The start of another week and winter has made a full return to Colorado. Gone are the 60 degree days that January held for us. Hello biting cold, snow and ice. Usually I enjoy the winter as it opens up the snow sports activities and justifies blowing entire weekends in Aspen and Vail. With the huge snow dumps from last year this year promised to be great. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case, and when there is no snow in the mountains running in 60 degree weather in January makes up for it. But now winter is actually here and I am honestly disappointed. I feel tricked; lulled in to thinking that running in shorts should be a normal thing in January. This winter has been like the phenomenal looking girl that you bring home from the bar. She looked great when you were moving in, you had some good times after the bar closes but now you’ve woken up and realize that you were 12 beers deep, this girl’s looks definitely benefited from bad lighting and she keeps asking about when you are going to call her again. Let’s hope the next one turns out better.
The scenery on the commute home
The Denver Bar Scene: 5280 Magazine has a feature up showcasing its choices for the 35 Best Bars in Denver. I haven’t gotten to explore too many of the bars up there so who knows how decent of a list this is, but it might provide you with some good spots for Valentine’s Day tomorrow. Or it might give you spots to avoid if you are single and saddened by the sight of overly giddy women and men managing to plaster an almost genuine smile on their faces as they calculate exactly how much their budget is being demolished by a holiday manufactured by corporations.
Ride the Rockies: Ride the Rockies is an annual event spread over 6 to 7 days in which cyclists (mostly recreational riders) pedal all over Colorado in part to raise money for non-profits but mostly to tell people that they biked all over Colorado. The route for this year has been announced.
Cycling and Coffee: Bicycling Magazine speared my heart and yanked it in with a post dealing with coffee companies with a cycling theme. What the hell is a “cycling themed coffee company”? Head over to the post to find out. Good stuff.
Teva Mountain Games and CDOT Idiocy: Vail has wrapped up the first edition of its Winter Teva Mountain Games event, featuring lots of snow based events (X-Country Snowshoe, Boot Run, Nordic Freestyle, Big Air) and even some dog based events (Avy Dogs and X-Country Snowshoe). You can find the results here.
From the Twitterverse reactions it sounds like the event was a good time and had a great turnout. The turnout was so great that the Colorado Department of Transportation decided that the “pace cars” it has been using to regulate the flow of cars and reduce traffic issues stood no chance against…traffic issues. Really CDOT? You spend who knows how much money this summer studying the effect of pace cars and you get one event that brings extra traffic and you shut it down. Great investment (and sorry we linked you to the Denver Post for that story. Get ready to have your computer blown up by some pop up ads). How is CDOT going to make the case, along with the city of Denver, that Colorado is ready for some Winter Olympics action? What the I-70 corridor needs is some progressive planning. Not novelty fixes like pace cars.
That is it for us. Enjoy the start of the week. Let’s hope that the mountains get some snow and you can forget the fact that the girl you brought home from the bar Saturday night will forever remind you of why you shouldn’t drink and prowl.