can’t wait to get back in 2013 and defend the title with my Garmin-Sharp teammates.”

The two new cities joining the 2013 race – Fort Collins and Loveland – offer breathtaking scenery, as well as a unique cycling history, that will add to the overall impact of the race.

“With the addition of Loveland and Fort Collins we are adding two cities that have built a community around the cycling culture,” Hunter said. “We are thrilled to incorporate their enthusiasm as we continue to showcase Colorado as the center of the nation’s cycling spirit.”

Further details of the start and finish line locations, as well as the specific, detailed route, will be announced in the spring. With its consolidated footprint and multiple back-to-back stages, the 2013 race will ensure that spectators in host cities will have many opportunities to root for their favorite rider or team.

A number of criteria were taken into consideration when evaluating potential host cities, including full city services support. The race also considered commitments in the areas of lodging, volunteer recruitment, marketing and local tourism, as well as an ability to host world-class athletes and promote the State of Colorado.

“The USA Pro Challenge has created an entirely new audience for our state,” Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said. “Not only is it the best American competition, it’s essentially a week-long advertisement for our state with 128 of the best cyclists in the world acting as tour guides.”

About the USA Pro Challenge
For seven consecutive days, the world’s premier cyclists race through the majestic Colorado Rockies, reaching higher altitudes than they’ve ever had to endure – more than two miles in elevation. One of the largest cycling events in United States history, the 2013 race will feature the best of the best in professional cycling, competing on a challenging course through some of America’s most beautiful scenery.

Referred to as “America’s Race,” the third annual USA Pro Challenge will take place August 19-25, 2013. More than 1 million spectators are expected to once again line the route again in 2013, while millions more around the world will watch the race on television and online through the Tour Tracker. The two previous winners of the Pro Challenge were Levi Leipheimer in 2011 and Christian Vandevelde in 2012.

More information can be found on the website and Twitter page @USAProChallenge.


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Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory seeks citizen science & education volunteers

 Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory is recruiting volunteers in Colorado to count birds, collect migration and nesting data, run education programs and more. Citizen scientists are needed for the following four programs:

ColonyWatch: Monitor colonial waterbirds to gather information about colony size and locations to help resource managers with long-term conservation. Volunteers are needed March through August at various locations across Colorado. Requires the ability to recognize the 15 species RMBO monitors and to follow a simple monitoring pro¬tocol. The necessary skills are easy to acquire; technical support is always available from the project coordinator. Contact: Jason Beason, RMBO Special Monitoring Projects Coordinator, 970-310-5117 or

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HawkWatch: Collect information about raptor migration, which is stored in an online database and contributes to the understanding of raptor movements across North America. Training is the week of February 20, and official counts start March 1 and end May 7 at Dinosaur Ridge in the Dakota Hogback Natural Area, Morrison, Colo. Experienced volun¬teers are paired with those wanting to learn identification and data collection skills. Contact: Jeff Birek, HawkWatch Coordinator, 970-482-1707 ext. 25 or¬ (preferably before February 20).

t Collins, Colo. Volunteers must attend orientation on January 21 at RMBO’s Old Stone House at Barr Lake State Park in Brighton. Volunteers monitor designated nests weekly for a minimum of one hour, fill out data sheets and enter data into an online reporting system. They must have transportation to nest sites and a spotting scope or binoculars, and enjoy monitoring either alone or with another person. Contact: Kacie Ehrenberger, 303-659-4348 ext. 16 or (preferably by January 11).

Volunteer Naturalists: Teach citizens of all ages the importance of bird and habitat conservation through in-class programs, field trips and educational outreach events in the Denver Metro area. Volunteers are given 40 hours of training in March (basic ecology, ornithology, teaching techniques, public speaking) and provide at least 40 hours of service in a year following training. Passion about education and the out¬doors, but no experience in environmental education or ornithol¬ogy, is necessary. Contact: Kacie Ehrenberger, Director of Outreach and Education, 303-659-4348 ext. 16 or

Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory is a Colorado-based nonprofit that works to conserve birds and their habitats from Montana into Mexico through science, education and stewardship.

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