For our Intermediate riders, we'll be riding out to Inspiration Point. This ride is for those looking to push their limits a little more this Saturday. This route has it all; hills galore, on-street riding (you'll be practicing top notch biking etiquette and alertness). The views are outstanding, so you're sure to be inspired as you endure this 42 miler. We anticipate an avg. speed of 16-18 mph. Come prepared with energy gels and bars so you can keep your energy up. The group will refuel around mile 25.
Don't miss the first Saturday in October, whether it's with the Intermediate gang or jumping on the bandwagon for a breakfast social and ride along the Platte River. The weather forecast is calling for mostly sunny, with a high of 63 degrees. Riding weather doesn't get much better in October than this. See you all on Saturday!!!
The Rec group road a steady pace today, traveling a little faster than usual. Mike accompanied the group again and brought his wife Judy to test out the group rides. Tom just got his bike back after being without it for 2 weeks because it had a little problem that needed to be addressed. Needless to say, with a day like today, Tom was pumped to be out riding again and we were happy to see him. Our group was definitely ambitious. Not only did we ride faster than normal, we also had consensus at our turn-around point to go explore another couple of miles out to the airport where we rode around the air traffic control tower before heading back. It was smooth sailing with no mechanicals and a group that kept together quite well.
The advanced group lead by Kyle and Chris did a new route today that took us through the Cherry Creek reservoir, along side Centennial Airport to the C 470 trail. We then headed south towards Chatfield State park. We stopped at a gas station along the way to refuel, get some liquids and catch up with everyone. Afterwards we continued south for a little while till we took a right and hopped on the South Platte River trail. On the way back we had a nice tail wind which made for some nice high speed pace line work. We were cruising around 23 mph which is always a blast, especially when everyone can enjoy the draft. We then took Dartmouth to University which then lead us back to the Cherry Creek Trail and the shop. Our total mileage and average speed were not quite where we said they would be but everyone had a great time and it was nice to see some new sites along the way. Thanks to all of you that joined us today, it was great to get out and have the sun out with warm temps.
Recreation Ride Stats
Ride Time: 1 hr 52 minutes
Distance: 28 miles
Average Speed: 14 mph
Advanced Ride Stats
Ride Time: 2 hrs 42 min.
Distance: 44 miles
Average Speed: 16 mph
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Get ready because we have a phenomenal ride in store for our dedicated ADVANCED riders out to Chatfield Resevoir for a committed 60 mile loop. This is our BIGGEST ride to date! Come prepared with energy bars and gels or pick them up the morning of at Bicycle Village and receive a 10% discount. As this is our longest and most advanced ride, we are setting a goal to ride 18-20 mph on average in order to complete the ride in a reasonable time frame. This ride will be of a competitive nature, with riders traveling in pace line to conserve energy. Leaders Chris and Kyle will guide the group out to Cherry Creek, linking up with the E-470 Trail heading west towards Chatfield. From there we'll head north on the S. Platte Trail to Dartmouth and back to the store.
Note: Our Intermediate rides travel at a speed of 15-17 mph, so please be aware that if you are pushed at that pace, this ride will be above your ability level and it is advised that you join our Recreational ride for this Saturday.
The Recreational ride is headed out to Centennial along one of our newer routes to cover 24 miles of smooth trails and streets that seem abandoned. We cruise through Cherry Creek State Park, snaking past the Gun Club and venture out near the Centennial Airport before heading back the same way. Our estimated speed will average 12-13 mph, with speeds topping out around 21 mph and lows falling to 10 mph. This in one of our tougher Recreational rides with the standard hills heading up past the dam and then a gradual climb for the distance out and a consistent pedal back to the store. The last time we did this ride, participants raved about it. They were excited to see new ways to travel through the Park and roads that aren't busy (perfect for cycling). This is one of Heidi's favorites (one of our Recreational Group Ride Leaders).
