All riders will head out together this Saturday. The Intermediate Group will make two laps around the Reservoir for an estimated 25 miles at a pace of 15-17 mph. The Recreational Group will take one lap around the reservoir, approximately 15 miles round trip at a pace of 12-13 mph. If you haven't ridden around the Reservoir then you should definitely show up Saturday morning. If you are a seasoned Saturday rider, then come along and ride with your friends and meet new ones. Both rides include the usual hills to ascend our way up past the dam, other than that the ride is fairly moderate.
The BIKER BARBECUE menu includes beef sliders, hot dogs, chips and soda. Please feel free to bring your favorite side dish to share. If you are going to bring a side dish, please send us an email or post on the blog so we can make sure we have the right utensils. Side dishes are not required to attend, simply bring a dish if you feel the urge. We can't wait to spend a festive weekend riding bikes with you and filling up on burgers and hot dogs afterward.
The Recreational Group ride was a clan of 6 who ventured out for a steady cruise, continuously linking trails along our newest recreational route. We traveled the Highline Canal Trail, connecting with the Tolgate Trail, finishing the last leg of the ride via the Cherry Creek Spillway. The ride was scenic and not too busy with other users.
Ride time: 1.75 hours
Total miles: 21
Average speed: 12 mph
We were excited to ride with familiar faces, including Derek who rejoined our Group festivities for the first time since last year. Tom has been joining the group rides, training to participate in his first triathlon, so exciting! Way to go Tom, we wish you all the best with your upcoming race.
The Intermediate Group consisted of 12 riders, most were regulars with some new faces sprinkled in the mix making for a well rounded group. We traveled east riding through the Cherry Creek Reservoir towards Broncos Parkway. We made our way up some nice climbs to Inspiration Road and were rewarded with some fun descents. We refueled at a gas station on the corner of Parker and Cottonwood. We continued our ride along C-470 up past the Centennial Airport and linked back through the Reservoir. It was a fantastic day with a perfect temperature, just enough sun and a great group of cyclists!
Ride time: 2.5 hours
Total miles: 41
Average speed: 16
"I just can't seem to drop this guy."
We look forward to seeing you all again next week for our next cycling adventure in the Greater Denver Area.
This week for our RECREATIONAl ride, we are excited to introduce another new route that travels along the Highline Canal, Tollgate Trail and the Cherry Creek Spillway. This route is a very flat 20 miles, that travels along smooth trails with steady street crossings. Even tough the route is flat, you will be challenged to continuously pedal to keep your momentum and a steady pace of approximately 12 mph. The trails crosses creeks, meanders through and around some great parks. Discover trails you most likely haven't riden that aren't too busy with other recreational users, are in excellent condition (nice and smooth) and away from busy streets.
(Craig, Ruan, and Tom listening in...)
This is BIG MONSTER - David - who joined us for the advanced ride on a single-speed, fixed geared, no brake, steal frame beauty of a bike. That's one way to get a workout with a "slower" group. Nice work.
Thank you, ANDREA!!! For leading this weeks advance ride and showing us a fabulous route to the Aurora Reservoir. We had a blast with you and thouroughly appreciate you taking us out.
ADVANCED riders this is a Saturday you do not want to miss! This is an opportunity for experienced riders to join Bicycle Village on a more challenging route that includes hills and serious time in the saddle. This is definitely a ride that will require a strong fitness level and for those who can keep up to pace. (we encourge "in-betweeners" to opt for the rec ride this weekend.) In order to complete the ride in a reasonable time frame, this group will take minimal stops along the route. We will head through the park, take Orchard, and make our way to Arapahoe. Once at the Resevoir, we'll do a lap around and take a pit stop before heading back to the store via the same route. Be aware this is a route with constant rollers. Our pitstop at the Aurora Resevoir has a concessions stand where we can refuel with water and Gatorade (energy food is not available - so please stock up for the ride). Let's keep the pace around 14/16 mph.
RECREATIONAL ride into Centennial can expect smooth trails, limited traffic, and a pleasant 23-miles round trip. For our regular riders, you can count on the usual hills climbing up to the dam (tough but totally feasible) and then the route takes on an enjoyable, fairly flat cruise out towards the Centennial Airport. The route will take us to the dam via the Cherry Creek Trail, ride through the park, and eventually take South Potomac to Broncos Parkway. Once we snake back to the park we will return to the store via the same route. This is certainly a ride that will challenge our Recreational Riders slightly more than last weekend that took them to REI and back. All around, it's a fantastic route for both Intermediate and Recreational riders looking to explore new trails, spin the legs, and boost our heart rates. Riders in this group can expect to travel at an average pace of 11-13 mph. This is a scenic ride that is sure to be fun and rewarding. Heidi and Kyle look forward to seeing all the familiar faces and new riders to the group. All Bicycle Village rides are "no drop" and we encourage all levels. Please refer to our "rider level" key posted on our right-hand column.
Please join us after the ride for a re-fill on drinks and fruits/veggies to snack on. It will be a good time visit with eachother and get to know one another a bit better!
The recreational group traveled 22 miles round trip on the Cherry Creek Trail all the way out to REI where we took a quick rest stop. Overall our average pace was 12 mph. This group was smaller than the intermediate which gave everyone a great opportunity to get to know one another.
Thanks to all the new riders who joined us today. We had two great rides and we're already looking forward to riding again next weekend. We hope to see all of you next Saturday. Invite your friends to join us as well.
Recreational riders are encouraged to join us for a scenic and enjoyable 22 mile cruise. The recreational group will do an out and back to REI down the Cherry Creek trail with an average pace of 10 - 12 mph. Don't worry if you have no idea what your pace is, after this ride you will have an idea. Our philosophy is no rider left behind.
I mentioned two rides departing from BV, the recreational group ran the same course and averaged 11 mph and road for a total of 30 miles. It was great to have returning riders Tom and Robin along with new comer Richard. Tom, hopefully you and your wife will be back next week. Robin, great effort again and hopefully your new water bottles will help. :) Great job Richard conquering that last climb, glad you hung in there! Getting some slicks will really help you out a lot. We turned around at about 15 miles out the Bear Creek Trail, refueled at the Conoco and we all came back together at the Aurora BV Store at about the same time. Today was just the best !! Big fun / great group of riders / thanks to all who came out to ride with us this morning. Hope to see you all back on Saturday, August 15. Cheers / Pat Mayben
(Robin coming back on Cherry Creek path.)
The intermediate group added some miles by looping Bear Lake Creek Park. We made a stop at the Conoco Station right outside Morrison to re-fuel and grap an energy bar. The view were absolutely gorgeous around the park and near the golf courses. We did have a few mechanicals throughout the ride - but Pat got them fixed up in a jiffy and on our way. Thanks, guy!!
The toughest hill climb was in the park heading up to the dam. Everyone made - I don't think I saw anyone's lungs in the dirt.
We had better luck this week with stop-light-karma. Dartmouth was good to us.
We made a stop 3 miles into the ride with the entire group. Then we let everyone pick which ride they thought suited them best.
(Tristen keepin pace with the pak)
Us, barreling down the hill from Inspiration Point - our reward for all the hard work we did. John made sure we knew we could hit 40 mph on this hill - yikes! Nancy, Andrea, and I chose the less death-defying speed.
Thanks to everyone that made it out with us. Hope to see you next week! We would love to hear your feedback - give us a comment!