Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Northern Colorado
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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?