Englewood to Valley Rd Lollipop - 35 miles, 1500ft elev gain
It ain't winter YET!
Wheels Rolling: A few minutes after Check-in
Est Finish: 1:00PMish
The weather on Sunday looks pretty good (mid 40s-low 50s) so lets get a few miles in before it's too late. This is a pretty tame route. There are no UCI Cat1 climbs, super-narrow switchbacks, bumpy bike trails or white-knuckle downhills on this one. Don't worry too much about getting dropped; the route is a lollipop so it's almost impossible to get completely dropped. We may have a sweep, but no guarantees.
We'll leave Panera in waves of 4-6 riders and head south towards Chatfield via the South Platte River Trail. We'll keep the pace near the posted speed limit. There will be a regroup at the top of the Chatfield Overlook for a photo-op, then we'll head over to Deer Creek Canyon. The route then takes us West on Deer Creek Canyon Rd to the Valley Rd turnoff (the one with the Lockheed Martin sign). From there, we follow Valley Rd up to Valley Pkwy, then around Ken Caryl Ave and back to Valley Rd. We’ll take a quick break at the Rest Area then retrace the route back to Panera for chicken soup and chit-chat.
There are plenty of bail-outs on this route just in case it isn't your day.
1. Top of the Chatfield Overlook (on the way out and the way back)
2. Rest area at the base of Valley Pkwy (on the way back)
3. (OPTIONAL) Kit Carson Nature Center - the best tasting water in town.
My 2 Cents
• RSVPs close at 8:00AM on the day of the ride. Feel free to send me a message if you have questions about RSVPs.
• It'll be chilly, so think layers and gloves
• This is an easy route for mountain goats, a good introduction to the foothills for less seasoned climbers, and a challenge for flatlanders. There is something for everyone!
• Please familiarize yourselves with the route map and be prepared to navigate the course on your own if you get separated from the group.
• Bring all the gear you need to be self-sufficient (tubes, CO2/pump, food & drink, map, patch kit, tire levers, chain tool, swiss army knife, scotch, cigarettes, etc...)
• Please obey the traffic rules when riding on the roads.
• Speeds will vary greatly depending on terrain but the bulk of the group will be moving at these speeds:
Flats: 16-22 (15-17 on the Platte, faster on the road)
Shallow Grades and Rollers: 13+
Steep Grades: 8+
Downhills: 25+mph - but NEVER more than the posted speed limit :)
As always, this ride is subject to cancellation, rerouting, and/or rescheduling with little notice due to bad weather (extreme cold/heat, precipitation, wind, smoke), poor road/trail conditions, illness, injury, mechanical problems, lack of interest, locusts, intergalactic war, or if my give-a-crap is broken. I will try my best to give adequate notice of any changes.