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Riding in Colorado(14 posts)

Riding in Coloradohammer_cycle
Jun 3, 2002 8:44 AM
I'm an east coaster whose job situation has changed such that I will have tons of free time to travel/ride/etc. I'm thinking about heading out west to spend 2-3 weeks in Colorado to get some quality cycling in. I keep hearing about Boulder as being the best? How easy is it to hook up with people out there to get involved in rides? Anyone have any links with information?

Thanks in advance.
what type of riding?lonefrontranger
Jun 3, 2002 9:13 AM
I live in Boulder. If you're interested in some local ride routes, e-mail me for more info: beth@chinkes.com

other ideas: http://www.fort-collins.com/bike/ has links to all kinds of riding on the Front Range

If you're bringing an MTB as well, the Boulder Off-Road Alliance is the best and happiest group of fun-loving dirtheads I've ever found, their site is located on: http://www.boa-mtb.org Be warned: the beer and junk food consumption on BOA rides is directly proportional to the number of dirtheads x ride length.

If you're interested in cycling related events, go to: http://bcn.boulder.co.us/transportation/bike.d/bike.cal.html
- this is a good, well updated Colorado cycling events calendar

If you're interested in competitive events while you're out here, remember that the ACA (American Cycling Association), not the USCF (U.S. Cycling Federation) is in charge. Their site is at: http://www.americancycling.org and for fun on the local short track with your MTB, try http://www.boulderracing.com

Cheers - LFR
what type of riding?hammer_cycle
Jun 3, 2002 9:30 AM
Thanks for the info! I'm a roadie who just got back into racing and I keep hearing how great the riding/training is in Colorado, specifically Boulder. As I will be new to the area and not really working (gotta love severance!) I'll have plenty of time to go riding. Ideally, I'd like to hook up with group rides as much as possible to get a feel for the lay of the land. I just want to ride in new areas (perferably mountainous) and maybe ride with some great people.

Thanks for the tip about the ACA as I was not aware about them. I guess I should pick up a MTB before I head out there!
you forgot the thursday cruiser rideColnagoFE
Jun 3, 2002 10:22 AM
cruising the streets and alleyways of boulder from bar to bar. this is a great social event if you like that kinda thing. any type of bike welcome and no lycra allowed. meets at the sports garage...i think at 7, but you can always call and check for sure. i teach spinning class on thurs nites so i rarely get to go.
oh, I know all about that one...lonefrontranger
Jun 3, 2002 1:32 PM
I've even been on it once or twice - yes 7PM is correct start time.

My current pathetic excuse for missing this is that Thursday is my VO2MAX nite.
re: Riding in Coloradojs5280
Jun 3, 2002 10:09 AM
Wouldn't say that Boulder is the best, but it is a fun town and there is lots good cycling around the area. If you're looking for MTB rides, try Kitchenware over at MTBR. I'm in the same boat job-wise but going to Italy/France in few hours :-) so I won't be around till July. Right now, the mountains should be nice for road biking, mt. biking at altitude might take a little longer so the trails can dry although it's a very dry spring here. Lower trails (<9000 ft.) are great right now. Enjoy your time off!
re: Riding in Coloradojtolleson
Jun 3, 2002 10:22 AM
By mid-summer, the high country beats Boulder hands down. The front range temps can be a bit much for a heat weenie like me. I think that the long rides out of Boulder are a bit limited. Left Hand Canyon to Peak-to-Peak Hwy, then to ???. After that though, get thee further west, to higher altitude.

You can find weekly ride schedules online for most area clubs. That's probably as good as anything. I think the following email addresses are right... or a search will correct me.

Rocky Mtn Cycle Club www.rmcc.org
Team Evergreen www.teamevergreen.org
Colorado Heart Cycle www.heartcycle.org

Some good events in July include the Triple ByPass (For the more advanced roadie) or the 3 day Courage Classic (a benefit ride, but a great 3 day look at some of Colorado's classic passes), or the 7 day Bicycle Tour of Colorado.
too hot here?ColnagoFE
Jun 3, 2002 10:25 AM
try iowa in august...heat + humidity + mosquitoes--now that's intense. i never really think it's too hot here, but i guess it depends on what you compare it to.
You're right. It is just that I'm a baby.jtolleson
Jun 3, 2002 12:52 PM
And if you can believe it, I moved here in 1994 from Phoenix. But over 90 and sunny and I'm crying to be in the mountains. (Like yesterday's brutal E-Rock).

Sad but true.
E-rock solutionlonefrontranger
Jun 3, 2002 1:25 PM
OK, then here's the solution ;-) - instead of broiling for 5 hours at Elephant Rock, next year you can come do the 30-minute women's crit at City Park - they start the Women 4/35+ at 7 AM. The course is nice & shady, you don't have to worry about cars (closed course), and we started in jackets & armwarmers yesterday. I can guarantee it won't be the heat you're complaining about!
That IS evil!jtolleson
Jun 3, 2002 7:05 PM
: )
How'd you like E-rock?ColnagoFE
Jun 3, 2002 2:52 PM
I think I'm gonna have to rethink E-rock for next year though...too many people now and too many squirrels riding all over the place, but it was kinda fun riding with that many people--as long as you kept alert. it was pretty hot, I'll admit--95 degrees I think near the end and all they had at the rest stops was freaking water--and a little of that Endurox crap--yuk...that stuff tasted nasty to me.

Personally I felt pretty strong for the small amount of actual miles I've ridden this year (Intervals on Spin bikes rule!) which is good because I'm going on Ride the Rockies soon and the first day is 99 miles--then after thay comes Triple Bypass and maybe the Mt. Evans Hillclimb.
How'd you like E-rock?jtolleson
Jun 3, 2002 4:22 PM
Ditto, ditto, ditto to everything you said about E-Rock. Crowded, kinda fun, too hot, and that Endurox tasted like baby aspirin. And then when it got hot, that stuff got funky... FAST.

I will also be on RtR! Haven't decided about the Triple. Having spent the off season on crutches, I'm really just now starting to hit my stride, and RtR may be enough. Maybe we'll see each other in Alamosa/Pagosa Springs/Durango/Silverton/Montrose/Gunnison...
what are you riding?ColnagoFE
Jun 4, 2002 7:45 AM
If you see someone riding a 62cm black (AD-4) colnago MXL say hi...there usually aren't too many bikes that match that description--even on RTR. Lots of red Colnagos, but not many black ones...not sure why.