's Forum Archives - General

Archive Home >> General(1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 )

JS5280's amazing time machine ride. . .(30 posts)

JS5280's amazing time machine ride. . .js5280
Oct 23, 2002 9:55 AM
Chances are we'll see some snow here in Denver soon but I managed to get a ride in about 2 weeks ago up Flagstaff Mountain in Boulder. The last time I've ridden this ride was about 10 years ago when I was in college. I used to ride up Flagstaff 2-3 times a week on my old 88' Nishiki Ariel MTB. I remember it being quite a effort. Granted my old MTB is probably a good 10 pounds heavier than my road bike, w/ fat knobbies but it has lower gearing. Well, I decided now was the time to take on my old nemisis.

Here's a few pic around Chautauqua. . .
Another Chautauqua shot. . .js5280
Oct 23, 2002 9:58 AM
Remember these pictures are in no way to encourage others to move here, but you are welcome to visit ;-)
More great fall colors. . .js5280
Oct 23, 2002 10:01 AM
Please don't use the word "fall." Use "autumn" instead! nmCaptain Morgan
Oct 23, 2002 1:30 PM
Quick climb. . .js5280
Oct 23, 2002 10:06 AM
Flagstaff starts with a good, but short climb (elevation profile further down) right off the start, classic Front Range mountain riding. Here's shot taken a little above the house in previous picture. You see most of the U. Colorado-Boulder campus in this picture. Go Buffs!
Just past the Flagstaff House. . .js5280
Oct 23, 2002 10:10 AM
Great restuarant but it will cost you $$$. The top of the Flatirons is visable in the background
Cookie Jar. . .js5280
Oct 23, 2002 10:16 AM
Famous top-rope climbing spot here in Boulder. I think it looks more like a bear though. YOu can see a climber up top in this shot. . .
Further up Flagstaff. . .js5280
Oct 23, 2002 10:17 AM
At the ampitheater. . .js5280
Oct 23, 2002 10:30 AM
Normally this is a far as I went back in college. I remember it being quite an accomplishment and resting for a while on the seats of the ampitheater before riding back down. This time though the climb up was easy and my legs were still fresh! I was attacking the steeps and switchbacks all the way up just to get my heart rate up so I didn't feel like I was slacking. It was one of those cycling validation moments that I had improved a LOT in the last 10 years. I decide to tackle the upper half. Something I attempted back in my college days, but never got far.
Upper part of Flagstaff looking back. . .js5280
Oct 23, 2002 10:35 AM
The blue barrel is normally filled with sand for the cars that get stuck on the incline. . .
Now I remember why. . .js5280
Oct 23, 2002 10:46 AM
I never got far on the second half. According to Topo grades hover around 12-15% with 20+% on some of the switchbacks. I was grinding along 30 rpms w/ a 30/25 in many sections. While I might have dropped my 20 year old self in first half of the climb, this section reminded me that I was in no danger of holding Lance or Roberto's wheel up the hill. Pretty sure this is the steepest climbing I've done on a road bike.
Oct 23, 2002 10:49 AM
Abbrevation for "Steeper than it Looks" Pictures don't do inclines justice. I put the camera on the road to help show the incline.
Oct 24, 2002 6:17 AM
that shot is better than most at depicting a grade. I've never seen someone use the shot directly from the pavement. It seems to be very effective. Nice series of shots.
Hard work has it's rewards. . .js5280
Oct 23, 2002 10:51 AM
Great shot of the Continental Divide. . .
Another Divide shot. . .js5280
Oct 23, 2002 10:54 AM
Pretty sure those on completely covered with snow after last night. . .
Welcome sight. . .js5280
Oct 23, 2002 10:56 AM
Not the wonderful fall foilage, there's finally a downhill!
Turnaround point. . .js5280
Oct 23, 2002 11:05 AM
Decided to head back at the lake since it seemed like I reached the main crest of the mountain. The downhill was great! I've never been so hard on the brakes and I'm sure I hit a new top speed record. My computer wasn't working though so no confirmation. 6.5 miles of screaming, winding mountain roads. :-) More importantly though, this ride was a reminder of the positive effects of cycling on my physical and mental health over the years. Hope you enjoyed the show!
why didn't you keep going?ColnagoFE
Oct 23, 2002 11:57 AM
And take a lap around Walker Ranch before heading back? That's a killer ride to do on a Mtb. Up Flagstaff...around Walker ranch loop and back. Just kiddin. That hill is mega steep...especially after the amphitheatre.
why didn't you keep going?js5280
Oct 23, 2002 12:25 PM
Actually I couldn't remember where that road ultimately goes and it was late in day. It was a great ride but that second half is grueling but not too much so. I think I can pace it better next time.
Colorado = Home. I shall return one day.Sintesi
Oct 23, 2002 11:06 AM
This is making me sooo homesick. Back in college I used run up to and all over Chatauqua. Loved that place. Thanks (sniff) I guess. :'(
thanx for the pics!!Alexx
Oct 23, 2002 11:27 AM
I grew up in Boulder (on spruce street, in the spanish-style house next to what's now the Inn on Mapleton Hill), and remember those hills well. Next time i get out there, I'm bringing my bike, for sure!
Bravo! You reignite my interest.RoyGBiv
Oct 23, 2002 12:26 PM
Haven't had a good ride in three weeks - kids, renos, weather and all that - but seeing those pix has put the fire back in my belly. Thanks.
What kind of camera? Digital?
This is not Colorado! It's Ohio!Pack Meat
Oct 23, 2002 1:13 PM
Don't be fooled by JS5280 and the scoundral Lonefrontranger, these are pictures of Flagstaff mountain in Ohio. I really live in Colorado and it sucks,it's too dry or snowing to much, it's ugly yellow and either to flat or way to hilly. There is no reason for any of you to move to Colorado, if you want to do nice ride like this move to Toledo or Dayton. Columbus is really nice this time of year.
Trivia Quiz - :-)dave woof
Oct 23, 2002 2:25 PM
Trivia quiz - what is a Chautauqua?

