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RIDING NEAR ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK/ESTES PARK/BOULDER(6 posts)

RIDING NEAR ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK/ESTES PARK/BOULDERbrad nicholson
Jul 24, 2003 9:48 AM
Does anyone have the top 5 road/mtn rides in the vicinity of boulder? A friend and i are going there over the labor day holiday to ride rd/mtn bikes. Any ideas of a particularly scenic, challenging, etc is appreciated. thanks. brad
Depends on what you want,TJeanloz
Jul 24, 2003 9:55 AM
Boulder has all the riding you want - but your enjoyment is highly dependent on your fitness level.

Boulder up to Trail Ridge (highest paved through-road in America) is not to be missed.

Boulder/Estes/Nederland (out 36, back on the Peak-to-Peak highway), isn't bad.

Boulder/Estes/Loveland (Via Big Thompson/Horsetooth resevoir) is another good one.

Boulder/Carter lake is the classic Boulder training ride.

Boulder/Lyons a.k.a. "Fruit Loops" is my all time favorite.

Up Lefthand Canyon to Ward, down through Nederland (or back over Old Stage Road.)

Up through Jamestown, continue to the Peak-to-Peak ("super"-Jamestown).

I could go on...
re: RIDING NEAR ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK/ESTES PARK/BOULDER03Vortex
Jul 24, 2003 9:58 AM
Did the ride up Rocky Mountain National Park road. Much satisfaction and great descent on the other side.
re: RIDING NEAR ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK/ESTES PARK/BOULDERjtolleson
Jul 24, 2003 10:36 AM
Up Lefthand Canyon to Ward, north on Peak-to-Peak to Hwy 7, left into Allenspark (or even Estes if you wanted). The roundtrip to Allenspark is about 60 miles and 5600 vertical. It is usually plenty for me.
And a link...briburke
Jul 24, 2003 10:46 AM
http://www.coloradobicyclerides.com/rides/bikeRides.html

The Tour of the Foothills is a great one.
re: RIDING NEAR ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK/ESTES PARK/BOULDERbboc
Jul 24, 2003 11:14 AM
For MTB -
Hall Ranch, Lyons (very hot with little shade this time of year)
Devils Backbone, Loveland (same heat problem)
Lions Gulch, Evergreen
North Sourdough, near Ward

All pretty technical.
Bill