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Anyone doing the Road Ramble this weekend in Larkspur, CO?(4 posts)

Anyone doing the Road Ramble this weekend in Larkspur, CO?js5280
Sep 5, 2001 8:30 AM
Anyone doing the Road Ramble this weekend in Larkspur, CO? Seems like a beautiful area for riding, haven't spent much time there except going between Denver and Colo Springs on I-25. Anybody know what the terrain's like? Any chance of shade?
I will not be on the ride, but I know the area well....Cima
Sep 5, 2001 9:04 AM
You can expect a variety of rolling hills and long steady climbs as you ride east and south from Larkspur. It can be well shaded from the many Pine trees on the north facing slopes, and becomes very wooded as you head into the Black Forest area around Monument. I'm not certain of the ride route, but south and west of Larkspur is very exposed as you head toward the Palmer Divide. There is a cold front that is moving into the state on Saturday, so the weather for the ride may exclude the sun anyway.

Good Luck,

I'll be there!jtolleson
Sep 5, 2001 2:56 PM
This will be my 3rd RR. I've done the century before, but I'm doing the metric this go 'round and saving my legs for next weekend's Copper Triangle (Biketoberfest).

It is much hillier terrain than you'd expect. Some of the roads (Black Forest, Monument, Palmer Lake) are the same as E-Rock but the big bonus is the super hip loop through the Air Force Academy. A roadie classic. No long mountain passes, but it ain't flat.

Once you exit the AFA and begin the climb into the Black FOrest, there are quite a few trees and there will be some shade. Also, it is slightly higher than Denver/CSprings and so a little cooler. But generally, it will be a sunny route.

Support is not bad. Not the intensity of the big charity rides, but decent aid stations, some roving sags, and Old Chicago Pizza at the Finish Line. Relatively small, it has been about 400 riders every year I've done it.

I'll be wearing an OUT Spokin' jersey.
I'll be there!js5280
Sep 5, 2001 4:01 PM
Cool. Wasn't able to do Elephant Rock, in Maine that weekend for some R&R. Sounds like a fun ride and I'm looking forward to it. I'm going for the century, although it will be my first. Maybe I can change your mind about Airborne's, I ride a 2001 Zeppelin. Must admit, I like Sampsons from the articles I've seen on them but didn't know they existed (and built in Denver) till after I bought the Zepp. I probably will be wearing a "Ride to Live" jersey from LAF Peleton Project. Like to get the word out, Lance and I have incredibly similar histories {health-wise, not on the bike ;-) } Let me know if you're interested in meeting up and we could make firmer plans.