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funrover 12-10-08 12:42 AM

Clydes in Colorado
 
I am planning a 100 mile ride for next summer, nothing "epic" or "life changing" but I don't want to go alone if possible. I am going to ride from my house in Colorado Springs to Buena Vista. There is a lot of climbing involved and I plan on at least 10 hours to complete. Just curious if anyone would care to join me,Thanks!

Pinyon 12-10-08 10:05 AM

This sounds like a good idea to me. We tried to have some semi-frequent Colorado Clyde rides this past year, but it did not work out that great for some reason. Maybe one or two main events, planned well in advance, would be the way to go? Nice.

Maybe we could all sign up and meet at a couple of charity rides as well? It may be easier to get people to show up for rides with restroom, food, water, first aid, and repair support.

cooleric1234 12-10-08 06:27 PM

I can't say definitively right now but I'd be interested. The most I've ridden is 55 miles in a charity ride but I was thinking about trying to get a century done next year. Please keep me posted.

grueling 12-10-08 06:37 PM

I'm in. Pending scheduling etc.

As far as charity rides - I have done the Courage Classic for the past two years. Its hard, but its an awesome 3 day event through the central mountains.

funrover 12-10-08 08:49 PM

WOW.. this wasn't the response I expected!! If we are gonna try to make a go of this we should plan a route! I am all ears!!

Pinyon 12-11-08 01:31 PM

funrover: I like your idea of doing something like the CO Springs to Buena Vista route. It is really pretty up there, for sure.

If not there, then I know of a number of decent routes around Fort Collins that would be nice. All are used by local cycling clubs, and the traffic and safety issues are not as much a concern as they are on rides that I have been on around Boulder and Denver.

The main local ride that jumps out at me is a route that heads up from Loveland to Estes Park, and possibly inside Rocky Mountain National Park. It is a really pretty ride (I see bighorn sheep going up there at least a half-dozen times each year); and there are plenty of places for the faster people to stop and wait for the rest of us, restock on fluids, use the restroom, etc. There are also at least a couple of bicycle repair places up top, and a large assortment of restaurants that we can visit while we are in-town. The location may also make it easier to talk someone's friend or significant other into driving up there for an emergency-only sag vehicle (thinking they would be shopping or sight seeing with a cell phone, just in case). The main part of that route is used for the annual MS 150 organized ride for a reason.

What is the ride up to Buena Vista like? Any other ideas?






Debuman 12-11-08 09:24 PM

I would love to meet some fellow CO Clydes :) Not sure if any have given this a thought. Elephant Rock Ride

funrover 12-12-08 03:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pinyon (Post 8004311)
funrover: I like your idea of doing something like the CO Springs to Buena Vista route. It is really pretty up there, for sure.

If not there, then I know of a number of decent routes around Fort Collins that would be nice. All are used by local cycling clubs, and the traffic and safety issues are not as much a concern as they are on rides that I have been on around Boulder and Denver.

The main local ride that jumps out at me is a route that heads up from Loveland to Estes Park, and possibly inside Rocky Mountain National Park. It is a really pretty ride (I see bighorn sheep going up there at least a half-dozen times each year); and there are plenty of places for the faster people to stop and wait for the rest of us, restock on fluids, use the restroom, etc. There are also at least a couple of bicycle repair places up top, and a large assortment of restaurants that we can visit while we are in-town. The location may also make it easier to talk someone's friend or significant other into driving up there for an emergency-only sag vehicle (thinking they would be shopping or sight seeing with a cell phone, just in case). The main part of that route is used for the annual MS 150 organized ride for a reason.

What is the ride up to Buena Vista like? Any other ideas?






The reason I chose BV was because it's a really beautiful place and my friend/family always have a great time up there. I was also going to camp there and drive back the next day. While in BV there is shopping, places to eat, and other things for people to do. My plan was to ride to the Ice Cream Parlor in BV as the final arrival and celebrate in the park with a banana split!! (It's a tradition to go there while in BV) My wife said she'd be a sag wagon. My Rover has 4 racks on the roof and my parents said I could borrow there 4 bike hitch rack so we should be good in that regard. Also it's a big enough rig that it's easily spotted... should help with our safety. This really is a huge goal I want to accomplish and that is why I chose this route. There are places to stop along the way.

Towns


Colorado Springs
Cascade
Woodland Park
Divide
Lake George
Hartsel


Passes

Ute
Wilkerson
Trout Creek

I know it won't be easy, but if more can come we could help each other! I am still trying to decide on when, August would be to hot for the long stretch from Hartsel to Antero Junction. I am thinking early June would be best.

funrover 12-12-08 03:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Debuman (Post 8006941)
I would love to meet some fellow CO Clydes :) Not sure if any have given this a thought. Elephant Rock Ride

It's been a few years since I last did it... I always seem to be busy on the day they hold the event. This next summer I have a couple larger rides planned!


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