|Hi to everybody in Newsletter Land, and welcome to the 18th BouréNewsletter - Dog Days of Summer 2006. Read on to find out whenwe are riding, what we are carrying, what is new, and what is on special. Durango is still hot during the day, but the afternoon rains are starting to cool things down which makes for a nice break from our mid-summer desert conditions. Ned has been outracing and beating up on many younger racers at the Full Tiltin Telluride MTB race (1st Place Pro) and Mt. Evans (2nd PlacePro)... simply amazing! After schools start in September our tourism-driven town really slows down, so the roads are less travelled and the restaurants are easier to get into. It a great time to visit if your schedule allows, so why not come out for the Bouré Bike Fest - a series of free rides sponsoredby your Durango connections.
1. Sale Items and New Stuff,
2. Bouré Bike Fest Schedule,
3. It's that time of year... or Wade's rant,
4. A Long Sleeve Sunscreen jersey for hot weather? This rider says yes and we agree!
1. Since last we wrote, we have received and are selling several new items and we have just put some things on sale.
-- We promised before and have now added two Women's-style versionsof the Bouré Team jersey. We added a women's cut short sleeve team jersey to our web site last month and just received the Fall Thermal version for both men and women (which will be made available on-line as soon as Drew gets back from vacation on August 22nd, or you can e-mail or call Wade before then to get one now). When the 2007 Team jerseys come in next Spring, we will add a Women's version of the SPF long sleeve to complete the package.
-- Our annual, and always popular, PRO Sale will continue until the end of August. When that goes off we will have a Summer Clearance Sale with items too numerous to name here, so check the Bouré Web Site after September 1st.
-- Over the Years, we have worked with the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic and Mountain Bike Specialists, to provide their specialty jerseys. In our most recent conversation, they have indicated that the older style Wheel Club jersey with Engineer Mountain will probably not be reproduced anytime soon. So if you have been putting off getting your own piece of Durango history, this would be the time. See them here while you still can: Durango Wheel Club Jersey
-- For those who need an "Ah, Ha!" moment, this is your reminder that we have added to our offerings over the last year - summer weight SportWool jerseys (Drew loves his), wool socks, Sun Protection Factor (SPF 50) jerseys, a Bianchi Blue long sleeve wool jersey, the newest design Iron Horse Bicycle Classic jerseys, a series of classic cycling DVDs, various Women's-styled jerseys, booties, gloves and other items I am sure I forgot. If you didn't get, read or understand your last few Newsletters and Postcards, consider this your reminder to check out these newer items on the web site.
-- For all of our current Specials and Closeout bargains: Web Specials
2. Bouré Bike Fest week is scheduled for September 17-23, 2006
We warned you last newsletter and, once again, the time is nigh. We really hope you'll come ride with us, and we have people interested and threatening to come from New York, Connecticut, Texas, Arizona, Florida, New Mexico, the Front Range and the planet California. Ned will be attending the Sunday and Thursday rides, will also try to fit in the Coal Bank and Dolores Rides, and he'll call some of his personal buddies who want to do a fun ride. We hope to have some of the notable Durango Pros drop in on several rides. No guarantees, but you may get to hang out and ride with Olympian Todd Wells, National Collegiate Champion Matt Shriver, or 2005 National Champion Chris Wherry. In thepast we've also had Tom Danielson and internationally known naked indoor trainer, sports-model commentator Bob Roll - seen here with a vintage team kit and bike: Vintage Bobke.
Please share this info with any friends, discussion groups or your local cycling club in case any of them want to come. All rides can be done from Durango, although you can remove some mileage on a couple of days by driving or catching a ride to the start from Wade or another rider. The only ride that requires a commitment is the Mountain Bike ride as we arrange for a shuttle to the top of the ride to make it mostly downhill. These rides are free, not supported and are for fun. This is not a race, we just want you to join us while we do a week of our favorite Durango rides, during the (usually) warm and dry mid-September. Riders of all abilities are welcome and we have chosen rides that show off the local scenery and variety of terrain. Most rides have longer additions, or short cuts, to match your needs.
