We welcome ALL cyclists from all levels of experience. Whether you just bought your first hybrid bike and feel unsure how to shift correctly, upgraded into a road bike but don't know if you can keep up, or you're looking for a fast group to push your pace into new levels and distances, we'll accommodate any style and fitness level. The one thing we all have in common is that we enjoy pedaling our bikes with the sun on our face and with friends to share it with.
This group of 13 riders headed out from Bicycle Village down to Meridian Park. A good pace was held from Gene in the front and beautiful riding weather saw us getting to the Park in short order. A few laps of the park and it was time to head back. The group split into two, Gene took one half of the group back to BV directly and Travis took the other half on a longer way back to get some extra miles in. The longer route took us down to Jordan via the 470 trail and then following Jordan back to Cherry Creek Reservoir and home again. A good ride on a wonderful day.
INTERMEDIATE: Patrice / Jacquette
A dozen strong headed out east nicely grouped on our way to Aurora Reservoir. Soon the pace quickened and Jacquette fell back with new riders Holly and Tom. This was of no concern, until she led them PAST the turn (E Fair) off Orchard and ended up on Himalaya. Blast! In a hasty effort we turned around in hopes of catching the group but instead made another wrong turn...we were destined to be on our own. Tom had to get back to a sick pet, hope all is better and Holly and Jacquette headed back tot he store. We took the longer way through the park and even added some hill workouts to total 34 miles, so all in all a good ride. I promise to show you two the Aurora Res soem day!
Taken while riding up the "wall" on Vail Pass:
To all of you that "felt my pain" and encouraged me along the healing path,
you'll be happy to know this week turns the ONE year anniversary of my fractured pelvis.
Thank you again for your strength and encouragement through your thoughts, prayers and hugs.
We had a whopping 4 participants in the advanced ride this past Saturday! The original game plan for the day was for Justin to take the group down to Meridian for time trials, however the consensus that morning was for a longer, more traditional ride. Ski patrol and regular rider Mark is training for the Double Triple this year and was looking to ride fast. Joined by frequent flyer Solomon and new to the group Tom (pictured), the four headed out east to the rolling hills near Aurora Res. Tom had recently turned 65, and was typically the first rider up the climbs! He hung in strong, and his physical condition and performance was motivating for all in the group and anyone aspiring to join the advanced group! A great ride of 40 mi round trip, 21 mph pace, and a solid workout was had by all!
Gene led the Rec group today on the Denver triangle. Similar to the mishap last week he got his tire stuck in a crack on Union Blvd, but was able to quickly navigate out of it. Thermometers were boiling today and it stayed that way all through the ride. Thanks to England Dave for volunteering to sweep on the way out. We had a great ride with 12 riders with no flats, no mechanical issues and no crashes! 8-)
Jason had one "fish on the line" until late Friday night and Adam withdrew. Jason will try some different bait next time and hopefully reel in a few new fish...
The recreation group headed out on Saturday for a nice ride to Sloan's Lake. We had a good mix of new riders, regulars and a couple of Intermediate riders taking it easy before E-Rock for 17 in total. We set off down the Cherry Creek trail at a good pace and got to Confluence Park for a regroup in short order. A few of the riders decided to head back to BV early and the remainder continued out to Sloan's Lake. A lap or two later and it was back to Confluence Park for a refuel and water break. After the break, everyone headed back to BV at a variety of paces with a few peeling early for stops along the way. Overall, a great ride on a beautiful Colorado day.
Thanks to everyone for helping watch out for each other and make sure the ride went well and everyone seemed to have a good time.
Jacquette shared a "fav" route with Justin to lead the advanced ride on Saturday. The only taker, Adam, was training for the Hugo Road Race next weekend, which is a 78-miler in the area south of Limon. So it was a perfect preparation route to start from the Aurora Res and hit the plains east to Bennett! The two took off at 9 in perfect conditions and tackled the rolling hills, heading north to east (way east) Colfax. The Bennett water tower was a beacon in the distance and a goal to shoot for. 20 miles out and 1 hour later, they hit the tower and then turned around for the out and back. Both riders joined forces to take turns pulling against the increasing winds and heat on the way back. There's nothing like seeing the Rockies rising up from the golden plains in that direction! Adam (hard core) opted to get a few extra miles around the Res in preparation for the race next weekend, after maintaining a solid 20 mph pace on the 40-miler. Another great day!