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The weather for Thursday looks great. Time for another trip north to explore some other quiet roads and nice neighborhoods.
Thursday's ride takes us north, past Larkspur through Bear Dance Country Club and to Tomah Road before returning. There are two possible additions, through Castle Butte and/or through Perry Park. Each is an additional 7 to 8 miles and, of course, more climbing. The terrain is standard Northern El Paso County rolling hills.
Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2474152. 41 miles, rolling terrain, 3000 ft. elevation gain/loss with a few short 6% to 8% climbs. Print a map or route sheet or download to GPS.
As the weather improves, I will begin leading weekday morning rides for those who are to spend a few hours riding. The days and times are flexible, but I will try to schedule rides to avoid bad weather (cold, heat, wind, rain) and traffic. Most rides will be in northern El Paso County and Southern Douglas County on quiet roads with little traffic and few stop signs. Expect to visit Monument, Palmer Lake, Larkspur, Castle Rock, Black Forest, Glen Eagle, AFA, Eastonville, and Falcon.
Rides will be 30 to 60 miles with a moderate pace of 14 to 16 mph, depending on terrain and wind. Since I don’t expect very many participants, we may be able to stay together most of the time. There are few, if any stops on the shorter rides, so bring adequate water and snacks. For longer rides there will usually be a stop at about 30 miles.
The usual disclaimers apply. Be prepared to be self-sufficient, with a bike in good working order. Bring the food and water you'll need, and have the ability to fix your own flats. Know the route, bring the cue sheet/map, or be prepared to find your own way.
We leave on time!
Pace: Expect 14-15 mph for this course.