We can't force you, but we highly recommend helmets, we will be wearing ours. They are required for the Durango Wheel Club rides. Although we will provide any assistance we can, please be self supporting for road food, water and clothing. If you forget something, the local bike shops are very complete and happy to help. Most rides have a stop where food and drink can be acquired during our social stop.
We will send more specific instructions on the ride locations and any schedule changes to those people who request additional information, so unless we hear from you by e-mail or phone we won't be sending any more information to the general populace.When we see what number of people will be here we will finalize our social plans for non-riding events. We plan to have a social gathering on Sunday afternoon, the 17th. If you decide to show at the last minute (highly encouraged), call us (888-889-9242or locally 247-0339) and let us know so we make sure you are up-to-date for the rides.
The general plan for the week, which is very fluid depending on who shows up and the logistical challenges which may arise (weather, road closures, etc). We have a designated place for breakfast where we will start the ride, but certainly one can be enjoyed without the other.
*Remember that any plan is subject to changeby weather requirement so we need to know who will be here and how to contact them if required.*
Breakfasts will commence around 7:45 am, which allows for time to digest before we start to ride at 9:30. If you choose to skip breakfast or have other plans, that's fine. We will leave from the breakfast location at 9:30.
Sunday. September 17, 2006
Trimble Loop and Lemon Dam - 45 miles
*Ride with Ned Day*
Meet at Bread Bakery, but PLEASE don't leave a car there!
*Post Ride Party - Details at the Ride*
Monday September 18, 2006
Coal Bank Pass (or Molas Pass) - 75 miles (or 90 miles)
*Ride with Ned Day?*
Meet at Oscar's Restaurant
Tuesday September 19, 2006
We are not planning a ride this day as we expect many people to attend the Durango Wheel Club Tuesday Night Rides
(Tom Danielson and Todd Wells describe them as the Tuesday NightWorlds)
Additional information as requested.
Wednesday September 20, 2006
Durango to Dolores - 70 miles (*or 95 miles)
*Ride with Ned Day?*
Meet at Kennebec Cafe in Hesperus, 12 miles west of town (or at Bouré HQ at 8:15 am)
Thursday September 21, 2006 - 18 miles of single track, plus about 10 miles of dirt and paved roads
Hermosa Creek Mountain Bike Trail
*Ride with Ned Day*
Meeting place to be determined
Friday September 22, 2006
Vallecito Ride - 60 miles
Meet at Carver's Bakery
Saturday September 23, 2006
*Vintage Bike Day*
Baker's Bridge-Old Shalona Valley Loop - 30 miles
Meet at Bread Bakery, but PLEASE don't leave a car there!
We sure hope you will come join us for some fun social ridingin our beautiful town and a tour of the local breakfast joints...
And as added bonuses this year, if you can stay a bit longer, Fort Lewis College (Alma Mater of Tom Danielson of the Discovery Team) are putting on a Fall tour called The Durango Fall Blaze. This is a fundraiser for the Tom Danielson Scholarship Fund at Fort Lewis and it takes place September 30th, 2006. You can see more about it and sign up by following this link: Durango Fall Blaze
3. This time of year many of us head out on our bikes for a break from the escalating political insanity on the radio, TV and possibly from family members. Sometimes this is because we are tired of the discussion on Social Security, Homeland Security, Education Security, Gay Security or Female Rights Security and all the other security topics that our political candidates take a stand for or against. When you are out on that road I want you to look around and decide if you think that your sales, income, highway, real estate and myriad other taxes are giving you equal and safe access. For years, we have heard non-cyclists claim that cyclists don't pay their way and therefore don't deserve equal consideration.Well as far as we can tell that is a flat out misconception. No matter what road you are on, my guess is you own a car and pay fuel taxes, purchase items that were transported over the roads, own or rent real estate that pays taxes or have paid sales taxes that went into the general budget of the locality you ride. Let's not even get into your income taxes and where that money may or may not go. You contribute to the building and maintenance of those roads and then try and ride them to reduce traffic and emissions while also working to lower that average weight ofAmerica. Heck, you should get a Security medal for making America less dependent on foreign oil and cleaning up the greenhouse effect.
