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Colorado front range parks open to MTBs?(14 posts)

Colorado front range parks open to MTBs?BipedZed
Jun 20, 2002 1:34 PM
I'm experiencing severe burn out with road racing and am looking for some nice MTB rides in the foothills. I read though that due to the wild fires the Jefferson county parks are closed. That would include Falcon, Apex, and White Ranch, my 3 favorite places near Denver. Anyone have info on the status of these parks?
re: Colorado front range parks open to MTBs?ski4x
Jun 20, 2002 1:41 PM
I rode Falcon on Saturday so Im not sure when you saw the notice.
Nederlandlonefrontranger
Jun 20, 2002 2:14 PM
and if you can borrow / beg / steal me a functional 16" MTB for a day, I'll even give you a guided tour! Hours and hours of rolling singletrack fun to be had in the pristine, smoke-free woods of Ned.

If you don't mind the drive, Estes has some incredible singletrack. I've got a hookup / contact with the guys at the LBS up there.
Fat Chance!BipedZed
Jun 21, 2002 4:51 AM
I have my old 17" Wicked Fat Chance that is setup with a Rock Shox Mag-21 and SPD pedals. Sometime in July we should go up to Ned for a day of singletrack. That sounds like much fun!

I'll be at Longmont and Andy Finch. Coal Miner Classic is doubtful since 3s go at 5pm and I don't want to wait the whole day for that. I may not even race in July except for Horgan, Ft Morgan, and some Thursday night TTs. My only big goal for the rest of the road season is State TT (top 5) in mid-Aug. Then it's time for cross!
cool!lonefrontranger
Jun 21, 2002 7:12 AM
I have to install a new BB on John's MTB anyhow, so July sounds like a winner. When I lived in Germany, my bike of choice was the German (ex) SO's Fat Chance Yo Eddy. Schoenes Gut!

I am the Registration Queen (or your epithet of choice...) at Longmont, so I will definitely see you there. Andy Finch will probably be a pass, since my relatives had the nerve to schedule the first family reunion in 20 years on that day... I got roped into doing reg. for Coal Miner's as well, since I ran it last year and apparently did too good a job ;) If you do decide to go, you'll be dragged kicking and screaming into the Digital Age. John has his registration / scoring software up and running. We have good layers of failsafes and a fall-back plan, but assuming no one trips over the plug, the entire process is automated. He even has an LCD touchscreen as the main entry terminal.

I haven't even checked to see if we got your entry in the *huge* pile of pre-registration the promoter gave me for Longmont on Wednesday. Sigh. Looks like that's my Friday night entertainment.
I may see ya'll there.Pack Meat
Jun 21, 2002 8:14 AM
But I still seem to have some kind of bug going on. I've been riding really strong but I'm missing the to 15% or so and I know I will be pushed to that level. I sucks, RRV is doing so well I really want to be involved just to help out. We have two guys that will attack all day long and try to get in a break and if that doesn't work out we have a great sprinter that is just going to be sitting in. Not to mention numbers. It's going to be HOT HOT HOT, LFR, what's your cold drink of choice, slurpee, DQ, tall iced tea, I hate seeing the registration people suffer, it's a thankless job.

Sincerly,
Back of the Pack Meat
hey there PMlonefrontranger
Jun 21, 2002 8:47 AM
I think I saw you buzz by on your way down to the TT at Estes. Do you have a Garneau aero helmet?

I'm feeling pretty deep-fried myself after Estes. I'm worried that my performance on Sunday won't measure up to my earlier showings. I came down with a slight fever on Wednesday morning and have stayed off the bike ever since.

You are darned right it's going to be hot! Fortunately the promoter at Longmont has scored us a nice shady spot with an overhang, so it shouldn't be too bad. If you're offering tho, my current fave is Fierce Grape Gatorade, preferably ice cold!

I imagine I'll see both you and Zed more often after State, since I'll be racing Women's Open or 1/2/3 :P
Yep, I looked fast even if I wasn't.Pack Meat
Jun 21, 2002 11:34 AM
1 fierce grape gatorade coming up. I'l probably go even if I don't race.
Small CO worldBipedZed
Jun 21, 2002 11:34 AM
I just got back from my lunch ride where I met up with Sherpa23 by total chance. We tooled around for an hour or so before he split off to do more power sprints...very cool guy. Now I want a SRM...

They could have used John's registration/scoring system at Estes. That was a total cluster...though they managed to get the 3s off as scheduled. I think we're all a bit burned out after Estes. I was slightly feverish for the first part of the week but feel much better today after no intensity this entire week. I'm going into Longmont with a just have fun attitude.

PM, your RRV guys are making my life HARD! We'll see if MW or FA can create the right break, but it'll be tough seeing as how it's State Crit and all. Whatever happens it's going to be fast and hot. Congrats to RRV for getting 5 guys in the top 20 at Estes.
Don't forgetPack Meat
Jun 21, 2002 1:27 PM
if they fail in getting a break together, we have a kick butt sprinter sitting in waiting to clean up. That makes it easy for Walp and Franck, they really don't need to work as hard in the break. It will be really hard getting the break to stick. It'll be interesting to see what Rock and Road brings, I don't think Stockburger will be racing 3s, but they still have some very good sprinters. If I'm there I will be playing domestic, chasing down everything that RRV isn't in and leading it out in the end. How long is the finishing straight? 400 meters?
Colorado team work?????GV
Jun 21, 2002 1:53 PM
Don't try C springs everything here is closed. I here the the AFAcademy is still open but everything else is closed and rumor has it they are starting to fine around $1000.00 if you pass the closed signs.
A quick questions I have is that I hear you guys talking about teams working together and tactics. I was just wondering if that is really happening in the CAT 3's around here. I am mainly a MTBer but do a handful of road races a year. I have avoided joining a road team because it does not seem worth it. I think I would be more interested in racing on the road if it was more team oriented. I do alright on the road and probably raced with some of you in Estes Park last weekend CAT 3.
We try.Pack Meat
Jun 21, 2002 2:06 PM
But it is difficult, you really need to have a bunch of talented guys that are will to throw it in the gutter for each other. My team manager enforces a team work mentality. Guys can get by without helping out but if anybody chases down a teammate or always races for themselves they get weeded out. Most established teams that I see here, Rock and Road, Specialized (WRC), Monsoon, Vitamin Cottage, Pro Peloton do their best to work as a team and it does make it a lot more fun.

LAst year my team manager was incorrectly told that one of us chased down a break that a teammate was in and he went ballistic. He was ready to kick everybody that raced in that race off the team.
We try to try.BipedZed
Jun 21, 2002 3:29 PM
We have category leaders and in the 3s we always go into a race with a plan. Depending on who shows up we can sometimes execute the plan, except other teams also show up with plans and have more horsepower than us to execute those plans. Unfortunately our best riders are either injured or in Durango and haven't been racing much locally.

Our 3 team has drill and strategy sessions in the winter and practice tactics on a weekly basis at Meridian with some of our 1/2s. We all know what to do, just getting it to actually come together during a race is a bit lacking right now.
That's interesting causePack Meat
Jun 22, 2002 12:02 PM
we haven't had a plan since the Roubaix. I guess it's more important to have the numbers and hp than a plan. We may actually discuss something this weekend. I think we all have just watched enough OLN to know what to do.