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Old 11-14-08, 06:41 AM   #1
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Annual 50+ Bike Forum Ride?

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I would like to ride with everyone on this bike forum, just one time!
Sounds like fun.

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BFN 50+ First Annual Ride - Monday, August 31

BikeJournals.com has an annual ride (which I believe tsl attended this year) to which a lot of folks manage to find their way. I believe that they move it around to different parts of the country. Club Hypoxia (started from BJ) here in CO was the host this year.

I have ridden with them a couple of times in many years past.

The 50+ forum could also have a ride.


May I suggest the Rio Grande Trail from Glenwood Springs to Aspen and return, following the Roaring Fork River, about next September? - 2009.



http://www.rfta.com/RGT_Map%20_final.pdf

A beautiful 44 mile one-way trail (88 miles round trip) that just about anyone could ride,

From a recent review:
New and Improved!
By keith.dickerson on June 11, 2008
This trail has grown! The trail is now 40 miles or so, stetching from Glenwood Springs, through Carbondale, then onto Basalt and Aspen. Paving with asphalt for the northern 30 miles or so has just been completed, with a Grand Opening ceremony later this month. The first couple of miles north of Carbondale and the 10 miles south from Carbondale are pristine, following the Roaring Fork river for much of the time, with very few road crossings. There is a gorgeous bridge crossing the Roaring Fork just north of Carbondale. I've ridden numerous rail-trails over the years, and this trail ranks right up there with the best of the best at this point!


Plus, there is also the trail from Glenwood through BEAUTIFUL Glenwood Canyon following the rugged Colorado River that can go on up to Edwards, etc. (32 miles round trip).



http://www.coloradobicyclerides.com/...nyonTrail.html

I am thinking of a ride that would be totally inclusive for just about anyone to ride, yet allow for those wanting more challenges to have that opportunity in addition.

There are myriads of very challenging rides in the area.

Independence Pass, Grand Mesa (both extremely challenging), Vail and Vail Pass, etc., etc.

Lots of moderately priced motels in the GS area, plus fancier ones.

Also, river rafting, the world's largest hot springs pool, caverns, hiking and many other activities.

http://www.colorado.com/GlenwoodSprings.aspx

For those interested, there is a 6 hour gorgeous train ride through the mountains and along the Colorado River from Denver to Glenwood. Glenwood is about 2.5 hours and 150 miles west by car from Denver.

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Old 11-14-08, 07:55 AM   #2
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I'm for it. Dashing off to work now, will have more later.
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Old 11-14-08, 08:21 AM   #3
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Sounds like a fun ride to me. Not sure I could make one in Denver but I sure would try
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Old 11-14-08, 08:30 AM   #4
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Sounds like a great time. I have not been in Colorado since 1978, and the wife has never been there. It would be great to travel but the finances may be a hinderance, I will try my best to make something like this.
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I used to live in Glenwood Springs. I rode my orange K-Mart 10 speed special to Carbondale, Redstone, and once to Paonia. There were no bike trails to Aspen, nor room for bikes along I-70 and the canyon. That's terrific to see how accommodating the government has become.

It looks like a lovely ride.
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I used to live in Glenwood Springs. I rode my orange K-Mart 10 speed special to Carbondale, Redstone, and once to Paonia. There were no bike trails to Aspen, nor room for bikes along I-70 and the canyon. That's terrific to see how accommodating the government has become.

It looks like a lovely ride.
It is accommodating, but it is also $$$$ - a lot of it - for the towns in the area. It has made summer almost as lucrative as the winter ski seasons for these resort towns.

Bicycling is BIG in Colorado.
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In-laws live in Grand Junction, so there is a reasonable chance I could make a September week-end.
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Independence Pass - this is NOT me! Aspen to Leadville (58.51 miles one-way)


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Looks like a good ride. The beautiful and relatively flat 32 or 40 mile route with challenging side possibilities would appeal to a wide variety of riders.
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Looks like a good ride. The beautiful and relatively flat 32 or 40 mile route with challenging side possibilities would appeal to a wide variety of riders.
The 32 miles is round trip, the 44 miles is one-way, for a total of 88 miles round trip. BUt, you can do whatever length one might like. My wife did 20 miles each day on different sections on the RFT. ABout 25 miles is her one-day limit.
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Here is where we stayed in September, this year.

