Auntie: South Platte Bear Creek C470 anticlockwise Loop
Uncle: C470 Bear Creek South Platte clockwise Loop
A summery and merry intermediate spin around the picturesque South Platte and Bear Creek multi-use paths (MUPs). Start and finish will be Nixon's Cafe at Hudson Gardens on the South Platte MUP in Littleton. This is a lovely, circular route having very little contact with road traffic, and is 31 miles long. Please be aware that the route is challenging at times and does contain over 1000 ft of climbing- mostly in and around the area of Fox Hollow Golf Course/Chatfield & C470.
The AVERAGE overall speed will be 14.5 -15 mph as befits the MUP rules: it is by no means a race, but you do need to be able to maintain group pace over rolling terrain. To hit that average we ride faster on flatter roads, so this is NOT A RIDE FOR BEGINNERS (please see guideline below). The ride has plenty to challenge your fitness and bike-skills, with some heavy rollers and kickers, sharp exits and entries to tunnels and bridges, and some twisty technical descents: a proper day out!
The route includes places to refill water bottles and- best of all- this ride STARTS and FINISHES at a cafe that sells wonderful smoothies! We will alternate the route between anti-clockwise (AUNTIE) and clockwise (UNCLE) directions each week to keep it fresh and fun: this route is a completely different experience depending on the direction you take, and ranges from exposed, wind-strafed hills to quiet leafy lanes. This ride will be a weekly event, but you don’t need to commit to any schedule.
Parking is available at Reynold's Landing; Lucille's Creole Cafe; Littleton Animal Hospital/Pedal cycles; the RTD spaces at Aspen Grove and the visitor centre on the South Platte. We appreciate if you look these up before travelling . I will be riding a black and white Felt B16 Time Trial, bike so you can't miss me- Tel:[masked]-6577.
Is this ride for me?
Can you ride a hilly 30 miles comfortably?
Can you average 14.5 mph over a rolling terrain for 2.5 hours?
Can you ride 15-18mph comfortably on flat roads?
Can you ride at 6 mph and up on climbs?
Can you be blissful whatever the weather and road throws at you?
Note: please let us know if you are not coming- we've had a few no-shows without apology and/or explanation and as this is a popular ride it is very discourteous to me, other riders waiting for you to show up, and those on the waiting list. Multiple unexplained no-shows will result in your being asked not to RSVP. Thanks.
Tea and crumpets? Quite!