A WEEKLY ROUSTABOUT!

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. 

Happy trails!

Tea and crumpets? Quite!

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  • james k.

    Special shout out to Mighty MO! Those were the best cookies. I really enjoyed them- thanks so much for baking them and sharing with us all. really added a nice touch!

    July 27

    • Mo

      You are absolutely welcome. It was a fun ride today. I was happy to share and glad people enjoyed them.

      1 · July 27

  • David B.

    Aaaarg, hate that I am canceling at very last minute but I can't make it... worst part is that I simply overslept... have a good ride and I'll look fwd to joining you another time.

    1 · July 27

    • David B.

      The full story is that the work commitment I feared would stop me from coming was a 33 straight hour stint in the field Friday through Saturday --- it finished early enough that I thought I'd still make it Sunday --- but that sleep deprivation kept me in bed straight through my alarm! See you soon!

      July 27

    • james k.

      Sounds crazy, they work you too hard! Hope you get some quality down time David. Yep it will be good to see you again any time you fancy the ride

      July 27

  • Caroline

    I just got the notification this morning that I had been moved from the wait list as I went to bed early last night. I took a dinger on my mountain bike and I am a bit tender this morning. I am going to show up as a spin might be the best thing for me but if I am not doing well or the stops are creating discomfort for me I will keep rolling or turnback. I know the route and will come up from the Nature Center.

    1 · July 27

    • james k.

      Okay Caroline, sorry to hear about that. Yep just roll along at the back and see how your feeling, no pressure

      July 27

    • james k.

      Hope you felt okay in the end and had a nice roll down to REI

      July 27

  • james k.

    Well done everyone, what a lovely ride. I felt it was hard today and was dragging a bit, but everyone kept their spirits up. Well done Terri for throwing an extra hill at me! hahaha

    July 27

  • Bob C.

    just confirming here is this ride limited to 12.

    July 26

  • Jim H.

    James, I told you I would be moving to H. Ranch. It was today and it took a lot longer than planned. Need to go back in the morning. Sorry I didn't contact you sooner. Hopefully see you next week.

    July 26

    • james k.

      No worries Jim, good luck with the big move

      July 27

  • Scott H.

    James - I just got the word that I have moved from wait list to accepted. I was so far back on wait list that when I had not been selected by Saturday morning - I assumed I was not accepted on the ride and I made other plans - sorry - but I cannot make it. Have a good ride.

    July 27

  • Jill

    Hi James, just now saw I got on the list this am which was too late :(. Thanks.

    July 27

  • Marie F.

    Hey James! Sorry I will be unable to come on Sun... NYC Grands are in and I don't want to miss a minute w them! So I will do this ride Early by myself, them hopefully I will be able to join you a week from Sun. Tkx Marie

    1 · July 25

    • james k.

      Totally understandable- sound alike you have a fun w/e planned. You will be missed though- have a great time and we'll see you next week x

      July 25

  • Scott H.

    Wow - I did not realize how fast this fills up! On the wait list - the Courage Classic was fun/somewhat hard - NEED a medic on your ride? Scott

    July 25

    • james k.

      Hi Scott, yeah its usually full by Monday!

      July 25

  • Tammy

    Glad to be once again joining on the sand bagging route. Looking forward to seeing you Sunday.

    1 · July 21

    • Tammy

      Of course. Still flossing that sand out of my teeth ;)

      July 24

    • james k.

      Your Sandy to my Danny? hahaha

      July 24

  • james k.

    This week auntie comes out to play

    1 · July 22

  • james k.

    Gonna be another nice hot day for us-bring sun screen and a smile

    July 22

  • David B.

    Planning on joining you again, but a possible work complication looms. I'll change the RSVP if it turns out I can't come...

    1 · July 20

    • james k.

      It will be great to see you again david, if not this w/e then soon buddy

      July 21

  • james k.

    Hello my lovely bubblies- this week is the Auntie ride, so the big climb on Fox Hollow!

    July 20

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