I <3 gravel. Riding to the second aid station at Ring the Peak (see other Meetup on 7 SEP 13). City trails/roads from Plamer Park, past Red Rocks, down towards Cheyenne Mountain. Then we'll hit gravel and start climbing up gravel to the aid station at Gold Camp Road and Forest Road 376, Victor, CO. Ride will be an out and back. Stopping at gas stations along the route to refuel/rehydrate/pit stop; however bring enough supplies to ride several hours at a time. We'll take a break at about mile 35 helping at the aid station. Then heading back down the mountain to town.
Ride starts at Palmer Park - Maizeland parking lot - at 6am. This should give us plenty of time to get up to the aid station.
Pace: at least 10 mph so we get to the aid station at 10:00am.
Feel free to suggest other routes to get more gravel in on the ride.
If you want to meet along the route, post that in the comments and I'll let you know ETA at that location.
Cell:[masked]. Text/call if you have questions, get lost, or are running late.
What are gravel grumbles: gravel grumbles/gravel grinders are off-road road rides. This one is a combination of paved trails, roads, and gravel.
Jessica's two cents on gravel rides: I'd suggest leaving the huge knobby tires at home. If you have a less aggressive tire, I'd recommend putting that on your ride. And if you can lock out your suspension or have a hardtail/rigid bike, use it. Really, any kind of bike/tire combination will work, it's just that over time, you'll not love pedaling your squishy supsension bike and fat tires after a few hours on the gravel roads. I typically bring a 'cross bike of some sorts that has a little narrower tire and less aggressive tread pattern. Sometimes my tires are even slicks. Just depends on the terrain I expect to encounter. Other gear is same as any ride: bring helmet, spare tube/inflation method, clothes for varying weather, etc.