RECAP: January 7th REI/Sloan's Lake
First ride of the year is under our belt. Things started off pretty chilly as we started off on the Cherry Creek bike path headed towards REI. I was accompanied by seven brave riders on this casual spin to REI and a loop around Sloan's lake. The bike path was clear of snow/ice for the most part, there were only a few spots where the ice had not melted and we had to be a little extra cautious riding over the slippery substance. Every one made it across safely, even Katie who had her share of crashes last year.
We actually stopped at REI first cause every one was a little cold and need some hot refreshment. While we were enjoying our beverages the sun peeked out for a bit and started to thaw us out. Out towards the west we could see the snow making its way towards us so we hopped back on our bikes so we could make it around the lake and back to the shop before the snow started to fly. We made our way to Sloan's lake 2 riders short as Rachel and Katie decided to stay at REI and soak up the sun and atmosphere. Our trip around the lake was pretty quick and we dodged the occasional jogger and or the numerous flocks of geese. Solomon ended up making two loops as the rest of us headed back to REI and picked up the girls.
Our return trip was a little nicer as the temperature warmed up a bit and we had a tailwind which is always welcomed. We had a break away of 3 riders who wanted to push the pace just a bit more. The rest of us had a nice spin and chit chatted with one another on the way back to the shop. Solomon ended up catching us on the way back from his little 2 lap adventure. When all was said and done we logged an easy 30 miles and made it back to the shop before the snow fell. We received a pretty good dusting and ride this weekend maybe in question as it may snow Wednesday and that snow may not melt by Saturday. Stay tuned...
I'd like to thank those for making it out and I look forward to a great 2012 riding season!
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