This week we will go south to find some warmer temps. We will start in Penrose Colorado (Where Hwy 115 ends) at the library and head to Upper Beaver Creek and then loop around through Brush Hollow Wildlife Area. You can knock off some milage by not going all the way up the creek if you forgot your paddle, and you can add milage by going down the creek the other way and riding back up if you are feeling warm and peppy. Dark Sky says 47 deg in Penrose at the start time, and temps will peak at 51 deg, but it will probably be cooler as we gain elevation, so bring some thing warm just in case. There are a couple of watering holes in Penrose, so we can gather for some food if anyone is interested.
We will leave at 10AM, and it's a little drive, so try to be a bit early. You can text if you're a couple of mins late, but texting on Hwy 115 is not the best idea.
Ride type: Regroup Blue Gravel Ride, Category 1/2.
Recommended minimum tire width: 32mm.
Approximate total distance: 36.7 miles.
Approximate total elevation gain: 2196 ft.
Approximate duration: 3 hours.
Map and Cue sheet: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29316871
Start Location: Penrose Community Library
The Saturday Morning Gravel Ride is a no drop ride with an emphasis on improving gravel riding skills and stamina. Riders who have an above average level of fitness are invited to join. The ride will re-group at turns and the top of climbs. If you are one of the first riders at a turn or up a climb, you have the option to ride back and repeat the ride/climb as often as you like until everyone finally arrives. Distance usually ranges from 20 to 40 miles. The ride usually lasts 2-4 hours. Difficulty and distance will vary because of the wide range of gravel along the front range.
The majority of rides are Category 2 with some Category 1 and Category 2; gravel tires in the range of 32mm to 38mm are appropriate. A Gravel King or Gravel King SK are example tire choices. I ride a Riddler 37 which is a good tire for some tarmac and all the gravel in this series. This tire is knobby like a Gravel King SK. Anything less than 32mm is under-biking, which is ok if you are experienced on gravel with narrow tires. A hardtail will also work, as long as you are willing to put in extra effort to keep up with the group.
Please bring water/nourishment and be prepared to fix flats and minor repairs. Many rides are away from major roads and cell service, and you need to be self sufficient, especially if you flat while in back of the group and are alone. That said, I encourage riding in pairs if you are slower so you are not alone.
Gravel categories are described here: http://ouroutdooroffice.com/2017/11/13/making-gravel-standard/
START TIMES: Winter (Oct -May) starting time, 10 am. Summer (June-August) starting time, 9am.
Leader: Michael Jones