I thought some folk might be interested in a series of CLIMBING rides out of Golden. Another group does Lookout Mtn leaving from the same starting point, so I moved this one up 15 minutes so we can start with them. You can turn around with them, or keep on riding. See ride descriptions below, as they change weekly.
Week 1, May 2, South Table Mtn. - short 11 miler: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=4503091
Sorry, May 9th I'm going to Zak Brown at Red Rocks, so:
Week 2, May 30, North Table Mtn.- 16 mile with more open road than last week. http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=4501954
Week 5, June 5, Lookout Mtn. (switch to Wed.) Mt. Vernon CC, Genesee, Paradise Hill. Great Front Range classic: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=4607220
Week 6, June 12, Lookout Mtn, Grapevine, Bear Cr., Red Rocks, moving a bit south. This ride is ~27 miles, with 2500 ft of climbing. About 2 miles of well packed dirt from mile 13 to 15. Count on 2 hours of continuous riding, and bring a head and tail-light just in case. The short climb through red rocks is STEEP. If we have enough people, we may split into 2 groups, one that skips the south portion at mile 11.5 and just rides down US 40. Beer at the end! Map details: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/40118088/
Week 7, June 19. Wonder why we have been doing all that climbing? 6th annual Echo Lake to Mt. Evans Summit Solstice ride. Posted separately. Meet at Echo Lake Lot at base of ride at 3:45 and ride by 4. Pie and something warm at Echo Lake Lodge at the finish! Only 14 miles up! Check your brakes for the decent! Oh, about O2, roughly 60% of sea level at the summit, 75% compared with Golden. You will notice this...
Week 8, June 26 - Golden Gate Canyon, White Ranch Park. Ditch the traffic in Golden Gate Canyon after 5 miles, then head up to White Ranch Park. Much less traffic and very pretty this time of year. We ride until the road turns to "dirt", then turn around. About 2400 ft of climbing in 10 miles. Bring tail-light just in case. See details at: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/42931936/
Independence or close enough, July 3. How 'bout Lookout Mtn., Mt. Vernon, Genesee Park, through the back side of Genesee, down 40 and back? Gorgeous ride! We saw lots of elk 2 years ago. 2500+ feet of climbing in about 25 miles. Check it out: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/43982804/
Week 10, July 10, Rooney, Dinosaur ridge, Morrison, Red Rocks and back to Golden. About 18 miles and 1200 ft of climbing. See map for details: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/47164888/ ; Bring tail-light just in case. Dark by 8:15. Beer at the end of this rainbow.
I won't cancel rides due to rain without first checking radar maps, etc. and will send out email to people signed up for ride ~ 1 hr before, if the weather looks dicey. Or you can call:
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