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Colorado vacation - I need routes(9 posts)

Colorado vacation - I need routesrogue_CT1
May 8, 2003 12:14 PM
I'm planning on driving to Colorado next week and spending about a week riding in the mountains. I am looking for any information on good routes for road cycling that include some good climbs. I would also appreciate any suggestions on areas/roads to avoid. I am open to going anywhere in Colorado but I was specifically looking at the Colorado Springs area. Is there anyone out there in RBR land that can help me plan some rides? I am also interested in the Garden of the Gods State Park and the Colorado National Monument. Do they have good roads to ride on?

Thanks for your responses!
one thing to watch out forColnagoFE
May 8, 2003 12:40 PM
There still can be snow in the high country this time of year. Bring some warm clothes. Probably too soon to try and climb Mt. Evans (14+K feet) around Idaho springs but you might look into that. Garden of the gods area is cool as well as the Black Forest area around the Springs.
re: Colorado vacation - I need routespessot
May 8, 2003 12:53 PM
I have heard that in the next week or so, Trail Ridge road which goes through Rocky Mountain national Park will be cleared of snow and will be open for bike traffic maybe one week before it opens for auto traffic. Great opportunity if your timing is right.

Al
I'm not too sure, butcoonass
May 8, 2003 1:16 PM
this site may help or at least lead you to a better site:
http://www.centralcolorado.com/recreation/biking/alamosa.htm
Colorado Nat'l Monumentsurly357
May 8, 2003 1:56 PM
.... would be a great place to go. The loop is an old Coors Classic staple- you can preview it on the cheesey "American Flyers" video. It's nowhere near Colo Spgs though. At least it would be warm, unlike the higher passes. South of there the Montrose- Delta area has a great network of paved county roads, the road up to the rim of the Black Canyon is a fun climb. Cerro Summit feels like a pass but is at a lower elevation. These areas aren't really "in the Mountains", with elevations ranging from about 4500' to about 9000', but of course the mountain views are great.....
Agreed but it is quite far from the Springs (5 hours drive)jtolleson
May 8, 2003 2:39 PM
It is a great area to ride, including riding up to the top of Grand Mesa. It is also drier than the heart of the high country.

From Colorado Springs, the suggestion of the Black Forest/Monument/Palmer Lake area works well (find a map for the route of the Elephant Rock century... I bet there's one on line).

If you want to drive up to Bergen Park, the ride to Echo Lake via Squaw Pass is already dry, clear, and ridable and gets you a little more than 1/2 way up Mt. Evans.
re: Colorado vacation - I need routesKubernetes
May 8, 2003 2:40 PM
I haven't been back in years, but when I was growing up in Colo. Sprgs., some of my favorite rides were up to the Air Force Academy and also to Woodland Park. From Woodland Park you can continue on to Deckers or Wilkerson Pass. There is a fair amount of car traffic on weekends, but there are also a fair amount of bikers. Any where you go it will be beautiful!
You asked about Garden of the Godsamflyer
May 8, 2003 7:01 PM
Yes, that's a great ride. Almost all of the roads through it have a dedicated bike lane, so you're good. You can get going quite a bit faster than the motor traffic on the downhills. Keep an eye open for someone parked in the bike lane though.

I've ridden through Monument, did the Black forest ride, and went through the AF Academy too. Lots of good riding. Don't forget to stop in to Colorado Cyclist's showroom too.

It's still going to be real chilly at elevation. Snow is in the forcast for C. Springs tomorrow last I looked. Ride anyway.

Steve
re: Colorado vacation - I need routesrogue_CT1
May 8, 2003 9:53 PM
Thanks I appreciate the suggestions.