Category Archives: Cycling

New Belgium’s Scavenger Hunt Series Adds a Midwest Stop

skisFt. Collins, Colo. – February 8, 2013 – New Belgium Brewing, maker of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a wide variety of award-winning beers, is bringing back its Scavenger Hunt Series with a Midwest location joining the party. Devil’s Head in Wisconsin is now part of this costume-wearing, chicken-chasing, riddle-reading series. Each scavenger hunt provides a day of downhill like no other, while raising money for local nonprofit organizations at every turn.

“A day on the slopes is always a good day, but add in a costume, some scavenging and a post-hunt party, and it quickly becomes a day you’d be foolish to miss,” says Shawn Hines with New Belgium Brewing.

Groups of one to four people can participate in the hunt. Participants are tasked with searching the mountain for moving and stationary clues that focus on New Belgium beer and culture, sustainability, the host ski resort and the benefiting nonprofit. The answers vary from easy to difficult and the team to answer all the clues first is crowned that mountain’s 2013 winner. It costs $10 per person to enter the scavenger hunt, plus the cost of your lift ticket.

After each scavenger hunt, a post-party celebration will be held with prizes and top honors given out. The celebration will also include the chance to win a pair of Rocky Mountain Underground custom-made Fat Tire skis.

New Belgium created the Scavenger Hunt Series seven years ago. For more information, check out

2013 Scavenger Hunt Series Schedule: 

Devil’s Head Scavenger Hunt – February 9, 2013
Benefitting The Dane County Humane Society

Taos Scavenger Hunt  March 16, 2013
Benefitting The Field Institute of Taos

Eldora Scavenger Hunt – February 23, 2013
Benefitting Leave No Trace

Telluride Scavenger Hunt – March 23, 2013
Nonprofit partner – TBD

Loveland Scavenger Hunt – March 30, 2013
Benefitting The Alliance for Sustainable Colorado

Snoqualmie Scavenger Hunt – March 16, 2013
Benefitting Seattle Surfrider Foundation

Squaw Valley Scavenger Hunt – April 6, 2013
Benefitting The Shane McConkey Foundation

ArtWorks Installs New Sculptural Bike Rack in Northside’s Jacob Hoffner Park

On September 11, ArtWorks installed their latest sculptural bike rack on Hamilton Avenue in Northside’s Jacob Hoffner Park.  The bike rack is a part of ArtWorks’ Queen City Art Rack project, and was designed by local artist and metal worker Kate Demske.

Queen City Art Racks is an ongoing initiative to bring artist-designed, functional bike racks to public spaces throughout Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.  In the process, it engages community stakeholders, employs professional artists, and strengthens the region’s transportation options by creating awareness around bicycle parking. Since its launch in the spring of 2010, Queen City Art Racks has created 14 opportunities for artists. The new art rack in Northside is the ninth to be installed.

The design for this art rack was inspired by Northside history.  Demske, who lives and works in Northside, shared, “This park was once the estate of Jacob Hoffner, noted Northside land owner and philanthropist.  He was also an avid gardener, and Palm Street was named for the most famous plant in his greenhouse: a Sago Palm which had been owned by Robert Morris (one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence) before and during the Revolutionary War.  This palm lived more than 130 years and was eventually donated to Horticultural Hall in Philadelphia.  It’s said that the only specimen that could rival it was owned by George Washington.”

The project was sponsored by John Castaldi and Terry Bazeley, with additional support provided by MoBo Bicycle Co-op.  Castaldi stated,

“Terry and I see art created through ArtWorks every single day and believe very strongly that public art enriches the lives of all Cincinnatians.  We are also very committed to Northside and our neighbors here and wanted to do something for our community.  Finally, we wanted the rack to be designed by one of our neighborhood’s many artists and were thrilled with the choice of Kate Demske and the final result.”

Those interested in designing or sponsoring an art rack should visit

Back in the saddle again

There’s nothing like the feeling of going for a ride on your own bike. Let me explain.

As a (recovering) bicycle journalist, I get the opportunity to ride a good number of other bikes. It’s not as though I have six road bikes in the basement to choose from, but there are generally always temptations available to me. I do still have a very nice Blue Axino with full Dura Ace that I’ve been enjoying, but last night, I went for a fast and furious ride on my trusty Giant TCR Advanced. There’s a lot to be said for a bike that you know like the back of your hand. I can do things on the Giant that I wouldn’t dare on other bikes, and with comfort and confidence comes an extra dose of speed.

And can I put a big thanks out to Light and Motion for some hella bright lights to make my nighttime training a whole lot safer? The new Seca 800 light was on duty last night and significantly expanded how far I can see down the road. It doesn’t hurt that I’m a whole heck of a lot more visible, too. Like with the bike, more comfort and convenience, more speed.

Outside of familiarity breeding speed, it’s just nice getting back to my night time training routine. It’s a far better use of time than sitting in front of the TV (or the computer for that matter), and my wife knows that a Rinaldo that rides is a happy Rinaldo, so she is all for it.

I also had the opportunity to get in some miles with some friends on Friday. Different scene (bike path), different bike (singlespeed ‘cross), different feel (casual and jovial). We still got in about 25 miles, but it was all in the interest of fun. The ride was followed up with pizza and beer at The Works, all served up by our favorite waiter who still can’t figure out how to divide by three.

It’s been a couple of months since I’ve ridden with Dave and Tom and there was plenty to catch up on. New jobs for two of us. A daughter turning eighteen (not mine, thank God), vacations, music and movies. Plenty to talk about and never a dull moment.

So, here’s what this is all about

I really, really love to ride bikes.

My love of riding bikes got me into blogging, which got me into building a website about bikes and cycling that more or less became a huge animal that consumed all of my time and kept me from riding my bike. Beyond that, I just want my evenings back to play with the kids and occasionally have a grown up conversation with my wife. It would be nice to not have to turn the computer on every night.

It was time to simplify. I’m turning the reins over to someone else that loves bicycle racing as much as I do and is willing to give Bike World News the love and content that it deserves. I’m confident that she will be a good steward of it and will cover much of the same topics that I did.

So what’s La Phlegm Rouge? It’s… wait for it… a blog about riding bikes. But that’s it. Me. Riding Bikes. With my friends. A little pizza, a little beer, some good times and so on. I don’t care to be looking at Google Analytics every day to monitor my traffic. This site is for me and hopefully for some like minded people.

So, way fewer press releases (unless its something I personally use and find to be very cool). No stage by stage race coverage (though I won’t ignore racing). No ads (more of a visual blog roll).

It just occurred to me that this whole seven year process that brought me here started with a Blogger site called We Love Bikes. Guess what? I still love bikes. I hope you do too. If you do, join me on my journey.

The name? A (hopefully humorous) take on la flamme rouge. French for the red flame and in racing terms, the last kilometer.