So this political season, why not raise the level of political discussion and see how your favorite or enemy candidates feel about completing the streets for use by all of the people who need them. There is a move a foot across the country and internationally for a concept called Completing the Streets. The idea is that all roads need to consider all of their users. It is simple andfair. When the misconception that cyclists, pedestrians, childrenand mass transit users don't pay for the roads is discarded for the rubbish it is, the concept becomes clear. You have and will continue to pay for the roads one way or another. It doesn't matter if your are a Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, GreenParty, Lesbian Socialist or any other political affiliation.You should ask, nay, demand that your local government, state government or federal government representatives work to represent you by providing for a fundamental need for transportation and movement.
You should not be forced by an outdated philosophy to drive a car as your only safe alternative. You and your family should have a choice to ride a bike or walk in a safe place, and for most of America that means streets that accommodate all users. Perhaps if we can convert a few more drivers by providing safe access, our oil will last longer and our national health will improve with less emmissions and more exercise.
So go to the meetings, write your local paper and before or after you see how they plan to address your retirement funds, you can ask how they feel about Completing the Streets in your (State, Town, Country) so that you and your kids can feel safer riding or walking them.
If you'd like to know more about Completing the Streets initiatives contact the CompleteStreets Organization or the ThurnderheadAlliance and learn more or see how you can help. Coming Soon to Durango is the SafeRoads Coalition, a group of concerned citizens working to make roads safer for everyone.
4. Last year we added a Sun Protection Factor Jersey to the Bouré Team Jersey line. It was greeted with much enthusiasm and we received several letters of thanks and encouragement (notably from several doctors who would rather work on something beside skin cancers). A few months ago, we received a call from a customer who was preparing to ride the Cascade 1200 brevet. He wanted to discuss various clothing options for the varied conditions he would encounter riding 24 hours per day in the mountains and desert environments he expected to encounter. Afterward, he wrote us with his comments( minor editing):
A quick note regarding results from using Bouré clothing during Cascade1200 km Brevet.
Note: the 1200 km had to be done in 90 hours (4 days) I did the 1000km/ 200km combination within the time limits(second place for the 1000 km & 1st place for the 200 kmportion) positioning isn't important just finishing within the time limit.
Background: the original route had to be rerouted because of a road closure along the east side of Mount St. Helen. Thus we spent more time in the warmer parts of Washington state. (Yakima Valley & east & north in remote high plateau desert area and then along the Columbia Gorge)
Temperatures for 3 of the 4 days were record highs 2 daysof temperatures registering 97 in the shade and 109 -113 in the sun. Very few opportunities to find shade along the route in the 2nd & 3rd days (until evening of the 3rd day). We were riding 200 miles plus in over 17 hours every day.
I decided to wear the long sleeve Bouré Team Jersey (SPF) on the second day then wore it for the 3rd & 4th days based on its outstanding performance. I was a little skeptical about wearing a long sleeve jersey in 100 degree heat but the results were amazing. The jersey keep me warm in the early morning part of the ride and then cool & dry in the heat. Everyone in short sleeves suffered more than me. It'sgreat not to have burning arms, and having less fatigue in an endurance ride when you are riding 4 day in a row not easy to apply sunscreen to be effective 16 hours a day everyone was asking about the jersey and I expect others will be buying one soon. One person had a Bouré Team jersey & finally wore it with my advice on the 4th day (he wished that he had been wearing it the previous days). On the third day during the hot afternoon, I took the jersey off & rinsed it out in a park sink and then put it on for some extra cooling. The jersey dried out within a few minutes. Then the jersey switched to a warming mode when I had to ride in the dark until I got to the overnight control stations. The off white sleeves help the jersey to be more noticeable in the dark and more reflective in the sun. Preventing excessive sun exposure is important for me since I have already had once instance of facial skin cancer.
I alternated using the Elite & Pro bib shorts they definitely helped the new elite chamois works better will the extra padding. Saddle did contribute to a sore butt by the 4th day.
Overall a very successful ride using Bouré products.
Appreciate all your support your advice & products contributed to my success in completing this tough event.
Please do highlight the benefits of using the longsleeve Bouré jersey - is it the material the same that Voler uses? (SQ Pro)
(Editor's note: yes, these jerseys are made for us by Voler using their SQ Pro material)
If there is anything we can do to make your cycling life better, please let us know. And as always, thanks for reading!
Jacque, Ned, Brandon, Drew, Laverne and Wade