715 South Forest Street, Denver, Co
This is the BEGINNER group. We meet at 530pm, roll at 545. Call if you are running late, we will wait 10 min, max. 3o3,Three 88,8555
Why aren't there many beginner rides out there? Simple. In the world of cycling, if you ride just twice a week, in just a short time--a matter of months, you're past this beginner stage and on to the intermediate stage. So, it's hard to find a ride leader for these. To that end, we will ask some of the beginning riders to assist in leading this ride after a few times.
So, if you ride just a few times a week, you'll "graduate" to the next level relatively quickly. This is why we're leaving from 4 Mile at the same time as the intermediate level ride; so you can transition to that group later on.
Average rolling speed; 11-14 mph.
This ride is either 13.5 miles, or if you add a loop around wash park, 17 miles. You'll add another 2.5 miles per lap around Wash Park. The grade is essentially flat.
Although this is a beginner-level ride, you must be able to maintain 75% of your max cardio for 90 minutes, and ride at this speed range.
If you cannot do this, your smartest and safest ride is to hit Wash Park and do laps.
The route: 4 Mile Park, then west past Cherry Creek Mall. As we go along Speer, we'll duck over to Wash Park for 1-2 laps, then back to the bike path; then down to REI. At REI, we return to 4 Mile Park. This will be 16.5 miles, 19 miles if you do two laps.
This series is different than the Cherry Creek Dam rides. We leave from the same place, but we ride down to Wash Park and REI. The ride from 4 Mile to REI is only 6.5 miles each way. To gain some miles, we'll duck off Cherry Creek bike path and do some loops around Wash Park. Those who don't want to gain the miles--on to REI!
This should take about 75-90 minutes.
Here's a tip on making sure your bike is adjusted properly: