Bicyclists are easier to intimidate than motorcyclists on Marksheffel Road

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What's the most dangerous stretch of road in Colorado? After the slaying of an airman in LoDo last Saturday, some people might say 15th and Market streets. Anyone who's gotten stuck on the mean streets of Cherry Creek might suggest First Avenue. But our nomination this week is Marksheffel Road just outside of Colorado Springs. Last Saturday, it was taken over by a notorious "bicycle pack" that backed up traffic and inspired one horn-honking driver to film the hordes while speeding past. And just three days later, another group on Marksheffel decided to prey on yet another cyclist. The wrong kind of cyclist.

Here's the story from the Colorado Springs Gazette:

They say never to bring a knife to a gunfight.

Such was the case Wednesday night in unincorporated El Paso County.

Three men who reportedly tried to rob a motorcyclist at knifepoint got a big surprise when the motorcyclist hit one of the men and then pulled out a gun.

The motorcyclist had pulled over in the 3800 block of Marksheffel Road about 6:25 p.m. to add another layer of clothing, sheriff's spokesman Lt. Jeff Kramer said.

Three men who appeared between 19 and 20 years old pulled up behind him in a black Honda Accord. Two of the men got out of the car and demanded the motorcyclist's money. One of the men was armed with a knife, Kramer said.

The motorcyclist didn't comply with their demands.

Instead, he punched the knife-wielding man and then pulled out a handgun, which he was lawfully carrying, Kramer said.

The suspects ran back to the car and sped away, Kramer said.

No arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing, he said.


When planning any road trips this weekend, you might want to avoid Marksheffel -- especially on Saturday, when we hear that bicycle pack might be back in force.

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