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Southwest Colorado is home to one of America’s oldest bicycle races. It takes an army to keep the wheels moving.

DURANGO – After finishing her first bike race during the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic over the weekend, 4-year-old Lexi Cowan was grinning ear to ear. When asked how long she’s been riding bikes, she said, “10 years, I think.” In a town that boasts one of the oldest bicycle races in America, Durango’s next generation […]

Posted inCrime and Courts, News, Outdoors

Colorado man gets 3 years for killing pro bicyclist in crash

DURANGO — A man who caused a crash that killed a professional cyclist in southwest Colorado has been sentenced to three years in prison. Cordell Schneider was convicted in July of vehicular homicide and was sentenced Friday for the March 4, 2020, crash near Marvel that killed Benjamin Sonntag, 39, The Durango Herald reported. Colorado State […]

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Jury in southwest Colorado convicts man of killing pro cyclist in crash

DURANGO — A jury has convicted a man of causing a crash that killed a professional cyclist in southwest Colorado. The Durango Herald reports Cordell Schneider was found guilty Thursday of vehicular homicide and reckless driving for the March 4, 2020, crash near Marvel that killed 39-year-old Benjamin Sonntag. Schneider is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 15 […]

Posted inOpinion, Write On, Colorado

Amid violence and COVID, the memory of my grandfather stands as an inspiration

With over 450,000 cases and 6,000 deaths due to COVID-19 in Colorado, our community has spent the last year grieving the unexpected toll of the pandemic.  Last month’s massacre in Boulder further shook our foundation, damaging our trust and feeling of safety with one another, just as we begin to emerge from isolation.   Amid these […]

Posted inCOVID, Environment, Health, News, Wildfire

Is your throat scratchy from Colorado’s wildfire smoke or coronavirus? Here’s how to tell.

The haze that’s blocking out the mountains, blue sky and even the sun across much of Colorado is full of tiny particles that are about 1/30th the width of a human hair. They’re coming from the “biomass combustion” of wildfires in Colorado and California, and they’re so small that a mask will not stop them […]

Posted inBusiness, COVID, News, Outdoors

Colorado Classic women’s pro cycling race is called off because of coronavirus concerns

This is getting old.  Organizers on Thursday pulled the plug on the Colorado Classic race, set for August. The decision to cancel the fourth running of the four-stage race comes less than six weeks after organizers announced a revised, made-for-TV race model that replaced expos and start-and-finish festivals with virtual events and online streaming of […]

Posted inOpinion, Write On, Colorado

A bike ride reminded me: Even amid a pandemic gratitude isn’t out of reach

Thursday, March 26. Day 1 of the statewide shelter-in-place order in Colorado. It’s bright and beautiful, and on the recreation paths carving through my Colorado Springs neighborhood, everyone and their dog is out. I don’t mean to say the pathways are congested; they’re not, and everyone is maintaining more than enough distance. I mean only […]

Posted inBusiness, News, Outdoors, Outsider

The Colorado Classic has world-class cyclists, big parties and four days to prove it can survive

AVON — The best women cyclists in the world are on course. Live racing video is streaming. The host cities are throwing parties. The events are stacked deep. Equity for women is the hottest topic in sports Now the question is whether Coloradans will line up to support not just the Colorado Classic’s new strategy […]

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As the women-only Colorado Classic kicks off, two star riders show how hard it is to survive in the pro peloton

Two professional cyclists, former college teammates at the University of Colorado, are racing toward a career crossroads during this week’s Colorado Classic. Heather Fischer, who led CU to a road racing national title in 2012, will race against her one-time teammate Abby Mickey when the women’s pro stage race opens Thursday in Steamboat Springs. Mickey […]