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Jenn's Weekly Deer Creek Hill Climb-Friendly for ALL Levels (as always)

Hi all!

Crazy that I am, yet again, writing a description for this weekly Deer Creek Hill Climb ride which has become quite a popular ride over the past several years. It is not uncommon that we can often have 25 plus riders, of all levels.  (weather pending, of course!)

For those who have ridden it in the past, it is the same ride.  So no need to read too much farther:)

For those who have never done it, the following ride description is for you!  Hope to see everyone (long time attendees and especially new folks)

Format:  An "out and back" hill climb ride.  Meaning that it is friendly for ALL levels since we literally all ride up the hill, get to the top, and turn around. We ride at our own pace (which is critical to having fun..no one is trying to kill each other; everyone is just out for fitness and truly does not care how fast or slow everyone else goes)  Faster riders can go ahead and newer riders can ride at their own pace knowing that we will all see one another again because we all have to turn around and go back to the same starting point

Distance: It is a round trip ride. From the starting point/cars, it is 8 miles UP the hill.  Then 8 miles back down the hill.  So 8 miles of uphill and working hard and then 8 miles of relatively easy riding back down the hill to our cars.

Fun Factor:  This group strives to make sure that everyone has fun. No matter what level of experience. I personally want to make sure that every new person really knows that it matters to me that they showed up (because I know how hard it can be to just take that first ride with any group...and I do not want anyone to feel intimidated! Believe it or not, sometimes, even after all of these years, I feel nervous, too...and heck, I am the group leader!)  No one cares how fast or slow you are or what you are wearing or whether or not this is your very first bike and ride ever:)

Weather Considerations:  Two things in this area-first, darkness....in the early spring, we will be limited greatly by sunset.  It is a canyon so when the sun goes down, it gets dark pretty fast. In early spring, I will set a time limit.  In other words, I will request that everyone turns around at a certain time so we can get back to our cars in a safe manner.

Second weather consideration-clothing.  Climbing up the hill, you will often times be quite warm.  Consequently, if you are dressed TOO warmly, you will sweat (ok, women, we will glisten) a lot. This becomes an issue for the return trip-the more drenched your clothes are, the colder you will be for the ride back down the hill.  So, bring layers….layers to take off for the ride up the hill and layers to put on for the ride  back down. And GLOVES!  Warm gloves or  mittens (don’t even  need to be cycling ones).  Having frozen hands for riding back down the hill is very dangerous. You need to be able to feel your hands to safely use your brakes:)

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  • A former member
    A former member

    First time on the ride last night, great ride! I see I have my work cut out for me to hang w/ this crowd!

    July 23, 2014

    • Shane

      Jenn gives solid advice. Ride everything you can.

      July 23, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Well, saw an opportunity to get a great deal on an Allez w/ upgraded comps and jumped on it. Couple break in rides this weekend and, depending on what gets broken in, me in two, or the bike, should be ready for Tuesday. :)

      July 25, 2014

  • Eric

    This was my first time at this ride and it was great. See you next week.

    2 · July 22, 2014

    • Jenn S.

      Hi Eric! So glad the group was welcoming and, more importantly, you had a great time! See you next week for the ride and the post ride potluck! First of the season!

      July 24, 2014

    • Eric

      Sounds like a good time, I'll plan on bringing something. Provided the weather forecast improves (100% chance of rain now, but maybe the thunderstorms will be over by evening).

      July 24, 2014

  • Joel

    Great ride! Nice folks!

    1 · July 23, 2014

    • Jenn S.

      Joel, thanks for contributing to the fun factor of the ride and our group. Great attitudes are the best!

      1 · July 24, 2014

  • Ken H.

    I will be late as usual. But I don't mind riding alone since I'm slow and old.

    July 22, 2014

    • Jenn S.

      Ken, if you are old and slow, than we are all hoping to be like you when we "grow up". :) (As always, great to see you out there!)

      1 · July 24, 2014

  • Rebecca

    Jen.. nice to meet you along the side of the road..thanks for the brake tips!

    July 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just curious, any other hybrid bike riders or am I going to be playing catch up? :)

    July 20, 2014

    • Jenn S.

      Hi jack! I haven't been able to make it to my own ride in a month(darn work:) if it doesn't rain this tuesday, how about I commit to riding with you and then we can both be playing catch up? Deal? I can guarantee that if I ride my single speed Mtn bike:) let me know!

      July 20, 2014

    • Rebecca

      I'm going to start the ride up earlier than the crowd so I'm not so far behind and to see how far I can go before my legs jump ship. I'll look for people sailing down if I don't make it to the top and then just turn around at that point.

      July 22, 2014

  • Lita

    Hi jenn.. this ride sounds fun but I don't ride hills regularly and nervous about it. was wanting to do a quick drive by on the ride.. is it pretty obvious from the parking area? Any other details? Thanks!

    July 16, 2014

    • Jenn S.

      Hi Lita:) being nervous is ok! I think that anyone doing a ride for the first time with others can admit to feeling nervous! But truly, the people and the ride are friendly. Folks want to encourage and no one that matters cares how fast or slow anyone rides:) it is truly an out and back ride. One left turn and then a straight ride up the hill. Reach the top and turn around. The one left turn is within the first quarter mile:)

      July 20, 2014

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