Mountain - Plains - Heading for Salida for raod riding while my wife is in a conference...
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...what's a good source for routes (bike shops, maps, etc.)?
I know there's a loop form Salida south and then back around to do Monarch Pass from the West. I know 50 on the West side of Monarch generally had good shoulders, what about the East side. Can I roll all the way into Salida and live to talk about it or, will some semi (or texting jerk) take me out before I get back?
You guys are always a great source for info!
Thanks in advance.
06-10-11, 09:56 PM
Will you have a car to get to different places to start?
I was going to suggest this book "Road Biking Colorado" by Michael Seeberg, but it appears to be out of print. It shows a ton of great looking rides in the Canon City & Florrisant areas. Honestly, I don't think there are a ton of choices right in Salida, but if you have a car, there's a ton of stuff in a 50 mile radius.
Hwy 50 is reasonably safe east of the pass. Probably safer than on the pass. I've ridden it, it's only OK.
Are you referring to North Cochetopa Pass (hwy 114) as the loop to the South? It is really beautiful, and very remote. That would be a very long ride.
Out of Buena Vista, ride up to the top of Cottonwood Pass to the west. 12K'
Out of Twin Lakes, ride up Independence Pass 12K', and over to Aspen and back if you want.
Ride the Buena Vista Century route - would be easy to self support, as you can get everything you need in Leadville. http://www.bvbf.org/extra-files/bvbf-alt-map.jpg
Out of Leadville, ride the COpper Triangle route http://www.coppertriangle.com/course.html very easy to self support, lots of services at the vertices of the triangle. I prefer counterclockwise, because Vail Pass from the west is just so hard.
Ride east on highway 50 out of Salida about 25 miles to Texas Creek. Turn right at on Texas Creek road to the town of Westcliffe for a relaxing break and enjoy the views of the Sangre de Christo mountains laid out before you. Return the same way. 65 - 70 miles. If you drive to start riding at Texas Creek you can ride a century by riding to Westcliffe, then east on highway 96 to Wetmore. Then ride north to Florence, Cannon City, then 50 back to Texas Creek.
06-12-11, 07:27 AM
Absolute Bikes in Salida might be a good source of info for you. 719-539-9295. http://absolutebikes.com/ They might even be able to hook you up with a group ride.
I'm not a road rider but here is my two cents.
I wouldn't ride Highway 50 east of Salida if you paid me. In some places there is very little shoulder, with very tight, blind corners.
I think 50 over Monarch Pass should be fine in either direction. (you could ride the same route as stage one of the pro challange, Salida to Crested Butte.)http://www.usaprocyclingchallenge.com/route/stage-1/
Highway 291 going north out of Salida is should be fine connecting to Buena Vista, Cottonwood Pass, or the Mount Princeton area.
285 South out of Poncha Springs is good as well.
South Central Racing is a local club that might be able to help you out.
Have fun in Salida, It's a great place!
Thanks! Those are some great suggestions.
Valygrl, I will have a car with to get to starts. I think that 114 ride may be the one I'm talking about. I'll have to map it to see what exact mileages are. I may ride up to BV and check out Cottonwood pass. And, Thanks for reminding me of Independance being up the road. That's one of the passes I haven't done yet so, may have to tick that off my list.
Shifty, That ride out of Texas Creek sounds really nice too. I'm always up for some scenic cruises. I think driving to TC and going from there will skip the stress of doing 50.
westyat7000, Thanks for the route suggestions. I really appreciate the links!
Thanks again folks!
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