With the weekday weather endured this week, we are all going to be jazzed to ride outside and under the sun this Saturday. We look forward to seeing lots of new faces and all of our regulars. This is a fabulous way to enjoy a fall weekend with scenic views of the freshly fallen snow highlighting the Rocky Mountains (half the reason we live here).
Rec. group making a break for it.
Intermediates on Bear Creek trail
Refueling. "No John I am the leader."
This is why we love Colorado!
What are you tired?
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The Rec. Group will venture out towards the Denver Tech Center then onto Dartmouth before linking up with the smooth and scenic Cherry Creek Trail along the South Platte River to REI and back through Cherry Creek for a total of 32 miles at an estimated pace of 13 mph. You can definitely expect some hills at the beginning but then it's a pretty smooth ride once we hit the South Platte.
Come prepared with lots of fluids and energy bars. Should be another great Saturday in the Denver area. We hope to see all our regulars and of course new faces in the mix so don't forget to tell your friends and neighbors to join us as well.
The Recreational and Intermediate groups stuck together addressing a couple of mechanicals on the way out to Sloan's Lake before the Intermediate riders branched off, bound for Golden. The rain held out with the exception of a few sprinkles. We must have all had good karma.
Duane joined us looking decked out on a Trek Madone 4.5 that he demoed for the day. Pretty sure he went home to clear out some room in his garage for a new red, black and white set of wheels. The tour around Sloan's Lake was gorgeous and the group really favored the scenery and distance traveled.
Ride Time: 2.25 hrs
Total Miles: 30 miles
Average Speed: 13 mph
Hurray!!! The Intermediate Group made it all the way to Golden biking through the breezes and finding the joy in an overcast day in Colorado. Not a drop of rain until the very end. Could have been sprinkling or just Lani drooling as she led the pack. Wish we could have captured a pic of Pat as he rolled into the store after getting caught in some rain. He looked super happy to find refuge in the store from the elements. Way to go Intermediate riders, what a great route.
Ride Time: 3 hrs 45 mins
Total Miles: 50
Average Speed: Roughly 16 mph
A few of the Regulars (John, Lani - a leader & Ruan)
Riding the line (mostly)
Straggler Tom joins the Intermediate riders on the way out to Golden
Lani hopping the fence at REI (is that a love handle or just a jacket in your pocket???)
Thanks for a great day! See you next Saturday
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INTERMEDIATE RIDE - GOLDEN
Pat, Chris, and Lani will be leading. Route will head out the Cherry Creek bikeway to Confluence Park. We will take 23rd Ave and skirt Sloan's Lake, meander over to 26th and eventually to 32nd Ave. We will have some of traffic on 32nd while traveling under I-70 as it's a busy intersection, but it does not last long. 32nd will take us directly into Golden by the Coors Brewery. The gas station in Golden is where we will fill the bottles and take a pitstop. Then we'll head back on the same route. No major hill climbs on this route, however it is a steady climb west on the way out. But in return, a fast pedal on the way back. Out & back should be close to 50 miles - which means we need to keep a steady pace with few breaks. Avg speed: 15/17 mph. **Remember to bring some energy food**
RECREATIONAL RIDE - SLOAN'S LAKE
Kyle and Heidi will be leading. Route will take Cherry Creek bikeway to Confluence Park. 23rd Ave will bump into Sloan's Lake. We will wrap the lake and head back the way we came. No major hills are on this route. Depending on the group, there may be one pitstop at REI on the way back. This is an excellent ride option for anyone who is anxious about riding in a group or concerned they can't keep up. These are "no-drop" rides and we love to see new folks. Estimated distance: 25 miles Avg speed: 12/14 mph.
2 laps around res.
Total ride time: 1.5 hrs.
Total miles: 23.5
Average speed: 16 mph
Intermediates cruisin' through the res.
You wanna piece of me?
Patty chasing down the boys
Injuries don't slow us down, we are BV riders. Way to go Anna!
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