Basic, non-luxury but very clean "drive-up" motel. We paid $70 per night.

http://www.glenwoodmotorinn.com/
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I'd love to. How hot is it there that time of year? Here, it's usually a furnace.
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My maternal grandparents grew up in New Castle CO, where my great-grandfather, John Ritter, co-owned the now-historic Ritter & MacRae General Store. My grandmother began her nursing career in Glenwood Springs. I have never made a family roots pilgrimage.
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Great idea and a great place to ride. The weather is usually outstanding that time of year. If the ride is scheduled, you can count me in.

I've spent most of my riding "career" in Alaska and while that was certainly an adventure, I now spend my time riding in Colorado and New Mexico where the weather is fantastic. I really enjoy riding in the Glenwood Springs area. The new RG trail looks great.
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Actually this sounds like a great idea. I would think it would have to be scheduled on a weekend. If it on a weekend, I'd be game to join in.
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I've never ridden in CO so it sounds good to me!

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I'd love to. How hot is it there that time of year? Here, it's usually a furnace.
September - generally fairly cool, could be a blizzard, could be hot. But, that's Colorado.
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Grand Mesa is west of Glenwood, between GW and Grand Junction. The route up to Grand Mesa (the largecst flat top mesa in the world) from I-70 is a tremendously challenging upgrade, often featured in the Ride the Rockies bicycle tour. Grand Mesa is at about 10,000 feet, so you have about a 5,000 elevation change.

Here are some pictures of the Grand Mesa area which I found on the web.

http://www.struck.us/BikePics/BikeStories03.html
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Great idea!! I had a feeling you would finally put something together for us!! I can probably make something like that work with some planning. I have played golf in Aspen and Snomass so I'd probably also plan to bring my clubs along and do the dualthon thing........Can you put together some other possible routes in the area folks could tack on?

The Aspen to Leadville route sounds intriguing-I've driving up the pass in a car and can remember some stone walls along the side of the road?? Is September "too late" in the season (increase the chances of foul weather)? I was there in October and we had several inches of snow.....but it melted the next day.

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The Copper Triangle is extremely popular, - three high passes. Here is a profile and route from an annual ride. Bring your own aid stations!

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Then there is the Grand Mesa Loop - 136 miles

http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/united...tion/296955312


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We couldn't possibly make it untill the twins graduate college, someday.
I will however, be looking foreward to reading the reports and viewing
the pictures from the gathering.

Happy Trails
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You know, funny thing is my membership renewal for Bicycle Colorado arrived earlier this week. I tossed it in the "forget it" pile. I guess I'll renew. I wonder how many New York State residents they have on the membership roster?

Anyway, I'm in--provided we can use Glenwood Springs as a home base for the event. As you may recall, I'm car-free and use Amtrak for my long-haul travel. Glenwood Springs is a checked-baggage stop, so I can ride door-to-door with the bike in the baggage car.

It would be helpful too, if something could be firmed-up by January or February. I need to schedule major vacations six months in advance. Plus travel arrangements for all are cheaper the earlier you're able to book.

What worked really well at the BikeJournal Reunion in Loveland this past summer, was that there were rides for everyone's preferences and fitness levels. Yeah, I talk about The Epic Century, but only a quarter of us chose that one as our feature ride. I also enjoyed all the other riding I did, including the flatlands and bike paths.

With the rides DF is proposing so far, that same sort of variety seems to be developing. I encourage it.

As for the cycling, I found Colorado to be spectacular. I'm excited by the prospect of being able to return and explore another part of the state. I had been planning to join a tour of Montana and Alberta. I'll gladly scrap those plans for this.
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It would a hard one-day drive for me to get there. I would only show up if someone else brings the wine. Otherwise, I might just go to the Hill Country while you guys are cavorting in the cool.

I might bring a bike.
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