I know... :-)

In this contextPack Meat
Oct 24, 2002 6:03 AM
I can only assume that you are referring to the amphitheater. It was probably named after the traveling "carnivals" that weren't really carnivals but more like traveling PBS. That is that were traveling shows that were intended to entertain as well as inform people. Kind of like this board, huh?
more than you'd want to knowColnagoFE
Oct 24, 2002 9:58 AM
Nice job. Full bodied. Smooth Start, quality finish. Allrtyszko
Oct 23, 2002 3:31 PM
in all a nice post. Good mix with the topo map. It goes well with the Pinch I'm sipping because it friggin snowed here today and it's going to be 20 degrees F tonight! I really really have to move from New Hampshire back to AZ where I too could still be riding without full-on Kenny McCormack snow suits on.

Thanks for the great picturesirregardless
Oct 23, 2002 3:40 PM
Great memories of college in Boulder and riding up that dang mountain road. I could almost smell the pine trees in your pictures.
Oct 23, 2002 4:07 PM
Way to go, I've done the ride up to the ampitheatre but somehow we never seem to manage to do "SuperFlagg" meaning go all the way up to the crest.

All the climbs along the Boulder Canyons have this distinction; i.e. Jamestown is just that, riding up to the general store in Jamestown; "SuperJames" includes the legbreaking route all the way up to Peak to Peak (including dirt).

Good ride report. Lousy weather this week, eh?
Also Sunshine CanyonColnagoFE
Oct 24, 2002 10:02 AM
You can do it until the pavement ends or go all the way up to Peak to Peak at Gold hill--even some cool variations where you start at 4 mile canyon and ride up poorman to sunchine and then to gold hill and back down 4 mile canyon. Some dirt on most of these. I usually just ride my mountain bike but most of the gravel is pretty packed unless it's this time of year or later when you can get snow up near the tops.