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Gravel Grumble to RTP Aid Station

I <3 gravel. Riding to the second aid station at Ring the Peak (see other Meetup on 7 SEP 13). City trails/roads from Plamer Park, past Red Rocks, down towards Cheyenne Mountain. Then we'll hit gravel and start climbing up gravel to the aid station at Gold Camp Road and Forest Road 376, Victor, CO. Ride will be an out and back. Stopping at gas stations along the route to refuel/rehydrate/pit stop; however bring enough supplies to ride several hours at a time. We'll take a break at about mile 35 helping at the aid station. Then heading back down the mountain to town.

Ride starts at Palmer Park - Maizeland parking lot - at 6am. This should give us plenty of time to get up to the aid station.

Pace: at least 10 mph so we get to the aid station at 10:00am.

Map: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/271980707

Feel free to suggest other routes to get more gravel in on the ride.

If you want to meet along the route, post that in the comments and I'll let you know ETA at that location.

Cell:[masked]-1367. Text/call if you have questions, get lost, or are running late.

What are gravel grumbles: gravel grumbles/gravel grinders are off-road road rides. This one is a combination of paved trails, roads, and gravel.

Jessica's two cents on gravel rides: I'd suggest leaving the huge knobby tires at home. If you have a less aggressive tire, I'd recommend putting that on your ride. And if you can lock out your suspension or have a hardtail/rigid bike, use it. Really, any kind of bike/tire combination will work, it's just that over time, you'll not love pedaling your squishy supsension bike and fat tires after a few hours on the gravel roads. I typically bring a 'cross bike of some sorts that has a little narrower tire and less aggressive tread pattern. Sometimes my tires are even slicks. Just depends on the terrain I expect to encounter. Other gear is same as any ride: bring helmet, spare tube/inflation method, clothes for varying weather, etc.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice to meet you both. I regret doing the rest of the course. It was 3000' of climbing going that way and the pipeline trail is very eroded, had to walk a lot. I was totally cooked by the time I got down.

    September 8, 2013

  • Tim W

    Jessica and Mike,

    How did it go? How did the hanger work out? I headed up later on my Fargo but bailed at Old Stage. It was hot by then!

    Good to meet you both.
    Tim

    September 7, 2013

  • Tim W

    Hi Jessica,

    What I tried to say was... ;-) I can meet you at the four way stop above the 26th St. hairpins (intersection of 26th St. and Gold Camp Rd.) at whatever time you say you'll be there. I am thinking though that I will want to ride my mtn bike to smooth out the descent on all of that downhill dirt. This may make me too slow for you and if so I am fine if we meet and then you pull ahead at your natural pace to link up at the aid station. I think I am fine without anything being brought to the station but appreciate the offer. Look forward to meeting you. Tim

    September 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Also I think I'll go back on pipeline or one of the other trails from up there.

      September 5, 2013

    • Tim W

      Great. I'll be on a mtn bike with yellow backpack. I look forward to meeting you both and to the ride.

      1 · September 6, 2013

  • Tim W

    Hi Jessica,

    I live near the intersection of Gold Camp Rd and 26th St. so will pick you up on the Westside. I couldn't find the route map when I clicked the link. Can you help me access it so we can pick out a link up point?
    Thanks,
    Tim

    September 3, 2013

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